“Challenges make you discover things

about yourself that you never really knew.” — Cicely Tyson

Get moving to make your dreams come true! (Photo: Getty Images)

Get moving to make your dreams come true! (Photo: Getty Images)

How do you take your life to the next level when all you want to do is curl up under the covers and binge-watch “Being Mary Jane”? Let’s face it, we all have days, maybe weeks when just can’t find the inspiration to drop a few pounds, get through another boring day at work (or 500 emails), or start that book project.

Here’s how to encourage yourself to get up and get moving so you won’t miss out on opportunities to make all of your fabulous dreams come true.

  1. Focus. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to take on lots of challenges at once. Take the pressure off by picking one goal that you can reasonably achieve before moving on to anything else. Don’t think about how much you have to do, just get started. Once you begin, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to keep going. Plus, tackling one task at a time will relieve stress and keep you from feeling defeated.
  2. Have a moment. Daydream a little. Allow yourself to imagine that you have already completed your goal. Visualize yourself succeeding, then bask in the glow of your great achievement. Use the joy (or relief) that you feel to propel yourself forward and get things done.
  3. Reach out. Think of at least two people who always encourage you to do your best. People who make you feel confident and capable. Give them a call and let them know how much you appreciate all of their support and share your new goal.

“We may encounter many defeats

but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou

  1. Wake up. Visit a place or engage in an activity that always helps you broaden your perspective and feel more enthusiastic. It might be a museum, a library, a park, or a place for a spiritual retreat. Allow yourself to just have a great time. You’re bound to have more energy and drive when you’re done.
  2. Reward yourself. Break your task up into at least two segments and plan to reward yourself with something delightful after you complete each segment. Make sure you really celebrate when you are finished. Be sure to congratulate yourself for a job well done!

The most common way people give up their power

is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker

About Fierce Fridays — Tips for Weekend Well-Being

We each cherish those precious days off at the end of the week, but increasingly those of us who are charter members of the sisterhood of the stressed and overworked are losing our Saturday and Sunday leisure time to weekend work and domestic duties.

To make sure that you do something every weekend that’s just for you, we’ll be sharing a little advice to make those 48 hours a great time to recharge your batteries, bring a little good news into your life, or discover a quick and easy way to improve your health.