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What is the #1 thing you must change to lose weight and keep it off?
So many people lose weight without altering their metabolism and it usually has a negative effect in the long term.
I’m sure you’ve seen it before…
Someone drops their calories and loses 20lbs but gains back 25lbs a few months later when they go back to their normal diet.
This yoyo effect taxes your hormones, signals your body to STORE fat, and slows down your metabolism in an effort to protect your internal organs.
Don’t make this common mistake.
Change your metabolism by eating the right foods and timing your meals properly.
Don’t know what or when to eat?
Drop me a line and I’ll help you out!
FACE YOUR FEARS.
With the constant improvement of technology, it’s getting easier and easier to avoid pain and frustration.
But are we really any happier as a result?
We don’t admire people who AVOID hardships in life, we admire the exact opposite.
We admire the ones who are courageous enough to ACT IN SPITE OF their fears.
Putting yourself into a smaller and smaller box of security and comfort only serves to INCREASE anxiety and fear in the long term.
There will ALWAYS be surprises, challenges, and scary moments in life — so get used to them.
The only way you will be ready to face these challenges is to voluntarily put yourself in situations that get you out of your COMFORT ZONE.
Remember, there is no courage without fear.
Eat the spider.
Stomp the snake.
Tame the dragon.
Why Don’t New Year’s Resolutions Last?
A new calendar year isn’t enough MOTIVATION for you to change a habit.
You need REASONS WHY you are making a change.
In 1895, Friedrich Nietzsche stated, “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
What’s going to push you through moments when the old pattern wants to sneak back into your life?
A strong reason WHY will motivate you to follow through on your commitment.
Before making this year’s resolution, ask yourself:
“Why am I making this change?”
If the answer to that question DOESN’T motivate you, ask again until you find a reason that does.
What Drives Results?
You don’t get the perfect body by burning 1000 calories from two hours at the gym.
You don’t win the Nobel Prize by studying for 10 hours at the library.
You don’t become financially free for one good week at your job.
Results come from CONSISTENT action over TIME.
Your daily habits drive you closer to your desires or push you further away from them.
What do you do consistently?
When making a tough decision, I’m sure you’ve probably heard someone say “trust your gut,” but have you ever thought about what that means?
When you listen to the feeling inside your body – instead of inside your head -you are accessing the “gut”.
This can be called intuition, trusting your instincts, and feeling with your heart.
Very simply, trusting your gut means getting out of your head and into your body.
It may sound simple, but it can be difficult at times when there are so many voices in your head.
But, don’t you need your head to make a decision?
If you examine human physiology, as well as past experience, you might find a new answer to that question.
Getting out of your head and into your body takes practice, but it can lead to an incredible life.
Imagine less stress when making decisions, and at the same time feeling more confident about those decisions.
These are just a few things that trusting my gut has done for me.
To understand the gut, you must first understand the body; primarily the nervous system.
Our nervous system is designed to keep you away from pain, and bring you toward pleasure.
Sometimes this means the brain will do things that don’t line up with the true vision of your life.
If you’re normally shy because you’ve been embarrassed publicly in the past, having social anxiety is a completely normal byproduct of that experience.
Your brain and nervous system remember the pain and they don’t want you to experience it again, so they make you feel anxious to hopefully get you to flee the scene.
This feeling is commonly called the fight or flight response.
Your nervous system pumps the body full of hormones that increase your heart rate, breathing, muscles tension, along with several other responses that will aid in you either fighting or fleeing.
This is a response that is essential to the survival of human beings.
If we didn’t illicit this response under stressful situations, like when our ancestors rounded a large tree and suddenly stood face to face with a mountain lion ready for lunch, the human race wouldn’t have been around for very long.
Let’s go back to the social anxiety example.
You’re at a party and feeling anxious because you were embarrassed in a very similar situation.
Your fight or flight response is in full gear as you now can hear your own heartbeat.
But, as you’re looking for the backdoor to slip out, your gut starts talking to you.
You see a certain someone—someone you really want to talk to.
Your gut, or your heart, knows what you truly want, and gives you a little push to walk over and say hello.
