There are times when climbing out of the mud of negativity seems impossible. It’s not always easy to summon the mental power to argue logically and calmly against your own negative thought patterns. So here’s a hint to turn negativity on its head: Instead of confronting negative thoughts directly, focus on the positive by filling… [Read More]
In today’s fast-paced world of “immediate everything,” patience seems in short supply. Add in the holiday hustle and bustle and being patient truly becomes a virtue! This season, practice patience and reap the benefits of a happier and healthier you. Warmly, Melanie Ott Inspirational Thoughts “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”… [Read More]
Let It Go!
The popular children’s movie has made it catchy to tell ourselves and others to Let It Go! But releasing what does not serve us is easier said than done. Let’s explore why we hold on to things, knowing when to relax our grip, and the freedom and power that flow from letting go. Inspirational Thoughts “Sometimes letting things… [Read More]
“And Above All: To Thine Own Self Be True.”
A tremendous part of appreciating and loving yourself is learning to be true to yourself. Knowing what you stand for and what you believe gives you tremendous power. And learning to accept yourself as you are, instead of constantly striving to reshape yourself, creates greater self-love. For example, say you’re not a morning person. Instead of… [Read More]
Invest in Your Mind, Body, and Spirit
At its highest level, self-acceptance is a form of self-love. People who love themselves take good care of their mind, body, and spirit. Nourish your mind by going back to school for that degree, requesting a “stretch” assignment at work, learning a musical instrument or a new language, or tackling crossword or Sudoku puzzles. Care for… [Read More]
Let Go of These 5 Things to Cultivate Joy
When you’re working hard to cultivate joy in your life, several unhealthy behaviors and attitudes can stand in your way and keep you from experiencing true, deeply-rooted joy. Let go of these five obstacles to cultivate joy in your life. Let Go of the Past. Constantly looking back – whether it’s dwelling on regret or… [Read More]
As the year draws to a close, I encourage my friends, family, and clients to cultivate joy. By purposely choosing to be joyful, you will reclaim peace, wonder, and gratitude in all aspects of your life. Warmly, Melanie Ott Inspirational Thoughts “Joy is not in things … it is in us.” ~ Richard Wagner “Joy… [Read More]
Happy Thanksgiving from Leap Forward Coaching!
Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are the perfect time to be extra kind to friends, family, and everyone you meet. As you go about your daily business or gather with loved ones, employ these kindness practices each and every day. Spread daily acts of kindness. During the holiday season and throughout the year, conduct small acts… [Read More]
Building Balance, Strength and Agility
Mention balance and you may instantly form a mental picture of a tightrope walker, a gymnast on a balance beam, or a dancer on tiptoe. Every day, you walk a metaphorical balance beam – teetering between family life and work commitments, praying you won’t fall. A scoop of ice cream and a cup of broccoli… [Read More]
A well-balanced life can feel elusive and yet it’s a worthwhile pursuit because when achieved, balance produces optimal performance and well-being. This month we’re talking about building balance – and the success and satisfaction it can bring to every aspect of your life. Warmly, Melanie Ott Inspirational Thoughts “Happiness is not a matter of intensity… [Read More]