LIV Health has a new COO!

LIV Health COO

LIV Health COO

WELCOME

Melissa Salvato, Chief Operating Officer

 

We are thrilled to welcome Melissa to our team!

Melissa Salvato, LCSW joins LIV Health following nearly a decade of diverse practice and supervisory experience in the state of Wyoming. Melissa earned her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Denver with a clinical specialization in Family Systems and a post-graduate certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care from the University of Michigan. She has experience in medical case management, emergency psychiatric care, in-home psychotherapy, and grants & special projects administration. Melissa is an innovator and enjoys bringing projects to life. 

 

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What’s Your Why

What's Your Why

 

What’s it like to work with LIV Health? Here are the people that make our team so great! Take a second to get to know them better, and find out their why…

Emily, sitting at a table, wearing a colorful shirt under a navy blazer. Medium length brownish blonde hair, and green eyes

“It was important to me that I have a career that matters. I’ve always been a very passionate person and social work just seemed to fit my personality and my life goals really well.It always keeps my interest and my passion alive because it is such a diverse and dynamic field. You never know what the challenges will be, but I love being a part of the solutions and using my education and experience to solve many different problems. Social workers come from all walks of life. I have learned and grown so much because of the many, many social workers who have inspired and taught me what the important things truly are. It’s an honor to have a place in this field.”

– Emily, Founder/CEO

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Troy, gray shirt, dark blonde hair, beard and blue eyes

“Over five years ago, Emily, my wife came to me with an idea about helping people in the community. Through her work at the V.A. and at a local home health agency, she saw so many aging members in this area who needed in-home services. However, many of those people did not know of the services available to them. So, she decided to start LIV Health in hopes of helping them. She started on her own, then she hired a second employee to help her, then a third, and now she has over 20 employees. After seeing her exhaust herself on the daily operations of running the company, I decided to leave my job at WYDOT to alleviate the pressures of managing the financial operations. I would like to think this helps her spend more time passing on the many skills and lessons she has learned in the field of social work and beyond to the employees who in turn serve the patients.

Growing up in Northeast Colorado, visiting family throughout Northern Colorado, graduating high school and college in Laramie, and now residing in Cheyenne, I have a special connection with the entire area we serve. It feels good to help my wife, and to know that I am a part of this company that helps so many people in Southeast Wyoming and Northern Colorado. I am so proud when I hear how the LIV Health employees have positively impacted hundreds of lives in the region. I am happy to do my part in managing the financial operations, so our employees have the resources they need to help as many people in the region as possible. It is my way of giving back to the area I love and have always called home.”

– Troy, CFO

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Karen, sitting on a barstool leaning onto a kitchen counter wearing denim jeans, a blue and green plaid shirt, long dark blonde hair, blue eyes

“I first met and worked with Emily, the owner of LIV Health, while working at a home health care agency when one day she asked me if I would like to come work for her at LIV. I knew that Emily was a very compassionate person, but it really wasn’t until I began working at LIV that I found out just what a truly compassionate, caring and incredible person Emily is. The dream she has for this company and what she is doing with LIV and the home health community is beyond amazing. I just sit back in awe watching LIV grow and wondering which direction she is going next. Then there are all of my LIV co-workers. These clinicians and case managers also are such incredible people and the kindest souls I have ever met. Day after day they are impacting people and families’ lives in so many ways. I feel that the positive spirits and vibes that surround LIV simply draw these remarkable people. I enjoy working for LIV and am grateful to be part of such an extraordinary company which is making its mark in the healthcare community. This is a very satisfying job for so many reasons.”

 – Karen, Lead Admin

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Pat, sitting at a table wearing a pink and black buttoned jacket. Medium length brown hair, with blonde highlights, blue eyes

“I became a social worker after I delivered home delivered meals for 15 years and observed homebound, mostly aging adults, who were alone and had no one to help them navigate the health care system or a real person to go to when they needed help with basic human needs such as safety, food and shelter. This experience made me more acutely aware of my own life of privilege and my own belief that every person, no matter what their circumstance, be treated with dignity.”

