Battle Of The Mind


The Battle Of The Mind

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.

~General George S. Patton

As a man thinketh, so is he; it’s mind over matter…We’ve all heard these phrases. But how does it apply in everyday life? I think we do this more than we realize. It’s called willpower.

This weekend, I will be taking part in a huge lesson in willpower. This week, I have been trying to work on a writing project while looking after a 2-year old. On day one, I decided that I could only get things done after 6pm, so I stayed up many nights until 2am, only to rise at 7:30 or 8am to start the cycle all over again. Yesterday, while my little charge was napping, I decided to nap also. But alas! My mind decided to create my signature poem (I never write poetry, so I seized the opportunity). By the time I was done, the little man was awake! I have definitely not achieved my writing goals for the week, and I am very much in need of sleep!

Oh yeah, about this weekend…For months, I have planned to go to a three-day seminar. It so happens that it falls on the heels of this sleep-deprived, non-productive week. The first session starts this evening, and at about 11pm tonight, I will be practising mind over body techniques. I believe I will have to do it tomorrow morning at about 7:00am when I have to crawl out of bed to continue my marathon seminar session. And on Sunday at about 5pm, I will probably be chanting, “I think I can, I think I can” like Thomas The Tank Engine!

I love my sleep, I always have. Here’s hoping that the moderator is engaging! Let the battle begin!

May your cup always be full,

Emerging Princess

If I Had my Child to Raise Over Again

 If I had my child to raise over again,

I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less.

I’d do less correcting, and more connecting.

I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I would care to know less, and know to care more.

I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.

I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I’d run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.

I’d do more hugging, and less tugging.

I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I’d teach less about the love of power,

And more about the power of love.

©Diana Loomans


This poem reminds me of another one that I’ve blogged about:  “Children Learn What They Live“.  If we would realize how much power we possess when we rear the little beings that we have been entrusted with, the would would be a different place.

I have recently had a 2-year old in my care, and I have come to a few conclusions:

1.  There is a reason why it is difficult to have babies as you get older because

2.  You need a Job-sized dose of patience

3.  I am at a different place in my life, so having a young child in my life would be a huge challenge, and definitely NOT a good fit, and

4.  Copious amounts of blessings are being sent to today’s new Moms from my direction!

There were definitely places where my child-rearing could have used some improvements.  However, I am so glad that my children are grown!

May Your Cup Always Be Full,

Emerging Princess

The ‘I’ In Ruin

The ‘I’ In Ruin.

I’ve felt this way so many times before…mostly in my previous life! LOL

Fantastic poetry by a fellow blogger!

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Aka, Crashing.

Last Thursday, I took a trip to Bermuda.  I always liked that Beach Boys Song, Kokomo, and it started with Bermuda.  While I was there, I imbibed many island treats.  I had rice and peas with jerk chicken, I drank cool drinks made with mangoes, bananas and coconut cream, and I lounged around in my bathing suit while reading books.  I had a blast listening to meringue music, and occasionally getting up to dance off some of the food that I was eating.  This trip was surreal.  Why?  Because I never left home!

You see, on Thursday morning, I crashed.  This happens sometimes while a person is recovering from an abusive relationship.  The first time that I crashed, I was actually still in it.  I think that is the reason why I was so taken off guard with this crashing experience.  What made me crash in the first place?  I mean, I thought I was over that!

Thankfully, because I am a Coach, I cannot go through a situation without analyzing it.  My future mate had better be a Coach as well!  :-/  I believe that I got into a slump because I did not have faith in myself.  Ahh, that ol’ self-esteem thing again!  I did not reach my financial goals with my business, so I was doubting that I could actually do what I set out to do.  In the end, I figured that my battle was with God.  If I was doing what I was supposed to be doing (and I was), why was I not getting handsomely rewarded for it?  Why was I not turning away bookings or clients because I was so busy?  Why was I not rolling in dough?  God, it seemed, chose to be completely silent during my ordeal.

Then, to my chagrin, I kept getting notices on Facebook or through e-mails saying:  “The teacher is always silent during the test.”  HELLO!  Stop rubbing my nose in it!  By day two, I was able to sit down and figure a few things out.  I realized that:

1.  I was not a failure

2.  Many women were looking to me for hope, direction and strength through my speaking, writing and coaching

3.  There are many routes to get to a destination.  Just because I have to take a detour, it doesn’t mean that I won’t get there, and

4.  Maybe sometimes one has to make money, THEN do the thing they love.

The two things that stuck out for me were #3 and #4.  I had one method of achieving my goals stuck in my mind.  What if I took a more circuitous route?  Would I still get there?  I sure would…I might even enjoy the journey!  Point #4 is a concept that not too many people embrace.  In our society, we either work our buts off at jobs that we don’t like, or we love what we do, but don’t necessarily make a lot of money at it.  What if we found something that brought in an income, but we were still able to do what we loved?

As a result of this low time, I was able to stop everything and really focus on what was important.  I got a new focus on my business.  Yes, my book release is now pushed back to September, but that now gives me time to actually do a countdown.  My Group Coaching Session did not happen as anticipated…so I now Coach using YouTube.  I will speak where asked and write articles on other peoples’ blogs or on the web.  My income can come from an outside source for a time, or indefinitely.  I don’t feel rushed or stressed any more.

I’ve talked about taking care of yourself in a previous blog.  What I didn’t do in the last while was take some time apart.  Seeing that I am still getting back on my feet, actually going to a tropical destination is not an option at this time.  Pretending that I was there  was just the thing that my tired mind needed to reorganize my thoughts into a new mold. Even though I think outside the box, a new thought can be “boxed” if you think it long enough!

A trip like the one I took is something that I would suggest to anyone who is experiencing mental and or emotional fatigue.  If you can get away for a few days, by all means go.  However, if you are not able to, put on a bathing suit, crank up the heat and enjoy a tropical bevarages as you listen to merengue or other tropical music.  I guarantee, it will help lift your spirits and open your mind to new possibities.

May your Cup Always Be Full,

Emerging Princess

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