The Morning Rituals of Successful People

I just read My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired. The authors studied 300 folks, from the President of MIT to a successful female blogger. I was delighted to discover they are behaviors we coach in our 8 to Your IdealWeight program.

78% of those interviewed get 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
The average time to go to bed was 10:20 p.m.
The average wake-up time was 6:20 a.m.

53% have fruit
40% have eggs
33% have oatmeal
57% drink water first
29% drink coffee first

78% exercise 5-7 days a week
29% start their day with gratitudes

“The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
– John C. Maxwell

By |March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Morning Rituals of Successful People

It is Selfish or Self-Loving?

When I first got out of the shelter for domestic violence, I felt like a stranger in a strange land. I had been instructed to “take better care of myself,” but I didn’t know how. Every self-care behavior, whether it was taking a day off for a fun outing, buying myself a beautiful piece of jewelry, or getting my nails done felt selfish.

Then one day, as I watched my daughter playing with her dolls, the realization hit me: Would I want her to take a day off when she becomes a Mom? Would I want her to buy herself that beautiful blouse she had seen in the store window?

From that day on, I stopped feeling selfish. The question, “Would I want my daughter to do this/have this?” always made it clear. YES, I would want her to love herself and be good to herself as much as she loves and is good to others.

Try it and see for yourself just how great it feels to love our neighbor and ourselves.

By |February 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on It is Selfish or Self-Loving?

Why 2021 Requires Clearing for Clarity

Imagine cooking a glorious dish in one of your favorite pans, but then not quite getting it clean after the meal. Now imagine cooking a new dish in that same soiled pan.

Of course, we would never do that. We’d see the caked-on food and clean it out before reusing the pan. So why aren’t we as sensitive to our need to do regular inner cleansings?

Whether it was a job that ended, a trip that got canceled, or a relationship that withered, hanging onto disappointments is the #1 barrier to this year living up to its potent potential.

This past year was, in many ways excruciatingly difficult. In order for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly, it must dissolve completely into liquid. By fully letting go of the past, we allow the miracle of what can be to emerge.

Are you ready to release? Find a coach, a counselor or a journal to write in and then burn. If we are truly willing to close the door on what has been and walk away, then when we turn back to look at it, it will be gone.

By |January 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why 2021 Requires Clearing for Clarity

Don’t Let Your Past Seep Into Your Future

I walked onto the pickleball court with my good friend feeling somewhat resigned to what was ahead. This dear woman is rarely on the winning team, but we all love playing with her. She and I were about to take on the two best players in our group. The conclusion seemed foregone.

But then I remembered what my good friend, Rev. Cindy Grimes, had reminded me of just the week before: “Don’t let your past seep into your future.”
I realized this was a perfect example of expecting the same, when I could expect so much better. And that’s what I did.

We were ahead for much of the game, and only lost by a slim margin. It was exciting and reminded me of the power of my expectation.

Where are you expecting the same old same old this year? Was there a time in your life when things took a distinctive turn for the better? It could happen again. Why not expect the unexpected?

We’ve got nothing to lose.
By |January 7th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Don’t Let Your Past Seep Into Your Future
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