Recommended Reading from Mind Coach NOLA: Time Blindness

Continuing on this week's theme of time and procrastination, the article "Are You Time Blind? 12 Ways To Use Every Hour Effectively," at ADDitude Magazine, is probably the best and simplest explanation on time blindness with easy techniques to try out. Rather than trying them all at one, enlist the help of a coach to help figure out what strategies will work best for you, so that you can stick with them and create life long habits.

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Mind Coach NOLA on Mind Power, Not Leg Power

It all began with a question on Saturday morning. “Mami, how fast can you run a mile?” I didn’t know. I knew I was fast, used to be fast, had been fast. Definitely past tense. I also knew that I was terrible about speed work, fartleks, and all that other stuff you’re supposed to do. I’m more of the slow and steady wins the race type. But my daughter wanted to know. She’s on the middle school track team and talks about this stuff daily. She had a growth spurt, has legs longer than mine, and wanted to race me. I was still in my running shorts and thought I could use one more mile that day, so I agreed. I had nothing scheduled except for “Mom time” anyway…

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Mind Coach NOLA on Watching Your Vision Board Dreams Come True

This is it!

“This is it, Mami!,” exclaimed my daughter. My son knew exactly what she was talking about it. “This is the place from the picture! We found it!” And yes, I definitely knew what they were shouting about. Only I had trouble responding because I had tears in my eyes, was awestruck by its beauty and dumbfounded by the fact that we had made it. My heart swelled with pride because I had made it happen. We were there...

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Mind Coach NOLA on Gratitude Attitude

I usually alternate my runs with yoga classes, but this week my husband is out of town, so it’s up to me to exercise the dogs every morning. Just like me, they need to get their wiggles out to be calm and focused the rest of the day. By Thursday, I had missed two of my classes and my body and soul were feeling it. One of my dogs did not want to get out of bed and I was cranky. You ungrateful canine, it is 5:45am and I am missing yoga again because of you. I could be doing downward dog, so don’t give me that downcast dog face. I had to turn my attitude around or I was going to be angry and resentful and it was not going to be pretty...

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Recommended Reading From Mind Coach NOLA: Create Your Own Mantra

As you all know, the mind has the power to make you or break you. Having the skills to quiet the internal criticism, the doubts and the self flagellation is crucial to success. Think about what you sometimes tell yourself: “You can’t do that. You’re not good enough. You’re too stupid. You don't deserve that.” Would you tell that to a child? To anyone? Why would you talk like that to yourself?! Having a strategy to shut down the inner critic and turn around the negative self talk is key. In fact, not only do you need to shut it, you need to drown in out with a cheerleading squad. This is where mantras come in. A mantra is a word or short statement that propels your mind into a positive state so that you can crush your goal. Here's a helpful article from Runner's World on creating your mantra...

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