How Do You Refuel?

So let’s talk about some good stuff.  I’ve been writing about fatigue for a few weeks, but fatigue is a downer.  We can get caught up in wanting to know why we feel fatigued, and while that is definitely important, it is equally important to actually find ways to be energized every day.  Also, when you’re feeling energized, it’s also much easier and more empowering to reflect back and analyze your issues with fatigue.  

Take out a piece of paper or open a document.

Create this chart:

Physical

Mental

Emotional

Spiritual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write down all the activities you do when you take a break, and put them in the appropriate columns. 

Physical is anything that uses your body differently.

Mental is anything that uses your mind differently.

Emotional is something that changes how you feel.

Spiritual is any activity that you do with your right-brain that is creative, intuitive, or artistic (as opposed to linear, rational, and analytical which are left brain activities). Also any activity in which you give/share, find deeply meaningful, or is in line with your values can be written under Spiritual too.  For example:

Physical Mental Emotional Spiritual
  • Take a walk
  • Surf the internet
  • Call a friend
  • Draw 
 

Really do this activity.  

So much more clarity is achieved by writing out answers, as compared to just thinking about them in your mind.  Writing is the easiest first step, and the one most people skip, when trying to solve their problems and tap into their potential. 

This is meant to be an exhaustive list, so save it and put it up somewhere you’ll see everyday and add to it as more activities come to mind.    

Now cross off every item that doesn’t make you feel refreshed once you’ve completed the activity.    

The purpose of this creating this chart is to really bring awareness to the activities you engage in which refuel you vs. those that do not.    

Activities that get crossed off are things we do as a distraction or as an escape, but do not refuel us.  When I’ve done this charting with a group of people, watching TV is an activity that gets crossed off everyone’s list.  Now, I’m not saying that TV is bad.  I love good TV, but it is not an activity which refuels you.  If every time you feel fatigue, you do an activity that only serves as an escape, instead of refueling you, you will return to your work or continue your day feeling fatigued.

Notice tomorrow how many times during the day you feel fatigued and take a break with an activity that does not refuel you.

By building awareness, you will begin to notice that finding activities that refuel you will take a priority, and the other activities will become more causal occurrences.  Right now if you are watching TV every day and going to a yoga class twice a week, the frequency will reverse.  That feeling of restoration and vitality will replace the craving for an escape or a distraction.  That`s not to say you`ll stop watching TV completely, but it will become more like an event, like going to the movies.  Something you use as entertainment. Also I’m not suggesting that you need to go to a yoga class every day.  There are manageable ways to incorporate the activities you find rejuvenating in your everyday routine.  You can spend 10 minutes doing intuitive stretching.  Close your eyes and stretch and hold your body in ways that feel good to you.  You don`t need instructions or to do specific movements, follow what feels good and what your body needs. 

Feeling revitalized feels incredibly good.  What’s your biggest challenge with feeling revitalized?  Comment here or reply to this email and I will see if I can provide suggestions to get through any specific obstacles.

Hopefully I have sparked a new or renewed sense of finding activities that refuel you.  You already have things on your list that refuel you.  You just need to find ways to do them more often.  That’s where I would start before looking for new ways to refuel.  But I know you’re curious, so here are two things that I do that really energize me:

  •  Drinking ginger tea—fresh grated organic ginger steeped in a cup of boiling water.  I drink 1-2 cups first thing in the morning.  Ginger cleanses your body of toxins, kickstarts your metabolism, and provides vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants that give you a boost of energy.

 

  • Tapping acupuncture points on my body.  Tapping certain points on your body send electrochemical impulses to your brain to release neurotransmitters.  Your body is a pharmacy; most of us just don`t know how to access what we need. I feel greatly energized from tapping my K27 points, the 27th pair of acupuncture points on the kidney meridian.  

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Tapping your K27 points energizes you if you are feeling drowsy and increases focus if you are having difficulty focusing.  If you`d like more information about this, let me know.  It`s a vast field that can really empower you to generate and sustain energy.
 
There are a lot of strategies to refuel energy.  Rather than feeling overwhelmed, just start with one.  Develop it into a daily habit and monitor the effects.  Doing one thing well trumps doing 2 or 3 things in a half-assed way.  Half-assed is the enemy.    
 
Next Week:  An interview with Randell Adjei, an amazing individual that has created a movement Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere that refuels hundreds of people weekly.  You’re going to want to experience what he has created in person. 
 
Until next Sunday,

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This doesn’t feel good…Oh my, now this feels soooo good!

I have been writing about fatigue for a couple of weeks.  Fatigue is so prevalent in our lives, and for many people, such a constant condition, that is goes undetected as a state of being unwell.  Working, living and being without energy is our norm, and even something we boast about.  Feeling energetic, deeply nourished, invigorated, inspired, thriving, and limitless are not states of being that most people experience for more than a fleeting moment.  These feelings may seem out of reach only because we don’t know how to access and prolong them.  There is no reason that we all can’t experience these feelings more often. I believe that these states are primarily out of reach because we unknowingly are better at spending and depleting our energy than we are at creating and sustaining it.

