The Summer 2016 Olympics starts this weekend. I love the Olympics!

I’m especially interested in watching the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team compete. If they win this year, the U.S. women’s soccer team will not only be the first team to win the gold in the first ever Olympics that included women’s soccer in the regular program in 1996 but also the first women’s team to win gold at the Olympics after winning the previous World Cup. Side note: can you believe it was as recent as 1995 that women’s soccer WAS NOT included in the Olympics main program?! For comparison, men’s soccer has been in the Olympics since 1900. Geez, that’s shocking to this girl who played under 8’s back in the 1970s and club soccer in college. What the heck took so long?

When it comes to the Olympics though, I’ll watch pretty much any sport. I simply love championship athletics altogether: the drama of it, the purpose of training coming to a head, the kinesthetic brilliance on display. That being said, I will be sure to catch archery, judo, wrestling, trampoline gymnastics, fencing, and volleyball too, no doubt.

There are many excellent resources for tracking the Olympics this year. The 2016 Summer Olympics website is good except that you can only favorite three sports. Their scheduling page is pretty handy for the big picture of what is going on day-to-day. There is also NBC’s schedule for Olympics events they will be covering, and you can set reminders to catch what most interests you. There is also a good general list of what sports are being covered by which NBC stations here.

Of course, there are apps to keep up-to-date with news and happenings on mobile. I plan on tapping into Google’s coverage with their app. I like Google Now webpage for Olympic coverage too.

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The Intuitive Walkabout

This exercise to practice listening to intuition is called “The Intuitive Walkabout.” You essentially take a little stroll listening for information from your intuition. You can have a question on your mind or you can just intend a pleasant experience of noticing what is most important at that moment.

Walk around your house or yard. Notice urges to stop or change directions. Notice ideas about what rooms to visit and where to look. Just see what catches your attention. Focus there for a moment to see what ideas come to mind. Quiet your mental chatter and listen. Have your journal ready to capture ideas or possible solutions to problems you have been contemplating.

The purpose of this exercise is to notice what it feels like to connect to your intuition. This is a calm, almost meditative experience. Do it during a downtime when you don’t have to rush off to anywhere and there are no time constraints. Though the exercise doesn’t need to last long, only a few minutes really, it is important that you feel grounded and aren’t needing to rush off anywhere the first few times you try it. Being grounded is being fully present within your body. It happens naturally once you learn to let go the mental chatter that will knock you off balance.

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Two Options Exercise

This is an exercise to try sometime when you have two important options you are considering. It’s the “Flip A Coin” exercise.

Designate heads to one of the choices and tails to the other choice. Then flip a coin and notice how you feel once you see which choice won.

How you feel as a result of the flip is your intuition at work. It suddenly becomes quite clear how you feel about the option that won and maybe even what was better about the other choice.

This exercise of taking that one small action can really tune you in to how you would feel about the choices rather then just logically thinking them through using your mind only. How you feel about the decision is much more predictive of how you will do with that decision once you’ve kicked it off into action.

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Goal Setting Process

Those who write their goals down are more likely to reach them. For me, writing down the main ones in a few categories on an annual basis is a good way to go. I use the time around my birthday each year to inventory goals achieved and set goals for the next year. I pick the most important ones to me and break them down into smaller steps to be accomplished each month or quarter along the way to my next birthday. I learned this technique by reading Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed by Brian Tracy.

Goal setting is a very personal thing, though. We all have to take the time to learn what works best for us and stick to that. If a technique sounds good to you, try it for a month or so. Check your motivation and results at the end of the month to determine if that system is a keeper for you. Finding what works best is simply a trial and error exercise. Most importantly, keep trying.

When there is a goal you do not reach in by the deadline, it is time to reassess whether it’s still relevant to keep it on the list for the next year. If it is, no harm done, you just estimated wrong about when you could get it accomplished. So put it on the list again and spend time feeling what it will be like to reach that goal. Then try again. If it is no longer relevant to you, then let it go without worrying about it any further. Turns out it was just not important enough in the grander scheme of things.

Living in the moment and being fully present is also a critical idea to remember when goal setting. It can be easy to be distracted with anticipating a future goal or accomplishment that you must achieve before you can move on or allow happiness in your life. But, there is no need to be unhappy seeking a time in the future when all is will be accomplished. Even though it is important to outline goals and work towards accomplishments, it is also imperative to learn to enjoy the process.

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Yoga, Sleep, and Mindset

sparkscast podcast #12

Yoga has a huge benefit that can easily be overlooked if one is focusing only on the strength and flexibility part. It is a great way to tune into your intuition too. Stevie also points out one way a natal astrology chart could suggest yoga as a promising exercise. Yoga certainly can help people tune into their spiritual being. Stevie also discusses sleep habits and some tips to try for enhanced sleep.

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