– Pat, Therapist (Laramie)

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Wendy

“I knew from a young age I would be in a helping profession. Life took an unexpected turn and I didn’t go back to school until my mid 20’s after my son was born. I was a single mother and needed to get back on track. I was blessed enough to get involved with a life changing organization that supported single parents and their dreams of college and self sufficiency. During my six years working with a wonderful mentor I was able to find my true direction….social work. I wanted to be able to give back. Getting the guidance, encouragement, and the confidence I needed to raise my son alone and finish college. I wanted to be that support for others. It wasn’t until I got my first “real” job as a social worker at a nursing home that I knew working with the older population is where I was meant to be. Restoring hope, providing guidance and “unscrambling eggs” (as one patient explains it). “

 – Wendy, Lead Case Manager

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Greg, standing, leaning with one hand on a counter, wearing khaki pants, a light blue dress shirt, short brown curly hair, blue eyes

“Becoming a social worker was something that came out as I continued to develop and study in my undergraduate work in Criminal Justice. The original plan was to go to Law School, because I wanted to be able to help youth and families that became entangled in the criminal justice system. Fortunately, I am married to a social worker and she was able to help me understand that I would be most helpful if I were to apply for the Master of Social Work program. So I did and was accepted to the program with the University of Wyoming. It was week one of MSW studies that I was made aware of the huge gap in services and attention that was being payed to our growing older adult population, and I became passionate about learning the issues and needs in this population. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to work with LIV Health for the past three and a half years because I have been able to work with older adults and put my studies in the MSW program to practice. “

– Greg, Lead Therapist

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Cortney, leaning against a doorway, wearing black dress pants, a flowery shirt under a bright pink jacket, long blonde hair, big smile, and blue eyes

“My journey to become a social worker started many years ago when I was getting my undergraduate degree at CSU. I was searching for inspiration and meaning in my life and decided to take a social work class. I was in awe of the social work professors. They were so inspirational and wonderful. I wanted to surround myself with people like that for the rest of my life. When I was working as a social worker in North Dakota in my early 20’s a mentor of mine, who had her master’s in social work, encouraged and supported me while going back to school. She believed I would be a great mental health therapist. I completed my Master’s degree and have loved every minute of my career as a therapist since. The best part of being a social worker and a mental health therapist is being surrounded by some of the most wonderful people in the world who enrich my life everyday. I’m so honored by those who share their stories with me and allow me to be part of their lives. I’m very proud and grateful to be able to call myself a social worker.”

– Cortney, Therapist (Cheyenne)

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Jenn, standing, leaning against a leather chair, wearing a teal button up shirt, long curly brown hair and blue eyes

“As cliche as it sounds, social work has always been a part of who I am. My education didn’t begin in social work though, that came after finishing a degree I wasn’t using and realized I wasn’t applying my passion or energy in the correct field. I wanted to feel fulfilled, to do that, I knew I needed to regroup and change directions. Since I began this transition in 2011, I have worked with a number of populations and I have found my home.

I work as a case manager and a therapist now for LIV Health, and I have to say I love both roles. I want to be there for people in the dark trenches and in the light of hope. To remind people they matter and are valued despite troubling circumstances. For me, social work has provided a transformative lens on the world, humanity, and myself. I grow from each one of my clients, and I genuinely believe in people and the power of presence and compassion. Another important aspect of social work that has been powerful is the sense of community I feel from my colleagues, mentors, and teachers along with way. Just as we strive to be a support for others, we are a support for each other in this field and I think that is so awesome.”

