Sunday, February 15, 2015
Looking back I think about the number of times I hesitated to step out of my comfort spot. Yet, every time I did the end results were always life changing--regardless of the outcome. There is no "one-size fits all" when it comes to goals. The key is to start by forming positive life changing habits that get you one step closer to who and what you want to become. What is stopping you from living and leading the life of your dreams? Fear of failure can be the greatest challenge and sometimes we allow it to consume our thoughts in such a way that we give-up before we even try. Ever had this happen to you? Below I am going to share some steps to help move you forward.
See: It is not enough to just have a a goal. You need to set a plan in place to make it happen. Instead, approach it the same way you would map out any route from point A to B. Having a clear road map of where you are and where you want to go, sets a clear path, focus, and direction. Getting started is always the toughest part, which is why this step is so important. Any time I am taking on a new task, I like to chart out my plan of action. There is something about transferring a thought to paper that somehow brings it to life.
Believe: After you have your action plan in place, what next? Again, approach this as you would any journey. What tools will you need along the way to help you get from point A to point B? As the saying goes, "success is where preparation and opportunity meet." Remember, your mind is powerful and your brain only knows what you tell it, so make time every day to visualize what your success looks like. I do this every morning when I wake up, and every night when I am getting ready for bed. Positive affirmations go a long way and help your thoughts lead to action. There is nothing you cannot achieve or overcome. Never. Forget. This!
Achieve: Ever wonder how successful people got to where they are? Simple. They work for it. I do not care what anyone says or tries to sell you. The truth my friends, is that is absolutely NO substitution for hard work. Anything is possible, but unless you put in the time and work, your goals and dreams will only remain thoughts. I have found that the goals my heart desires are often the toughest battles my mind has to overcome. Yet, there is NOTHING greater than standing on the other side of all your doubt's and fears...VICTORIOUS! Achieving your goals will not happen overnight, so do not give up and stay consistent. Dream about it. Think about it. Speak about it.
Now stop reading this and go out there and be awesome!
Friday, January 2, 2015
"Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony ( Link for Lyrics in English)
A new year is upon us and with that comes the list of resolutions and goals. After almost a year away from my blog, I was eager for 2015 to arrive to reconnect with you all again. This time of year has to be one of my favorite, as it embodies the spirit of what my work is all about; envisioning goals and dreams (See), standing outside the comfort zone (Believe), and watching as all the pieces manifest from dreams to reality (Achieve). Our destiny in life is not bound by life's setbacks or circumstances,. Today is the start of your 365 day journey to who and where you want to be. With that I leave you with Marc Anthony's song "Vivir Mi Vida," which is my anthem for 2015. My friends, we only live once, so next time you think about giving up, ask yourself this question--What do I want my legacy to be?
Living with intent in 2015Mindfulness: be present, be aware, connect with all senses, and breath.
Mental Fitness: Most folks tend to worry about the physical while totally ignoring the mind, which for me is the most crucial part of being healthy. Sometimes sitting in silence is what we need to find the way. Always remember tat there is no health without mental health.
Food Conscious: Your body is your temple, which is reflected in how you fuel it. Be respectful of of food and nourish it as away to thank it and always be sure to hydrate with H2O. I have noticed a major difference in my body and how I feel since giving up soda and consuming more fruits and vegetables. At times it is a struggle, but giving up how great I feel now for a bag of Funyons just doesn't appeal to me anymore.
Minimize: Less is more- declutter your home, your heart, and your mind to create an environment conducive to creativity and ideas. Where you live affects how you live. Clutter fills the mind, minamalist living leaves room for not just thoughts, but clear thoughts.
Let it Go: (yest just like the song says) Material things do not define you. Old relationships do not define you. The more you hold onto the less room you have for new experiences to come your way. A few years ago I began a yearly ritual where I purged my home of items that were no longer useful or needed. Growing up we did not have much money, so when I bought something it became a physical symbol of my hard work, making it difficult to let go. Getting older I have learned to invest in myself and on things that help me grow and save for my future. My mantra is; If it doesn't help you grow then let it go. Which applies to all aspects of life as well.
Relationship Building: Show an attitude of gratitude to family and friends who have been and continue to be there for you. Relationships are nourishment for the soul and must be tended to. Sending a note of thanks or text message can make all the difference. Do not get so "busy" you forget about those that matter.
Happy New Year!