Is Spring Really Here?

During the final relaxation part of my yoga class, our teacher talked about how unpredictable spring is in Minnesota. It is often one step forward and several steps back, just like in life.

That felt like a true statement for me at this moment in time in my own life. When one thing was working well, several others stopped working and my frustration was growing by the day.  I consider myself a positive person but I can have negative thoughts as easily as anyone else. In fact, this one of the most common issues people have and the most damaging to our self-esteem, that is why I devoted a whole chapter to it in my book. If negative thinking is something you have trouble with try some of these ideas to help you turn them into positive action.

  • Create a mindset that empowers you.
  • Stay away from all or nothing thinking.
  • Don’t make assumptions.
  • Keep things in perspective.

I go into greater detail and offer more suggestions in my book, along with practical ways for you to take action.  Available on Amazon

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Benefits Of A Move Forward Mindset!

 


We don’t mean for it to happen, but often enough, we find ourselves stuck in a pattern of doing something or thinking about something in the same way. It takes awareness and work to make changes that enrich our lives so people are nervous will often ask me to explain the what the benefits are. As soon as the question is asked, they have realized that doing or thinking the same way, limits the richness of their life experiences. When things are the same, there is not much to be surprised about.

I have been making a practice of challenging myself to do new things and shifting my perspective enough to to see more than one side to a story or an issue. I have discovered that it takes a little practice but by making an intention to adopt POSITIVE MOVEMENT MINDSET, my experiences and opportunities have grown and expanded my life.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT BY OPENING YOUR MIND TO NEW IDEAS:

  • You will be inspired by others and they will be inspired by you!
  • You become more open to asking for help
  • You will see new challenges as a way to move forward
  • Failure is not a bad thing, it’s a learning tool
  • Feedback will help you move forward
  • Progress takes time and you will get there by taking small steps
  • Being a lifelong learner becomes a habit

I’m hoping you might also give it try. I’d love to hear from you if you are comfortable sharing. You can email me by responding to this email.

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Sandy

If not now, when?

When you look at your life, do you feel like not much has changed?

This is such an interesting question because I had assumed, at least for myself, that a lot had changed. But when I dug deeper I realized that I was not so sure. Much to my disappointment, I have the about the same amount in my bank account and the scale hasn’t moved much one way or the other. My satisfaction level with my life and relationships is holding steady but nothing is significantly different.

So, what is so bad about keeping life on an even keel? Absolutely nothing, unless of course, you want something to change and it has not. That is where the problem comes in, desiring change and not being able to attain it.

If I have learned anything this last year, it is that change requires not only willingness, but consistent and purposeful action toward the goal, whether it is personal or professional. It is true, you can’t do what you have always done and expect a different result; something has to change.

I have learned that you need to set yourself up for success by breaking the goal into small manageable pieces that you can do everyday. Case in point, I had been wanting to write my second book for for 5 or 6 years, always putting it on the back burner. One day a fellow writer and friend challenged me to get it done by September, which was 5 months away. After I tried to talk myself out of the idea, as I always do, this phrase keep coming back to me, If not now, when?  It would also mean breaking all the pieces down to small steps and accomplish a little over time.

That simple phrase helped me to shift my perspective from I can’t to Yes, indeed I can! It does not matter if your goal is big or small, you need support and a path and a plan to reach it. I challenge you to enlist someone that help you make a path and a plan and support you in the process.

I would love to hear what you are working towards. Feel free to leave a comment or reply to this email,

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Simple, Profound Wisdom

Every day we make thousands of decisions, some big and some small. Then there are some that need to be made and yet we sit on them, analyze the pro’s and con’s to death and never really make the decision. Maybe fear takes over or we are not confident in our ability to do it. Whatever it is, we stay stuck.

This past summer my granddaughter came for a visit and she taught me a simple, but yet profound piece of wisdom.  I took her to the amusement park at MOA to ride the approved rides, basically nothing that turned her upside down or was a roller coaster. However, the minute we walked in she spotted the roller coaster and wanted to ride it.  I explained that she would not like it and that her parents had told me she was scared to death of these rides. Doing my best to discourage her but nothing worked, as  she was determined to ride it.  After a careful assessment that she would be OK, I decided to let her try. Long story short, she came off that ride beaming from ear to ear, so proud of herself for doing. She rode another 3 times!

