The secret of winning coaches and mentors is knowing how to motivate their players, to "fire them up".
Even if you don't have a coach or a mentor, you can fire yourself up with "positive self-talk." Essentially, this is a pep-talk selfie.
Use positive language to describe what you hope to accomplish today, tomorrow and in the future. Tell it to Hashem and pray for it, too.
Unfortunately, people are constantly using statements that cause them to berate themselves, their efforts, or their abilities. What could be greater self-persecution? They need to learn how to turn these around into positive statements instead. That's where "positive self-talk." You certainly know how to take a selfie with your cellphone camera, right? This is just as easy - give yourself a pep-talk selfie! Make 5 to 10 strong statements that reflect your aspirations and abilities. Share them too with Hashem, and tell Him that you're positive that He hears you and that He'll help you. Do this daily and you'll go a long way.
Don't ever forget though: true personal growth doesn't come easy. In fact, it hurts. But it sure feels great.
Everyone knows that substance addiction is bad news, no matter if its alcohol or narcotics. It destroys familes and it destroys the addict him/herself. Yet, there's a much more socially-acceptable form of addiction that has ensnared millions - that addiction to the web.
Compulsive computer use - gaming, social media and aimless surfing - has destroyed people young and old, robbed them of their marriages, their livelihoods and their health. As a spiritual guide and personal counselor who travels the globe, I could write a book of tragic cases that I've had to deal with.
The "Shovevim Period" is a special time for self-assessment and improvement. When we judge ourselves, we don't get judged by the Heavenly Court - that is good news. Although Hashem is lenient and merciful, the Heavenly Court is not.
Today's shiur will present an amazing diagnostic test that will enable you to determine if you're hooked on the web or not.
With the above in mind, you don't want to miss "Are You a Web Addict", today's emuna shiur and broadcast. It takes place this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM local time at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time
As always, the live shiur is open to the public - both men and women are welcome - so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by! If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it on this coming Sunday's Lazer Beams.
My special friend filmmaker Ari Joseph from Lakewood heard a story from me and put it to film. This not-too-dynamic dude is waiting a whole week to catch a ride to Jerusalem, hitchhiking by the side of the road. After 7 days of waiting and camping out, he finds out that Jerusalem is only a 20-minute walk down the road. It's a message for all of us - get it in gear! Enjoy the flick...