Health and Lifestyle
The Value of Good Mental Health
Each side of our brain serves us and allows us to function well. This was discussed in the last podcast with great enthusiasm. What profession are you in often is often reflected by the side of the brain you use the most to accommodate to life. What profession have you chosen? Why have you gone into that area of work?
Linda talks about creating a Sphinx she created in elementary school and how often our culture and family help develop our talents. You will be able to hopefully think of a time in your life when you too enjoyed a time of learning.
Next Linda shares an experience of being on a bus in Italy that was stalled due to an emergency on the road ahead. It turned out to be a fun and unique event for her. It remains such a good remembrance of how people were able to connect. A normal moment was not tense, but rather a beautiful time. Our minds interpret things in different ways. For someone else, the experience may have been uncomfortable or nerve-racking, but that is because we are from different backgrounds.
Fragrances also connect us to different moments. It is like listening to music. Certain songs take us back to fun or even tragic moments. Have you ever been to an auction? Have you ever experienced something that gets you into a new place? Just think for a moment about a trip to Disney or the local zoo. The characters and animals are entertaining. Our imaginations seem to blossom.
We all learn on different levels. It is good that we perceive things differently because we can share them with one another. So If you are having problems learning or dealing with things, travel and try new pathways.
Pathways to Dealing with Anxiety
1-Have regular exercise or movement as part of your day. Moving helps us get past the anxiety.
2-Stay in the moment and take time to breathe.
3-Og Mandino’s University of Success says the only event in the entire world you can control is what you are you are thinking and feeling at the present moment.
4-Enjoy the weather right now, especially if it is pleasant. Feel the sunshine and the fresh air. If it is raining, feel the moisture as a wonderful thing. Take each day one at a time. Stay in the moment.
What is it that you need to do or accomplish this week?
Is it a language you want to learn?
Linda talks about her Father’s journals. How it went from factual information and costs when her dad was younger. With time the journal entries evolved into feelings and emotions and as time progressed so many other things seemed relevant. You’ll learn why. Listen and enjoy this section..
Learn in whatever way is easiest for you. If it is in art, then express yourself that way. If it is with people, then immerse yourself with them. Perhaps music speaks and teaches you to appreciate yourself. It can be from fragrances, smells, or foods. At every age, we can learn from board games.
Linda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and also certified by Optavia in partnership with the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education & M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University. She is here to help you feel your best and succeed.
Take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success.
Staying Mentally Well
We have minds that have unlimited potential and Linda addresses some basics about learning.
Are you creative? Do you like books? Are you able to communicate well? Do you memorize well? What do you like to do in our free time? What are you thinking about? What are you doing to improve your health?
Good mental health is the basis for all of us so we can enjoy life. Our brains are made to work well for us.
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IQ’s measure intelligence. EQ’s measure emotional intelligence. AQ refers to how well a person reacts to the inevitability of change. So what supports the capacity to make changes well? Linda talks about unlearning old information! Listen and see what insights you can talk away.
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Remember to take the first step forward, it may put you on the escalator of success!
How conscious are you? Welcome to 2021 and the opportunities this year presents to you. What is a good word that can set you up for success this year? For me, the word for the month is “Connect.” I actually change out the word each month and it is a word that involves action.
Here are some of the topics on this podcast:
1- Are you familiar with the new social app Clubhouse? Well, it is a new tool to learn. A tool to connect us with others interest in the topics you like. You will meet new contacts and can listen to the opinions of other entrepreneurs and/or people of knowledge.
2- Jon Acuff, an author talks about completing a goal you have set. He shared that at the University of Scranton they studied New Year resolutions and only 8% get to their goals. That can be disappointing and discourage us from even starting. Here you will get some steps toward encouragement. Listen to some of Linda’s ideas on reaching the steps that will move you ahead. What do you want? Who is helping you get to the end you want?
3- What are the relationships you want to develop this year? Do you want to develop specific skills?
4- Looking to diets, habits, exercise, Moving on from unhealthy relationships, refueling ourselves,
5- Simple kindnesses start out as mini miracles. Linda shares about a gift she received that was not related to the Holidays, but rather as an unexpected kindness from a friend.
6- Be aware of the boundaries you set. Are you putting yourself among people that are offensive or adding pressure to you? Listen here and see if you are in a similar place.