On the way home we talked about how she overcame her fear and how courageous she was for doing something that scared her. Then I asked her why she decided to ride it and she simply replied, “I just decided it was time and I did not want to be scared any more”. My jaw dropped at her wisdom and I wondered how many times fear kept me from making a decision.

I figure that if my granddaughter can overcome her fear just by deciding to do so, then I can too! How about you? Are you willing to make a decision that scares you?

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Are You Being True to Yourself?

Those of you who know me, know I love my morning reflective time. This year I have the added benefit of reflecting on my life while watching a sunrise over the ocean.

This particular morning I was reflecting on my new book, Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life, and the reasons I wrote it. I know what it is to live a pretend life, I did it longer than I care to admit. It was not that I wanted to be phony, I just did not know how to face my doubts and fears and still fit into the world around me. Everyone looked like that knew how to navigate life, except me, so I pretended to be happy and have my life together, while I was dying inside. When a friend challenged me to make changes, the charade was over.

That is how my journey began. Once I started looking at my negative thoughts and limiting beliefs a whole new world opened up to me. When I realized how long I had lived like this and how good it felt, I wanted to help others do the same. Was I scared, of course, but the confidence far outweighed the fear.

That is why I tell my story as honestly as I can, became a Life Coach and wrote my latest book. If you have questions or just want to talk to me, just reply to this email. I promise I won’t bite and it won’t coast you a penny.

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What You Do Everyday Matters!

I know that what we each do every single moment of our lives matters, and yet I know how hard it can be to have our actions be in alignment with this belief. We easily fall into the habit of doing the same old things, but somehow expecting different results. Simply put, change requires intentional and consistent action on our part.

That is why what we do everyday toward what we want for our life is so important. Reaching for what we want is a series of small steps we take each day and is more important than what we do once in a while. If you want to make a change in some area of your life you need a path and plan. What is yours for this new year?

Is a free Discovery Call with me in your future? If so please reply to this email and we can set up a 30 phone call.

Building Your Inner Strength

Building inner strength helps us navigate life in a way that gives us more confidence and trust in our own inner voice.

I have done 6 video’s that give a brief introduction into what is meant by each of the following strategies that will help move you from a negative mindset to a positive one.

Inner strength is our capacity to change the relationship to whatever has happened or is happening in our life and keep taking one more step toward what we want most.

These can be viewed on my Facebook page. Click here to visit my page.

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Sunday, 11-18-18 –  Developing a Worthiness Mindset

Sunday, 11-25-18 –  Honoring Your Story & Wisdom

Sunday, 12-02-18 –  Choosing to Move Forward

Sunday,12-09-18 –   Perspective is an Essential Life Skill

Sunday, 12-16-18 –  Pay Attention to Negative Thinking

Sunday, 12-23-18 – Imagine the Best Story for Your life

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The Gift of a Book!

Hi Everyone…I hope you are all doing well!

With the holidays approaching I wanted to share my belief that signed books make the best gifts – way more meaningful than scented candles or tea towels.  So, if you would like to purchase signed copies of Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life – 52 Inspiring ways for YOU to take action just reply to this email. The book is $15.00 plus $3 for shipping and I will invoice you to pay online. Let me know who you are buying for so I can personalize the book.

As you make your holiday list think about teachers, book club friends, sisters and most of all the girlfriends you can’t live without.

All the best to you!

Sandy

P.S. Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life – 52 Inspiring ways for YOU to take action is being considered for the Best Book Award. I will know mid-November if I am a finalist, or better yet, win best book.

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Do You Wonder if You Can Make a Difference?

Like many of you, I watch or listen to the news, I grumble to myself and sometimes others about how bad things are, and always feel sad about the state of our world. Every day we hear news of public figures accused of wrong doing, we hear of shooting in public places and when we think we have seen and heard it all, we hear news that is more disturbing than the last report.

