Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone by Sharele Hatfield

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Think about your life right now. Is it everything you’ve dreamed of? Are you in a good place? Or are you sailing along doing the same things you’ve always done, content to let life pass you by? Take a good hard look at where you’re at, and see if you need to gather the courage to leave your comfort zone and take a chance on doing something great! 
Assess Your Situation 
Really take some time to assess where you are in life. How are your relationships? Where are you at in your education or career? How is your spiritual journey? Is there something in your life that you need to change? What are you afraid of? Identify it and write it down in a sentence like “I am feeling _____________ about _______________. I am afraid of ____________ because _______________. Right now, I’d like to change __________________.

Writing down how you are feeling, what you are afraid of, and what you’d like to change will help you get clarity on where you are in your comfort zone. 
Identify Steps to Take
Identify what the first step is to change how you are feeling. Do you need to have a heart-to-heart with someone? Do you need to ask for a raise at your job? Do you need to register for a class? Write it down and set a date by which to accomplish it. 
Gather Courage
Identify what gives you courage. Reading your Bible or devotions? Talking to a friend? Seeking advice from a counselor or pastor? You will need courage to step outside of your comfort zone. Figure out what gives you courage and utilize that. 
Just Do It! 
After you’ve assessed your life, identified what steps to take, and gathered your courage, you are ready! Take that actionable step outside your comfort zone. It’s guaranteed to not be as scary as you think it will be! 

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Take steps outside your comfort zone, and watch the positive things that will happen in your life! 

Benefits of Collagen Supplements by Sharele Hatfield

One of the newer buzzwords in health supplements is collagen. You may have heard about, but do you know what collagen is, and what it does in your body? 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body! Collagen promotes healthy bones and joints. It also improves the look of your skin and helps with skin elasticity. Finally, it helps you build muscle. 

As you can see, collagen is an important part of your body! Unfortunately, starting at around the age of 30, collagen production in the body slows. That’s why you might notice some aching joints, saggy skin, or difficulty with digestion as you age. Never fear! There are some great collagen supplements out there that we are going to take a look at. 
What Can They Do?
A quality collagen supplement can do more than just make your knees stop aching! Take a look at this list of what collagen can do for you. 

  • Encourage healthy bones
  • Encourage healthy joints 
  • Help encourage muscle mass
  • Aid in gut health 
  • Support your immune system 
  • Strengthen hair and nails
  • Help with skin elasticity
What to Look For
Let’s take a look at what to look for in a quality collagen supplement. 

  • A diverse amino acid profile. Our body needs 20 amino acids in order to function. The more amino acids in the collagen, the better! 
  • Hydrolyzed bovine collagen. Collagen can come from many different sources, but bovine has been tested and found to be the most effective. 
  • Look for a supplement that contains both Type I and Type III collagen. These are the most potent types. 
What to Avoid
When looking for a quality collagen supplement, avoid the following ingredients. 

  • Marine collagen. Marine collagen is derived from any aquatic animal, and can be hard for the body to absorb. 
  • Magnesium stearate. This is a filler with no nutritional value, and can be hard on the digestive system. 
  • Titanium dioxide. This is a coloring agent and can be toxic. 
How to Take It
Most collagen supplements are in powder form. This powder can be stirred into coffee, tea, oatmeal, pudding, or applesauce. Best of all, because collagen is a protein, it will keep you fuller longer! 

Collagen supplements are a great way to give your skin a boost, help your joints and bones, and aid your digestion! 