-Jenn, Therapist/Case Manager (Cheyenne)

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Bailey, sitting in a chair with hands folded. Wearing an olive green cardigan, long blonde hair, and brown eyes

“I had many interactions with social workers growing up. Having parents in the health care profession, I met a social worker at the age of ten that worked with my parents. I was always so interested in her job and how she was able to help so many people who were sick and needed support. A few years later my parents decided to adopt from Ethiopia. We had to complete many home visits and interviews with a social worker throughout that process. At that point, I was able to see how social workers could change someones life for the better (my brothers and my family’s).
Throughout my life I was around great social workers that led me the social work profession. I find myself so incredibly blessed to help people everyday and absolutely love my job of being a SOCIAL WORKER!”

– Bailey, Case Manager (Laramie)

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Lisa, standing with hand on a gray couch, wearing khaki pants, a white shirt under a dark plum sweater, long brown hair and brown eyes

“Even as a young child, I enjoyed helping people. I used to volunteer at our local nursing home when I was in middle school and loved listening to the stories the residents would share. I still love listening to the stories others have to share! Being a social worker is one of the greatest honors as people let you into their lives and share part of who they are with you.”

– Lisa, Therapist (Laramie)

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Tessa, sitting on a barstool, wearing black dress pants, an emerald green shirt, medium length blonde hair and blue eyes

“I originally started in nursing as I wanted to “help” people. During practical’s I quickly realized I did not like the physical aspect of nursing, bodily fluids could really make me sick! I also noticed that while I was providing physical care for patients the majority of the patients were lacking in emotional care, it was difficult to build relationships with patients as there was always something else on the list that ranked higher. I decided to change my major to social work as I felt that I would be able to provide true “help” to patients. I love being a social worker as I am able to meet a client where they are at and build off of their strengths. Being a social worker I am able to holistically provide care for patients, and I have less contact with bodily fluids. Ultimately helping others really “helps” me as I feel a strong purpose in life!”

– Tessa, Therapist (Laramie and Cheyenne)

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Dr Eby, leaning on kitchen counter, wearing a gray shirt with a black button up sweater, long dark brown hair, and brown eyes

“As a child, I thought that there might be something “wrong” with me because seeing others being misunderstood or ostracized seemed to disturb me more than it did others. I thought that maybe I was too sensitive or that it was foolish to want to protect others who were “different” from unfair judgment. While I still feel the inclination to protect vulnerable people, I now see it as a personal strength. I feel a sense of duty based on the experiences I have been afforded to provide a compassionate perspective – that there is always more than can be seen on the surface, and that people are doing the best they can with what they have.

The strong desire I have to understand others and to challenge my own beliefs and perspectives about others is part of what drove me to pursue a helping profession. I want to broaden my understanding of the range of human experience, and I want to convey that understanding to others. I hope to allow others to feel understood, to know that someone “gets them” and that they belong.”

– Rachel, Psychologist (Cheyenne and Northern Colorado)

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Ashley, sitting on a gray couch, with a royal blue shirt, long dark to blonde hair, brown eyes

“From a young age I knew I wanted to help people and social work gave me the opportunity to do just that. When I was working as a legal assistant, I was made acutely aware of the inequalities within my community and I decided to become a part of the solution. The social work profession allows me to continually impact peoples lives for the better. I am able to connect my patients with the resources they need and assist them in finding solutions to some challenging situations. I feel blessed that I am in a position to provide this support to others and that I work for such an amazing company that offers these services. I get to wake up every day and help people and I can not imagine a better profession! I love being a social worker!”

– Ashley, Case Manager (Cheyenne)

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Courtney, standing in a kitchen wearing a royal blue shirt, long reddish brown hair, blue eyes and glasses

“Not being a social worker, I started out with LIV Health doing freelance design work, my background is in graphic design and the arts. Deciding to go full time with LIV, while being a hard decision, was one of the best decisions! I could not ask to be part of a more amazing team of caring and compassionate people.

At first I felt like I was not doing “enough” because I’m not out there in the community helping people. I have come to realize getting the word out about LIV is an important part of the team. If people don’t know about LIV, how will our awesome therapists and case managers help people? I’m so thankful I get to be a part of making a difference in people’s lives!”

