What Do Your Habits Say About You?

When looking at your daily habits, what do they say about you?  Are you hard-working and getting things accomplished?  Do your habits need some tweaking, or are you procrastinating too much?  There is usually a tell-tale sign.

I’ve had ups and downs with these “to do” lists myself.

In life lists are common. We make laundry lists, grocery lists, budgets, schedules, and we should also make lists for our goals.

When our children were small, we tried to implement this habit with them.  We gave them small notepads, and told them they could choose what they wanted, but they had to write and complete at least three goals a day.  They didn’t always like it, but they did do them.  The bad part is, we failed to keeping it going.

As you see in the picture above, the “make up, coffee, and the rest” list will likely guarantee your failure.  It is not specific enough.  Sit down and write out what you really need to do, and continue working on these daily habits to get them to stick.

Start with a few goals and then build upon them.  Three is a good amount to start with.  Other high-energy people will list ten or more goals to do each day.  But, start small and grow your habits.  Persistence is the key.  Make as many goals as you know you will stick with.  To get a clear vision, make a spread sheet of where you are, and where you want to go.  This is also helpful.  You can find more options here.

No matter where you start, write your goals out to develop your habits, and then readjust to fit your needs.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

—Zig Ziglar

Habits are important for success.  Let’s work on writing our goals today.

Have a good day!

Sincerely, BG

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Are You a Caterpillar or Butterfly?

Are you a caterpillar who wants to fly?

Some days in life things go slow like we’re treading water, and other days we get to a place where we think we’re there.

We’ve arrived!  Yay…we’re here!

And then we realize we’re just looking at the other side of the cocoon we’re trapped in, with one wing out and our feet stuck to the bottom.

We haven’t arrived yet, and we fight against the odds to prove ourselves ready.  There’s nothing wrong with getting out there.  We have to learn the territory and the flight pattern.  And sometimes, we have to tweak our plans.

Some of us grow faster than others.  Some of us have more to learn than others.  Some of us need confidence to fly.  Some of us need pushed out of the cocoon, and some of us need to get above the clouds to get a clear view of what lies ahead.

However, while we’re growing, are we enjoying the journey?  Do we realize that growth is a necessary part to our dreams? Are we learning from our mistakes?

If you’re wondering where this came from today, I have a couple of things to throw out there.

  1.  I was looking at part of this children’s poem I wrote a few years ago.
  2. My daughter was telling me about a conversation she had with a girl in one of her groups.

My daughter posted that it took her six years to make director in her company when others made director sooner.  A girl in her group sent her a message stating that she was getting discouraged, and wanted to know how my daughter got her mindset.

The determining factor:

She decided that no matter how long it took her to make director, she was going to get there.  With the many ups and downs of team members joining, and leaving, over these six years, she is committed to her dream.  And now she is in the next stage of her journey.

Commitment is necessary!

One day you will fly, is you stay committed and keep pursuing your dream!

Have a good day!

Sincerely, BG

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Using Doodle Art for Writing Inspiration

Using doodle art for writing inspiration was something that I had to try today. Some days you want a little extra “oomph” to get the words flowing, so I decided to explore doodle art.  Now, let me confess to you that I am not an artist.  I’m telling the truth, as you will soon see.

Since about age ten I knew that I wanted to write, and I have written off and on for many years.  Art however, that’s another matter.  Being the kid in Art class whose friends would look at me and say, “Nice try; just keep at it,” was not always fun.  And no matter how hard it was, my attempts to transfer what was in front of me to paper, did not work.

My friend, Cathy, is so into her art passion that it’s great to see how she can take those abstract thoughts, and ideas, and create magic on paper.   Studies show that art, music, and exercise can clear your head and get the endorphin pumping, and inspiration flowing.

“We need our Arts to teach us how to breathe” -Ray Bradbury

This quote from Ray Bradbury is a great way to feel when reading poetry, listening to music, or looking at art.  You can see or hear something so beautiful that it takes your breath away.

That’s what I want…breath-taking work, and to give a little humor and insight.  (This is the humor part.)

It’s always worth it to work at art, listen to music, or even exercise, to get to that place where you want to go.

After watching a couple of videos on Doodle art and other art projects, I decided I would give it a try.  I own up to the fact that I still can’t draw, or doodle, a lick… but I’m not giving up.  These practices are now in my arsenal to inspire more words and more creativity.    You can try it to do the same.

Now that you see, how sad my ability is, I will confirm again, that I am not giving up.  Art, music, and exercise are inspirations that we don’t want to miss out on.

Click here on this Doodle art link  and explore 5 different ways to help you with your art.

Why don’t you give it a try, and let me know how you’ve done.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely, BG

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Mirrored Dimensions

Mirrored Dimensions

I looked into the mirrored glass
And saw myself in decades past.
This little lass I recognized,
The chubby cheeks, the same blue eyes.

The curls were loose on tresses thin;
No shoes to slow down where I went.
And then, the mirror smoky white
Displayed a scene, a star filled night-

When next appears another child,
I recognized her timid smile.
It was not I; she was my own
Sweet baby girl, in our old home.

A flounce of curls upon her crown,
With bows and lace upon her gown.
Her pinkie power- no surprise,
A princess in her daddy’s eyes.

An added mist upon the glass
Brought other scenes out of the past-
Our baby boy, our first grandchild
Our second, third… this mirror’s wild.

The dads, they loved all without fail;
I saw us silver haired and frail.
More mist emerged, and I saw clear
A family, with children near.

I did not know their names you see…
but somehow knew my legacy.
Resemblances of faces known;
Some features which stood out in stone.

This looking glass which I spied through
Brought forth the love with clear views, too.
Dimensions beyond bad or good-
A vision which I understood.

Some things my life have come to birth;
Some things I won’t see while on earth,
Except within this mirrored glass
I saw my life as time was cast.

BG Jenkins ©2017

 

As first seen on MonnaEllithorpe.com

Have a good day!

Sincerely, BG

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Going Through

For each passage in life there is a “going through.”  This is moving from one point to another, or from one season to another.  In these seasons, these “going through” points move you along.

But, what if something knocks you out of kilter like storms, forest fires, earthquakes and massive flooding?  How do you take your typical problems which turn to major catastrophes and deal with them?

At this posting, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast a couple of weeks ago, and Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane recorded in history in the Atlantic, just made landfall yesterday on the coast of Florida.  It has pushed its way completely up the peninsula of Florida, and  is now downgraded to a tropical storm and continuing to push its havoc out into other states with winds and rains.  There are forest fires in the west U.S., an 8.2 earthquake hit Mexico this past week, and there is flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.  Plus in the U.S. today, it is our day or Remembrance for 9/11.

As we wait to hear of news from loved ones and friends…

I have a list of 7 things to help us through these trials.

Let’s:

Pray it through:  1 Thes 5:17 –  pray without ceasing

Walk it through: Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Believe it through: Heb 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

See it through: James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Laugh it through: Prov 17:22 – A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Sing it through: Psalm 126:2 – Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

and last, but not least…

Love it through: Mark 12:30-31 – And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

I pray for your loved ones, as well as my own, and hope the 7 scriptures help you get through what you’re going through.

Sincerely, BG