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What to do when you want to give up on your goals

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE The first quarter of the year has already passed. Crazy, right? How are you doing on what you set out to accomplish this year? If your answer is “not that great”. Giving up on your goals is not the answer.  So many times we get pumped up about our goals at the New Year or at the start of a new semester, making plans to go after what we most desire. And then when the bright, shiny new year fades and we are mired in the real work – the rise and grind – day in and day out – we lose sight of our goals, of what we truly desire. It’s easy to allow ourselves to become derailed from the path of our dreams. It’s easy to forget why we were motivated to take action, to build rest into our schedule, to become healthy …. (insert your desire). And then what happens when we fall off the path? We berate ourselves. We make excuses. Or we say to ourselves things like, “Well, that didn’t work” or “I can’t do that.” or “That’s too hard.” And we give up. If this is you… I want you to know, my friend, that you are not alone. […]

Moving from Overwhelm to Action by Reframing Your Thoughts

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Have you ever had a negative thought? Felt like having a pity party because you were in overwhelm? It happens to the best of us, you know. The good news? There’s relief ahead. Just a few weeks ago I was mired in negative thoughts. I was tired of our weather in Cincinnati. I missed the sun. I was scrambling to catch students up after so many cancelled classes all while teaching in overload. I was feeling downright overwhelmed and exhausted. In the midst of my pity party, I received an email from Brooke Castillo, author and coach. Brooke teaches in Self-Coaching 101 that our circumstances trigger our thoughts, thoughts cause feelings, feelings cause actions, and actions cause results. These results become evidence for our thoughts. The funny thing is I subscribe to this theory and have seen it play out in my own life innumerable times.  I even coach my students using this model! Yet, there I was having a pity party – complete with party hats, balloons and horns. In Brooke’s email she wrote, “There’s no such thing as a rough day or a hard day or a bad day.” My next thought? “Ok now you’ve gone over the edge with this Pollyanna […]

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