– Courtney, Marketing Coordinator

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Gabrielle

“Ever since I was a child I’ve always enjoyed helping people, whether it be by sharing pencils or comforting a peer on the playground when they fell. I was also very close to my aunt who was a social worker. Throughout high school I would spend time with my aunt and learn about her job and the community she supported. My interest in social work grew with the knowledge I gained from my aunt. During college I interned at hospice and my interest in social work became even stronger. The interactions that I had with hospice patients and their family members really solidified my interest and passion to become a social worker. I really enjoy working with people and supporting them through whatever situations they encounter.”

– Gabrielle, Case Manager (Cheyenne)

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Stephanie

“I’ve always enjoyed working in a field where I get to help people. Although I do not see patients directly in my position, I still get to help out, and assist all of our amazing social workers so I can make their day a tiny bit easier! I play a small role next to all of the therapists and case manages here at LIV. It’s amazing to see what they do day in and day out. Working for this company has such a powerful feeling and has brought a lot of positivity back into my life. What a rewarding job this is!”

– Stephanie, Administrative Assistant

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Coming Summer 2019

Coming Summer 2019 text with LIV More logo

CONCIERGE, MONEY MANAGEMENT, & TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

 

What is LIV More?
LIV More is part of the LIV Health family!

Our mission is to profoundly improve your quality of life, by offering concierge, money management, and transportation services.

That’s great, but what does it all mean?…Thank you for asking!
This means we’re offering the same amazing care in your home, but we can now help with more of the little things, so you and your loved ones are able to spend less time worrying and more time doing the things you love.

CONCIERGE SERVICES
One of our trained staff will meet with you and your family or representatives to determine needs, develop a plan of care, and a realistic budget.
We can help:
  • Complete daily tasks, such as review, sort, organize mail
  • Running errands
  • Monitor groceries and toiletry items and ensure you never run out
  • Light housekeeping
  • Meal preparation
  • Feeding assistance
  • Medication reminders
  • Dementia and respite care
  • and so much more
MONEY MANAGEMENT
Are you worried about your ability or the ability of an aged love one to manage the finances? Are your bills piling up? Are you seeing a lot of unopened mail at a loved one’s home? Or late notices?
We can help:
  • Evaluate, monitor, review, balance and pay monthly expenses
  • Oversee paid services and evaluate needs
  • Assist with budgeting for food and other monthly expenses
  • Monitor, track, review and report credit card expenses, cash flow and expenses
  • Counsel on budgeting and money saving tips
  • and more
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Need a ride to a medical appointment or just want to go shopping? We can help you get there. If you’d like we can even accompany and assist you for our hourly rate.

Interested in learning more? Visit our new site.

CLICK HERE

ACCEPTING REFERRALS STARTING APRIL 1!

 

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What exactly do the therapists at LIV Health do?

We help you figure out difficult situations. Life is messy and sometimes you need a little help. Our therapists are experienced and well equipped. All of our therapists are Licensed Clinical Social workers or Clinical Psychologists. We use evidence based treatment methods to help you achieve your best life possible.

Not sure if we can help you? Call us! We offer a free, brief consultation.

Meet our awesome Therapists and Psychologists below…

 

SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER

 

The holidays do not have to be a stressful time filled with elaborate gifts, crazy meals, and massive amounts of baked goods. Sometimes we get so busy with all of the shopping, and wrapping that we forget the true meaning of Christmas. We forget that there are those who may be less fortunate struggling to make ends meet, struggling to feed their children, or struggling to find joy in this season.

Volunteering your time, adopting a family to buy gifts for, ringing the bell for Salvation Army, or giving to those less fortunate are all great ways to spread holiday cheer this season.

Check out these local resources to find out where you can volunteer…
You can also Contact your local schools, shelters or food pantries to see if they know of any needs within our communities. There are so many ways to give, especially during the holidays! Kindness is contagious, spread that stuff everywhere!
Happy Holidays!

HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS…

LIV HEALTH’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
for aging or disabled loved ones!


Christmas is coming!! Yes I’ll say it again…
CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

In like 20 days (but who’s counting?)
This year we thought we would come up with a holiday gift guide for you all! We know this time of year may not be jolly for everyone and if that’s the case for you LIV Health can help! We offer in-home counseling and case management. Yep that’s right IN-HOME counseling and case management. If this time of year gets you in a funk, reach out, let us know how we can help! It’s easy to get started…WE PROMISE…For those of you who need help finding a gift for that person who has everything, check out these options below for some ideas and inspiration…
An Amazon Echo or Google Home
(we’re sure there are probably a million other versions) as well, but this could be a great option for anyone, any age! Play music, make phone calls, call for help, the options are endless!
A Salon Experience Hair, Nails, Massage…
Who doesn’t love a nice relaxing spa day. This is the perfect gift for mom, sister, grandma, daughter, aunt…Know they don’t have time to go during the holidays, give a salon gift card!
Gift Cards Galore…For the crafty one
Crafting can be such a personal thing that buying a gift card makes it so your loved one can get exactly what they want and enjoy! Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, and Michaels are great choices!
A Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Reading can also be personal. So instead of guessing what your loved one likes to read, a gift card makes it easy for them to get exactly what they want. A journal, game, or puzzle could be a great gift also.
A Restaurant or Coffee Shop
A gift card or night out to your loved one’s favorite restaurant, or a morning coffee date sounds like a great idea to us! Who doesn’t love good food, or a caffine pick me up!
For the Person Who Loves to be Outside
Bring the outdoors in with this indoor garden. Whether you love flowers, gardening or color, add some sunshine to your life with a mason jar garden. We found these at uncommongoods.com.
Medical Alert System or Fall Detection 
Do you know someone who lives alone, or may be in a season of life where a medical alert device could come in handy. There are many different types and styles. Any of these would make a great gift, and possibly save someone’s life!

Dr. Eby is passionate about using evidence-based psychological treatments to serve clients across the lifespan. She has experience conducting individual, family, and group therapy – as well as psychological assessment – with folks across a broad range of cultural backgrounds, ages, and developmental stages. She takes a compassionate and thoughtful approach to help clients transform their relationships with their difficult thoughts and feelings and find new meaning by engaging in what’s most important to them in life.

Dr. Eby serves the Cheyenne and Northern Colorado areas.

Check out our latest blog post on Cultivating Compassion, and why you might want to…
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CARE THAT COMES TO YOU!
Getting started is easy…click HERE to get started today!

CULTIVATING COMPASSION

BY DR. RACHEL EBY

Did you know that you can actually increase your levels of compassion – both for yourself and for others? This post focused on how you can increase your compassion for yourself (and why you might want to!). Here are 3 ways you can cultivate more compassion for yourself:

You might want to find out how much self-compassion you have already and see if it changes after practicing these exercises over time! Test yourself HERE.

Practice this five-minute self-compassion break from Dr. Kristin Neff once a day, or whenever you feel like you could use it: CLICK HERE 

Try this BRIEF WRITING EXERCISE: 
Scientific research has suggested that those who have more compassion for themselves, are actually MORE likely to achieve their health-related goals, are LESS likely to experience burnout our caregiving fatigue, and feel a GREATER sense of well-being.

Keep in mind, that when beginning to practice self-compassion, people often experience more pain at first. Dr. Neff states this may be due to:

• Becoming mindful of the pain
• Becoming aware of the conditions under which we were not loved
• Learning to relate to ourselves in a very unfamiliar way

This means we have to allow ourselves to be slow learners when practicing self-compassion. We can meet this pain with acceptance and by offering ourselves compassion for struggling with having compassion! You simply can’t go wrong.