Dream Big by Sharele Hatfield

Dream Big

You have probably heard the expression “dream big” at times. But what exactly does it mean to dream big? To me, it means dreaming of the best, happiest life that you can possibly imagine, and thinking of the steps that are needed to make that happen. Read on for some tips about dreaming big, and how to make your dreams come true.
Decide What You Want
 First, decide what you are dreaming big about. Do you want another job? Do you want to own your own home? How about a vacation home? Do you want to pay cash for a new car? Your dreams are your own, but first you need to identify exactly what you want. What is your big dream? What is the happiest life that you can imagine? Start with that, and write it down. 
Make a Plan
A dream without a plan is just a wish. In order to make your big dream come true, you need to have a set plan in order to make it happen. Work backwards. Start by writing down your big dream. Then write down what would happen immediately prior to achieving that dream. Work your way backwards, writing down the steps that you will need to take in order to make this dream happen, until you get to the present day. Then, take a look at your plan, and decide on your action items. Do you need to take a class? Do you need to write out a budget? Do you need to open a savings account in which to deposit a set portion of your paycheck? Decide on at least three action items that you can take immediately in order to start making your dream happen.
Have Accountability 
 One reason why people don't achieve their goals and dreams is because they lack accountability. Find someone to give you accountability. This means someone who will check in with you periodically to make sure that you are doing what you are supposed to do in order to achieve your goal. This needs to be someone who will be honest with you, and give you some tough love if necessary. Having someone to be accountable to will keep you on the path to achieving your dream.

 Take these steps in order to imagine and achieve the biggest dreams that you have! 

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Thеrе’ѕ Nо Success Withоut Fаilurе by Sharele Hatfield

Thе key tо ѕuссеѕѕ is еmbrасing failure. Fаilurе is thе gateway to perseverence that bringѕ about grаnd ѕuссеѕѕ аnd triumрh. Without fаilurе, you won't have thе орроrtunitу to learn critical lifе lеѕѕоnѕ ѕuсh аѕ perseverence and implied information.  

Implied information iѕ subtle, quiet and often invisible. It'ѕ thе kind of understanding that is diffiсult tо transfer frоm оnе реrѕоn to аnоthеr. It'ѕ аn аbilitу you асԛuirе thrоugh triаl and error.

An еxаmрlе оf implied information is riding a bike. Whilе уоu саn ѕhаrе tiрѕ on gооd bikе riding, уоu саn't tеасh ѕоmеоnе to stay uр оn thе bike. They muѕt lеаrn оn their оwn through triаl and еrrоr.
A lot of people think they nееd tо knоw еvеrуthing bеfоrе thеу try ѕоmеthing nеw. Thеу dоn't realize thаt great ѕuссеѕѕ can соmе after fаilurе. Thеу don't understand that ѕuссеѕѕ can only соmе thrоugh rеаl еxреriеnсе. 

Think аbоut your firѕt еxреriеnсе of riding a bikе. Sее what I mеаn? Fаilurе is nоthing mоrе than an opportunity tо gаin implied information and rеаl еxреriеnсе.

Thе secrets to success are preparation, hard wоrk, and lеаrning frоm fаilurе.

Believe in уоur роtеntiаl! Trу tо do thingѕ in a diffеrеnt way. Dоn't fеаr making miѕtаkеѕ, but lеаrn frоm thеm and kеер gоing bесаuѕе success аnd fаilurе аrе twо ѕidеѕ оf a coin. Always rеmеmbеr, every success story iѕ аlѕо a story of grеаt failure.

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At Home Exercise Ideas by Sharele Hatfield

At Home Exercise Ideas

At this time, almost all gyms and health clubs around the United States and Canada are closed. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still exercise! Regular exercise is great for both your physical and mental health, so let’s take a look at how we can continue to exercise at home. 

Get Outside

If the weather in your area permits it, getting outside can be one of the best ways to exercise without any gym equipment! Going for a run, walking your dog, or gardening are all activities back at you moving, and burn lots of calories! Additionally, getting outside helps to clear your head, gets you some Vitamin D, and lets you enjoy nature. Take some time to go outside, get some exercise, and see what is blooming in your part of the world! 

Your Personal Trainer

If you enjoy working out at home instead, take advantage of a free streaming service such as YouTube to find great workouts. You can search for any type of workout that you would like to do, and specify if the workouts should require equipment such as dumbbells. Purchasing an inexpensive set of 5 to 10 lb dumbbells and some elastic resistance bands can really ramp up your workout! So move your couch aside, grab some water, and find a workout on YouTube or another free streaming service that you enjoy! Even better, find a trainer's YouTube channel and subscribe to it. That way, you don't have to search all the time for a trainer that you know you like.

