I just love the start of a new year. So much excitement to start something new or to starting over on a goal that has been eluding us. While I am till on the journey to success, I had paused on the blogging aspect of it.
Someone said success was not just about the end goal but the journey to get there. I can truly attest to that. I am definitely not the same person who started out. This is a very exciting process
Over the last few years of “remaking myself” and “studying to show myself approved” my biggest challenge has been “NOW”….. The importance of NOW.
The late Mohamed Ali said it well; “Don’t count the days make the days count”
So did The late John Wooden; “ Make each day a masterpiece”
I cannot forget my mentor over the years, the late Jim Rohn who said; “finish the day before you start it.”
After you have decided on a goal and fully qualified WHY you want to achieve it, then worked out HOW you are going to do it, the real test it what you DO about it NOW, today.
Did the day count towards fulfilling your goal?
This little matter of now, has been my biggest challenge. You see i am travelling from a place of procrastination. This is indeed the biggest “thief of time”
So on my journey, I have met, worked with and observed my teachers and mentors on this matter of acting now. Can’t say I am totally over procrastinating, but I am aware and countering. I tell you that even in writing and posting this blog today, I am on it.
My challenge this year is to make every day count towards my goals… A masterpiece day. My mindset is , I can and I will.
Do you have a challenge to overcome this year? Please share and let us hold each other accountable.
“Now these three remain, Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is Love.”
1 Corinthian 13: 13
Love, truly the greatest emotion and power source in the world but hardly used except for some friends and family. Can you imagine if we were to love our enemies?
I have read stories of people who have done this by loving the person who has committed serious crimes against them and the result was just mind blowing. Here we are talking of forgiveness and expressing kindness to someone who has done you wrong
It is said that harbouring unforgiveness actually caused diseases. This emotion affects the very organs of our body.
So I am looking at our world today where there is so much hate and unforgiveness. It is not a healthy place. I am not even talking about love for the planet itself where, instead of just exploiting it for resources, giving it some love would lead to us taking better care of it. I am.talking about love for the people of the World inspite of differences. Love would mean we try to understand each other’s point of view even if we don’t agree. Love would mean we listen to each other.
The more I think of it yes, Jesus was the greatest example of love this world has ever seen.
The way I see it, it is not easy but is absolutely necessary if things are to change.
” I will greet this day with Love in my heart”
Og Mandino ( The Greatest Secret in the World)
What do you think? Please share your thoughts.
As I watched the Olympics, there was so much reinforcement of what it takes to win. Three things stood out for me as I watched my country men and women win medal after medal. These are young people from ordinary background who have honed their talents and come out to represent themselves and their country on the world stage.
The first thing of note was that they had specific goals. Usain Bolt stood out here. He wanted to become a legend. As he defined it, he needed to win three gold medals in Rio2016 for the events he had already won in two prior Olympics. The “Triple Triple” he called it, never been done before for these events. Big goal, measurable and time specific. Announcement to the world. Totally committed. He had something to reach for, something to keep him focused for 4 years
The other thing I noticed was that athletes all had setbacks at some time, some worked through pain and overcame obstacles but they never lost focus. The goal of being at the Olympics and performing to the best of their ability kept them going.
The third thing of note was the team work. Athletes were competing but they were also working together and being there for each other. Bolt could not have met his goal completely without the other members of the relay team also performing well. In an interview with members of the team before the relay they all said they had to do their best so that Bolt could get his “Triple Triple”. I was really impressed by that. As a network marketer where team is so important, that’s the kind of commitment to the team and individual goal that is required to win
The saying goes that when the tide comes in, all boats rise. Everybody can benefit from this rising tide right now. Take away something from this Olympic experience to move you forward in your life journey.
Share with me what you have learnt or reinforced from this Olympics.
Two studies have come out since the beginning of the year to update us on the health of the World.
The first one says that obesity is growing among our adults and children at an alarming rate. There are more overweight than underweight people in the world.
The other study says 1 in 11 adults worldwide are diabetic. This level of affected people has the potential to bankrupt the healthcare system of many countries.
The call is for governments to do something about the situation, and I agree they should. However, it is our health that will be affected, it is our families and households that will be affected and we can do something now. The food industry will fight all attempts to make it change even harder than the cigarette industry did when governments tried to change it.
We can do something now to change our lifestyle and save our health. We have to begin to evaluate every food we eat and feed our families.
- Does this food offer me any nutrients for all the sugar, salt or fat that it carries?
- Could I get these nutrients without all that sugar, salt and fat?
- Am I eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis
- Are all my proteins coming to me loaded with saturated fats?
- Am I eating any peas, beans and nuts?
- Am I getting any Healthy fats in my diet like the Omega3 fats?
