Why wait for New Year to make your resolution…

We all make new year resolutions… but how many of them last a month… better yet last for more than a week? It´s funny how we let the busyness of life consume us… and then when we stop and look up it´s already November… another year has passed.

Did you accomplished what you set out to do in January 2011??

So its been about 2 weeks since my last post… and over those couple of weeks I´ve been doing a challenge to basically turn my life around and get rid of old habits that are holding me back or preveting me from really achieving my full potential in all aspects of my life from spirituality to financially and everything else in-between.

I was able to gain clarity and define the direction I wanted my life to go. An example was my relationship with God: the foundation of my life and the reason why I am here today. So many times I have woken up early each morning to do my devotion… promised to stop doing a certain thing or break habit… and worked on improving my prayer life. And the thing I´ve found which I think many of you can relate to is that you start soo strong and on fire but somewhere along the line you press the snooze button on your alarm in the morning, or you are running so late for work or school you put off your devotion or you´re too tired at the end of the day to read your Bible. Somewhere along the line you start getting distracted, your work and other things take over you life leaving you exhausted and and feeling like there are not enough hours in the day. Before you know, your Bible is gathering dust on your bedside table and you haven´t been on your knees for a long time…

So that is basically one of the things I addressed, it is so easy to relax and put things off especially when things start getting a little challenging and we find it hard to keep up even with ourselves. Long term goals are great and I´m sure you have goals in your life on where you want to be at the end of the year or in 5 years time. Then you have short term goals which are just as important in keeping you focused on what you want to acheive.

Here´s the thing about procrastination aka the thief of time; you only need to put something off once and before you know it, a month has passed and you are nowhere near to finishing that project you started or running out of time with the report you had so long to write for school, or you still haven´t lost the pounds you set out to lose.

The problem in life is that there’s not much immediate gratification. It’s all about instant results… so what happens is that you don’t see enough change right away, you don’t see the amazing results you’d like to get and you know you’re capable of right away.  And that is definitely one thing I have personally discovered, I can start something with so much determination and then after about 2 weeks I start relaxing.

Soooo during my 2 week challenge to help me become and stay focused I have decided to:

1) Start each day as though it is day one of my goal. Take each day at a time.

2) Saying positive affirmations throughout your day. eg, “I AM Focused”. or  “I AM moving, breathing, creating from a space of Grace, Growth & Gratitude. I AM living & loving MY journey.”

3) De-clutter your life,… how will you receive something new if your life is so full of unnecessary baggage. That includes your home, your relationships (either ending or enhancing them)  and our thoughts.

4) Get healthy… this includes juicing (well in my case going to a juice bar since I dnt currently have juicer), increasing my raw food intake and doing regular exercise.

5) Quiet my life and make time to meditate and be still…sometimes we get so lost in our own life it´s good to stop and take a step back to gain some perspective on life and everything that we have been blessed with 🙂

These are just a few of the things that I have incorporated and started in my life. What is the point of waiting a couple months to start a new year resolution especially when tomorrow is not promised! I have some major goals I want to succeed and as I accomplish I will definitely be updating and sharing the experiences that I go through on this journey called life.

I don´t know about you but I am starting my resolution… no time like the present…while some are waiting for “January 2012” others are already making things happen now!! What are your resolutions going to be?

“Never put off till tomorrow when you can do it today.”

XOXO

Confessions of a vegetarian “meat-eater”…

So I´ve now officially decided to become vegetarian (once again) and ultimately aim to become vegan. I have attempted so many times to implement this into my life… and I´m so determined (many of you who know me will know what I mean lol) for the first 3 months or so and then slowly that ´just fried´ smell of chicken slowly travels across the room specifically looking for my nose just to tease it, and i instantly start craving it.

It definitely is a constant battle for me but I recently read a post about self-discipline, and what I was that so many of us start new year resolutions, set goals and start challenges…we start so strong and focused but somehow,  somewhere along the way we get distracted or we relax for a just a moment and before you know it you´ve given up, made excuses and not finished what you set out to do and you´re back to square one.

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem well my problem is my weakness for chicken (as silly as that sounds it´s the truth)

I have been vegan before in May 2010, when I first learnt about all these diseases like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholestorol, stress related illnesses etc it was very intersting to find that majority of these are preventable by simply following a plant-based diet. I learnt recipes and easy methods to implement this into my lifestyle and I was doing so great until I let myself get really hungry and all of a sudden all I could think of was chicken and then I “happened” to walk past KFC……..the scent just pulled me and before you know it I was staring at a plate of bones *guiltyface*…

Anyway let´s not dwell on chicken so much… the whole out of mind out of sight doesn´t quite work for me because as much as I try to avoid being around chicken at some point it will be placed infornt of me and I will need to have the self-control and discipline to look at it and feel nothing for it.

This is what I am aiming to achieve over the next couple of months. there´s a difference between a vegetarian/vegan physically but it has to be a mental thing, just like forming a habit.

I´ve reached a point in my life where I want to live my life on purpose, direction and  focus, mentally, physically and spiritually. The beginning of each of these journeys that I am taking are so exciting and so full of motivation, and dedication but that´s the easy part… the challenge will come when I reach those tough situations and the choices I make will determine whether I fail or Follow On Course Until Successful!!!

I´ll be doing regular posts about my journey to update you on my progress 😀 And if you have any ideas I could do let me know in the comments section.

P.S. If you want to join me on these journies just let me know and I´ll set something up where I can fill you in,  in much more detail on all the things I am doing so that you can take part too 😉

A few quotes that keep me motivated and focused…

  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.
  • “The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret”. Nido Qubein
  • “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.”

— Denis Waitley: American motivational speaker

  • “People begin to become successful the minute they decide to be.”

— Harvey Mackay: Best-selling business author, columnist & speaker

Be Disciplined

XOXO