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How do you feel today? Go ahead…think about it, I’ll wait.

Do you feel full of energy, excited about the day knowing it is full of possibilities? Or did you wake up feeling heavy both physically and mentally?

Many of us strive to achieve health with an increase in whole, unprocessed foods and physical activity. This is a glorious place to start but I’d like to purport there may be other places in our lives we need to illuminate in order to radiate fully and stop feeling weighed down literally and figuratively.

Your thoughts, surroundings, and schedules may be part of what is keeping you from feeling healthy, vibrant, hopeful and connected. 

You may be saying, “Well duh, Einstein… That’s nothing new. Life’s a rat race and I’m expected to do it all.” To which I reply, “Really?”

Several years ago,  I overwhelmed myself with things I felt I should do. As a mom of four and a former “good girl/people pleaser,” it was obnoxiously easy to do. It doesn’t matter if you have zero kids, eight kids, a demanding family or job; a life that is chaotic and overwhelming can become beautiful, vibrant, passionate and connected.

Today I am going to ask you to honestly look at a few things in your life:

1. Your thoughts

2. Your schedule

3. Your surroundings

Sometimes these are the culprits that keep us from releasing the weight we want to or move forward with the goals we have for ourselves.

As a coach, it is my job to help you bridge the gap from where you are to where you say you want to be in life. If we all have the same 24 hours a day, why do so many people seem to be living full, passionate lives while others are stuck in the muck?

They take responsibility for their choices and stop blaming their circumstances on someone else. This is HUGE!

Intentionally take note of your thoughts and tally up how often you can catch yourself “blaming” someone else for your foul disposition, why you were late or why you haven’t reached that goal you are striving so hard for. It can be so automatic that we don’t even realize we are doing it.

There will always be circumstances out of our control. It’s how we respond to them that moves us forward or keeps us stagnant. 

I used to feel like I couldn’t be my positive, glass half-full self because it made others uncomfortable. They enjoyed complaining about their husbands, their kids, their lack, and their foiled plans.  Often, when we complain, we want validation and support. We can share things that bother us but when we allow ourselves to dwell on them by constantly sharing our story, we are giving that negative event power and control over our lives. You are allowing yourself to remain stuck.

This is so draining to be around. I believe when you expect the best in others, you get it, when you expect the worst, you’ll get that. Do I still catch myself complaining? Yes. But my next thought or words are usually asking myself to remember the truth in the situation. If you are breathing, the glass is half-full.

Be willing to tell yourself the truth. Only then can you start to move forward.

Next time we’ll talk about your schedule and your surroundings. For now, start to take a look at how each of these areas make you feel by writing down the truth about what you’re experiencing. Seriously. Do it.

Experience transformation through action. 

Remember the saying, “if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.”

Are you satisfied?

Consider this your wake-up call…

Lisa’s new Integrative Coaching Program starts in October, but you can contact her now to get on the wait list and receive a free one-hour coaching session at www.radiatevitality.com

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