Every situation is an opportunity to learn, grow, and live life to the fullest. How good you feel is a choice—and is impacting your body.
Wellness Tip of the Day: Every situation is an opportunity to learn, grow, and live life to the fullest. Judging yourself gets in the way of positive change.
Wellness Tip of the Day: Focus on what you did well, and learn from and let go of the rest. Building on small successes generates momentum towards your goal.
Wellness Tip of the Day: When you notice self-judgment ask, “What is the opportunity?” Perhaps it’s to learn, grow, make different choices, or love yourself.
While I’m away at coach training for a few days, I’m running a few of my favorite blogs that you may have missed.
If you think about it, life would actually get pretty boring if you were perfect. You would never learn anything, get to challenge yourself or grow. It would be as if everything in the world were yellow. And while you may love yellow, you appreciate it so much more if there’s a little blue, pink, or green thrown in for some contrast.
Seeing where you aren’t perfect is an opportunity, and engaging in the process of figuring out what you do want and practicing that is really where life energy flows. It’s where you think new thoughts and gain new perspective. It’s where you sculpt and create the life of your dreams.
This is where the fun is! This is where you are truly engaged in life and evolve in new ways. Let go of the need to be perfect or already at your goal, and just jump into life exactly where you are. What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go? How do you want to grow? Who do you want to be?
Move towards that. Engage in that. Learn everything you can about that. Have fun doing that. When you master that, look around and figure out where you want to expand and grow next. And then go after that.
This is life! This is thriving! This is creating the life of your dreams.
Together we can do it!
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Often, when we are excited about an idea, goal, or project, we expect the way forward to open easily before us. We feel so good that surly people will want to be cooperative, events will play in our favor, and we will sashay into the winners circle instantly without even breaking a sweat!
But is the joy of an easy win really all that satisfying? How many times do you play a game that’s too easy to play and win? For instance, how long did you want to play Tic Tac Toe (also called noughts and crosses in some parts) after you discovered that putting an X in the center almost always guarantees a win or draw?
What if our winning the game of life was so certain that to make it interesting, we voluntarily agreed to lose that knowledge so playing would become an act of faith? And what if our intention was to face limitations and obstacles so that the game would be challenging, and thus more fun?
Why would the game of life be any different?
It can feel not so fun, however, when we lose sight of our unlimited potential, and so believe the falsehoods perpetuated by our inner Gremlin who tells us we’re not good enough and a society focused on fear that we buy-in to our powerlessness, lack, and limitations. We see problems and challenges as blocks we are powerless to navigate instead of opportunities to learn, grow, and evolve.
As a result, we can become depressed and overwhelmed instead of feeling passionate about playing the game.
What if the pain of being powerless was actually our Higher Coach letting us know that our thoughts and beliefs about how we’re playing the game aren’t accurate? And that all we have to do to engage in the game and have fun again is to align our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs with our actions?
Would you want to begin examining your thoughts and strive to focus on what feels good, and thus head where your Higher Coach is directing? Would you work to align your choices and actions with your inner values so that you were guaranteed of making decisions that move you towards who you truly are? Would you begin looking at every problem as an opportunity to engage rather than withdraw?
How would making those changes feel? What direction do you think that means your Higher Coach is encouraging you to go?
Your potential is unlimited. Use the blocks you encounter as opportunities to make the game of life more fun and interesting.
Together we can do it!
Experiences that show us what we don’t want are incredibly valuable for helping us learn about who we are and who we want to become.
And I had one of those experiences last night.
Every evening as we are getting ready for bed, my husband and I put out vitamins, supplements, and medications that we take morning and evening. While I may take something for allergies or headaches, most of what I take are vitamins and supplements to support my wellness. Because David has Rheumatoid Arthritis, he has some serious medications that he takes daily.
We had a busy evening last night, ate a late dinner, and I was a little flustered. Instead of being present and focused I was in my head thinking about things I needed to do and going over the events of the day. I was on auto-pilot when I took my pills.
When David reached for his, they were gone!
Opps! What did I just take?
Fortunately it was not his Methotrexate, but was a sleep aid, muscle relaxer, and pain pill. So I decided against calling the Poison Hotline, or running to the store for some expellant, and just went to bed.
While I would have assumed those medicines would have knocked me out, I had a difficult night and dragged myself out of bed late this morning feeling groggy, fuzzy headed, and slightly dizzy. Not how I like to start my day.
My first reaction was to start judging my intelligence for this error, but instead, I chose to look at the opportunity this experience is providing. And there are actually a lot of them.
It’s reminding me how important being present, aware, and mindful is because something I did in a split second could have had serious consequences. And who I want to be is someone who is present, mindful, and aware.
It’s reminding me to be grateful for my wellness and wellbeing. Who I want to be is someone who is experiencing optimal wellness and is thriving.
It’s helping me be flexible in planning out when I will get my workout in today, since I didn’t think getting on the treadmill feeling dizzy was wise this morning. Who I want to be is flexible and able to go with the flow.
It helped me evaluate the priority that writing my blog is. Instead of going back to bed to sleep this fuzzy feeling off, I chose to come in and write. I want to be someone who honors my priorities and goals.
And I know that getting up and getting my blog written will help lead me to having a better-feeling day. And I want to be someone who feels good, is productive, and enjoys what I am doing.
One of the foundation principles for life is that “There Are No Mistakes.” There are only different ways to experience life and remember who we are. Not being present in the moment and taking those pills was just a product of old thinking habits, and is giving me the opportunity to evaluate where I am, think anew, and further commit to who I want to be.
Every experience gives us valuable information about who we are and who we want to become. The next time you make a “mistake,” instead of directing energy to the past and beating yourself up, ask yourself, “What is the opportunity in this experience?” Use it to determine who you are and who you want to become.
Together we can do it!
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