Motivational Stories: Red Riding Hood Returns

Motivational Stories

There are many folk and fairy tales that can be rewritten to provide motivational and inspiring stories we can apply to our own lives. Here is the story of Red Riding Hood, told for the first time, to show how she got back home from Granny’s cottage, through the dark and dangerous wood.

Red Riding Hood Returns
Red Riding Hood Returns

Red Riding Hood Must Return Home

After Red Riding Hood and Granny were rescued from the wolf, they sat down in front of the fire for a rest and a drink of sweet spring water with some of the bread and cakes and talked about how Red Riding Hood would get home before dark.

“Granny, I was so frightened,” confided Red Riding Hood, “I thought I would never see you or mother again!”

“Yes, me too,” said Granny, “But how did the wolf get here before you,” she asked?

“I, … I was talking to him in the wood,” said Red Riding Hood, not meeting Granny’s gaze.

“You strayed from the path, then,” Granny commented.

Red Riding Hood nodded, “But it’s all right now, the wolf is dead.”

“He is not the only wolf,” Granny commented, “But the path is magic and if you stay on it, you will be safe.”

“But I did stay on it,” burst out Red Riding Hood, “My feet were on it the whole time I was talking to the wolf.”

“But where was your head,” Granny asked? Red Riding Hood just looked at her. “My head?” Granny nodded.

Red Riding Hood thought about that for a minute. “My head was talking to the wolf,” she said?

“Exactly,” said Granny. “Don’t talk to the wolf.”

Decide Your Objective And Draw A Map

Granny said she would draw a map of the way home for Red Riding Hood as it would help her stick to the path, even when things didn’t look the way she remembered them. She picked a roll of bark off a log beside the fire and a piece of charcoal from the ashes and drew on the inside.

“We are here,” she said, drawing a small thatched cottage, near the bottom of the bark, “and your home is here.” She sketched an “X” at the top of the bark, then joined the two with a line. “This is your route, but beware the short cut. Keep to the left at Owl Tree, else you stray into the Dead Forest and Dragon Mountain.”Develop your strategy

Red Riding Hood shivered: she had been well warned about the dangers of Dragon Mountain.

“And even the right path itself is not always safe,” Granny continued, making a few more marks on the bark “Do not stop to pick mushrooms, they are poisonous, and don’t stop to pick flowers, they may be pretty but you will waste your time and be left in the dark.” Red Riding Hood nodded.

“Here,” Granny pinned the map to the inside of Red Riding Hood’s cloak. “Keep the map close and check it often. Do not stray.” And she pushed Red Riding Hood out of the door to set back out home. “Remember,” she said, “You have to decide where you want to go, make a map to get there, note any difficulties and CHECK THE MAP OFTEN!” She almost shouted the last words.

Red Riding Hood started off, unsure now of her way after the fright she had had earlier. But she knew her mother would worry if she didn’t arrive home before dark and might set out to try and find her. The path from Granny’s cottage was clear at first. She had walked it many times before, but now, by herself and with the afternoon waning, she began to doubt her ability to get home. Then she remembered Granny’s words, “Keep the map close and check it often.”

Follow The Map

Red Riding Hood opened her cloak and checked the map pinned to the inside. She could see the owl tree ahead, so she knew she was still on the right path and she stepped out boldly, keeping to the left at the tree. The path became a little fainter after this, especially as the light was fading with clouds spreading across the sky. She shivered and pulled her cloak closer about her. The map pinned on the inside rustled against her and comforted her. She could look at it anytime. Red Riding Hood looked around, making sure there were no wolves nearby but all she could see were white bumps in the grass.

“Mushrooms,” she thought. “Those would make a good tea.” The wind blew more strongly and she drew her cloak even closer, preparing to collect the mushrooms, then the map rustled again inside her cloak. Forgetting the wind, she opened her cloak and checked Granny’s map. The mushrooms were poisonous! She looked at her feet, they were right on the very edge of the path. She stepped back hurriedly and almost ran the next part of the path. As she ran, the clouds thinned and a few rays of sunshine illuminated the path ahead and some nodding daisies, right beside the path, where she would not need to step out of the way.

