Monday Motivation – 22 July 2013

July 22, 2013

Motivation

Weekly Motivation Message

personal developmentThis week’s message is about taking time out for yourself and do a little personal development. As a Beachbody coach, we are encouraged to spend 15 minutes per day on this activity and are given access to Success Magazine and many motivational speakers, books on tape, and professional mentors. Check out the latest blog from my husband Ken (and Beachbody partner) on how a liitle different focus helped Phil Mickelson win the British Open!

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Spend a little time on yourself

As I sit down to write this, the neighbors are having a pool party. I’ve never had a pool party, although I don’t think I would ever want to have one — or even attend one. In order for me to attend a pool party, all the environmental impact statements would take months to fill out.But it made me think about how some people take time for themselves, and others don’t.I’ve always been the “work till you drop” kind of person. I never had a job that demanded hard physical labor, but I’ve never spent a lot of time celebrating, either. Some people are like that — it’s the kind of person my father was, and his father before him. It’s only natural that I would be one of those, I guess.With today’s economy, more and more people are becoming that way. The cell phones are never turned off, even at night and on weekends. People get up in the middle of the night to make conference calls halfway around the world. Some people work in multiple time zones; others are always on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Even in this environment, though, it’s possible to take a little time for yourself — and sometimes, a little time is all that you need.

For example, when I had a 12-minute drive to work a few years ago, I took to listening to books on tape, even during that short a drive. I found that it was simply amazing how much I could get through in just that 24-minutes in the car. I went through multiple books, although occasionally, I would find myself driving “the long way” home when the plot got really interesting.

Later on, when I took to driving long drives on weekends, I made it through more and more books. The books I would choose would almost always be fiction, often classics such as Charles Dickens’ books, or Treasure Island. I listened to all the books of the Horatio Hornblower series, and went through the extensive library of Earl Nightingale’s positive mental attitude recordings. I learned tips on negotiation (which saved me thousands on new car purchasing), and deepened my understanding of history and culture.

In short, in just those few minutes, and later on, just a few hours each weekend, I went through a significant amount of material, and found that it changed my outlook significantly.

I did it all by taking just a few minutes for myself.

Here’s a tip: get up 15 minutes earlier, and read something for yourself during that 15 minutes. If you can afford more, then by all means, dedicate more time. Do something you want to do — even though it only takes a few minutes. However you do it, whatever time you have to offer, spend a few minutes on yourself, even if you don’t have time to host a pool party.

Copyright, 2012, by Daryl R. Gibson.

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