But, your past fear is engrained in your nervous system.
The pain still there, and even though you are trying to move your body toward that special person, you keep moving toward the exit.
In this moment it would be foolish to be upset with your brain and nervous system.
They are simply doing their jobs.
The pain from the past was in fact real, and if it had been pain from touching a hot stove or falling off of a tall ledge, you would be thanking your nervous system for making you hesitate.
But, in this case you could curse it because it’s stopping you from getting what your heart truly desires.
The brain and nervous system only react to past experiences of pain and pleasure, and in turn make assumptions about what future events may mean.
How do you go above your daily patterns and truly live the life you deserve?
Trust your gut!
It’s an incredible tool for decision making.
When the gut is speaking to you—listen!
Trusting your gut is not easy when it contradicts the logical mind, but it usually speaks the truth.
It may not give you the easy way (as a matter of fact it often tells you to take giant leaps of faith) but it does speak true to your innermost desires.
Many great leaders have taken leaps of faith and lived their life trusting the gut instinct. Take Steve Jobs for example:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
And even Donald Trump:
“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper.” (His gut may be the only thing he’s listening to at the moment…)
Would you agree these men are pretty good decision makers?
Well, maybe not with their hairstyles, but definitely in regard to running successful businesses.
They’ve practiced the art of getting out of their head, and into their body.
I completely agree with both of them.
I can say in my own life that my gut is much more accurate than my brain.
If I trust my gut, it leads me in the right direction more often than not.
If I depend solely on my brain, I may be right or wrong depending on the information I have and the state of mind I’m in at the moment.
You may want to be like Steve Jobs and Donald Trump, who trust their gut and follow their desires, but maybe your gut just hasn’t spoken to you in a while.
You have thousands of voices shouting in your head, and you can barely hear the little whispers coming from your belly.
Have no fear, as there are simple ways of getting it to speak up.
Can you learn to speak fluent “gut?”
As human beings, we have information hard wired into our DNA that helps us think and move. You didn’t decide to get anxious at the party—your body did that automatically. Similarly, you didn’t decide to be attracted to that certain someone—your body did that automatically. Wouldn’t it be nice to go beyond the automatic nervous response and make the best decision out of an infinite amount of possible decisions?
We truly have that ability! We know what our heart wants, but sometimes we make up stories about the future that get in the way of our desires. When you decide to trust your gut, you gain access to the key that unlocks your deepest and truest desires.
Here are three simple ways of accessing your gut:
Meditation is the number one way to help increase your sensitivity to the gut instinct. Calming the conscious mind, and getting into your intuitive body will allow you to get into your body and really feel the right thing to do as opposed to thinking about the right thing to do. Evolution has served us pretty good so far, so why not trust it? Never meditated before? Click here. It’s easier than you think.
2. Eat less
Yes, just eat less! When you eat less your body is under less stress from the digestive system and your body (and brain) can think more clearly. Not only will you be able to speak to your body more clearly, but you also will feel better in general as most health problems come from overindulgence. Of course, be careful about eating too little as this can cause fatigue and end up doing the opposite of what you intended.
3. Slow down
Slow your breathing.
Slow your movements.
Stop what you’re doing and listen to your body.
Ease the chatter in your mind.
Follow up by asking yourself constructive questions. The right questions can lead you to a greater understanding of why the nervous system sets up road blocks and how to get through them.
Some constructive questions to ask are:
- What does my heart truly desire?
- Why would my gut be telling me to go in this direction?
- Analyze your fear and ask yourself: Is this an illogical fear?
- Does my past have to dictate my future?
- How bad can I really get hurt if I completely fail?
- How good will I feel if I succeed?
There are plenty of moments in life when we should be feeling what to do instead of thinking what to do.
You are equipped with an amazing brain that can think and create, but it can also fear and keep you stagnant.
I challenge you to get out of your head and into your body by listening to your gut and letting it assist you in reaching your desires because when you live your life one desire at a time, instead of dwelling on the past, you are truly living.
Do you have any stories of how trusting your gut has helped you? Comment and share your experiences.