7- A few words about “GUILT”. What is it? Do you suffer from it? What value does it hold?
8- Deepak Chopra and Ervi Laszlo discussed how we are connected. Linda addresses what they discussed. It is a very insightful selection.
9- How one person named Wayne set a great example for me and how Deepak’s conversation related.
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Take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success!
Enjoy listening to a Variety of Important Thoughts on moving forward. These will help you develop the Art of Thinking Clearly
Linda shares about a few highlights from Thanksgiving. Yes, many families and friends connected by ZOOM. The man who created zoom, Eric Yuan, has gotten us beyond physical limitations. We are so lucky to use technology to stay connected.
Staying optimistic during these times allows us to grow. We can help each other. We are able to feel complete. Send Linda your ideas for topics.
SWEET SYSTEMS HELP
A few thoughts on an article from Success Magazine in the January/February 2121 issue talks about practices for setting goals. Although the article is directed at Money goals, Linda shares how these steps can help us in every aspect of our lives.
1-Systems help us, don’t rely on willpower.
2-Allow Habits to move you ahead, don’t focus on outcomes
3-Being flexible helps us; don’t be rigid. See things with humor.
4-Stay committed, but don’t try to be perfect. It is good to complete things.
Take that first step, it may put you on the escalator of success!
What makes things complete for you? Is it good relationships? Finishing a book? Calling your children and embracing them? What makes your life rich? How do I develop the art of thinking clearly? What relationships are important to you? What do you do that makes you feel better? Even though things may be difficult, now is the time to creative something special. It could be a hobby, a new area of learning, or way to make changes intentionally. Get a coach —Call me.
Dealing with losses can be a difficult thing.It causes us to change and adapt to situations. Losses can be dealt with by changing ones perspective. What will bring you joy?
Integrating self care helps us with adapting to our needs and those of others. Linda shares a few ways to help us change our thinking.
What do you need to focus on? With the holidays in full swing we all need to apply new skills and reflect on the things that are wonderful. Are you learning something new?
Be creative, complete things, and be deliberate. Keep a variety in your life. Do small things, as well as, larger things. What feelings are controlling you rather than using good mental thoughts. Make lists. They can be destroyed and torn up but they help us think things through.
Saying YES or NO?
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” ISAIAH 43.:19
Note that these are just a few topics and they are not the "word-for-word content of this podcast!
Dealing with change takes on challenges and allows us to reframe our thoughts as time goes forward. We need to approach a new attitude with every change in direction.
Time is measured by events in our lives as well as changes in the environment. Taking steps to prevent problems means we have to make choices to move, to change direction, or to take measures to prevent dangerous issues. Linda talks about having trees in her yard that needed to be removed before there was a problem from them falling.
Pivoting from one thing to another is difficult, but we must evaluate just how we see things. Linda shares about having to take in her car into the dealership and the way she was treated. She had fears about how to give an honest review. She had an internal conflict. Have you ever had a similar experience?
What are your fears? Where did they originate from? Who do you talk to when you have concerns and fears to discuss? You may have more control than you think you do!
Do you react quickly and impulsively? Emails and texts have taught us to react quickly and it isn’t always a good idea. We need to think things through.
Self-care can go a long way in helping us stay well. As parents, as providers, and as community members we need to be there for one another.
CAL, a Gift from a good friend!
A little bear named Cal sits on my desk at work and reminds me of a dear friend who gave it to me after a trip she made to Calgary. Even though this is a small thing in my life, it represents a time when there were normalcy and happier moments.
It’s all about paying attention to the small things in our lives that help us maintain stability and a positive outlook.
Martin Seligman later popularized the concept of learned optimism. By deliberately explaining events to ourselves in a constructive manner, we free ourselves from feelings of helplessness. Even when events in our lives come out of nowhere and tackle us, we can bounce back and gain control.
Here are a few trick or treaters who had a great time!
Linda shares about her focus on a few specific positive measures. What are the positive things you have chosen to think about or do for yourself? How have the people in your community been creative in making the holidays special?
3 suggested books: Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi
Do Over by Jon Acuff
Off Balance by Matthew Kelly
Take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success! Linda’s own!
Striving for Advancement
Books provide us with insights. Insights to help us put into practice things to make our days better and allow us to strive. Jon Gordon wrote The Energy Bus. It is a book that allows one to move ahead with a great transformation. This week our podcast is all about striving for advancement in your life and this book is an excellent resource.