“Mother would love those,” she thought, then remembered that they were on the map too, so hurried on by, ignoring them. A path joined from the right. That was the short cut from the dead forest, so she knew she wasn’t far from home. Somewhere, a wolf howled and Red Riding Hood stopped still on the path, wondering if the wolf could be between her and home.

Target Achieved – Draw A New Map

From ahead, a light shone from an open door. She was home and no dark shape barred her way. She ran for safety but when she went to tell her mother about the map, it was gone.

“It must have fallen off,” she told her mother, but her mother smiled. “Once you have reached your objective, you draw a new map,” she said.

Get Things Done

How To Get Motivated – 5 Ways To Get Out Of A Slump

You list your New Year’s resolutions yet you do not do anything to change your old ways. You write a to-do list but you sit on the couch all day watching TV. Sound familiar?

Get Things DoneEverybody gets into a slump. Yes, even that colleague of yours who doesn’t seem to run out of energy. You’ve probably experienced being so productive one day and then feeling like you don’t want to move an inch the next day. You don’t have to play out this scenario over and over. There are things you can do overcome your slump and get back to work.

If you want to find out how to get motivated, keep reading and follow these handy tips:

1. Develop a pre-game routine

Ever noticed basketball players do the same thing with the basketball before shooting a free throw? Or singers going through the same ritual to warm up their vocal chords? The most productive people have their own “pre-game” routines. If you don’t have one yet, it’s time to develop one that sets you up for the upcoming task. Be sure that it’s something that would bring you closer toward your goal. Also, your routine must be so easy to do you wouldn’t think twice about doing it.

2. Be excited to accomplish the task

When you’re excited about the topic, writing becomes so easy. But if you don’t have a clue about what to write, you just stare at the screen for hours. There’s a world of difference when you are genuinely passionate about your job. This can be tricky if you’re in a slump, so you have to figure out how you can build on it. Taking cues from your co-workers or talking about it with your partner may prove to be all you need to get that energy boost.

3. Reward yourself
As you may have learned from your high school Economics class, people respond to incentives. After all, a huge reason why you’re working a 9 to 5 is the salary, right? When things aren’t going your way, it’s best to set small goals and celebrate little achievements. By knowing that you’ll get something after finishing a certain task, you can get that extra push to inch closer toward your end goal.

4. Surround yourself with the right people

Try to be with people who share the same goals. For instance, enrolling in a fitness class encourages people to stick to their workout program. This can be as simple as enlisting the help of your buddy. You can hold each other accountable if one fails to do the task at hand.

5. Find happiness

This may sound cliché, but it can actually do wonders in terms of increasing productivity. Studies show that happier people perform way better at work. It’s essential to take small steps to improve self-esteem, because how you see yourself has a significant impact on your success.

The next time you find yourself in a slump, just remember these tips. By knowing how to get motivated, you can stop procrastinating and get more things done.

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How To Stay Motivated After Starting Your Diet

A lot of people ask how to stay motivated during a diet. The first couple of weeks are easy: you make a few changes, you lose a lot of weight, and you generally feel good about yourself. Dieting is a grind though, and before long you hit a plateau and wonder if you’ve become a failure.

The good news is that you haven’t failed. Your brain is just resisting change (it’s kind of mean like that), and trying to get you to take the easy way out. You can overcome these negative urges by following these three steps.

Understand The Way Your Brain Works
Every successful dieter is at least partly an armchair psychologist. This is said in the most positive way possible: you have to learn to understand your brain to overcome your addiction to bad foods and lack of exercise.

A Better You 3d words on a green arrow and a man riding it upwardThe brain’s biggest imperative is to keep you alive with as little effort as possible. This means avoiding work/exercise when it can and eliminating the stress that comes with having to watch what you eat. So how the heck do you beat your brain, with its millions of years of built in instinct?

