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Author: Maria Bradfield

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Do you need a boost to start your day? Join me, Coach Maria as I deliver some moments of inspiration, motivation and sometimes ass kicking to help you live the life you truly desire and deserve. We will take a journey together to keep you focused, your attitude positive, energy high, mindset strong, and have some fun too. Simply subscribe and you will be notified as soon as the next podcast is available. I am excited to be on this journey with you. Imagine a relationship that is entirely focused on YOU. Imagine someone listening rather than just hearing you. Imagine someone who holds YOU accountable to YOUR dreams and aspirations. That is what Maria delivers to YOU.
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Over 111 Countries celebrated Father’s Day to honor Dads. Where did this celebration of Fatherhood come from? A quick bit of history for you. The first Father's Day celebration originated and took place in the United States. It was on June 19, 1910. Sonora Dodd, the daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart had requested the Spokane Ministerial Alliance observe June 5th, which was her father's birthday, to honor fatherhood. Her father had raised six children, as a single parent. Her deep sense of gratitude, and love propelled her to make this request. Finally, the Church agreed upon the third Sunday of June to commemorate. Following which, much later in 1966, President Lyndon B Johnson announced the third Sunday of June as Father's Day as he signed a presidential proclamation. Almost 62 years later Father's Day was declared as a national holiday by Richard Nixon who was the then President of the United States in 1972. Most recently, like last week, President Biden proclaimed June 20, 2021 as Father’s Day and directed the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day.  His proclamation stated. “Let us remember our fathers, living and deceased, and give them the honor and gratitude they deserve.” What are the attributes of a great father? A father is not necessarily the one that provided the one ingredient necessary to bring you to life. He is the one that was there for you in the good and bad times. And then there are those men that step up to the plate and raise another father’s children. Yes, the step dad. As the quote by Ray states, “It takes a strong man to accept someone else’s children and step up to the plate another man left on the table.
I do this weekly podcast to help you stay a little more focused, inspired, and positive so YOU can create more joy in all areas of your life. With the chaos and stress of our daily lives we sometimes need a reminder to appreciate more and stay the course. It also helps me stay more energetic, and obsessed ABOUT personal development and positive psychology studies. I really believe we all need someone cheering us on and encouraging us to be better each and every day. If I can encourage just one of you to be a little better each day, BAM, I am a happy camper. We flew out to Dallas for the weekend to watch our granddaughter play soccer in an Olympic Development Program. Watching these kids practice and play reminded me of a few words that each of us may choose to practice daily in order to improve our careers, increase our productivity and grow as individuals. As I sat and watched these 10 and 11 year olds play their hearts out in the blazing heat, these words came to mind.
Time To Level Up

Time To Level Up

2021-06-0711:40

Here is the Moment of truth question to ask yourself this week. Are you on track to hit your goals for this year? I am not talking just in your career, but in your health, wealth, experiences, relationships and learning? When was the last time you even looked at your goals? Hey, my friends it’s time to level up your game. It’s time to be more accountable to yourself and your family. It’s June my friends, almost the end of the second quarter of 2021 and it’s time to perform a mid-year review on yourself. I just did mine and I have some work to do! I set some lofty goals at the beginning of the year and I am a little behind, and I am excited because I am still taking ACTION. I said self….. you should have and could have gone faster and what I learned is that it’s ok to go slow. It’s not ok to give up and throw in the towel. It’s not ok to settle for mediocrity. It’s not ok to give up on my dream. Remember at the beginning of 2021 when you said you wanted to get it done in 2021? Now that I have done my Mid-Year Self-Assessment, I intend to get it done in 2021. It’s time to LEVEL UP and perform a let’s be honest with yourself assessment.
Today is Memorial Day. A day that we honor our fallen heroes, those that served our country and made the biggest sacrifice, allowing us to enjoy the freedom we have. Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. Today when the clock strikes 3:00pm local time, take a minute in silence to remember and thank those that we have lost in service. It’s also a good time to remember those loved ones we have lost and take a moment to reflect on the goodness they brought to your life. A few things happened this past week that reminded me of the importance of seizing every opportunity to stay connected, stay in integrity and to seize each day with joy, a reverence for life and gratitude. We have all loved and lost. How do you react when you lose a colleague, a friend, or a family member? Initially we go into disbelief and shock and denial. No, no, no. This can’t be true. I am experiencing a bit of that right now and I cannot seem to shake it yet. Someone in my life that I respected immensely left this earth. He served his country and so many others. We met while I was teaching a class and he was a student. A retired attorney, he decided to re-invent himself and start a new career in Real Estate. As I was teaching, I noticed he always sat in the back of the room staring intently. He had a poker face and I could not read him. Every good teacher prides herself at being able to read the audience and adjust the style and delivery as necessary. So, I did what I have been taught, engage the audience and have them participate. Join me on Motivational Moments with Maria as we honor those that served. 
Are You Connecting?

