By Mildred Munjanganja | December 17, 2012
I had an unpleasant experience – I am not cut out for this – but my genetic deposition demands that I rise above it, so rise above it I did. I asked myself 2 questions: what have I learnt from this experience? And how can I grow from this? The color of my world is unchanged. I had a boyfriend who for years was puzzled at my view of the world “life is not as rosy as you make it Mildred”, “one day something will happen to you and you will stop thinking things are so perfect”, “you have to stop assuming good of everything and realize that %$#* happens”. I never once doubted what he said, but my theory on life is rather different. The world is whatever shade you paint it in – your perception of things; your views are what make your world. You choose to be happy, you choose to be at peace – no-one can take choice away from you.
Imagine 2 prisoners, both in the same camp subjected to the same torture: one is happy and spends all his time finding ways to keep his sanity and joy. The other is miserable, focusing always on his plight and how he can die. Which prisoner are you? If you lost your job today, would you lament at how unfair life was or would you take it as an opportunity for change. It’s all about perception.
So I woke up this morning like most mornings and stepped outside, smelt the air and thought – I love this life, I would not trade it for the world. I have a middle toe smaller than the rest and I love it! I have freckles on my back and they are me. Every flaw in my being is where it’s supposed to be. I can forgive anyone of anything because I am not perfect. For me each day is about constant improvement – how can I leave things better than I found them? I have a pair of eyes that allow me to see the world through lens of change and hope.
So take this away with you, you are master of your own thoughts and feelings and the world is what you make it – it’s your world – love it!
By Mildred Munjanganja | December 3, 2012
You are a great speaker! No matter what anybody says. Think about it, you spend all day babbling about things of no consequence, then when you are confronted by a camera or a large group of people, you brain fools you into believing there is a problem.
What can you do to become a great speaker:
1. Brain plasticity: Your brain grows and adapts in response to change – so if you apply frequency, intensity and duration to any application after a while your brain will change to accommodate what it has learnt. Our brains are also receptive to mood and the messages we feed them – so a positive attitude will do wonders for your brain growth.
2. Know your content: there is nothing worse than listening to someone who clearly has no clue what they are talking about. If you make yourself familiar with the subject matter, it makes it easy to respond to any question asked about the subject.
3. Humor: Whern you make people smile, they like you immediately. Humor is instrumental in making you calm down – your heart rate slows down, you find yourself smiling and your audience start to smile with you.
4. Passion: Be passionate about what you are talking about. People will find you believable and more exciting to listen to when you apply passion.
5. Look great: I realize this is my remeby to everything:-) but it works. When you look great, you feel great and something happens to your posture. Whatever image you are trying to portray can be achieved or destroyed by your attire.
6. Arrive on time, take deep breaths, remember you are only speaking to another human being and have fun.
All great speakers started somewhere!
By Mildred Munjanganja | September 27, 2012
I like schedules, but I build them around what needs to be done, what I have going on and at times, what I prefer to do.
Have you ever used your body clock to determine when to perform tasks? Or have your daily demands determined where things fall on your schedule?.
According to research conducted by the University of Southern California, you are most cognitive mid-day. Your body temperature rises and increases as the day progresses, making you more efficient. They suggest taking a warm shower in the morning to aid this process.
Afternoon, you will notice that you may become less focused and between noon and 4pm, you may be easily distracted, this can be attributed to a reduction in alertness and the foods that you consume at lunch-time.
Some studies conducted by the Albion College in Michigan suggest that in the evening when you are fatigued, your mind wanders more freely, boosting your creative powers and making you more readily prepared to explore alternative solutions to problems that require open ended thinking.
I personally like working out first thing in the morning, but the experts seem to think that you are less likely to get injured between 3pm and 6pm and your muscle strength and lung efficiency are heightened at this time. They also recommend eating only when you are awake and active – the thought of eating while asleep made me laugh.
By Mildred Munjanganja | March 30, 2011
Out with the old, and in with the new—a mantra that many relate to the spring season — is often easier said than done. This rings especially true for those who have trouble letting go of old clothes, shoes, books—you name it—during annual spring cleaning sweeps. However, having a plan in place for not only tackling your mess, but also for getting rid of unwanted items, makes this daunting task that much easier.
“Spring cleaning is important for your health, and to de-clutter the mind,” said Mildred Munjanganja, vice president of LifeOrganizers.com. “When your environment is clean and tidy, your mind is clean and tidy.”
Here are some of Munjanganja’s tips for getting rid of the items you no longer need.
By Mildred Munjanganja | March 14, 2011
William James had a famous formula for developing a habit – in his selected papers on philosophy, he suggests that it will take time for a habit to form, but the following steps are a recipe for success:
1. Make a strong resolution: You must begin with an initiative in mind. Determine what you are trying to achieve, make a public declaration of it by telling someone else.
2. Never allow an exception to occur until the new habit is securely rooted in your life: A habit is like a ball of wool, every time it falls, it unravels. So you cannot allow ‘just this once’ to occur, it will take you many steps back. The act of yielding weakens the will and strengthens the lack of self-control.
3. Seize every opportunity and inclination to practice your new habit: In the beginning, you may need a lot of reminders to stick to your resolve. So practice your habit whenever you can, it may involve using a checklist so you can see your progress.
They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit and 6 weeks to make it natural – so whatever your goal may be, getting a specific area in your life organized, working out, saving money etc; follow these 3 easy steps and watch yourself succeed.
By Mildred Munjanganja | March 1, 2011
Inspired by my amazing trainer Joseph Petrie at YouFit Gym in Pompano Beach here are some guidelines on how to select a personal trainer:
1. Determine what it is you are trying to achieve. This will help you to select a trainer that will have the related experience to suite your needs.
