Category: Motivation

Happy Place: Brain Reframe Challenge Week 2

Follow the Happy Place Sasha Agent

Follow the Happy Place

Hoping week 1 of my Brain Reframe Challenge went well for you! This week I want to focus on following a new happy place and meditation.

See the video below for this week’s focus. Also be sure to keep an open mind. You may feel that following a video like this wont be realistic, however, simply tell yourself to find the time–and it will happen.

 

See more from, Smiling Mind on YouTube!

Let the Brain Surgery Begin! Week 2

Day 8: Reminder

  1. Get your journal or calendar, and take a look at Day 21, just to give yourself a reminder of your end goal.
  2. Now on Day 8, simply follow the video up top, or click here, to engage in a breathing exercise and meditation that you will practice daily this week.
  3. Take a note for today and write… “Week 2, let’s do this!”

Sasha Agent "Brain Reframe: 21 Day Train the Brain Challenge"Day 9: New Happy Place

  1.   Follow the Happy Place Sasha Agent For week 1, you had a happy place. This week you will find a new happy place. This time think of your ideal happy place. You may have never been to this place–and that’s okay. Just make sure you can visualize yourself at this specific place.
  2. Draw a symbol or picture of your new ideal place on Day 9 in your journal.
  3. Next, play this week’s video and visualize you in your new ideal happy place.

Day 10: Think about your Ultimate Goal.

  1. Think back to your ultimate goal from last week, and visualize yourself reaching this goal.
  2. Next play this week’s video and visualize yourself in your new happy place, but this time envision yourself experiencing the happy place with the knowledge that you have reached your ultimate goal.
  3. Draw a symbol of something that represents what you saw during your meditation.

Day 11-13: Visualize, Visualize, Visualize 

  1.   Follow the Happy Place Sasha Agent Find a quiet place first thing when you wake up.
  2. Ask yourself, can I reach my goal?
  3. Follow up with a confident YES, and begin to visualize this week’s happy place with the knowledge that you have reached your ultimate goal, all while engaging in this week’s video

Day 14: Reflect

  1. When you wake up, find the time to reflect in your journal by drawing out pictures or symbolic representations of your goal.
  2. Once you have your images drawn out, write your goal in a one sentence statement.
  3. Now repeat steps 2-3 from Days 11-13.

Congratulations! You are two-thirds of the way to having a retrained brain! Get mentally prepared for mastering a new and permanent way of thinking next week.

*Please note that I am not a licensed psychologist or counselor. I am also not an expert on neuroplasticity. I developed these activities based on my own personal knowledge and research on creating habits. Results may also differ and depend on the individual. For some, creating a habit may take more than 21 days–and I may be one of those people due to my short-term memory problem. : /  Have fun with this y’all!

Fill out my “contact” form if you want to share anything positive from your first week!

sashaagent.com

Brain Reframe:Retrain Your Brain Challenge Week 1

21 Days to Train the Brain

Sasha Agent "Brain Reframe: 21 Day Train the Brain Challenge" So they say it takes roughly 21 days to create a habit in one’s brain. Well, I’m ready to put this theory to the test! Although, I’m not sure if I’m the best lab rat to conduct brain research on. For some reason, be it genetic or environmental, (I also have a theory that someone pushed in my soft spot as a baby, LOL!), I have a HORRIBLE short-term memory. I’m not exaggerating either. I think many people say this, but I really struggle–it sort of worries me… And… I’m done worrying now because I can’t remember what I was just writing about. Ok, it’s not that bad. Ha!

We Can All Use a Little Positivity

Sasha Agent "Brain Reframe: 21 Day Train the Brain Challenge"I’m naturally a positive person, especially when it comes to encouraging others. Hey, I was a cheerleader for most of my life. But seriously, I’m great at looking at the bright side for others, but for myself, I tend to doubt just like most people. This blog for one thing, is something I doubt at times. I kill myself sometimes pulling all nighters working in order to give my family the attention they deserve. While I’m exhausted the next day, I wonder if it’s all really worth it.

Neuro What?!

Sasha Agent "Brain Reframe: 21 Day Train the Brain Challenge"So anyhow, I’m sure you all know I’m a teacher. Well, I have an amazing co-worker who also has a blog, and she is creating mini lessons on neuroplasticity for our students. Neuroplasticity is the idea that one can create new neural pathways in their brain in order to achieve their personal needs. Sounds brilliant right? Okay, so how does one conduct this sort of, self brain surgery? Well, it actually seems pretty simple. I’m going to break down REALISTIC activities that you can do for the next 21 days to get you thinking more positive! Let’s start with week 1!

Let the Brain Surgery Begin! Week 1

Day 1: Start with the end in mind.

