This week’s challenge: Make the better choice more often.
At first glance, when Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT) “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should”, it seems that he is referring to inflicting pain on the body. Taking a closer look, we learn that he is not talking about physical pain at all but rather developing the mental and emotional fortitude to control his appetites and passions. This is no easy task.
Scientists estimate that you and I are faced with about 35,000 choices per day. Researchers at Cornell University believe that over 200 of those choices are about food. Yikes! How in the world can we decide on a single path in the face of all of these options and often despite our feelings and emotions?
I believe that our challenge in these tempting situations is to think beyond the moment. We can do this by asking ourselves one simple question:
Will I be happy with the outcome of this decision?
The Bottom Line:
What feels good in the moment rarely feels good down the road. Skipping the workout or indulging in the treat satisfies our immediate need but often robs of what we want most. Can I get a witness?
This week, let us ask God for the wisdom and discipline to make the better choice more often. We will not always get it right. We are on a journey with God; change is a process. BUT every time we make the better choice we get a little stronger and a little closer to becoming the man or woman we have always wanted to be.
Be encouraged and talk soon,
This week's challenge: Take back your mornings.
I am about to share something with you that can change your entire day...scratch that, your entire LIFE if you take this to heart.
See if this sounds like you: Do you wake-up to your phone as an alarm clock? Turn off the alarm, and then immediately check Facebook or Twitter, your text messages, or your emails? You lose track of time and then the next thing you know you are running behind schedule! Adrenaline fills your body and you hit the ground running starting the day rushed and frenzied.
If this even slightly sounds anything like you, then it’s time to make a change and get your mind ready for a great day.
Try changing it up tomorrow to the following morning ritual. And the next day, and so on. I promise if you change the quality of the first 30 minutes of your day, you can change the quality of your life.
The change is really simple, but admittedly, not easy.
Here's what I want you to do starting tomorrow morning:
This new ritual can have a HUGE impact on your day and accelerate the achievement of your God-given goals and dreams. Get up 30 minutes earlier and take the time to do this for yourself. You will not regret it!
Let me know how it goes :-)
Have a blessed day,
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This week's challenge: Full steam ahead.
What goals have you set for yourself this week?
Study after study shows that goal setters achieve far more than those who don't. Whether you want to take your career, business idea, relationships or fitness to the next level, you're going to need clearly defined, written goals to get there.
Oh and don't get stuck on what may have happened in recent or distant past. You can't change what happened then, but you can control NOW. Full steam ahead!!!
If you are committed to making 2019 your happiest, healthiest year yet, comment below with your top 3 goals!
Until next time,
Today's Thought: JUST TWEAK IT (a little).
One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to, as the older folks say, "throw out the baby with the bath water." In other words, just because you fail...doesn't mean it's over and that you should totally change directions. Just because you don't see the results you want doesn't mean you throw in the towel. Sometimes all you need to do is change things up a little bit, tweak things, and try again.
Many times we are on the edge of success IN OUR FAILURES! Pause and think about that.
Sometimes you just have to...
So instead of throwing in the towel or completely trashing your plan as you head into the new year, first ask yourself three questions:
Until next time,
P.S. If you need help figuring out your tweak, let's hop on the phone and figure this out. You can schedule a time HERE.
If you are in a good place with eating and exercise, I have three words for you...
No matter how much stronger you have become, it is VERY important that you respect that success is not something you own, it is something that you have to nurture and maintain.
One of my virtual mentors Darren Hardy said it well...
"You can never own success, You can only rent it. And the rent is due every single day.”
Success can be seductive. It can lull you into thinking that you are invincible. But there is no such thing as invincible <<First Name>>.
Willpower is in fact that limited, even when it's paired with what I can Whypower. If you get cocky and think you've arrived, you'll undo all of your hard work - in time. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen. I've seen it happen over and over again. Don't let that be your story!
So during this holiday season, try not to put yourself in harm's way.
Don't overestimate your ability to resist temptation and...
Stick to your meal and exercise planning routines (normally these are the first to go and then it is all downhill from there).
If you want to be successful long-term, remember this: successful people are not lucky or stronger. They simply know how not to make reaching a goal harder than it needs to be. They are honest with themselves about their limitations and set boundaries that make it easy for them to succeed and hard to fail.
Until next time,
“If we seek for the best times to act, we may miss some opportunities. We must seize the moment and make it great.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita
This week's challenge: Seize the moment.
I get it. You're busy. And, with all that you have on your plate, it can sometimes be tough to plan ahead. The truth is we are all juggling a lot at once and it really is not surprising that we set goals and struggle to meet them. So does this mean that we should give up on setting goals and throw in the towel? NO! Then what does it mean, Coach? I'm glad you asked :).
