Breakfast at 230am

If I woke you up out of a sound sleep to serve you breakfast at 230, what would your reaction be?

Would you be angry, bewildered and annoyed or joyous, appreciative and enthused?

Well, the answer will vary greatly based on context.

If it’s in the middle of a stressful workweek, most likely upsetting but if on a plane to Italy with a 6 hour time difference, mostly welcomed.

This simple analogy also applies to the process of improving your health.

If the context for improving your health is a result of a bad doctors report, your action plan will fundamentally be rooted in fear and the enjoyability and sustainability of your efforts will be jeopardized, to say the least. It’s difficult to derive joy out of things when you feel like you have to do them (doctor’s orders).

If the context for improving your health comes by way of taking a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror and becoming accountable to and righteously with yourself because you know you can do better, your approach will be fundamentally rooted in love and your efforts will flow from a space of generosity, resilience and worthiness.

While context is everything, taking initiative with regards to improving your health is always a choice nonetheless.

The tunnel of change

Along the Italian roads from Paestum to Sorrento, we made our way through a common tunnel and then I realized we were driving through a man-made hole in the face of a mountain and the determination and resourcefulness required to make it through the other side.

The thought of the creation of a tunnel reminded me of the magnificence and complexity and of the change process. Imagine…
– the creativity of “I wonder if we could”
– the vulnerability of “this might not work”
– the courage of “we’re doing this anyways”
– the patience of “we didn’t anticipate this”
– the resilience of “let’s learn from this”
– the commitment of “let’s finish on time and on budget”
– the resourcefulness of “let’s do the best we can with what we’ve got”
– the determination of “were almost there”
– the joy of “teamwork made the dream work”

Nothing of significance occurs in isolation, without community or the challenges of overcoming a task that demanded our very best.

Affirmations are half of the equation

You can tell yourself you love yourself in the mirror over and over but until you express your love for yourself by practicing self-compassion, creating boundaries, honoring your commitments, operating with integrity, displaying resilience in the face of failure, etc. they are unlikely to cause meaningful change in a lasting way.

Application of your affirmations creates transformation!

 

“I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself.” Positivity Note

Challenges

No one likes to be challenged but ironically, it’s only in the midst of a challenge we become who we ought to be. Like everything, there’s tradeoffs. Challenges are…

…difficult but worthwhile.

…straining but strengthening.

…uncertain but empowering.

…humiliating (at times) but encouraging.

…consuming but liberating.

…fear-inducing but love-provoking.

Challenges, more than anything are opportunities to love and believe in yourself and ultimately grow.

 

“Every great story happened when someone decided to not give up.” Spryte Loriano

Resolutions in June

Young plant growing in sunshine(Shallow Dof)

6 months ago…you failed.

So you think.

But you didn’t.

What did you learn?

Failure + learning = moment of growth.

If you didn’t learn anything other than you’re a failure, then you failed.

But failing isn’t permanent, you can still recover…it’s literally never too late.

But that requires you want to pick yourself back up….and that’s a choice.

Initiating after a fail IS in and of itself courage, commitment and compassion.

So pick yourself, again and again, forever and ever and you’ll realize resolutions never start because they never end.

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Success consists of going from failure to failure or with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill