Remember the movie “Forrest Gump”? The movie depicts numerous stories of triumph during Forrest’s challenging life. One of the famous lines from the movie was, “Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what your gonna get.” It’s a simple but profound statement.
There is no doubt we all will have times in our life when we anticipate one thing and are dealt another. Our acceptance and adaption to change and challenges is what will later define us. The past can control and cripple or inspire and empower. You control whether the challenges are stepping stones or road blocks.
I am the youngest of ten children, six boys and four girls. Growing up, I was a tomboy, always wanting to play sports with my brothers and their friends. It wasn’t uncommon to hear comments like, “you’re too little, you’re a girl, you’re too young”. Well, that just fired me up more and made me more determined to show them my SPUNK. My childhood lessons provided me the solid foundation to achieve my goals in life. In my twenties I moved out to California and became a professional athlete, coach at Stanford University and I have always enjoyed being a business entrepreneur. I love a challenge!
After my divorce, I moved back to the mid-west and became a 24/7 single parent for the past fifteen years. The life lessons I learned in my youth continued to serve me well. My SPUNK, determination, commitment and a positive attitude are core elements to achievement. I’m confident that anyone who embraces those elements will achieve their dreams and goals. Success depends on the SECOND letter…”u”.
As a Wellness Coach, I combined all my life time experiences into a proven successful pathway for others to follow in order to improve their Quality of Life. Take my TCOY 90 Day Challenge and let’s do wellness together. Anyone who has achieved anything of true value knows it takes time and commitment.
People ask if I experienced days when I didn’t want to train and workout. Absolutely! However, my personal commitment to my goals are my driving force to push through the “I don’t feel like it” and continue to take action. Life is not about perfection but doing and giving your best effort. One or two days off can easily turn into weeks, months or years.
If you don’t like starting over, stop quitting.
In the book, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, Olson states, “Simple Disciplines or Errors in Judgment over time matter. Easy to do…Easy not to do.” The simple fact is our daily choices become habits and those habits become our lifestyle. This is true whether you are referencing health, relationships or finances. Total Wellness is about balance in all three areas.
We have become a “microwave society” wanting immediate gratification, results and fixes. The problems with that mentality is health, relationships and finances don’t happen over-night; they need your attention and time.
Stop listening to the marketing hype for “cheaper and faster” and start talking to ourselves with empowering statements such as “I choose to be active and eat fuel that energize my body”.
What are three things you value the most in your life? Is your current lifestyle supporting time and energy with the things you value? For example, if you indicated family, how much energy do you give to these relationship daily? If change is necessary, take action and give your energy into your relationships. Cultivate what you want to grow!
Embrace life like a box of chocolates…it’s a sweet journey.
TCOY = Take Care of You