Mindfulness – This word and practice has the power to change your life completely. Meditation gurus will tout the benefits of mindfulness, and teach the importance of being in the present moment. You do not have to spend hours in a meditation center to learn mindfulness. You can practice it in your everyday life, because it is simply the art and act of paying attention.
Sounds easy, right? In theory yes, but what do you do when the kids are crying for dinner, your boss needs that work project yesterday, and now your mom is calling you? How mindful can you be when life gets busy? Add in an extra 75 emails you have yet to respond to, because your internet has been down for the last three days.
In 1977, Rick Hoyt, who was born with cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic told his dad he wanted to participate in a 5 mile charity run to honor a schoolmate who had been paralyzed in an accident. Rick really wanted to do something for him, and what he wanted to do was run. Obviously, he couldn’t run, but his dad could – and he could do it pushing Rick along the way. Rick wanted his schoolmate to know, life goes on, even if you’re paralyzed. Rick and his dad have gone on to participate in 1,108 endurance events, as of April 2014.
Rick’s schoolmate inspired Rick to action, and Rick inspired his dad to action. At age 36, Rick’s dad, Dick took up running and hasn’t looked back. This is the small, yet enormous effect we can all have on each other. One story – One person – Can change your whole life.
Do you know how to set a good goal? One you can stick to and achieve?
Many people are struggling to lose weight, because they don’t know how to carry out their plans even when they have the best intentions to do so.
There are two types of goals. Outcome goals and process goals. Both are equally important. An outcome goal might be to lose 50 pounds, while a process goal could be to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. The outcome goal gives you an end point, while the process goal is a step along the way. Process goals are your roadmap to success.
Can you believe it is spring already? Where does the time go?
This is the perfect season for rejuvenation and growth. Not only is it a good time to check in and see how everything is going with your weight loss goals, it is also a great time to set the stage for your next phase of growth.
Before the year trudges on any further, let’s talk about re-committing to or rearranging current plans, since the majority of people who make New Year’s Resolutions do not achieve them.