“Hardiness gives you the COURAGE AND MOTIVATION to do the hard work of

 GROWING AND DEVELOPING

 rather than

 DENYING and AVOIDING”

(S. Maddi-Psychology Today)

What makes us hardy?  Life.  How we engage in life.   Challenging ourselves.  Taking risks.  Learning new ways to deal with stress.  Getting back up after life kicks us down.  Facing your fears.  Participating in your life, good or bad, instead of just showing up.

Courage + Motivation= Growing and Developing

Get up of the couch, shut OFF the bad reality television that broadcasts negativity, put the pint of ice cream away and go out for a walk.  Start reading a new book.  Learn a new skill.  Seek out a quiet spot in nature.  Challenge yourself today, tomorrow and the next day.  What have you been meaning to do but haven’t found the time? It’s time to grow and develop.  This is a constant process for us, your age doesn’t matter; strive to be better than you used to be.  More hardy.  More joy.

You have to work at being resilient.  Hardy people have higher levels of committment to themselves, their faith, their work and their families.  They believe they control their destiny; they don’t fall victim to what is going on externally around them.  “Hardy people see the changes in life as challenges to master, not obstacles to overcome.” (Stress management; B. Brehm)

I encourage you to keep growing, take risks, seek out quality friendships, face your fears. Be better than you used to be.

Denying and Avoiding will get you nowhere fast  (and annoy everyone around you).  Hardiness is a quality that will serve you well in life.  How hardy are you?

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You Have the potential for more, I just know it.  I can tell you are capable of more too.  Are you safe in your comfort zone?  Being in your comfort zone is… well, comfortable, safe and easy.  I am one to always feel a need to push the limits of my comfort zone and take the risk to grow.  In fact, at my September event, I will be speaking on this topic of Risk.   If taking a risk offers you an opportunity to grow in a positive direction; personal, professional, emotional, spiritual, I encourage you to take it!  It is natural to be fearful, but many of us stay in this fearful thinking and it can paralyze us from moving forward.  I am in no way encouraging you to make a move you are not ready for or saying you should not be comfortable where you are in your life right now.  I am gently encouraging you to take a look at your life, career, partner, friends, hobbies, faith, and find an area that you might need to push yourself a bit to grow.

Surround yourself with people who support you and nourish you.  People who take the risk to grow in their own lives and celebrate those steps of growth in yours. 

Sitting in quiet reflection can help you ponder, is it time to move forward in some area of your life and does that require taking a risk?

Keep on growing my friends, keep getting better, because you are worth it.

Passion is like an adrenaline rush.  It consumes our being, offers a fresh perspective on life and fills us with joy. 

 What stirs your passion?  Renews your spirit?  Makes you feel good?

 FEED YOUR PASSION.  Passion fuels us, drives us and gives us a reason to wake up in the morning.  The sparks from the fire fuel the drive and motivation.  You are worthy and you deserve it!  Sometimes you just can’t play by the rules; take the day off from work and go PLAY.   Live on purpose.  People take notice when you are radiating a light from within.  People will gravitate to you.  They will want to know what are you doing, why you are feeling so good and where could they possibly get some.  This is being filled with passion.  YOU GLOW!  If you are having a difficult time remembering what you are passionate about, this might be a nice time to sit outside in this wonderful warm weather and do some soul-searching. (and join my 6 week Joy Course in the Fall where we spend lots of time figuring it out!)   Seek the sparks my friends.  Excitement and joy awaits you.

Don’t settle for boring.  Don’t settle for bland.  Brighten yourself up.

LIVE YOUR PASSION.