Are You Connecting?

2021-05-2411:52

Have you ever been around someone that people were just drawn to like a magnet? You know that person at a social event that seems to command the room or at a business meeting and people gather around them to listen to the conversation? You wonder, what does that person have that I don’t, or what are they doing differently? They seem to speak with ease and those around them are smiling and appear to be enjoying the conversation. Is it a natural ability or a learned skill? I am here to tell you, it is a learned skill, a 100 percent teachable skill, and one of the most valuable skills you can learn. What is this skill? My friends, it is the ability to connect. Not just communicate but to really connect with people. Join me for a conversation on Motivational Moments with Maria.
How Credible Are You?

How Credible Are You?

2021-05-1712:27

If you had to score yourself, on a scale of 1-10, on your Credibility, how would you rate yourself? Take just a moment to reflect on that. And, what does credibility mean to you? Your credibility is everything and what I mean is, how do you think you are viewed by others and what they think of you. Now I know you shouldn’t care what others think of you and the truth is we do and we know others are talking about you. It does not matter what line of work you are in, credibility is so important. Do others look at you as a reliable resource? Do they believe what you tell them? Being credible means developing a set of very specific qualities--no matter what your role, your organization, or your industry. If you're serious about establishing yourself as credible here are some of the qualities that you can develop.
Be A Winner

Be A Winner

2021-05-1012:52

There is a psychology to winning and it’s simply developing a lifestyle that is pleasing and inspiring to yourself and sets a healthy example for those who look to you for guidance and encouragement in their own lives. The real key to winning in life is projecting that image of yourself that you would like to become and practicing on a daily basis. Listen in for some insights. 
Mindfulness is simply the practice of filling our minds with the present, moment by moment. When we are mindful, we are more present; when we are more fully present, we listen rather than just hear, we perceive rather than just see. It affects everything we do, and impacts every interaction we have with others. Let’s focus on the core components of mindfulness. I will explain these concepts one by one in a few moments. The first component is always attention because mindfulness is all about cultivating attention. ▪ The second one is open awareness. ▪ The third component is acceptance. Mindfulness is about allowing the experience to be present. ▪ The fourth component is about identification, and finally, ▪ the fifth component is about choice Join in to learn more.
Are You in Alignment

Are You in Alignment

2021-04-2610:46

You know I am always going to start with a question. So here it is…. Have you ever driven a car that was out of alignment? What does that feel like? Don’t you have to constantly adjust the steering wheel to keep you on track and not veer off the road? And of course the steering wheel was resisting the entire time because it was misaligned. Alignment in your vehicle assures your tires meet the road at the proper angle, your wheels are pointing straight and your tires are centered in the wheel wells. It adjusts the angles of your wheels for best gas mileage, proper road contact, a smooth ride, and the longest tire life. What causes bad alignment in your vehicle? There are environmental conditions, driver error (hitting the potholes) and wear and tear of suspension. All of these can shorten the life of your tires and ultimately your vehicle. When the vehicle is in alignment it’s smooth driving. Well the same things happen to our body, minds and spirit. In order for you to perform at your peak, your mind, body and spirit need to be in alignment. When you are out of alignment the road in life becomes bumpy. Signs of being out of alignment show up in the following ways: headaches, joint or muscle pain, sitting too much, back pain, and limited range of motion. What would you do? Most people head over to the chiropractor to re-align the body for peak performance just like you would take your car in for an alignment. That’s terrific. Having your physical body in alignment is one part. But, we have to go deeper than just the physical.
Challenge Yourself

