I think we’ve all seen lots of videos about what the media does to change the way women look – and the repercussions of that. This five minute video show lots of examples and is extremely powerful and shows how this practice affects all of us.
Take a moment for you.
In case you had not noticed, it’s a very busy time of year.
During this time of year, there’s a whole lot to do.
Maybe, you’re buying and wrapping gifts, getting them to the post office, sending out cards, preparing special foods, shopping, traveling, welcoming guests, shopping, decorating the house, and oh yes, did we say “shopping?”
In addition there’s that “money thing.” After all, it’s not like you can drop a note in the envelope to the bank and say, “I have a lot of other expenses. I’d like to pass on paying my mortgage.”
Add to all of that that your life doesn’t stop and it can be really cold (which seems to make things worse).
The combination of everything – whether you love or hate the holiday season – can be just plain stressful.
That’s why it’s essential you put aside some time every day to take care of you. Put things in priority. Slow down. Remember what matters.
If you don’t, who will take care of everything you’re supposed to do?
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It’s okay to change your goals due to circumstances.
Simply because you have set a goal does not mean you are never allowed to change it.
As we move deeper into the holidays, it might be more difficult to stick to your goals (such as losing weight). That’s not a rationale for “giving up,” rather it’s an indication that you might want to adjust. After all, sticking to your program in January, when everyone else is doing it; is much easier than in December, when you feel like you’re all alone.
Adjust your goal to meet the conditions. Be realistic.
A goal “etched in stone” can be an excuse to give up when things get tough. Flexibility can be helpful.
You set the goals. They do not set you.
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Celebrate your “successes”
- but don’t deny your “failures.”
Move forward. Fall down. Figure out why. Get up. Repeat.
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Sigh… if only everything we wanted just – poof! – materialized.
Rather, anything we desire comes to us only through a very specific process – if it arrives at all. It matters not whether it’s trivial, mundane, or life altering. There is an unalterable four-step progression. More importantly, that entire sequence moves forward based entirely on the words we use in our heads.
Step one: I realize I want something.
Many times, we mistakenly say, “need;” but in actuality, it’s “want.” After all, if we were really motivated to go after what we needed, we’d all be healthy and fit with great attitudes and perfect relationships, wouldn’t we? We take action – or we don’t, because we want to – or don’t, NOT because we need to.
Let’s use a specific example: The holidays are nigh and I know I will see family. Neither wanting snide comments nor condescending sneers, I decide to drop a few pounds. To my previous point, I’ve needed to lose weight for some time, but until I wanted to, I was not motivated. Now, having entered this “acceptance stage,” I acknowledge that not only do I need to – but also I actually want the results that will come from it.
I am in motion.