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Are You Living a Blue Monday?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

How’s this for a Monday morning pick-me-up? I just read that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year. It’s called Blue Monday. And it has nothing to do with the phases of the moon or the weather.

blue mondayBy the third Monday, over two weeks of the New Year have passed and you have already lost track of the resolutions you made. Remember those promises to yourself- exercise, read more, spend more time with family, etc., etc. Another new start and you’ve veered off the path to a successful new year. Humph!

Stop putting yourself down.

Besides, today is only the second Monday of the month.

The perfect day to assess if that resolution was right for you.

If you’re finding it difficult to maintain a new behavior, it’s because your reason for staying the same as you are is too strong. Ask yourself what you get from not exercising, from watching TV instead of reading, from working or being with friends instead of being with your family. Whatever behavior you resolved to change is too important to your current sense of identity to easily alter it.

In order to bring on lasting change, you must first see yourself as the person you want to become. Imagine every detail of what your life would be like as the person who has made this change. Each time you’re tempted to not do what you say you want to do, ask yourself what would your better self do. Bring a clear picture of that you into your mind. You don’t have to be accountable to anyone else. “To thine own self be true.”

You have the next seven days to practice being that new you.

On Blue Monday you can smile with satisfaction. No reason for you to be depressed.

You are living the dream!

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” Vincent VanGogh

Seeing Yourself Clearly?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Geoffrey Bradfield, a celebrated Interior Designer of international acclaim, adopted as his motto a quote from Oscar Wilde.

 “There is an art to living-

that life itself is, in fact, the first, the greatest, of the arts.”

In describing interior environments of his design, Bradfield explains that his work creates “a backdrop for our lifestyles, to enhance and illustrate the way we choose to live”. The home interiors Bradfield successfully designs mirror his clients’ lifestyle. When the spaces are a true reflection of their inhabitants, the art to living, that greatest of the arts, occurs naturally, comfortably.

As the creator of the “backdrop of your lifestyle”, each day you choose the personal environment of your clothing, the vehicle you drive, your home surroundings, and your work environment. The artistic medium you work with to create your surroundings on the visual plain is color.

You need not be an artist in the sense of a painter or sculptor to create. A subtle creative process starts the moment you open your eyes and you realize your “Youness”.  

As you rub the sleep out of your eyes and leave the reverie of your dream, are you smiling as you greet your day? Or, as you catch a glimpse of yourself in the bathroom mirror, do you close your eyes to the person you see?

How you see yourself is the biggest determining factor in how you are perceived to others. Are you portraying the true reflection of who you are, or does your mirror reflect the image of an imposter?

Being aware that you control your personal environment is the first step in making the changes to guarantee your success. 

Maxwell Maltz, in his book “Psycho-Cybernetics”, writes “all your actions, feelings, behavior, even your abilities, are always consistent with self image.” He goes on to explain, “By understanding your self image and by learning to modify it and manage it to suit your purposes, you gain incredible confidence and power.”

In other words, your level of success in life stops at the level of comfort you have with yourself. Why cap your success because uncertainties about your self image?

If you’re looking to boost the success you feel, first be comfortable with yourself.

Being comfortable with yourself is not the same as the feeling you have wearing your old blue jeans and oversized sweatshirt. Comfort with your self image is deeper than clothing level, below skin level. It starts at mind level.  

Start with being clear about who you are.

You are different than anyone else.

Begin with self acceptance.

Celebrate your uniqueness.

Self-confidence means you have belief in yourself.


The person we believe ourselves to be will always act in a manner consistent with our self-image”.                                                             Brian Tracy

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Mary Ellen Lapp reveals how the colors we wear, and the colors that surround us, even the color of the car we drive, impact out self image and affects how we are seen by the people around us.

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