Challenge Yourself

2021-04-1911:30

When was the last time you gave yourself a challenge? Do you challenge yourself enough? Or have you settled in to your comfort zone and want to nest there for a while? Hey, that’s ok and here is what I have learned. The longer we stay in our comfort zone, the more stagnant we become. High performers like you can only remain in stagnancy for so long and then one day you look around and say to yourself, I need to do more. I would stop you right there and say, you don’t need to do more, it’s more like this. I GET TO AND CHOOSE to do more. I choose to stretch myself to learn something new. I choose to and get to work on a new project. I get to try something new. As one of my favorite mentors Jim Rohn said, “You’ve got to try. You’ve got to try again. If it doesn’t work the first time, you’ve got to try and try.” What causes us to be so afraid to challenge ourselves? Quite simply we are afraid of the outcome. Social psychologists say that we may be afraid to challenge ourselves because a challenge involves psychological trauma that brings fear, self-doubt, and insecurity. However, when we take on a challenge it ultimately leads to better performance, and what we have done is just proven to ourselves that we can do anything we set our minds to. Isn’t it interesting how that works. Listen my friends, life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs, it has its exhilarating times and comfortable times. It has its hairpin turns and slow turns. The roller coaster has you anticipating and screaming about the free fall. When the roller coaster ride is done, you feel thrilled, excited, sometimes peeing your pants and sometimes congratulating yourself on completing this one challenge. And for some of us we are nauseous and just have to go throw up. But you took the ride. You summoned the courage to do it. Life is the same way. Listen in for some insights on challenging yourself to be better every day.
Today is going to be a let me be blunt and honest with you. Some of you need to make a change. I hear it in your voice mails, emails, coaching sessions and direct messages. Have you been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately? Perhaps a bit stressed out from work or the home life? Are you still afraid to travel? It’s time to take control of your life once again and make the necessary changes to bring back the excitement so you can reach your unique and full potential. What changes have you been wanting to make and have resisted because of the whole chaos and fear of the COVID situation? My friends, the world is opening up. Millions of people are being vaccinated and it’s time. What do I mean by it’s time? I mean it’s time to take back your Freedom to explore again. It’s time to raise your confidence and get out of the house and visit people you have not seen in over a year. Some of you have been diligent about staying away and I honor your decision to do so and now it’s time to make a change. It’s time to start living again. It’s time to unlock your cage and explore.
Do you suffer from shiny object syndrome? Don’t know what that is? Every high performer like you suffers from it or suffered from it at some point in their career. If you are a solopreneur or entrepreneur, this affects you even more. So, listen up. I am going to share with you why you need to avoid the shiny object syndrome and what it may actually cost you and your business to go chasing the next shiny object. First, let’s define the shiny object syndrome or SOS. Simply put, shiny object syndrome is a distraction of some sort that takes you off the task you were working on to chase another project or another gadget or the latest fad. It’s a disease my friends and if affects entrepreneurs and high performers like you because you crave new technology, new challenges, and new developments. You tend to be highly motivated and are not afraid to start a new project and create something cool. Listen in for some tips.
Get Into Flow

Get Into Flow

2021-03-2915:16

Positive Psychologists define Flow as one of life’s highly enjoyable states of being, wrapping us entirely in the now, and helping us be more creative, productive, and happy. Psychological Flow captures your positive mental state of being completely absorbed, focused, and involved in your activities at a certain point in time, as well as experiencing enjoyment from being engaged in that activity. As I prepare to write my blogs and record my podcasts, I get into rhythm and flow. I have intense concentration on what I am doing and focused on the task at hand. As with anything in life we tackle, we must get into our own natural state of rhythm and flow. Can you get into a FLOW State? You betcha!.. Here are some tips on how to get yourself in flow, and what I would love you to consider is starting with one or two of these a day. Listen in for some tips on getting yourself into FLOW.
Resiliency Rocks

Resiliency Rocks

2021-03-2211:48

Have you ever been thrown off your game first thing in the morning?  Did you let it ruin your entire day?  I had a situation happen this past week that reminded me how resilient and solution based we really can be. Here is the resiliency lesson:  • When faced with challenges, do not give up so easily. Know that you have the ability to figure things out. While you may want to stop, drop and roll, don’t. In other words, don’t be quick to give up and believe in your ability to bounce back. • Be resilient so you can recover quickly from difficulties. • Don't wallow or dwell on failures; acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward. Listen my friends, • Resilience is important for a number of reasons; it helps us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences which could be overwhelming, it helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods of time, and resiliency can also protect us from the development of some mental health difficulties.
Year One Success Words