References:
Ferreira, C., Pinto-Gouveia, J., & Duarte, C. (2013). Self-compassion in the face of shame and body image dissatisfaction: Implications for eating disorders. Eating behaviors, 14(2), 207-210.
Neff, K. D., Rude, S. S., & Kirkpatrick, K. L. (2007). An examination of self-compassion in relation to positive psychological functioning and personality traits. Journal of research in personality, 41(4), 908-916.
Svendsen, J. L., Osnes, B., Binder, P.-E., Dundas, I., Visted, E., Nordby, H.,  et al. (2016). Trait Self-Compassion Reflects Emotional Flexibility Through an Association with High Vagally Mediated Heart Rate Variability. Mindfulness, 7(5), 1103–1113.
http://self-compassion.org/tips-for-practice/

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH LIV HEALTH…

Have you been wondering how to go about getting started with LIV Health?

Well…it’s easy!

Let’s set up and appointment -right in the comfort of your own home – to assess your needs and see how our services can best benefit your unique situation.

You do not need a referral from a doctor. You can do the referral yourself!

Click HERE for easy access to our referral form.

Once we receive your referral you will be assigned to a case manager or therapist, that person will be the one to call you and set up your first appointment. No bouncing around from person to person, no office visits, sitting in waiting rooms or long intake process. We are here for you!

LIV’s Mission:

Whether you’re seeking help managing the day-to-day care of a sick or aging loved one, hoping to find a personalized counseling solution that finally feels “right,” or need expert direction and assistance with navigating the complex world of healthcare systems for yourself or someone close to you… rest easy. You’ll feel right at home when you trust your care to LIV Health.

Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump

BY LEO BABAUTA: ZENHABITS.NET 

 

It’s not hopeless: with some small steps, baby ones in fact, you can get started down the road to positive change. 

Yes, I know, it seems impossible at times. You don’t feel like doing anything. I’ve been there, and in fact I still feel that way from time to time. You’re not alone. But I’ve learned a few ways to break out of a slump. 

When I fall out of exercise, due to illness or injury or disruption from things going on in my life, it’s hard to get started again. I don’t even feel like thinking about it, sometimes. But I’ve always found a way to break out of that slump, and here are some things I’ve learned that have helped: 