Use What You Have 

If you take a look on a website like Pinterest, you will find thousands of ideas for using what you have around the house to complete your workouts. One example of using your furniture to complete a workout is doing tricep dips using a dining room chair. Another great way to get a workout in when you don't have any equipment is to look up body weight workouts. These types of exercises, such as push-ups, utilize your own body weight to work different muscle groups.

Involve Your Family

Working out at home can sometimes get lonely. If you have family living with you, get them on board with your workouts! If you have babies or toddlers, there are videos that show you how to lift your children in order to work your different muscle groups. For preschoolers and up, look up kids aerobic or yoga videos, and do those with your children! If you have a spouse or another adult living with you, invite them to join your workout. Consider letting them pick what the workout is every other time, so that they will continue to work out with you. 

It can be hard to find the motivation to workout at home, so schedule it into your day. You will feel much better, mentally and physically, if you get movement into your day, every day!

What Is Self-Motivation? by Sharele Hatfield

We hear the term “self-motivation” quite frequently, and most of us know that it’s a good thing to have. But how does self-motivation work? And how does one motivate oneself? Let’s take a look at what motivation is, and how it works. 

Motivation is defined as “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way”. For example, someone’s motivation to exercise might be to lose weight. Someone’s motivation to take their medication might be to stay healthy. Self-motivation is why you behave the way you behave, with no outside factors. You aren’t acting a certain way because other people are pressuring you. 
Factors of Self-Motivation
According to Emotional Intelligence expert Daniel Goleman, the four factors of self-motivation are:
  • Personal drive to achieve
  • Commitment
  • Initiative
  • Optimism 
Your personal drive to achieve is your desire to meet or exceed certain standards. Your commitment is how dedicated you are to personal goals. Your initiative is your willingness to take advantage of opportunities, or to seek out opportunities. And your optimism is your positive attitude. 
Your attitude goes a long way into your level of self-motivation. Having a sense of optimism- a good attitude even when things are going wrong- can lead to increased self-motivation. A big part of motivating yourself is learning to pick yourself up and dust yourself off when things don’t go your way. Having a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset can help you overcome obstacles and stay motivated. 

Do an evaluation of your personal drive to achieve, your commitment to your goals, your initiative, and your optimism and attitude, and see how self-motivated you are to achieve your goals. If you are lacking in self-motivation, consider your mindset, and form a plan of how to improve yourself! 

Tips for Staying Focused in Difficult Times by Sharele Hatfield

Having a crisis- a global one like COVID-19 or a more personal one- can send us into a state of unfocus. Many people report a “brain fog” for months following a crisis. For most of us, life still needs to happen in the midst of or following a crisis. So how do we maintain our focus and continue to take care of ourselves and our families even when we feel like we can’t think about anything else? 
When a national or global crisis is happening, there is an information overload coming from all directions. 24-hour news channels, the newspaper, and social media keep us informed as to what is going on, but nobody can digest all of the news that is coming at them continually. To lower anxiety and retain your focus, consider unplugging or limiting the amount of media you are taking in. Get off social media for a few days, or resolve to only watch the news for ½ hour per day. Taking a step back from the barrage of information coming your way will go a long way to help restore your focus. 
Focus on What You Can Do 
Worrying about what you can’t control sucks up your mental capacity and leaves you little ability to do anything other than worry. Instead, think about what you can do and can control. Make a list if necessary. Can you send a care package to a friend who is sick? Can you make dinner for a family down the street who all has an illness? Can you go and sit with a friend in the hospital? Serving others always makes us feel better, grounds us, and helps us regain our focus. 
Be Still 
Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God”. What does it mean to be still? It means taking some time away from the news, the worry, and the stress to sit with the Lord in prayer or reading Scripture. Find some Scripture verses about comfort and anxiety and reflect on them. You will find that even after just a few minutes spent in prayer and with the Bible, your anxiety will be less and you will be able to focus better. 

Unplug, focus on actionable steps to help the situation, and take some time to be still to regain your focus during difficult times! 

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone by Sharele Hatfield

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone Think about your life right now. Is it everything you’ve dreamed of? Are you in a good place?...