Year One Success Words

2021-03-1512:36

Today is a very special day and I am late, late, late, late, late. Time has flown by so quickly and I did not realize that a year has passed since I released my first podcast. What was I thinking? It’s a milestone. Did I know how much work would be involved? Did I think anyone would listen? Who do you think you are Maria? As a great song goes….I’m still standing…..better than I have ever been. Yes the great Elton John. Here comes the question for you……have YOU ever thought about doing something and didn’t go for it? Of course, and that’s the difference between low performers and high performers like YOU! You have a desire to do something, and while you know there might be some scary times, you go for it anyway. So that’s what I did. I had no clue what I was doing. I did not know anything about podcasting and yet, it was a funny thing, when I made the decision, things began to unfold – people started appearing with the knowledge and wisdom I needed to move forward. Others encouraged me to go for it. Has that ever happened to you? I was reminded of my favorite formula – the success words I use to guide me. Join me on Motivational Moments with Maria as I share my formula for success. 
Have you ever looked at the colors of a beautiful rainbow and wondered what is at the end of the rainbow? There is something quite magical, mystical and beautiful when we see a rainbow from afar, and of, course as we gazed at the rainbow we wondered if we could find the POT OF GOLD as I know we have all heard the tales of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The most well-known story of the pot of gold is of the poor Irish farmer and his wife. When they pulled up their last carrot from the ground, attached to the roots was the little Leprechaun. The captured leprechaun offered them one wish in exchange for his freedom. The couple could not decide on one thing and started wishing for everything (new tools, new house, new animals, and so much more until the Leprechaun put a stop to it. Sensing their greed, the Leprechaun told them they could have all their wishes, and more if they could find his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Well what do you think happened? The poor farmer and his wife chased rainbows forever and never a wish was granted. Moral of the story……don’t let your greed overtake you. In other words, quit chasing rainbows. Your pot of gold is not necessarily gold coins, jewelry, money or material things as portrayed and written about in so many tales. What does the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow really mean? It is different for everyone. For me it is the freedom to work from anywhere, anytime and to empower and serve others to become their best selves, whatever that may be. So, in reality my friends, my pot of gold is all of you! "
How many of you have heard the saying, you have the “The luck of the Irish. Do you know how that phrase came about? The origins of the ‘luck of the Irish’ saying can be traced back to the late 1800’s in America during the gold and silver rush. At that time, Irish and Irish Americans were some of the most successful miners to prosper and that is how the saying came to be. Let’s dive deeper into that. Was is really luck or was it, hard work, perseverance and persistence? Luck my friends is simply preparation meeting opportunity. And these “LUCKY PEOPLE” were willing to work harder and longer than others. They took menial jobs to survive. The big migration of the Irish to the US was so they could have a better life for their families and not be persecuted for their religion. They clearly were the underdogs coming to America like many other immigrants, no one wanted to give them jobs but they persevered. Now I don’t mean this to be history lesson and I want you to consider how this conversation plays into your daily life. Therefore, my question to you is Are you lucky, persistent and dogged in order to build a better life for yourself and your family? And can we create our own luck? Believe it or not, we can influence our “luck”. 
Pursue That Dream

Pursue That Dream

2021-02-2209:48

In this final week of self-love month, I hope you recognized how important you are and treated yourself even more lovingly this month. Sometimes we need to be reminded that self-love is vital to our well-being. What special things did you do for yourself this past week? Someone asked me the other day, why I was doing this weekly podcast, and was it worth the effort. Here is my response:. I love doing this weekly podcast and it is my intent to give you some thoughts to reflect on, tips and insights to help you move towards what you choose to have in your life. If I can help empower one person then it’s so worth the time. I also love to infuse some of my energy into you so you can lead a more productive, vibrant and joyful life. On this last week of self-love month, I really want to focus on your desires again. I am going to break it down easily. Listen in to my insights on the pursuit of your dream.
What is it that you truly desire for your life? So many of us sometimes just settle and say, oh well these are the cards I was dealt. I believe, and it’s my belief that we have the ability to achieve that which we truly desire. We do that through taking small steps each day. Let’s talk about your desires. Oh wow, here she goes giving us more definitions. Hey, it’s just another way to look at things. Desires are simply a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen and according to Professor Steven Reiss from Ohio State University, there are 16 basic desires that guide nearly all meaningful human behavior. The desires are: power, independence, curiosity, acceptance, order, saving, honor, idealism, social contact, family, status, vengeance, romance, eating, physical exercise, and tranquility. 
Improve with Self-Love

Improve with Self-Love

2021-02-0809:25

As we continue our Self-Love month, let's focus on how we can improve. It's a powerful word and I will share some insights on how improving your love of self will help you achieve your goals.
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