As I guide I have been watching protein intake and sources on a daily basis. We begin to lose muscle mass as we age and it is quite easy for you not to have your daily requirement met. When this happens we begin to crave for thing to eat. There is an abundance of processed food quick and easy nice tasty and cheap and loaded with carbohydrates, sugar and fats and not .much else by way of nutrients, that you could munch all day.
Take action, chose wisely.
- Go to farmers market
- Get most of your sugar from nutrient rich fruits
- Get most of your carbohydrates from vegetables. They are loaded with phytonutrients that your body needs.
Don’t let the food industry tell you that it’s lack of exercise that’s making you fat.
Exercise is necessary and important for good health but it is 20% of the plan. The other 80% is nutrition. What you eat is the key.
I make use of Meal Replacement Shake meals which have the right amount of plant based protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. I replace at least one meal per day preferably breakfast with this Shake meal. Then I plan all my other meals and snacks to keep me nourished for the day. Truly it’s living day by day. Take all temptation away by having only the right type of food in your grocery, fridge and pantry.
If you are obese it’s not going away overnight. It will take persistent consistent change of your lifestyle.
In another article I will tell you how I made several lifestyle changes bit by bit over time. How are you taking care and managing your weight? Please share below.
As I prepare to write my blog today, I am not sure of where to start, but it has to be done to stay consistent and build momentum. So I sit and wait with the keyboard and the blank screen.
Then I am remembering that faced with the challenge of keeping my fitclub members motivated, I have started reading inspirational quotes to them on a weekly basis and it has been working and sparking discussions.
So what better way to way inspire myself and others today than sharing some quotes from my favorite motivational speaker, the late, Jim Rohn:
- There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension; the other is with anticipation.
- If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plans, your plans will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.
- We have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life
- Time is our most valuable asset, yet we then to waste it, kill it and spend it rather then invest it.
I sure hope you have benefited from these quotes that I have invested some time in to share them with you.
Please, let me know what you think and also share some of your favorite quotes
I am still riding high from that win of the West Indies Cricket team in India of the 2016 World T20 Championship.
That the men’s team and the women’s team both won makes it all the more sweeter.
As I watched the video of the men’s team celebration in Eden Gardens and continuing on the bus onway to the hotel, it hit me. The power of Mindset and positive visualization.
One of the players and an aspiring DJ, made a song called “Champion” .. Wi a champion “. This song has been the theme song of the team and is done with a specific dance at every opportunity for celebration.
That stunning victory in the last over despite the odds, was inevitable. As self declared champions, they had to find a way to win. Hitting four sixes to win just had to happen.
As I watch, I declared it myself but just couldn’t believe it was happening.
In contrast I am noting that the Bangladesh team had the batsman with the highest score in the tournament and the bowler taking the most wickets in the tournament, yet they lost the match that would have taken them to the semifinals. It was a match which they lost in the final over. You could say they snatched defeat out of victory.
As a new comer, did they not have the belief? Did India the home team who defeat them have the stronger belief?
These are the things that came to me as I though about this Championship and the outcomes.
Having the right Mindset and positive vision of what you want to achieve , no matter what it looks like are absolutely essential to reaching your goals. As they say, see your self there, live the dream before it even happens. Give gratitude for it as if you already have it.
I may not have a song but I am really working at having that mindset and keeping a vision alive with gratitude.
How do you keep your vision and goals alive?
At the start of the year we set big goals and we are excited at the prospect of a new year and a chance to get it right this time. We make the plans, begin to make the changes and set things in motion to achieve success. We have great anticipation of achieving our goals this year.
Many times it never gets off the paper or get past January. At the first hiccup in the new year the dream gets side tracked as we get into crisis mode and that can carry on for the rest of the year. What seem to determine if we stay on track and not be derailed is our WHY
How badly do we want it?
Is it a burning desires or just a wish?
Are we at the point of total disgust with where we are? Are we where we say, something has to happen now?
The why has to be big enough to drive us into action every day.
Even better is when you are driven by the picture of the end result and you can see yourself there. In your mind’s eye you can see yourself:
-Looking and feeling good when you lose the weight
– In the place you hope to visit and feel as if you are there.
– Living in the home you plan to buy.
A strong why can keep you persistent and consistent.
In other words its now having the mindset to achieve the goal. So how do we get the mindset.
I would say BELIIEVE that you can do it. When you can give thanks for it before you see it, that’s belief. At that point nothing can stop you.You can stay on track and overcome all obstacles.
What’s your dream?
Do you really believe it’s possible?
Then you can be on your way.
Don’t wait for 2016 to get started again, if you got side tracked. Start now and hit the new year running.