  1. Get a journal or calendar, heck, staple 21 pages if you have to!Sasha Agent "Brain Reframe: 21 Day Train the Brain Challenge"
  2. Number off each day of your journal. You will need 21 days!
  3. On the last day of your journal, Day 21, write down, “I am positive, and I will reach my goal.” This will be your final day, the day when your habit will be hardwired in your brain–well hopefully.

Day 2: What are some positive things that make you happy?

  1.  Sasha Agent "Brain Reframe: 21 Day Train the Brain Challenge"On day 1 of your journal, you will brainstorm 3 things that make you happy. Make sure these thoughts are positive, or else it sort of defeats the purpose. Draw pictures, make a bullet point list, whatever…
  2. Now circle your number 1 happiest thought.
  3. Next, close your eyes and try to remember a specific memory from this thought in its rawest form.
  4. Visualize this in a quiet place for 15 seconds.
  5. This will be known as your “Happy Place.”

Day 3: What is one thought that makes you worry?

  1. On day 2 of your journal, you will write 1 thing that makes you uneasy.
  2. Now come up with 2 ways to counter that worrisome thought and write it down. For example, I’m worried about throwing all of this time, money, and energy into this blog, and not seeing a return in the next couple of years. So now I’m countering this thought with, “but what if I do succeed?” “What if this opens the door to something I’m not even expecting that will better the life of my family?”
  3. Now take your “Happy Place” visual, and imagine that thought for 15 seconds.
  4. Now take your countered thoughts from step 2 and find a way to connect these thoughts to your “Happy Place” thought. Spend another 15 seconds on this fabulous day-dream. I do realize that this may have to be a super creative day-dream, but find a way, even if you’re stretching it a bit with your imagination. For example–here’s mine… (Don’t judge me). My happy place is me with my family enjoying a day in nature. We are playing and enjoying each other absolutely worry free. So if I added my countered thoughts from step 2, I would really be day dreaming about my ultimate goal. So my goal would be to have my own non-profit organization where I counsel adolescents where I use my blog as this platform to help my teens–so I now imagine me working with my teens, yet also having the freedom to be with my family–sort of this work and play atmosphere.

Day 4-6: Visualize, Visualize, Visualize 

  1.  Sasha Agent "Brain Reframe: 21 Day Train the Brain Challenge" Find a quiet place first thing when you wake up.
  2. Ask yourself, can I reach my goal?
  3. Follow up with a confident YES, and begin to visualize your “Happy Place” with your countered thoughts from step 4 for 15 seconds.

Day 7: Reflect

  1. When you wake up, find the time to reflect in your journal by drawing out pictures or symbolic representations of your goal.
  2. Once you have your images drawn out, write your goal in a one sentence statement.
  3. Now repeat steps 2-3 from Days 4-6.

Congratulations! You are 1/3 of the way to having a retrained brain! Get mentally prepared for more positivity next week!

*Please note that I am not a licensed psychologist or counselor. I am also not an expert on neuroplasticity. I developed these activities based on my own personal knowledge and research on creating habits. Results may also differ and depend on the individual. For some, creating a habit may take more than 21 days–and I may be one of those people due to my short-term memory problem. : /  Have fun with this y’all!

Fill out my “contact” form if you want to share anything positive from your first week!

sashaagent.com

Repost: CheerTime101’s 60 Day Feel Good Challenge Week 8

Face you Fears ChallengeHow did it go last week? Doesn’t it feel nice to get compliments from the person that knows you the best? You! Verbal hugs are so important. They help boost your confidence and give you the encouragement needed to gain personal growth. 

This week we are going to face our personal fears and challenge ourselves to take a risk. For example, This week I’m going to try something new with my blogging. Although I love performing and dancing; I absolutely hate speaking in public. This is kind of ironic because I speak before a classroom of students almost everyday. However, If I have to speak before peers or an audience, my stress levels are through the roof, yet I’ve learned to at least mask the visible symptoms like; the shaky voice, hyperventilation (literally) and blanking out.

I’ve learned that if I want to take my blogging to the next level, I must start to vlog–better known as video blogging. Even though I’m only speaking before a camera, I know that I’m putting myself out there for the world to possibly see–and this freaks me out a little, or a lot.

So this week, try taking yourself out of your comfort zone, and face your fears.

Good luck, and let me know how you are doing. You can hashtag, #sashaagent or #cheertime101. Tag me on Instagram or Twitter, @snafierce!

Week 8

If you’re just joining us, here is week 1, week 2week 3week 4week 5week 6 and week 7

Day 50:

Face your fear.

Give yourself a compliment!

Remember gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Dance challenge:  Learn my choreography, Lunatic, and try to add your own personal style. Be brave! I want to see some performances this week! Tag me, DM me or hashtag me at #sashaagent or #cheertime101 or tag me on Instagram or Twitter, @snafierce!

Drink 80 ounces of water, equal to 10 cups throughout the day.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 51:

Face your fear.