2. If you are a member of a gym, the gym may already have approved trainers for you to choose from, otherwise; find trainers that are in your area for convenience.
3. Look at your budget to ensure that the trainer charges within your price range. Sessions can range from $20 – $200 an hour, based on the trainers client base, experience, certifications and what they offer.
4. Be sure to get ask for referrals from people who work out with the trainer and those that no longer do. I asked trainers and clients about Joseph Petrie and everyone willingly spoke highly of him – it made me comfortable in my choice.
5. Ask to see your trainer’s certification and be sure to verify it.
6. If the trainer is part of a gym, they likely have personal liability insurance to protect you from personal injury or loss, but if they are independent, be sure to ask for proof of insurance.
7. Be sure that your trainer knows CPR – you want someone who can help you if the need ever arose.
8. Talk to the trainer and asks as many questions as you see fit. You have to be comfortable with the trainer and confident in the fact that they will cater to your needs.
You have to be happy with your trainer in order to remain committed and get the best value for your money. My trainer, Joseph Petrie’s is extremely patient – he will take time to show me how to do an exercise properly to ensure that I do not get injured. He alters the workouts based on my pre-existing injuries while ensuring that he is giving me a program that strengthens the muscles surrounding the area. He is always on time, has a great sense of humor that puts me at ease while making sure that I give my all to the work-outs. I find him to be very inspiring and appreciate his constant reminders that what I eat will ultimately determine my success. If you cannot say 5 good things about your trainer….then maybe you should find one like mine.
By Mildred Munjanganja | June 21, 2010
“If you don’t have your health, you have nothing!”
You have to make time to take care of your most valuable asset, because without it, you genuinely have nothing. There are some illnesses that you cannot control, but there are a lot of things that you can do to prevent the illnesses that are within your control.
1. Determine your current state of health. Check your weight, blood pressure, vision, dental health and full body. It’s important to know where you are and where you should be.
2. Set achievable goals based on where you should be. If your doctor tells you that you are 30lbs over weight, the goal is fairly clear, lose 30 lbs. Break it down into smaller goals that you can track and achieve. Write all your goals down and be as specific as possible.
3. Write down specific actions you need to do to achieve your goal e.g. If your goal is to exercise 3 times per week. Write down which 3 days you will dedicate to working out, what time you will work out on those days, how long the workouts will be and exactly what you plan on doing during that time. You can prepare this weekly or monthly but make sure you have it.
4. Now use your calendar to make appointments for your future check-ups, weigh-ins etc and stick to these appointments. For instance, every year the month of my birthday, I do a full body physical. My birthday serves as an excellent reminder.
You owe it to your future to get this part of your life on track. Enjoy it.
By Mildred Munjanganja | March 4, 2010
I was reflecting on the New Year’s resolutions I made in January, wondering if I had actually been living by them or if they had just been noble ideas to make myself feel like I had purpose. It made me pull out an e-mail I received at the beginning of the year, I shared half of it with you in an earlier post and here’s the other half, very thought provoking:
1. Call your family often
2. Each day give something good to others
3. Forgive everyone for everything
4. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6
5. Try to make at least 3 people smile each day
6. What other people think of you, is none of your business’
7. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick – your friends will, stay in touch.
8. Do the right thing, all the time
9. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful
10. However good or bad a situation is, it will change
11. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
12. The best is yet to come
I absolutely love this list. Imagine living your life everyday believing that you have hardly tapped your potential and all the good things in your life can and will be surpassed. They say you should always dream when you are awake, I say our lives are what we make them and when we go about the business of creating who we want to be, we become the real masters of our own destiny.
By Mildred Munjanganja | February 22, 2010
I like to throw stuff out. Yes I said it, and I meant it. Getting rid of things that are just hanging out and serving no greater purpose gives me relief. This applies to every category of my life. If I have a friendship that I think is not healthy for me after I have given everything in my power to make it work, I gracefully walk away from it. If I have stuff that are just building clutter in my life, I let them go.
I even get excited about it, you can’t just come to my place and leave things hanging around, you will find them trashed, and donated, recycled….something will happen to them [I will try to give them back first – promise]. Read full entry »
By Mildred Munjanganja | February 8, 2010
Have you ever wondered how cluttered your brain must be? How many ideas, thoughts, ‘things to do’ have you had floating in there for an indefinite period of time. Can you imagine how draining it must be to carry things in your head, things that really should have been handled at one point or the other – as long as you have incomplete and undecided things in your mind, your brain will have to continue working on them until they are completed. How many unfinished things do you honestly think your brain can handle before you start suffering from stress, fatigue, burn-out and other such symptoms?
Right this second, grab a piece of paper and right down everything….big or small, personal or work related, urgent or not, every single thing that you have ever thought you need to do. Do it in an excel spreadsheet or on a numbered piece of paper, your list will look something like this:
1. Take old clothes to Salvation Army
2. Clean out trunk
3. Take PowerPoint lessons
4. Lose 10lbs
5. Lower credit card interest
6. Look into marketing project
7. Get puppy
8. Submit living will
9. Call Aunt Eunice
10. Talk to Juan about that thing he does that annoys me
Can you imagine the amount of bandwidth you are able to clear from your head once everything is written down? Whenever you are trying to focus on a given task and your mind starts to wonder, have you ever evaluated where your mind wonders to? It likely focuses on things that are incomplete and need to be attended to. This then leads to worry and then stress. Once you have EVERYTHING written down, start tackling the list one at a time, and determine what action item needs to be done to get the task complete.