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Being Your Personal Best 25 August, 2016


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My goal is to use this newsletter as a tool to help educate all those who read it on different health, fitness, and nutrition topics. It is my hope that by reading it you learn strategies and tips which ultimately help you lead a healthier, happier life.

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3 Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself

“I’d like to… I want to… I wish I would…”

Sometimes it can feel like our fleeting ambition to accomplish great things and our “motivation” to take action are two parallel, non-intersecting lines. We have a vision of what we want, we just lack the consistent, focused, motivation it takes to get it.

“If I only had more self- discipline…”

“If I only had more willpower…”

“If I could only be more motivated!”

Self-discipline, willpower and motivation. We have grown to believe that these are magical powers held by the blessed few. We often wait in vain, hoping to “catch” these superpowers, like a cold, so we can make our lives extraordinary.

It’s time to stop waiting around.

In the real world, self discipline, willpower and even the notion of “motivation” are just like magical powers—an illusion. They are buzzwords created to give us an “out” when we fail to prioritize effectively.

It’s much easier to say, “I don’t have the self discipline to ____________.” than to say, “______________ is not a priority in my life.”

If you want to give yourself a kick in the you-know-what and start living the life you deserve, it’s time to quit using these buzzwords as excuses.

Here are three powerful ways to motivate yourself to start living extraordinary right now.



1. REDEFINE “MOTIVATION”



Start embracing motivation as “the necessity to act.” When you wake up early, get dressed, feed yourself and your family, and go to work, do you do that because you are so “motivated”?

Hardly!

We do these things because we believe they are a necessity based on our beliefs and values, and the needs we have associated with these beliefs and values. We want a job, our health, our family’s health, a home, etc. For various reasons, we hold these in a high order in our value structure. Our consistent action to attain and retain these things becomes reflexive.

In his bestselling book, Start with WHY, Simon Sinek, a leadership and management expert, talks about linking our ambitions to our values and beliefs to create tremendous, consistent action. This is the formula that has created successful conquests, businesses and innovations around the world.

Consider something in your life you have been waiting for the “willpower” to accomplish. Maybe it’s changing a behavior. Maybe it’s taking action on a dream.

Where does this “something” fit into your value system? Take out a pen and start writing: “This is a necessity to me because I believe _________________.” How would taking action on this affect the aspects of your life you deem important? What happens to those things if you don’t take action?

Conversely, try writing: “This is NOT a necessity to me because I believe ____________________.” Allow distraction to enter this self-dialogue. Let the excuses flow without judgment. Be truthful with yourself. Write down the thought process in your moments of weakness. “I need a break,” “I’m tired,” “I don’t have time,” etc.

Now post these two opposing notions somewhere that you can consistently see them. You may need to rewrite these on a regular basis as you become clearer on the link between your ambitions, your values and your need to act.

Once something moves from ambition to need, action is a reflex.



2. READY, FIRE, AIM



It’s easy to live under “paralysis by analysis.” We think and plan, think and plan, and then think and plan some more. While thoughtful planning is important for success, this process can often leave us with a million reasons to feel fearful, apprehensive and inept.

The result? All thinking and planning—no action.

Renowned life coach Ali Brown talks about using the battle cry: “Ready, fire, aim!”

Sometimes we have to move past the fear, apprehension and feeling of ineptness brought on by constant planning to literally create the need to act. This is a way we can use our innate, emotional impulsiveness to accomplish extraordinary things.



Consider the laundry list of things you often have to do the day before you go on vacation. Regardless of the differences between the length of the list and your limited time, the important stuff gets done before you step out the door. Likewise, think back to finals week in school—the demands may have seemed impossible, but somehow you got it done.



In these situations, you ignited action by creating a non-negotiable endpoint and then figured out how to get there. Ready, fire, aim.



Consider something you have wanted to do, but have failed to take any meaningful action on, yielding to the never-ending planning and rationalization process. How could you create a non-negotiable endpoint, and then figure out how to make it happen? Here are some examples:

Trying to lose weight? Schedule a non-refundable photo shoot in your swimsuit six weeks from now.