It means that as Tony Robbins famously said, we must "remain committed to our decisions but flexible in our approach." I'm convinced that we often miss opportunities to act on a goal simply because we fail to notice them.
This week, I challenge you to have an "opportunities are everywhere" mindset. Instead of embracing an excuse (even if it's valid) and focusing on what you CAN'T do, I want you to ask yourself "what CAN I do?"
Do you really have NO time to work out today? Or could you get in 15 minutes at home vs. your usual 30 at the gym?
Is there truly NO time to eat healthier or could you make healthier choices even when you're stuck with the drive-thru?
Achieving your goal will often require FLEXIBILITY. If you require perfect conditions in order to be successful, life will eventually leave you feeling defeated.
Don't give up, get creative! Not only will making this mental shift allow you to reach your current goals, but you'll be positioned for long-term success. Always remember: successful people's lives are not easier or better, they are just better at handling the challenges that life presents.
Seize the moment!
Even if you've developed Superman-like powers in the eating and exercise department, you may be afraid that the holidays will be your kryptonite. Let's face it - with all the celebrations and festivities that occur between now and New Year’s Day - it can be tough to stay on track.
Temptations will be all around. Office celebrations. Your mom's famous sweet potato pie. Macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and candied yams. Eggnog. A severe case of the lazies and "I-don't-feel-like-it-itis." How will you fare?
The book of wisdom reminds us that succeeding in any task is a process:
“Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.”
~Proverbs 24:27 ESV
Your ability to weather the holiday storm will hinge on two simple acts: planning and preparation.
If you don’t plan or prepare for the most wonderful time of the year, chances are good that you'll start New Year in the hole. To make matters worse, studies show that many of us never lose that holiday padding and end up packing on an extra 10-20 pounds per decade. Yikes! I know you don't want that to be your story so over the coming weeks, I’ll be providing tips to keep you “on point”.
Here are the first three:
1. Don’t forget your H20! Drink 2-3 full glasses of water in the two hours prior to your office party, ministry fellowship, or night out. It's a simple way to curb your appetite.
2. Do enjoy a salad before your meal. Another trick to curb your appetite and leave less room for high-calorie foods. Oh, and beware of creamy dressings, they are laden with fat and sugar. Choose a fat-free vinaigrette or Italian and drizzle, don’t pour.
3. Don’t skip your workout. Consistency is especially important this time of year. If you’re short on time, don’t let yourself off the hook. Even a quick 15 min. workout can help you maintain your fitness level, so make the commitment to get one in!
Which of these tips will you put in place to set yourself up for success?
Until next time,
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
This week’s challenge: Believe it's possible!
Your situation may look bad. You may feel like giving up. Friends and family may be all out of words of consolation. But don’t you give up! Because it IS possible.
Your "it" can be anything...
A broken marriage
A troubled career
A business on the verge of bankruptcy
More month than money
A sullied reputation
Or anything else that you can think of…
It doesn't matter if someone else messed up or you did...
It may look bad, really bad, but God can turn it around. There is nothing too hard for God!
How do I know? The answer is very simple actually…
If He could overcome death and the grave, surely He can handle any problem we face. If you believe that He is the risen savior, then you can have confidence – God Confidence – that He can help you overcome ANYTHING.
Keep looking up,
In 3 John 1:2, John prays that his friend would be as healthy in body as he was in spirit. Investing time in our faith walk makes us spiritually strong & empowers us to great things - not just in the spiritual realm but in the physical as well.
When our minds are full of His promises, our approach to life is different. Things that we once saw as impossible (like eating healthier & exercising regularly) become doable. So if you're having trouble sticking to your regimen, it may be time to pick up your spiritual weights (prayer & bible study). Also, add your health & fitness goals to your prayer list.
Pray for strength not only to make a change but to stick to it. Remember, there is nothing too big or small for Him.
Until next time,
Having a healthy, supportive environment is a critical key to reaching your weight loss goals. Under the right circumstances and conditions, anyone can reach their goals. Yes, that includes you!
A Small Action That Will Make a BIG Difference In Your Environment
Making a lifestyle change can be difficult, make it easier on yourself by explaining to your family and friends what you plan to accomplish, why it is important to you, AND how it will benefit them.
For example, you may want to explain that losing 30 pounds by New Year's will bring your blood pressure/cholesterol/blood sugar levels in line and improve your overall health. Also, don’t be afraid to share how the excess weight is affecting your and their quality of life. It may be helpful to explain that at your current weight you haven’t been feeling well, have less energy, etc. Then share how losing it will allow you to spend more quality time with them doing the things they love. A similar approach can be used with your friends.
The people that truly love you will want you to look and feel your best! So have that crucial conversation this week so that you have the support that you need.
Until next time,
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