This came home to me again this morning when I learned that the hospital that my son works at was dealing with someone who said he had a gun and the Emergency Room was put on lock down. It ended with the man being shot as he reached for his gun. I wish this was unusual but it is not the first time his hospital was part of the news. It was not that long ago that they treated those involved in the Pulse shooting in Orlando. Sadly, it is beginning to feel commonplace.

In the coaching world we often say that if you want to take the emotional pulse of the people, all you have to do is look at the things that are happening in our world. I’m not alone when I wonder what it is that I can do to make this situation better. It does not matter what your spiritual practice is or even if you don’t have one, you can make a difference with every thought you think, every word you speak and every choice you make. What we think, say and do either helps our world or feeds the fear and uncertainty that people are feeling. On a daily basis, this is easier said than done; sometimes we need some ways to actually put this into practice.

Here are a few ideas from my book: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life – 52 Inspiring ways for YOU to take action

Kindness: Check in with your thoughts, are they kind even to the people and situations you don’t like? Can you be kind to the person in front of you who is being rude and judgmental? Our intention is not to be unkind, tell a lie, or give our unsolicited opinion, but sometimes, for many varied reasons, we just do. Perhaps if we could slow down to think before we act, it would greatly change how we respond to others. Perhaps, the best gift you can give yourself and others is to not judge them based on their current behavior.

Practice Forgiveness: It is easy to forgive others for small grievances, but much harder to forgive the bigger hurts and betrayals. If we are in the practice of forgiveness, we have the mindset that helps to seek understanding and opens the perspective to see an issue from another point of view. It is about being unwilling to hang on to the anger, and seeking peace.

Seek Understanding: All too often we are married to our ideas and opinions, and will voice them at every opportunity. At times we talk over others to be heard, and pay little attention to the impact our opinions make. If we can take a step back and listen with the intention to understand, we might find we are more alike than different.

Practice Compassion: It is easy for us to offer compassion to those whom we feel deserve it, but what about the people that we deem not worthy of it? God offers even those who are accused of the worst crimes compassion, who are we to judge who is worthy and who is not? Not knowing what the other has been through or is going through, what is the most generous story you can tell yourself and others about the situation?

Release Anger: Refuse to hold on to anger and hate. Sometimes we don’t even realize how much anger and hate we are hanging on to until it comes out in our words and actions. When our words and actions show anger or hate, remember that is what we are teaching others.

Take Responsibility: What if we could take responsibility for what we think and how we act? How do you think that would affect our personal and professional relationships? I think it would heal a lot of hurt, and diffuse much anger.

To live peacefully with ourselves and others, we must have alignment between our head and heart. When we understand that our words and actions have power, we can then chose to replace out negative with positive. Taking responsibility for our life is what each and every one of us can do to change the world around us. 

Take care,

Sandy

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Hello September!

Our Ability to transform what we are given is our greatest skill and most treasured asset. -Sandy Thibault

Whether you have kids going back to school or not, the beginning of September is the beginning of different routines; many view it as a new beginning, maybe that is why it is called Self-Improvement month. I happen to love September but I also love to start fresh, to find better ways to do things and foster new perspectives that will allow me to navigate life in a way that makes be not only happier but more at ease.

I know one thing for sure, and that is we all have obstacles in our way that determines how we live life and how satisfied we are doing it. What we have in common, is that we would like to navigate our life struggles easier, have relationships that are not strained and that things can be drama free.

I know that this may sound hard, but not if we take it one step at a time. What we believe, what we think and how we act toward something negative can be changed if we take it one step at a time. A good place to begin is by asking yourself this question>

If you could overcome or make a significant difference to overcome one obstacle, what would that do for your confidence?

I promise you it will be worth your time to consider this questions!

Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life -52 Inspiring ways for YOU to take action is available now. If you can make it to the book signing but would like a copy just send me an email and I will send you an invoice you can pay on line and I will send you a autographed copy. The book is $15 and $3 shipping.

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