Want to learn a new skill? Sign up for a class at a local college where you will be graded.

Want to write a book? Send an Evite to at least 20 people for a “rough draft” launch party 12 weeks from now.



Notice how these all require public acknowledgement and an investment of some sort. Public acknowledgement holds us accountable to our reputations and legacies. These are things we all innately hold high on our list of values as humans.



Consider how you could “fire” today on something you have been waiting until you’re “ready” to do. Create a non-negotiable endpoint, and then aim your energy at making it happen.





3. SUPERCHARGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT



Legendary motivational speaker Jim Rohn suggests, “You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”



Who do you aspire to be? How do you want to be defined? Do your social circles reflect this? Does your social support system bring you closer to your version of an extraordinary life, or are they a source of distraction and justified victimhood?



The environment we place ourselves in has a tremendous bearing on our sense of reality. It continually reinforces our beliefs, whether these beliefs are proactive or detractive in our lives.


This impact of environment extends beyond your social circle. Are the places you spend most of your time designed to help you act in line with your ambitions and values, or are they full of distractions? Quite often, we go out of our way, spend money and sacrifice much of our time for these distractions.



While there are “softer” facets of life outside of ambition and action, it’s important to ask yourself how big of a role your self-imposed distractions play in preventing you from living extraordinary.



Grab a pen and paper right now. It’s time to stop daydreaming. To live an extraordinary life in line with your values and beliefs, you have an OBLIGATION to take action on your dreams.



Self- discipline, motivation and willpower become reflexive when we direct our energy toward the need to act. Act with purpose and make your intention known to the world. You will figure out how to make it happen when you create an environment for success.

“I want to,” “I’d like to” and “I’m going to” will give you hope.

“I did” turns that hope into an extraordinary life.

Ready. Set. GO!


Exercise and proper fueling through good nutrition are crucial components of goal accomplishment. Together they put you in the right mindset to take action.To learn how a Your Personal Best program can help you become your best, contact me today.



source: acefitness.org


Happier Moods=Healthier Foods

Looking to lose weight? Think a happy thought before you eat. A new study has found that mood and food do more than just rhyme – your mood impacts what kind and how much food you eat.



“People use food to either maintain a good mood or regain a good mood, and if you’re already in a good mood, you tend to eat more healthfully than if you’re in a bad mood,” said Brian Wansink a professor in Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and a co-author of the paper, “Better Moods for Better Eating: How Mood Influences Food Choice,” published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.



“Understanding why we make bad food choices in bad moods can help us make better choices,” said co-author Meryl P. Gardner, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Delaware’s Lerner College. “When we think about the future, it’s almost as if we are physically taking a step back, enabling us to see our more fundamental values – like health and nutrition. We can use that to make wiser choices rather than letting our moods dictate our behavior.”



Gardner, Wansink and their South Korean colleagues, Junyong Kim of Hanyang University and Se-Bum Park of Yonsei University, say, “when people are in a good mood, things seem OK, and they can take a big-picture perspective. This kind of thinking allows people to focus on the more abstract aspects of food, including how healthy it is.”



“The take away of this study is you can change your mood and eat better. Before a snack or meal, think of something that makes you happy or grateful, and you’ll eat less and better,” said Wansink.



source: Stone Hearth Newsletter

Easy Chopped Chicken Salad
This quick and simple salad is a delicious solution to the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” It’s filled with wholesome ingredients, protein and fiber to enhance your hard-earned fitness results.

Servings: 6

Here’s what you need…

For the salad:
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 Tablespoon red onion, minced
  • ½ cup cucumber, chopped
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 4 strips, cooked nitrate-free bacon, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
For the dressing:
  • ⅛ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Instructions:
  1. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. Mix to combine.
  2. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over the salad and serve.
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 218 calories, 12g fat, 189mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, and 22g protein

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