The Dip by Seth Godin is a small book and a quick read, but it talks about eliminating the negative things in life that take us away from using our time wisely. He shares that some of the winners in life are actually those who have become the best quitters. In lieu of reading this book, I made the decision to move away from 3 different things that have kept me busy for the last 15 or 20 years. I don’t think I wasted time in contributing to projects, committees and the sort, but after reading this simple book, it was apparent that it was a time for change and advancement.
Reading helps us focus. It sets dimensions and boxes us in for a span of time. Focus helps us accomplish the things that make you feel better. Let new ideas grow when you are focused. Transform your life!
Dealing with Changing time…
The way we deal with the Pandemic or any transitions time can help if we put the right things into place. We need to engaged with others, stay physically active, and mentally healthy. We may need to give ourselves new direction and open ourselves up to new ideas.
Last week I participated in a conversation with Rev. Paul White and another Counselor like myself, Geri Condon . We talked about deep breathing, about moving well, and ways to shake ourselves from stress. It is important to stay prayerful, keep busy, and engage in conversations and opportunities that connect us with one another. Being isolated is not healthy on any dimension. We must talk and help find productive ways of moving forward. Linda shared about stretching out one’s shoulders and shaking one’s arms losely. She shared how an older uncle of hers taught her about how dogs realign themselves.
Living with your whole heart and whole soul means knowing what is authentic for you. How are you engaging with others? Linda talks about the things that make us feel connected and certain about rest, joy, and connecting. Find things that lift you and are meaningful. An old hobby, dancings, and music lift us!
Back to the Energy Bus…
How do you fuel yourself? People who share your vision may be help you advance and progress. Who are your energy vampires? Who are the “driven people” in your life?
The Carpenter is the book that I am reading. It is also by Jon Gordon You may relate to the struggles of a man who is racing through life. The Carpenter helps him by building a new mindset!
Getting replenished takes insight and time. Sometimes we need to make simple changes. Enjoy a few thoughts on this matter with this week’s podcast.
What have you had to assemble?
Reading directions helps us to put things together. We are all given roadmaps, and directions to succeed. Affirmations move us forward. Learning comes from trying new things. Letting change help us go forward calls us to turn to other people.
GPS helps us and we don’t realize how learning to read a map is still important. Maybe it doesn’t seem that way as it was years ago, but it is a good skill. Schedules, deadlines, and calendars move us into a productive mode. Linda talks about a wren and how it set an example
What is relaxing for you?
Having Passed Labor Day Linda talked about a relaxed day. She recommended a book by Anne Lamot called Bird by Bird. It talked about instructions on writing and life. A good book stressing how habits set us up for success. Linda mentions the value of listening to books being read to us.
Trust your own judgment!
People that seek help are usually good about working through issues. I am fortunate to have people coming into my office who want to excel.
Confidence grows when we share our knowledge with other people.
What are you good at doing? What do you share with other people? Being happy for other’s joys and celebrating with them will help you grow!
What forces you to make a change?
Loss of jobs, needing a doctor, or getting gas in your vehicle may seem insignificant until you have no choice. Maturing continues until the day we die so we need to be patient with teenagers and ourselves. Roadblocks are often good for us because we are forced to change.
Take the first step, it may put you on the escalator of success.
Focusing can be a hard thing to do! Even the best of intentions can distract us. In this portion, Linda shares about losses that distract us! Sometimes we don’t want to concentrate on some loss and might intentionally try to focus on other things.
Are you concerned about your employment? Are you looking for specific insurance coverage? Do your children need your attention? Have you ever forgotten a load of laundry in the washer or dryer? When do you focus the best? Do you have a place you work best in? What distracts you the most? Is it children, the phone, or the computer that defocuses your attention? Are you a morning bird or night owl?
Dedicate a time and place to get things done!
When we are concentrating on something new or issues that require focus, we need to dedicate time to tackle them. Even a 10-15 minute window works wonder.
A 15-minute conversation talking with your spouses can keep a good window of communication open, but often the things we relish the most are lost because we haven’t shared our concerns or needs with those we love.
