Yesterday I introduced the topic of the Mediterranean Lifestyle. At the base of the pyramid is exercise. People tend to think of diets only being connected to what we eat. But the reality is: what we eat is only one part of being healthy. We also must exercise. With all the choices, available there really is no reason not to get active. I have friends who are into martial arts. I have friends who do cross training. I have friends who dance. I have friends who just walk. I have friends who run. Most of the people I know do a combination of these. For instance, my friend Marian Kirby is a wonderful dancer. But she’s also a Grandmaster in Tae Kwon Do. I have heard people say things like I can’t exercise. As I’ve learned in school there is only a couple of short term reasons not to exercise. One, you just had surgery. And that is usually only for a few hours. Doctors have realized that exercise helps recovery speed up. Two, you are on complete bed-rest for cardiac reasons or pregnancy complications. You may be reading. this from a wheelchair. But even from a wheelchair, you can still exercise. There are basketball teams made up of people in a wheelchair. So, where do you start? First, think about what is fun for you. This is a purely personal decision. I enjoy just moving. So, I walk and do martial arts. But I also enjoy trying new things. So, yesterday morning I did a workout from Youtube. YouTube can be a fun way to try something new. I also do yoga from a DVD. There are so many available options. I know you’ll find one you love.
If I can help, let me know. I am on Facebook as well listed as Malissa Elkins Van Zee. Tomorrow I will talk about the next level in the food pyramid.
When I first decided to change my own life I was thinking, “can I do this? What if I’m not smart enough? What if I fail?” But along the way I met people who said, “what if you try?” And eventually I started trying something new. I am still trying new things. And in fact, one of the new things I’m doing is going back to school. And I’m getting a 98% in one class and a 99% in my other class. And I still have some projects to finish, plus 1 final exam. My friend, try something new. Need help? I’m here…
Mohini was a magnificent white tiger that lived in the US’s National Zoo in Washington DC in the 1960s. Mohini was a special gift presented to the US president Eisenhower, and the US people. The Zoo started a major project to build a large enclosure for Mohini, their star attraction. The enclosure would simulate Mohini’s natural habitat as closely as possible. It would have many acres of lush forest with rolling hills and a large pond. It would be Mohini playground for her to stretch and express her natural self as one of nature’s most splendid and powerful creatures. Meanwhile, while the large enclosure was being built, Mohini was kept in a 12 x 12 feet cage with iron bars and cement floor. Mohini would pace around ceaselessly in this cage while her eventual home was being built. Finally, the enclosure was completed and the big day of releasing Mohini into it had arrived. A large excited crowd had gathered to witness this much awaited event. To everyone’s surprise, instead of frolicking in joy in her new sprawling enclosure, Mohini headed straight for a perimeter wall at the enclosure’s edge. At the wall, Mohini started to pace around in an imaginary cage, just like the way she had while waiting for the enclosure to be build. Mohini stayed in this tiny corner at the wall for the remainder of her life, oblivious to the freedom and choices she had.
How many of us live our lives in a cage like Mohini lived in? We deserve more! A lot more!!! So what can you do? Yesterday in church my pastor talked about this. There are 4 things that can help he taught.
- Redeem the routines. What are you doing that allow time to be redeemed? Are you getting ready for the day? Listen to a audiobook. Are you driving for 20-30 minutes? Same thing. Get creative. And have fun with this.
- Reduce the hurry in life. Slow down and make some time in your schedule to just rest. Carl Jung said “Hurry is not of the devil, hurry is the devil.” And he is right on target!
- Regularly meditate the Word. Yes, I said the Word. Go beyond meditating on the word to really thinking on The Word itself. You will be amazed at the results you get!
- Finally, review and renew life paths. Is what you’re doing working? If it isn’t maybe it’s time to change some things. Failure is only failure if you quit. You can change how you do things as often as you need to.
For many years my life was one of crying, most of the time privately. It was one of wanting the life I saw people I respected have. Of wanting but not knowing how to get. But then the day came that I was ready to do whatever it took to make it happen. And that is the day that my life began to shift. That shift was originally in my mind.
Our mindset dictates our entire lives. The success we see, or the failure we see. What you think on and focus on is what you attract to yourself. When you decide that you are going to do whatever it takes to see your life changed, your life will change. It’s inevitable. Think of it this way, you get to a crossroads. You can either go the direction that you’ve been going, or you can go the direction that will lead you to a better life. The choice is 100% yours. If you decide that you are going to make the changes, and you are sincere, your life will show it.
Start with an idea. Get creative!
- What would I do if there was no limitations?
- If cost wasn’t a factor?
- If I could do anything?
- What if I did this?
- Is the timing right for me, right now?
- What will this idea accomplish?
- Is this something I can put my heart into right now?
What is the purpose behind this?
- Why should I do this?
- Is this just for me, or is this something that will help others too?
- There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting a goal that is just for yourself. In 2011 I decided to learn to get healthy after hitting rock bottom. That first goal has allowed me to grow to where I can and do help others. But it started off as a goal that was just for myself. Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. You can’t take care of others unless you do.
What are the reason(s) that will push me forward when I want to quit or say “I can’t do this anymore?” (This is your determination)
What will be the action steps I will need to follow to make this successful?
- What are your goals?
- The action steps will get your goal set.
- How much time do you need to accomplish this?
- If it is more than a year, you will need to set up mini-goals.
- Do you need some partners to help you accomplish this?
- Do you need to hire someone to help you?
- Do you need a coach?
- If you need a coach who knows how to set goals and can help, comment below and I can help.
Follow this, and SUCCESS is inevitable!