When I tell people that I started writing a newsletter on health and wellness, without fail, the majority of people’s first response is a comment about their feelings about exercise:

 “Ummm, well, I don’t exercise.  I mean, I don’t like exercise.”

“Oh I don’t think I need it, I exercise very regularly.”

“I know I should exercise, I just can’t fit it in.”

 

So in most people’s mind: 

health & wellness = Exercise

In my mind:

health & wellness = Learning About Yourself (your whole self—mind, body, and spirit)

And when I say learning about yourself, I don’t just mean how the human body and mind work, but how YOUR body and mind works.  You have a unique body and mind type which is usually a new perspective for most people.  You also have unique gifts and talents, unique perspectives and experiences, and your own unique deep motivators that drive everything you do.  Learning about yourself is key to living the life you want.

Now learning is not a fun a process.  If you’re having fun, I think you may be doing it wrong 😉 

To learn, you have to step outside of your comfort zone; into the unknown, into uncertainty.

Learning is uncomfortable and an active process.  We often mistake reading and listening, passive practices of consuming information, for learning.

Learning requires testing, failing, practicing, measuring, reflecting and iterating over and over again.

However, learning also requires deep restoration, recovery, refueling, rejuvenation and rest to complete the process.  This rest and recovery phase is crucial in order to allow the time and the right environment for new neural connections to be made, and for these new connections to become permanent states in your body and mind.

So I may have misled you a bit, the second part of learning is fun.  Crazy, crazy fun.  Joy and fun are deeply nourishing.  Playing, laughing, dancing, eating, loving…getting lost in the moment.  Anything and everything that makes you smile just thinking about it.  This part is not optional; it is mandatory. 

So there you have it, our journey will consist of: discomfort + crazy, crazy fun. 
I hope you’ll join me in learning about yourself.  It has been my obsession for some time.

I apologize, this isn’t what I intended to write this week (as you can see from the first paragraph) but I guess this is what needed to come out.  I’ll get back to writing about how to get more energy next week.  Have a good one.

 

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I’m Too Tired To Do Anything

ImageLast week I wrote that Being Healthy is Not Cool.  I talked about the prevalence of fatigue and how brag-worthy it can be.  Fatigue is the standard, our norm.  Only a minority of people live their lives energized every day.  Even though fatigue is not what we want to feel, not understanding how our energy works keeps us from being able to live energized every day.   Fatigue is the absence of physical, intellectual and emotional energy.  I will add spiritual energy here too, which isn’t about how much you believe in God or have faith. Spiritual energy comes from living in line with your deepest values, fulfilling your purpose in life, unearthing your gifts and talents, creating value for others and having a strong intuition.

 

We’re better at spending energy or depleting it rather than knowing how to create it or sustain it. 

So let’s delve deeper into principles of energy and fatigue.

Fatigue is a funny thing because it can be the result of doing too much or too little.  The ‘too much’ side is more evident to most of us. 

Too much physical exertion (e.g. carrying groceries up 10 flights of stairs) = fatigue

Too much emotional exertion (e.g. frustration with your boss) = fatigue

Too much mental exertion (e.g. cramming for an exam) = fatigue

Too much spiritual exertion (e.g. creating a free educational workshop for 100 people by yourself) = fatigue

Okay

What about too little…

Too little physical exertion (e.g. sitting and looking at a screen for hours) = fatigue

Too little emotional exertion (e.g. being a people pleaser) = fatigue

Too little mental exertion (e.g. not learning anything new) = fatigue

Too little spiritual exertion (e.g. only doing other people’s work/living up to their expectations) = fatigue

Overuse causes breakage.

Underuse cause atrophy (shrinkage).

Both result in weakness

Weakness = pain and fatigue.

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The solution to overuse is to take breaks and have adequate recovery.  I’ll dedicate a future newsletter to this. 

The solution to underuse is to use.  I want to talk more about this today because the solution is so counterintuitive.  When we feel weak, tired and pain, we automatically want to do less.  But if the cause is underuse, this leads to MORE weakness, fatigue and pain.

This is a horrible cycle.

At this point it may begin to seem that fatigue is a constant state for you.

 

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When I started my career in healthcare, I found this concept really difficult to communicate to my physiotherapy and rehabilitation clients.   They needed to move their bodies to heal, but all they would say is “I feel pain. Give me something for the pain.”  Many clients would do less and less, become more and more weak, and some permanently became physically limited and live in chronic pain. What they didn’t understand is that pain is a messenger, not the thing you treat.  The pain is trying to communicate what action you need to take.  Pain from underuse feels different from pain from overuse. If you’re not in tune with your body’s signals, the difference may not be as clear right now. 

