Without continuous personal development you are now all that you will ever become, and hell starts when the person you are, meets the person you could have been. ╰☆╮Eli Cohen
My workouts throughout November and December were sporadic. It was a combination of excuses: poor weather, mis-directed focus, travel, the holiday season and I could go on. The bottom line was, I fell into a rut and it was really hard to climb out of it. It affected my business, my fitness level and my waist-line. I feel disappointed but at the same time I take 100% responsibility for my action or inaction and the results I achieve from my action or inaction. While away at my company's New Year Kick Off, one trainer on the stage stated, "if you are coasting, it means you are going downhill." Did that comment ever hit home. That same speaker also talked about creating new habits and practising consistent daily action. We don't have to be perfect all the time, but we do have to make consistent strides towards the changes we desire if we ever want to see results.
As I turn 45 years old this year, I want a transformation to rival that of last year's, in all areas - professional, personal and physical. In my professional growth, I intend to reach out and help others along who have chosen the same path as I have. There is amazing growth on it's way and we will link arms and enjoy this journey together as a team, building a strong foundation and moving forward on the tracks we have to run on.
Regarding my personal life, well that is personal, however I will say that after 18 years of marriage and 28 years of togetherness, complacency can set in and we have recognized that. We are now making time for one another, to re-connect and re-establish a more mature relationship in terms of communication, aspirations and dreams -- not unlike a couple who is embarking on a new life together, we are taking a good look at the next phase of life together and creating a plan of action, so that we live life by design and not by knee-jerk reaction. Who can relate to that?
In my physical journey, I have areas I really need to work on in order to strengthen my entire body and that is, indeed, core stabilization, the root of all functional movement. My core stabilizers are not firing, which probably explains why I am so prone to injuries in my glute and hamstring areas.
Isn't it ironic, then, that the areas I need to improve on in my professional, personal and physical lives all entail creating a firm, stable and solid foundation on which amazing achievement can be built?
I have decided that I will aim to compete again in July, as April is simply too close for me to make the changes I want to see, and in that same vein, I will re-start the IsaBody Challenge. I feel relieved with these decisions as I also have a slew of business goals that I want to work towards and I simply cannot get too lop-sided in my life. Organized chaos is what I am striving for. I want to be a productive person rather than just a busy one. These first two weeks of January have been devoted to creating a clearing for all of that to happen. I have been reflecting on goals and intentions for the year and I have a lot laid out before me. I am so excited about what 2013 has the potential to be. After all, "if it is to be, it is up to me!"
Believe you can and you are half-way there...but you must get into consistent action in order to see the results you desire. What foundations to you have to set into place in order to build towards a fabulous future? Take some time to evaluate and even re-start or re-boot as they say in the computer world. Every single minute, or every single day is an opportunity for you to make a decision in the direction of your dreams. Live your life in action, not re-action. It feels so much better.
Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals and values are in balance. ╰☆╮Brian Tracy
I can't say that the holidays are what are to blame for the extra pounds I am carrying on my frame. It is a combination of the eating to feed growing muscles I have been doing and the admittedly lazy and carbohydrate-laden last month I have had. As 2012 and the festive season winds-down (the end of the "eating-season" cannot come soon enough), I anticipate the new year, the new schedule and new competition plan with eager open arms. I kicked into training mode again this past week, and my muscles responded very well since they were primed to the brink with glycogen from all the carb-rich food as of late. I also gave myself one textbook perfect "cleanse" day and my body celebrated that by releasing some "bloat" weight and regaining some energy and clarity. I simply have the last two hurdles to overcome -- New Year's Eve Festivities at my house and New Year's Kick Off in Phoenix. I have my action plan in place. I plan to enjoy my last glasses of wine and fit in some 2-Day Cleanses in the next couple of weeks. I like to "cleanse" when I travel for the most part. So I will "cleanse" on Thursday of this week as I travel to Phoenix that day. I will enjoy my shakes and a couple of dinners out while in Phoenix and then "cleanse" again on the way home on the 7th and 8th. Those two cleanse days will coincide with the Group Cleanse that is starting up on January 7th. A 9-Day Group Cleanse and a 30-Day Group Cleanse is starting up on January 7th, 2013. With fantastic group support and on-line coaching, this is a great opportunity for anyone to kick-start their health goals for the new year! Click [HERE] for more information and to register.
I am working on my goals for 2013. My strategy is to jump ahead to where I want to be one year from now and work backwards, creating smaller, more manageable goals along the way. Working in 90-Day blocks of time coordinates well with the rhythms of life; 90-days breaks down into 30-day blocks and from there I can specify weekly and daily action plans.
I create SMART goals, that are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timelined. I encourage you to do the same.
Consider this, in 1979, interviewers asked new graduates from Harvard’s MBA Program the following question: “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”
They found that:
So my question to you, as this year rapidly winds down and we are thrown back into routine in a matter of days, is this: do you know where you want to be this time next year? Do you want to be in the very same place, with the very same health or body issues? Is living paycheque-to-paycheque or with the debt you have now, an acceptable reality for you? Do you you feel stuck in a rut that you cannot climb out of? Well, good news is, you can. Get out a blank journal, and a pen. Carve out 30-minutes of quiet time in a chair and begin to write a letter to yourself. Date it December 31, 2014 and write it in the present tense, as if you are living it. Write as if you have already experienced your best year ever. You got your weight under control, you got your debt under control and your life feels in balance. Whatever your desires are, write as if they are being fulfilled and write from a place of gratitude. Then, take time to bask in that vision that you have for yourself, for your life. Finally, map out a plan of action steps that will get you there - baby steps, manageable tasks. Remember the quote, "If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got." Nothing about your current situation is going to change unless you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, drop the excuses and shake things up a little or a lot! Be the designer of your life. Live in action rather than re-action. This is your time -- a fresh start -- a brand-spankin' new YEAR! These last couple of days of 2012 should be days filled with reflection, gratitude and yes, goal-setting. Map your plan for 2013 and watch, just watch what unfolds before your eyes.
And if I can leave you with one little change that will truly bring about the biggest wins in the coming year it is this.....
Happy New Year, Everyone!!!!!
A 40-something who is passionate about her dogs, physical fitness, wellness and nutrition, and inspiring others to live into their dreams and be the best version of themselves!
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I want to thank you for how you handled my initial call to you - you inspired me to start up even though I was sure I was going to fail. Happily, this is the best program I have ever done. ~ T.D.
I just wanted to share with you that daily I read your posts and you keep me feeling uplifted and optimistic. Your enthusiasm and motivation shine through and the fact that you are uplifting others with your postitive outlook should be noted. ~ K.S.
Thanks for all your hard work and enthusiasm. You continue to inspire me. ~ J.K.