Stop Thinking Start Doing

Michelle Graham

Are you someone who thinks about making changes in your life?  Wow, the possibility to change is endless.  What is your 2017 plan for a positive, meaningful year? Is your goal to take college classes, learn how to quilt, get healthy or just become a better, more focused, more driven person. Whatever the dream, the goal, the doing, the planning has to start from within. You have heard the quote or a derivative of it “If you can dream it you can become it.”  Well now is your big chance to be and do all that you can be in 2017. No matter the goal big or small what path will you forge to get there?

                I personally like plans!  I like writing them out, I like keeping lists and then crossing things off my list. Anyone who knows me or who has taken our YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program has heard me say 100 or more times “when you have a plan you have everything.” This holds true not just with getting healthy or making improvements in eating, but with many situations or goals in life. Big LOFTY plans are not necessary; it is the little plans, the attention to small details that make the difference.

                Start at the beginning, be specific and describe your goal accordingly.  If you don’t know where you have been, how can you know where you are going? Think about your goal, perhaps document what you like about it and what brought you to this place of change.  Reflection is the key to progress and making your goal an evolving blueprint is the key. Determine what the goal is, define it and then set some short and long-term goals to coincide with the proposed goal. Now what is your plan to achieve that goal?  Are you going to take some chances to get there and will you go out on a limb to really make it happen? Get uncomfortable and begin to push yourself in a way that perhaps takes you out of your comfort level. This is where true inner growth, awareness and innate change can happen.  Be open to the amazing possibilities that can come and most important be open to changing your behavior.

                Not everything always goes according to our master plan. You will need to be patient, be open to a bump in the road. The bump can lead you to places you never imagined.  Learn from the bump and then adapt and adjust the blueprint.  It is these times, these moments, that can really move the needle in the direction we long to go. 

                Most important, adapt and re-evaluate the route chosen. Don’t get stuck, continue to progress forward and stay focused on the prize, the end result.  Keep those goals challenging, specific, positive and flexible. Continue to challenge yourself through this journey of discovery. Try something new; take a class just for the pure sake of learning. Keep your goal short, to the point and specific. This is how you will get to where you are going. Your blueprint needs to be precise and to the point.  Instead of focusing on making a change in 10 different things focus on just one or two items. Next, we spend far too much time putting ourselves down, living in a world of “could haves” and “would haves.”  Instead radiate positivity, spend some time celebrating all the great amazing changes that you have made so far.  Write them all down and then celebrate, I mean really find joy in your progress and the changes that you have made so far. Being positive and kind to your self is vital; you never know how your attitude can impact someone else. Last, be flexible, be open and learn to be free from the things that hold you back from being where you really want to go. 

                The enjoyment isn’t always in the destination; it is most often the journey itself that brings joy and contentment. What will your 2017 journey look like? Will you decide to get out of your comfort level and check off some things on your bucket list? Don’t wait for an opportunity to seize the beautiful, quiet moments and make your mark and leave your stamp today. 

The love of another is often all the right fuel

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

Joleene DesRosiers Moody

Mary Lou Guindon doesn’t know how to slow down. She rides her bike 10 miles a day, writes a weekly news column called “Positively Parish,” is a member of a handful of organizations throughout Oswego County, and a Parish Town Board member.

She is a woman grounded in faith and a giver through and through. But she wasn’t always that way. There was a time in her life when things seemed very “dark,” and it took the love of one little boy to brighten it.

Mary Lou said the darkness started when she lived in Florida. She was in her early 20s when she got news her father passed away. He was only 49. [Read more…]

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Disease is not a death sentence. Being diagnosed with a disease doesn’t mean it’s all over for you. If anything, it’s an awakening to just how fragile life is and how abundant the goodness is within it. Life is what we make of it. At least that’s what breast cancer survivor Janet Rebeor, Oswego County, says. And it must be handled with as much humor as we can muster.

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When feeling stuck, break chains and don’t give up

Joleene DesRosiers

Feeling stuck is uncomfortable. It can hurt, make us feel worthless and even restrict our range of motion. And because it’s such an uncomfortable feeling, it can leave us in a place where we merely exist in life; a place where every day is only about going through the motions.

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Hold on to good quotes, they can be life-changing

Joleene DesRosiers

By Joleene DesRosiers

Have you ever walked past a colleague’s desk and there, taped on their monitor or cubicle wall is an inspirational quote from someone? Sometimes it’s an author you know. Other times the words are from an individual you’ve never heard of.

But it’s not who said the quote that necessarily matters — it’s what they’ve said that strikes a chord. And often, that little nugget of information is all the fuel you need to make it through the next minute.

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Conjuring a clear path to positivity

Joleene DesRosiers

To visualize a positive outcome for a particular experience that’s up and coming in your life is to accept that the power of the mind is more profound that you ever could have imagined. That means you are the architect for any given experience in your life and you get to create the outcome any way you like.

Scientists have been investigating Mental Imagery Research for decades; publishing profound studies showing that the brain doesn’t know the difference between real action and imagined action. Here’s a visual exercise for you to do right now to show you what I mean:

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It’s never too late to follow a dream

Joleene DesRosiers

Mary Randazzo is an artist. She can paint with the best of them, creating images that pour from her soul onto the canvas with great ease. But she hasn’t always been an artist.

Just about 25 years ago, Mary was driving through a great canyon in California when she passed a giant, majestic tree. It stood old and withered against the rising sun, but Mary saw its beauty, nonetheless. She decided she was going to take a picture of the tree – and then paint it. She had never, ever painted before. It was something she always wanted to try but never did. A camera lay ready, next to her on the passenger’s seat

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