  1. One Goal. Whenever I’ve been in a slump, I’ve discovered that it’s often because I have too much going on in my life. I’m trying to do too much. And it saps my energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make: they try to take on too much, try to accomplish too many goals at once. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. It’s not possible — I’ve tried it many times. You have to choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely. I know, that’s hard. Still, I speak from experience. You can always do your other goals when you’ve accomplished your One Goal. 
  1. Find inspiration. Inspiration, for me, comes from others who have achieved what I want to achieve, or who are currently doing it. I read other blogs, books, magazines. I Google my goal, and read success stories. 
  1. Get excited. This sounds obvious, but most people don’t think about it much: if you want to break out of a slump, get yourself excited about a goal. But how can you do that when you don’t feel motivated? Well, it starts with inspiration from others, but you have to take that excitement and build on it. For me, I’ve learned that by talking about it, and reading as much about it as possible, and visualizing what it would be like to be successful (seeing the benefits of the goal in my head), I get excited about a goal. Once I’ve done that, it’s just a matter of carrying that energy forward and keeping it going. 
  1. Build anticipation. This will sound hard, and many people will skip this tip. But it really works. If you find inspiration and want to do a goal, don’t start right away. Many of us will get excited and want to start today. That’s a mistake. Set a date in the future — a week or two, or even a month — and make that your Start Date. Mark it on the calendar. Get excited about that date. Make it the most important date in your life. In the meantime, start writing out a plan. And do some of the steps below. Because by delaying your start, you are building anticipation, and increasing your focus and energy for your goal. 
  1. Post your goal. Print out your goal in big words. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra (“Exercise 15 mins. Daily”), and post it up on your wall or refrigerator. Post it at home and work. Put it on your computer desktop. You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. A picture of your goal also helps. 
  1. Commit publicly. None of us likes to look bad in front of others. We will go the extra mile to do something we’ve said publicly. Now, you don’t have to commit to your goal in your daily newspaper, but you can do it with friends and family and co-workers, and you can do it on your blog if you have one. And hold yourself accountable — don’t just commit once, but commit to giving progress updates to everyone every week or so. 
  1. Think about it daily. If you think about your goal every day, it is much more likely to become true. To this end, posting the goal on your wall or computer desktop (as mentioned above) helps a lot. Sending yourself daily reminders also helps. And if you can commit to doing one small thing to further your goal (even just 5 minutes) every single day, your goal will almost certainly come true. 
  1. Get support. It’s hard to accomplish something alone. Find your support network, either in the real world or online, or both. 
  1. Realize that there’s an ebb and flow. Motivation is not a constant thing that is always there for you. It comes and goes, and comes and goes again, like the tide. But realize that while it may go away, it doesn’t do so permanently. It will come back. Just stick it out and wait for that motivation to come back. In the meantime, read about your goal, ask for help, and do some of the other things listed here until your motivation comes back. 
  1. Stick with it. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Even if you aren’t feeling any motivation today, or this week, don’t give up. Again, that motivation will come back. Think of your goal as a long journey, and your slump is just a little bump in the road. You can’t give up with every little bump. Stay with it for the long term, ride out the ebbs and surf on the flows, and you’ll get there. 
  1. Start small. Really small. If you are having a hard time getting started, it may be because you’re thinking too big. If you want to exercise, for example, you may be thinking that you have to do these intense workouts 5 days a week. No — instead, do small, tiny, baby steps. Just do 2 minutes of exercise. I know, that sounds wimpy. But it works. Commit to 2 minutes of exercise for one week. You may want to do more, but just stick to 2 minutes. It’s so easy, you can’t fail. Do it at the same time, every day. Just some crunches, 2 pushups, and some jogging in place. Once you’ve done 2 minutes a day for a week, increase it to 5, and stick with that for a week. In a month, you’ll be doing 15-20. Want to wake up early? Don’t think about waking at 5 a.m. Instead, think about waking 10 minutes earlier for a week. That’s all. Once you’ve done that, wake 10 minutes earlier than that. Baby steps. 
  1. Build on small successes. Again, if you start small for a week, you’re going to be successful. You can’t fail if you start with something ridiculously easy. And you’ll feel successful, and good about yourself. Take that successful feeling and build on it, with another baby step. Add 2-3 minutes to your exercise routine, for example. With each step (and each step should last about a week), you will feel even more successful. Make each step really, really small, and you won’t fail. After a couple of months, your tiny steps will add up to a lot of progress and a lot of success. 
  1. Read about it daily. When I lose motivation, I just read a book or blog about my goal. It inspires me and reinvigorates me. For some reason, reading helps motivate and focus you on whatever you’re reading about. So read about your goal every day, if you can, especially when you’re not feeling motivated. 
  1. Call for help when your motivation ebbs. Having trouble? Ask for help. Join an online forum. Get a partner to join you. Call your mom. It doesn’t matter who, just tell them your problems, and talking about it will help. Ask them for advice. Ask them to help you overcome your slump. It works. 
  1. Think about the benefits, not the difficulties. One common problem is that we think about how hard something is. Exercise sounds so hard! Just thinking about it makes you tired. But instead of thinking about how hard something is, think about what you will get out of it. For example, instead of thinking about how tiring exercise can be, focus on how good you’ll feel when you’re done, and how you’ll be healthier and slimmer over the long run. The benefits of something will help energize you. 
  1. Squash negative thoughts; replace them with positive ones. Along those lines, it’s important to start monitoring your thoughts. Recognize negative self-talk, which is really what’s causing your slump. Just spend a few days becoming aware of every negative thought. Then, after a few days, try squashing those negative thoughts like a bug, and then replacing them with a corresponding positive thought. Squash, “This is too hard!” and replace it with, “I can do this!