I am not sure if I have mentioned it before or not, but I am a huge fan of self help/success/motivational books. My all time favorite book is “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield. I am reading it right now for the third time – I read it about once a year. (It looks like a really huge book, but once you get reading it, you will find yourself so caught up in it, it seems to be finished in no time!! At least if you are interested in this kind of reading……)
I love reading about things like the Law of Attraction – yes, I read “The Secret” and I loved it – and anything motivational to help you reach goals and achieve everything you want in your life.
I also am a strong believer in being grateful for what you have in your life. I have a journal that I list everything I can think of in a day that I was thankful for – something as small as watching my dog play with her soccer ball in the backyard, to having one of my daughters tell me how much they love me. I believe that everyone has something to be thankful for no matter what is going on in their lives. If we look hard enough, and appreciate even the smallest things that give us joy, it can help to get through some of the most difficult struggles life can throw our way.
One thing I am trying to learn to do is affirmations. I have a really hard time with how so many of the books teach you to say them – I find them difficult to remember and really not using a “language” that I would normally use. That makes it hard for me to keep doing them because they just seem too “hokey” for me.
So yesterday, I made up some of my own affirmations, using some of the tips I have learned in books I have read, (mostly the Jack Canfield book…). These all speak as though the goal has already been reached. I put them onto some of the fancy digital paper I got – (which if you like them keep watching for a chance to win some of these papers and digital artwork yourself) – and used Picmonkey.com to write the affirmations. I did something like 8 affirmations, and a couple of extra little motivational quotes which I then put into a seperate folder on my computer and have them randomly rotating as my computer screensaver.
It is great! I let them run through a couple of times every time I am about to log on, and each time I read them over and picture the goal in my head to really get the feeling of it being achieved.
Here is one I made to give you an idea – feel free to use it yourself if you would like:-) I love lots of color and tried to make them something I would enjoy looking at.
I would really like to get some people together who enjoy reading these kind of books, and maybe even who are doing similar things, or would like to start, to have the chance to talk with like-minded people. If you are interested, let me know, and I could put together a closed Facebook group.
One thing that is constantly reinforced in any motivational or success book, is to have a mastermind group of others who can keep you motivated and hold you accountable. I would love to have a group of other people – whether moms, dads or whatever the case – who we could get together and chat about what we are reading, or what we are learning, what is working or not working, and to hold us accountable for our goals.
And, before you think “well I am not really wanting to become famous, or rich, or anything like that”, something like this can even help to achieve goals like having more time with your kids, being more organized in your home – anything you would like to improve in your life.
Anyway – if you think you would be interested, either comment below or send me an email at themom [AT] supermomchallenged [DOT] com Just put something like “Motivational Group” in the subject line so I can keep them separate from other emails coming in:-)
Hopefully we can all support, motivate and enjoy the chance to learn and grow with each other! And, I will likely keep the group fairly small depending on how it all goes, and what everyone feels comfortable with, so if you are interested, let me know ASAP!
**If you are interested in getting the “Success Principles” book I mentioned, you can order it on Amazon – just click the image below to get it!