Ep048: All or Nothing? How About Something In-Between?

Too often people wait for conditions to be perfect before they take action.

They say things like, “I wanted to go on a bike ride this weekend, but it’s supposed to rain,” or “When Sally finishes her big work project, we’ll try to get the gang together,” or “I’d love to work on craft projects, but I just don’t have the space to leave things set up.”

In this week’s episode, I challenge listeners to remove “but” and “when” from their thought process when making plans to enjoy their favorite activities or relationships.



Show Notes:

Sheri’s journey and paintings can be seen on her Facebook page “Sheri’s Art.” 

She is also in the process of developing a website at www.sheridoyon.com. Full disclosure… Sheri is my sister-in-law (technically, my former sis-in-law), but more importantly… she’s my friend!

Portland Headlight by Sheri Doyon

“Portland Headlight” by Sheri Doyon

White Winter by Sheri Doyon

“White Winter” by Sheri Doyon


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Ep047: When Motivation is Lacking

No motivation to act

Too many times I hear people talk about things they want to accomplish (eating healthier, exercising regularly, journaling daily, paying off debt, etc.) but they are waiting for that burst of motivation to propel them forward.

In this week’s episode, I talk about motivation, why we need to break free of that mindset trap, and how to move forward even when motivation is lacking.



If you would like to improve one or more aspects of your health (spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, financial, or relationships), but are waiting to feel a strong pull of motivation, I encourage you — No. I challenge you! — to participate in my FREE 10-day Healthier Habits Starter Program.

You CAN start living a healthier life today! BUT, you have to stop thinking about it, and start doing it.


Show notes:

Download your free handout – Tips for When Motivation is Lacking

Relevant podcast episode: Ep017: Willpower, Discipline, and Habit

Here are a few links from my “research” on motivation:

The Myth of Motivation by Rubin Khoddam

The Myth of Motivation by Carmen Isais

7 Great Ways to Overcome Loss of Motivation by Shawn Lim

Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump by Leo Babauta


Don’t Forget Your Goals Over the Holidays

In recent years, the holidays started starting earlier and earlier in the year. It can be easy to get caught up in the magic, miracles and madness of the holiday season.

Unfortunately, many times we lose sight of some important things in our life while we are dealing with holiday stress.

In this week’s goal setting tip, I remind you of something important that you probably forgot about as you get more involved in the holiday season.



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Ep044: Common Excuses for Not Pursuing Your Dreams

You have a vision for your future… things you’d like to accomplish or experience. You sit in your cozy chair, pull a soft, warm blanket over you, and just imagine…

You imagine what your life would look like… how you would feel… how you would act in this dream setting.

You sit. And you sit. And you sit.

Two weeks later, you are still sitting. Seven months later, you are still dreaming from your comfortable, protected place in the world. And a decade later, you barely recall the excitement you felt when envisioning that life for yourself.

In this week’s episode of Reflections of a Recovering Ugly Duckling, I share four common excuses I’ve made for not pursuing my dreams. If any of these resonate with you, you might be selling your opportunity to achieve a feeling of purposeful achievement short.



So, what’d you think? Have you been trapped by any of those excuses? Share in the comments some of your biggest potential opportunities missed because you made excuses for not pursuing them.


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Communicate Your Goals & Their Impact on Others

As much as we might wish the people closest to us (those living in our homes with us) could read our minds and our intentions… that just isn’t the case.

And as much as we’d like the people closest to us to support us in achieving our greatest dreams, oftentimes they don’t know what our dreams are OR how the changes in our actions will impact them.

In this week’s video, I share some thoughts on how to share with the people in your household about the changes you are making (so you can achieve your goals) AND how they can expect to be impacted by those changes.

Open and honest conversations will help you all have greater understanding of what’s going on. That will help you move forward with a lightness of heart that will help you keep moving toward your goals.



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