You beat your brain by using the gift of conscience. You must learn to separate your impulsive mind (which says “this food sucks” or “I’m too tired”) from your conscious mind (which understand that the food is good for you and that being tired is how you get better). Think of your impulsive mind like someone else’s particularly bratty child, one that you actually get to tell to shut up.

Don’t Be Afraid To Take A Cheat Day

There is a lot of debate when it comes to cheat days. Some people swear by them, others claim that they are the devil incarnate. Both sides will provide sketchy science to back up their claims. When it comes to figuring out how to stay motivated, you’re going to stick to the psychological side of things.

If you’re going to stick to your diet long-term, then there needs to be a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. It may sound like a good idea to think of an arbitrary weight that you’re trying to hit; but that number rarely keeps you motivated in the long run.

Cheat days sprinkled out weekly or bi-weekly offer a much more immediate reward. If you can lose x amount of pounds in a week, then you get to indulge a little bit.

Bring In As Many Friends As You Can

Staying motivated has a lot to do with who you surround yourself with as well. If you can bring your friends and roommates into your diet plan, then it becomes much easier to stick with the program. Motivated groups perform much better as well, so finding a few partners could send you to a much higher weight loss level!

Above all else, remember why you got into this diet in the first place. You want to be healthier, and you want to be confident in yourself. You WILL get there. With the information you’ve just been armed with your success is guaranteed.

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5 Surefire Ways To Find Motivation To Workout

Ever felt so good after working out that you told yourself you just have to do it again? But on the next day, you’ve lost all motivation and you resort back to your old, unhealthy ways. Many people have been on the same boat. You may want to sweat more often, but you simply lack the drive to include fitness in your daily routine.

Workout Success WomanMany say you just have to work through it. Others explain that it takes a full month of doing something regularly to make it become a habit. But these vague tips may not be too useful. What you need are science-approved ways of finding motivation to workout.

Real rewards can make you hit the gym regularly

If losing weight or getting washboard abs isn’t enough of an incentive, then trying giving yourself real rewards by sticking to your training regimen. For instance, if you were able to complete your 4 workout sessions for the week, treat yourself to a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant. Getting rewards is an essential part of forming new habits. Your brain starts to associate exercising with something positive, making you feel a lot more inspired during your workouts.

Hold yourself accountable for your actions

You can try making a contract with your friends or family. Agree to pay a given amount of money if you don’t show up for your fitness class. This is a very simple approach that has been proven very effective. Paying money isn’t necessary, but it’s a huge motivating factor for many people. The sheer embarrassment of not living up to your word is sometimes enough to push you to commit to your training regimen.

Identify problems and solve them

When you don’t feel motivated to work out, try to identify what causes the problem in the first place. Some people recommend positive thinking to beat laziness. But studies show that positive thinking wouldn’t be effective unless you come up with a concrete solution to the problem. So if you lack workout motivation because it’s too early in the morning, then consider pushing your workout schedule later in the day.

Add variety to your routine

Showing up at the gym only to perform the same exercises can get boring. Try adding some variety to your workouts by enrolling in fitness classes, engaging in sports, and using gym equipment you haven’t touched before. This can bring excitement to your workout, making you feel as if it’s your first time.

Find support from others

There are plenty of people out there who also feel uninspired to work out. You can join local fitness communities to meet new people to share your experiences with. Scouring the internet for online forums and Facebook groups can also make a huge difference. Getting support from other people can help you get to your fitness goals a lot quicker.

Fit women doing stretching pilate exercises against motivational wordsIt’s important to understand that you can always do something when you don’t feel like exercising. These tried and proven ways of finding motivation to workout can give you that much needed push to hit the gym and get in shape.