Charles Schwab was the president of Bethlehem Steel corporation back in 1918. At the time the company was the 2nd largest shipbuilder and steel, producer. Schwab was a wealthy man. He consulted a man named Lee who taught the Ivy Lee Method of focusing and hired him to work with those in his office.
The Ivy Lee method had the workers write down 6 things that needed to be accomplished within the day. They were instructed to work on the top task until it was finished and then proceed to the next one. Every day they did this. This kept the staff committed to avoiding distractions. Commitments make us accountable.
The American way of thinking has pushed many of us to multi-task. In doing so, we have lessened our skills for doing things well. To master something well we need to stay focused and consistent. Those who are great tennis players, piano tuners, or CPA’s use their skills repeatedly and with habits that call for attention.
Measuring progress has been a motivating way to reach a goal. You might ask how many steps or miles did I walk today? Did I get two chapters read today? Am I down the extra 2 lbs this week?
By focusing, we are able to become healthier, more educated, or happier with ourselves. In the long run, we feel more accomplished and content.
Here is a brief summary:
1- Being persistent is one of the keys to accomplishment. Of course, one must still be humble and connected to other people. We need to be self-disciplined and feel deserving of what we are good at doing. FOCUS
2- Make a list and do the top thing, then proceed.
3- Gather together what you need for a project. Prepare for the task just like a painter prepares a room before painting. They bring in paints and set up tarps; they tape the areas that need to have straight edges. We too can set up whatever we need to focus and get our tasks done. Preparing for a job is halfway to completing it.
4- Make a list and cross off the accomplishments as you finish them. Seeing your progress in writing is very helpful. Note the wins so you feel better.
5- Focusing calls for concentration so put ourselves in the right frame of mind. Dress the part. Go to a place that allows you to concentrate.
6- Center yourself to do things well. Prayer helps us move through difficult times. Hope comes from faith and encourages us to forge ahead. Take short retreats. These times can help us to be appreciative and develop hope.
Taking the first step forward may put you on the escalator of success!
Transitions & Growth
Welcome to the podcast of Mini Miracles from Minor Moments with Linda Gullo which helps you move forward. No matter what you want to do there is a pathway to get you there. Whether it is growing a profession, being a good parent, or trying a new profession, there are ways to grow or improve.
Are you trying to break habits and redesigning your life to become happier? Just how are you doing that transition? Whatever is working may be made even better. Linda offers suggestions to make our bodies feel better, as well as, creating life long relationships and connecting with people we enjoy. We may need to get back to reading or singing. Perhaps playing an instrument or changing your profession? What motivates you? How do you warm up to doing a job?
First, “we make habits, and then our habits make us.” Charles Nobel
Learning to change habits takes time and trials. This can be great fun. Linda shares a story of doing grocery shopping that may inspire you to accept the circumstances around your habits.
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Progress, perseverance, and energy help to create a level of success you may desire. Linda talks about these things. What disciplines do you have in place? Prayer, meditation, eating, working?
Taking the first step may put you on the escalator of Success.
If you look around you, you’ll see that children are spontaneous and free. They pretend; they fly through the air with joy and laughter. We all need to go back to a time and place when we felt the same way. What do you want to learn today? What vision do you want to instill in yourself for success? How will you do that? Will you go outside and play? Children are playful and creative. They learn until they are stymied by adults. Are you childlike? Are you happy doing what you do? Can you take the simplest things like a stone and it make it magical?
Gifted children are defined as those that reflect the values of society. In an article on rethinking giftedness, many studies have occurred. It makes me think that we are all gifted in some means. Our ways of thinking, acting and engaging with one another depending on where we live and how we fit into our communities change constantly. We can develop our talents with joy and spontaneity.
For some of us, we want to be deep into nature. We connect to the earth and its beauty through a hike in the country. We walk into a cemetery to pray and meditate. We pick up leaves in the fall, walk through puddles after a rainstorm, or shy away from anything that is fun. We have learned to stop playing and just be serious.
Now is the time to rethink and play. Just like kids trying to catch lightning bugs, you might try to catch the raindrops and pick the flowers. You might smell the dandelions and enjoy the shape of the weeds. This climate and pandemic are in many ways changing our response to life. We can walk more out of doors. We can connect instantly and visit online. Enjoy today. Just believe everything is perfect today. In so many ways that we can’t see, things are improving and making life the best. Be childlike and free today. Move forward with a new step!
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