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December Challenge… Time for Change!

Posted Dec 01 2010 12:00am

Anthony Robbins says that change happens in an instant, and it is up to us to make it happen.

Are you ready for a change?  If you are not happy with something in your life, then chances are you are at least wanting change for a more effective life.

For the past few months, the challenges have been somewhat easy, however we are nearing a new year and it is time to make a lasting change for you and those who love you.

December Challenge: Take some time to think about your life/health/vitality and where you want to be in the future.  Consider all the things that are helping you to achieve your goals such as healthy eating, exercise, positive lifestyle choices and supportive friends/family and create a plan to continue benefiting from each positive aspect.

On the flip side, reflect deeply about your life and list the aspects of your life which are detrimental to your health/vitality/longevity and your daily contribution to our world.  Choose the one thing that you believe to be the most harmful to you and your goals, and create a solid plan to phase it out over the next month/6 months or year depending on how long it takes for you to realistically win the battle.

Let me provide you with an example from my own life:

In the late 90′s I was a young soldier on a peacekeeping mission to Bosnia and I ended up having a seizure  and thus was sent home early from my tour.  Prior to the seizure I was a rather healthy and competitive young athlete, had no signs of Epilepsy.  For the next 5 years, I was angry and blamed everyone and everything but myself for my illness (Epilepsy), and due to my anger I abused drugs, alcohol and gave in to negativity and a general disdain for life.

Eventually, I realized that the way I was living my life was not beneficial to my health and relationships so I decided on the spot to quit everything that I was doing such as alcohol, drugs and poor nutritional choices.  Immediately I had less seizures, and less fear of having seizures, my health improved and so did my life.

Many people think that because I am who I am today (the strength coach who eats well and teaches other to live a healthy life), that I have always been perfect…far from the truth and I would like to say that I am still working on improving each day.  My point is that we all have something to work on, and to bring back Anthony Robbins into the conversation, “When, other than now, would be a good time to make a change?”.

So… take some time, think about the challenge and create a plan to phase out or replace a poor habit with a new lifestyle exercise.  We can sit around and think about it all we want, but that will never get us to the point of success.  We must do the work to receive the benefits.

Create a support network of friends and family, tell people about your new goals, become accountable, write down the goals so that you see them throughout the day, and remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing each day before you go to sleep and when you wake up.

Share your challenge in the comments section and we will work together to make change happen!


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