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Focus Change Celebrate Your Way to Success

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It’s been some time since I was able to post a blog to you. It isn’t that I didn’t want to, it’s that we were under attack and our website couldn’t safely be accessed. It’s exhilarating to be able to connect with you now, and we at MSW are very grateful for everyone who’s helped us get past this challenge.

We’re wrapping up February, which means we’re 1/6th of the way through the year already. Hard to believe, but yep, that’s the truth. Did you set goals for this year? How are you doing with them?

If you’re doing well, congratulations! Celebrate your success!

If you’re struggling, it’s time to recommit. Don’t let discouragement in the first 55 days of the year rob you of the rest of it!

Today’s blog is really me sharing with you my progress and how I’ve managed my intentions and actions around my priority goal for 2016: to get all my health markers within a normal range. The motivation behind this goal is I don’t want to take medication because of my bozo tendencies to over indulge. (Are you with me? What’s your motivation?) I must say, I seriously buckled down this time and made some significant changes. “Yay, me!” And like I’ve said so many times before, if I can do it, you can do it too!

Success doesn’t come from mindlessly doing the same thing over and over again because it worked once upon a time. It comes from keeping our eye on the ball and making daily improvements, no matter how large or small. Giving yourself the chance to make gradual improvements every day is what makes all the difference to your success.

What follows is a brief accounting of the steps I took, and continue to take, to realize this goal. And if you’re on the same journey as me, let me know and we can support each other in our joint efforts.

The first change I committed to was my eating. I knew my blood sugar and cholesterol levels were my main challenges and my eating habits weren’t helping matters. What my body needed was a chance to release some extra baggage and regain its balance so it could return to its own brand of self-healing and repair. (What one move can set up a firm foundation for you to build on?)

I set out to find an eating regime that was more of a lifestyle, easy, yet healthy. I found it in Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s book, One Spirit Medicine. There, I learned his method of regaining health and committed to it for a six-week time period.

I adopted a new way of looking at my food, fuel, and energy levels. I saw real improvement in just a few days which bolstered my motivation. But, getting my body to stabilize at normal levels after decades of poor eating was a MAJOR CHALLENGE and was going to take more effort and commitment, as I soon found out.

I added an exercise regime with my sister, and what a difference that made! I highly recommend getting a  buddy, one that you like and can talk to—it makes it so much easier to stay committed and get out of bed at o’Dark30 to do what you need to do.

And the rewards? For me, instantaneous! I got to chat with my sister and launch into my day feeling her love and support. I also got to support her and her commitment to her goals. For me, those walking talks created a shower of blessings throughout the day when temptation erupted and helped to keep my resolve firm.

The last thing I committed to was a sleep routine. I think this one was the hardest. Creating an environment for sleep and then a routine to induce it naturally took some time. Now I look forward to it. (About sleep deprivation, read Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive, to learn about the consequences of withholding sleep.)

As you can tell, I’m committed to making some pretty big changes over here, and I’m very proud of my results. In fact, I’d celebrate my little wins often by literally closing my eyes, envisioning fireworks, and doing a happy dance.

By acknowledging my efforts, I’d gain more momentum to carry me into the next day. I know it sounds silly, but it worked for me. Maybe it has something to do with keeping our inner children engaged, or who knows? I just know I’m changing from the inside out and I loving it!

And just so you know that I know it’s not all a bed of roses, I’ve been down with allergies run amuck. Sure, it’s discouraging, but again, I decided to do something different than what I’ve done in the past… I’d stretch instead of doing my walk.

Did you start the New Year with a conviction of some sort, if not to improve your health, then something else? How’s it going so far?

022416_2240_FocusChange2.jpgDon’t underestimate your power to change. You are the master of your mind and your destiny. Choose what you want to put your efforts behind and commit to it. Commit to simply doing at least one thing all day. It only takes 21 days to start a new habit. Set yourself up to succeed! Then celebrate your successes and get a better game plan around what didn’t work so well for tomorrow.

Success is a journey no matter what you’re pursuing. Courage, faith, action, hope, persistence, determination …all lead toward your success. Whether the goal be about your health, wealth, or relationships, you’re going to have to do something different or else you’ll get the same thing you’ve already gotten. You’re going to have to change.

You can do it! I believe in you!