OKAY Guys, Here we go!!! All the Christmas Dinner is gone and all the pie is eaten…We’ve had parties, family debates and Uncle Ned singing his favourite holiday song at the Christmas table…and it was all great (…well at least some of it was). Now it’s time to GET TO BUSINESS!!!!!
I don’t know about you, but I am taking this New Year as a fresh start, a chance to leave the past behind and say hello to a new future, a new fire and a new ME!!!!
I’m sure that many of you will agree that 2016 had its fair share of strange events, highs and lows...lessons, triumphs and mistakes…But no matter what happened…one thing remains true….That's all behind us now!
We made it to the other side of it…and that makes us VICTORS, WINNERS…or at the very least…OVERCOMERS!!!
Now that 2016 is gone and the new year is upon us, I am putting together an army…This might not apply to all of you…but many of us are ready to fight this year, fight for our health, fight for our future and fight for our DREAMS!!! And that all starts with looking at the person in the mirror and saying…I love you and I am going to give you the best year ever!!!...Of course we will encounter uncertainties, and there will be things that occur outside of our control this year…just like any other year…but based upon what lies in our power, we owe it to ourselves in 2017 to give it all we’ve got!!! If you’re with me, Here’s how we will do it!!!
1. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
The first thing that we will do is lean into a community of like-minded people. No matter how independent you are, or how strong you are, the truth is that we are all either pushed forward or pushed backwards by the energy in the people around us. If we are going to succeed this year, we need to keep this in mind…We must create an environment of support and positivity so that on the days that we are feeling less inspired or beat down by life, we will look up and see a hand pulling us up, a positive friend who shares our same fire for success this year. Look into your life and see who this person is…and how you can also be this person for someone else!! When we support each other, we all win together…So that’s Step 1!!!
2. PLAN TO SUCCEED
I learned a powerful quote as a child that has remained with me until this day… ‘Those who fail to plan, plan to fail’. This means that if we start 2017 without a plan…we might as well expect to fail this year…But this will not be our story; we will start this New Year planning our health journey. This means that we will start each week with a nutritious meal plan for the week and an exercise schedule. We will live our lives ON PURPOSE…and not leave our days to happenstance…because life is a special gift and we will respect it by being the best we can be for ourselves and others.
3. EXUBERANT EXPECTATION!!!!
One thing that we might all agree is especially beautiful about children is their unashamedly high expectation level. A child can receive one promise of ice cream in the morning, and that little boy or girl will create a song, a dance and sometimes an impromptu music video about the ice cream that they will enjoy later in the day. Long before they take their first taste of ice cream they have already visualised the taste and they are buzzing until the moment they receive it.
I’m sure that all of you with children saw this same excitement on Christmas Eve. That infectious enthusiasm is what makes life exciting for them, and the cool thing about it is that they don’t wait for you to give them the excitement, they create the party for themselves…I have a secret for you grownup kids: you can stir this enthusiasm as an adult as well…You can do it with a favourite song in the morning or just speaking positive statements in the mirror like ‘I will have a fantastic, healthy day today’.
Anyone who knows me personally will tell you that I am not talking rubbish when I talk about cultivating an environment of excitement. In my everyday life, I don’t wait until the weekend to have a party; I wake up in the morning and DECIDE to have a party. I expect to have a winning day despite the circumstances I might encounter. I know what it’s like to wake up in the morning in a hospital bed…so every day that I can jump out of my own bed…I am grateful, I am positive…and I try my best to share a bit of that enthusiasm with everyone I encounter that day. If I sow these seeds of kindness, maybe someone will give me a pick-me-up on a day when I am feeling down because we are all in this life TOGETHER…so let’s succeed in 2017 TOGETHER!!!
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!!!
On the 21st of January, we are hosting a health conference for all of you soldiers out there who are ready to fight for our health in 2017. This 1-day conference will include a team of health professionals who will give you all of the practical tools you need to carry out your plan to succeed this year. This event will be a celebration of the Healthy Year ahead of us and we will arm ourselves with all the tools we need to make 2017 our BEST YEAR EVER!!!!!..For all of you who aim to win this year…THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!!!!! More information here. I can’t wait to see you there!!!