Time Management Tips

Before a person can manage his time properly he needs to understand exactly what time is. Most dictionaries will tell you that time is a period or point at which things occur. To put it more simply it just means time is when things happen. There are two different types of time. There is real-time and clock time. Everyone understands clock time because it has 60 seconds in each minute, 60 minutes in each hour, 24 hours in each day, and 365 days in each year. however is a bit more difficult to understand because it is relative. A good example of this would be an upcoming vacation. If you have waited all year long for your vacation to arrive you will notice that the final few weeks seem to really drag on. It seems as if time has slowed down. On the other hand, when you are doing something that you really enjoy it appears as if time flies. The reason why this happens in these two examples is because of real-time. Therefore, the first thing that you need to understand before you can manage time properly is which time zone are you living in, clock time or real-time?

The majority of time management systems and gadgets will not work because they are specifically designed to manage clock time and clock time is irrelevant. People do not live in clock time but rather they live in real-time. During the year there will be times when time is flying by while at other times it will seem to be dragging along. To help you manage time you have to realize that real-time is mental. You are the one that creates your own real-time and since you are the creator you can also be the manager.
The first thing that you will need to eliminate is concepts such as “not having enough time” or “I ran out of time” or “this is not the right time.” These type of negative time thoughts will sabotage your goal to manage your time even before you get started. Real-time consists of three things: conversations, thoughts, and actions. Your entire life will revolve around these three things and if you follow the following techniques you will be able to better manage your time.

The first thing that you will need to do is carry a small notebook that contains a schedule. Record all of your conversations, thoughts, and activities for one complete week. At the end of the week analyze how much time you spend doing each one of these activities. This will help you to visually see how much time you are wasting on unproductive conversations, thoughts, and actions as opposed to how much time you are spending being productive.

Some people like to create to-do-lists. However, as the to-do-list grows longer and longer there comes a point where it becomes undoable. This will frustrate you to no end and rather than keeping a to-do-list you should have an appointment book to record schedule appointments. Always make an appointment with yourself and plan to spend at least half of your time engaged in activities, thoughts, and conversations that are productive. Also include a block of time for unplanned interruptions. These simple time management tips can help you to manage your real-time.

How To Declutter Your Home For Good

Are You Organized Yet

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In our materialist and consumer-oriented society, it is paradoxical that many people say they would love to own fewer things. Our houses are crammed full of all sorts of items that we do not really need. Imagine how much more pleasant it would be to live in a clean, well-organized home that only contained what was really important to you. how to declutter your home and pare down your possessions is important if you want to avoid becoming overwhelmed. However, this task can seem impossible. Where can you begin? The mere thought of sorting through everything that you own and deciding what to keep can make you feel defeated before you ever get started.

How To Begin To Organize

Fortunately, there are some simple tips that you can use to make this project a lot easier. First of all, it is important to start small. When you look at your home as a whole, it is all too easy to give up in despair. Instead, pick a small section of your home and focus on that.

This can be a single room, or even a single corner of a room. Even clearing off a shelf can be enough to get you started. Organize that drawer in your kitchen that is crammed full of junk, or recycle those old magazines that have been sitting on your coffee table for months.

Start Small

Starting with a small, manageable project gives you an immediate taste of success that provides much-needed motivation. By choosing an area that you can clean up and organize in an hour or two, you will not get overwhelmed as easily. If you feel discouraged later on, you can always go back and look at that area to feel better.

Too often, people throw themselves into this process and feverishly try to work at breakneck speed for a few days. They may get a lot done, but then the motivation fades and they wind up back at square one. If you really want to get your house organized, you need to make sure that you make slow, steady progress.

Just One Step A Day

Rather than trying to get everything done in a long weekend, focus on doing a little bit every day. Even 20 to 30 minutes a day will add up over the long run. You may be amazed at how much you can accomplish in this fashion. In addition, you will be less likely to burn out and give up quickly.

Try to develop a regular schedule for getting rid of clutter, instead of just doing it when you feel like it. Set aside a chunk of time each day when you focus on this task. Once it becomes a regular part of your daily routine, you will start doing it without even thinking about it.

Once you get over the initial hump, learning how to declutter your home is not as difficult as you might fear. You just need to get in the habit of keeping things organized. Before long, you will have pared down your possessions and your home will be a more pleasant place to live.

You can find more help on decluttering and how it can improve your health on this page.