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Use this ab focused pinterest video  again before you start your day.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 52:

Face your fear.

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Use this pinterest video  again before you start your day. This is a random belly dancing YouTube video I found, but it’s a great workout.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 53:

Face your fear.

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Use this pinterest workout again before you start your day. This is a great workout to help sculpt your abs.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 54:

Face your fear.

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Take a fitness break.  Thank goodness

Today, make a promise to yourself to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 55:

Face your fear.

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Again, try this pinterest workout before you start your day. This is a great standing 12 minute workout to help sculpt your abs.

Continue your promise to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 56:

Face your fear.

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Rest! You deserve it!

Continue your promise to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Repost: CheerTime101’s 60 Day Feel Good Challenge: Week 7

Give yourself a verbal hug! Doesn’t it feel good to be thankful? Showing gratitude can really change ones’ life, and lead to greater optimism.

Give yourself a verbal hug! This week we are going to add compliments. Your goal will be to give yourself a compliment via email every evening before you go to bed. People really tend to be hard on themselves–especially women. Maybe if we were easier on ourselves, we would be easier on each other…

Good luck, and let me know how you are doing. You can hashtag, #sashaagent or #cheertime101. Tag me on Instagram or Twitter, @snafierce!

Week 7

If you’re just joining us, here is week 1, week 2week 3week 4week 5 and week 6!

Day 43:

Give yourself a compliment!

Remember gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Dance challenge:  Learn my choreography, Lunatic, and try to add your own personal style. Be brave! I want to see some performances this week! Tag me, DM me or hashtag me at #sashaagent or #cheertime101 or tag me on Instagram or Twitter, @snafierce!

Drink 80 ounces of water, equal to 10 cups throughout the day.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 44:

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Use this ab focused pinterest video  again before you start your day.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 45:

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Use this pinterest video  again before you start your day. This is a random belly dancing YouTube video I found, but it’s a great workout.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 46:

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Use this pinterest workout again before you start your day. This is a great workout to help sculpt your abs.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 47:

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Take a fitness break.  Thank goodness

Today, make a promise to yourself to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 48:

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Again, try this pinterest workout before you start your day. This is a great standing 12 minute workout to help sculpt your abs.

Continue your promise to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 49:

Give yourself a compliment!

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Rest! You deserve it!

Continue your promise to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Repost: CheerTime101’s 60 Day Feel Good Challenge: Week 6

CheerTime101's 60 Day Feel Good Challenge: Week 6Hoping you found your inner child by being judgmental free… Yes, it’s tough, but you feel so much better about yourself at the end of the day.

This week we are going to try something that I’ve already been practicing with my middle school students, and it’s amazing. We’ve been reading a book called, The Positive Dog, written by Jon Gordon. One of Gordon’s philosophies is to turn your complaints into gratitude–and let me tell you now, this is so powerful. Simply take something you’re complaining about, and find a way to turn it into being thankful. For example, I often complain about choreographing–it’s literally something that I dread, but often have to do. I then stop my complaining, and think to myself just how fortunate I am to even have my limbs, or even a brain that is capable of creating. So this week’s challenge is that simple; take your complaints and turn them into gratitude.

Good luck, and let me know how you are doing. You can hashtag, #sashaagent or #cheertime101. Tag me on Instagram or Twitter, @snafierce!

Week 6

If you’re just joining us, here is week 1, week 2week 3week 4, and week 5!

Day 36:

Remember gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Dance challenge:  Learn my choreography, Lunatic, and try to add your own personal style. Be brave! I want to see some performances this week! Tag me, DM me or hashtag me at #sashaagent or #cheertime101 or tag me on Instagram or Twitter, @snafierce!

Drink 80 ounces of water, equal to 10 cups throughout the day.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 37:

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Use this ab focused pinterest video  again before you start your day.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 38:

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Use this pinterest video  again before you start your day. This is a random belly dancing YouTube video I found, but it’s a great workout.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 39:

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Use this pinterest workout again before you start your day. This is a great workout to help sculpt your abs.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 40:

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Take a fitness break.  Thank goodness

Today, make a promise to yourself to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 41:

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Smile Challenge: Smile more!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Again, try this pinterest workout before you start your day. This is a great standing 12 minute workout to help sculpt your abs.

Continue your promise to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.

Day 42:

Gratitude over complaints!

No judgments! Stop your judgments before they start, or in the moment. Whatever you do, don’t finish that thought!

Be conscious of your negative thoughts, and send yourself countering positive thoughts.

Rest! You deserve it!

Continue your promise to eliminate all negative thoughts. Take your negativity and turn it into optimism.

Eliminate all sugar.

Drink 80 ounces of water, or 10 cups.

Eat one hour after you wake up, and stop three hours before you go to bed.

Remind yourself to breathe by taking deep breaths throughout the day.

Eliminate all calories that you drink; so no soda or juice.