My time at the clinic was really unsettling for me.  I didn’t understand human behavior, psychological barriers, habit formation, how people actually learn or change back then.  I was overwhelmed with everyone’s pain and not knowing how to make it magically disappear.

From an energy perspective, whatever you don’t use will shrink and cause pain—the range of your physical body, your range of emotions, your range of mental capacity, even your range of spiritual capacity. 

So if you’re not using all of your capacity (your potential), you will feel tired, weak and pain. 

Crazy, right?

I actually think it’s amazing.  What a great consequence, reminder, and messenger that you are so much more.

Reaching your potential is not icing on the cake or a ‘nice to have’.  It is the key to living exactly the life you want. 

I will delve deeper into physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy in the weeks to come. If you want to dive in now I highly recommend The Power of Full Engagement.

Being Healthy is Not Cool

illsleepwhenimdeadI began writing about morning routines a few weeks back.  I want to focus the next few weeks to tackle the issue of waking up energized.   There are a lot of factors that affect your energy level in the morning, and I want to look at each one in some depth so that you can begin to experiment with each factor to maximize your energy. (If you’re anxious to dive into morning routines,  I came across an interview with Hal Elrod, the author of The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8am)    

First things first, why even care about your energy level?  That may be an easy question to answer.  Your energy level affects how you feel, what you think, and what you’re capable of accomplishing.  It affects all of your work, all of your relationships, and every moment of your life.

But where on your list of priorities is renewing your energy, expanding your energy, managing your energy, and sustaining your energy?

Really. I’m asking.  What number is it?

Is it even on your list?

Making energy renewal and management a priority would solve at least 20 of your problems (Strategy hard at work)*

But Why Don’t We Really Care?

Fatigue is part of our culture.  People wear fatigue as a badge of honour.

“I’ve only slept 3 hours in 2 days”

“Oh yeah, well I pulled 2 all-nighters in a row”

Fatigue demonstrates your work ethic.  Fatigue shows your dedication.

Fatigue shows your strength.  It shows how much you can push yourself, break yourself, and stay standing.

Fatigue makes you cool.  Fatigue makes you a badass.

From my experience, most people have never really felt rejuvenated, so a contrast doesn’t exist.  We learn through experiencing contrast. (Remember health and wellness is all about learning about yourself).  Opposites provide context as well as teach you that you are capable of feeling a range emotions and states of mind versus just one state or emotion.  We are quick to accept one state as our identity because that is all we have experienced so far.  That belief also limits us in trying anything outside that identity.

“I’m a night person”

“I’m analytical, not creative”

“I’m an introvert”

“I need 2 cups of coffee to function in the morning”

I work to provide experiences for my clients in which they thrive: clarity, restoration, deep fulfillment, purpose, lightness, dynamism, power, creativity, strength, joy…etc  Soon they start to see how much more they are capable of, and that they can summon a range of feelings and states of being whenever they want.

We accept fatigue as the norm because for most of us that’s all we have experienced.  It is not surprising then that we expect to feel like this all the time.

Fatigue is the absence of physical, intellectual and emotional energy.

Fatigue leads to stress.  Stress is not being able to meet the demands we and others set for ourselves.  Stress is the process of breaking our bodies and minds.  Not surprisingly stress leads  to more fatigue.

Incurring non-stop fatigue and stress is analogous to global warming.  We, as a species, are destroying our habitat—that which we depend on to live.  Individually we are destroying our bodies and minds—that which we depend on for our livelihood, happiness, fulfillment…etc.

Our actions ensure that we never get to where we want to be.  It’s crazy, but it’s most people’s experience, so many people assume or are convinced that this is just the way it is.  People will justify it and perpetuate it to others–even make being unwell cool.

 

“This is the only way”, they’ll say.

What they’re really saying is “This is the only way I know.”

If they say, “It can’t be done”

What they’re really saying is “I don’t know how to do it”

There are many other ways.  You have natural sources of energy that remain untapped inside you.

Before we go on this journey together, I must forewarn you:  Being healthy is not cool.

Get ready to grow a thicker skin.

 

 

 

James Swanwick shared a great story this week on Why He Quit Drinking 4 Years Ago and the reactions he got from his friends and strangers.

*Strategy is all about asking the right questions and  unearthing the deep    root causes of your problems.   Once you get to the source, many symptoms associated   with your problems disappear.  You don’t need to       address every    problem you have, simply dig deep,    look for the underlying cause and connect the dots.

The Most Influential People in Your Life

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Last week I wrote that how you describe yourself is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Deciding what kind of person you want to be is the first step to attaining the health and wellness you are looking for.  This new identity is not a one time change, but a daily habit you build.  This habit will inadvertently lead to changes in many other habits. (Strategy hard at work)*Step # 2 is finding your peeps.

You attract who you are.

If you’re confident, you attract confident people.

If you’re insecure, you attract insecure people.

If you’re adventurous, you attract adventurous people.

If you like to complain, you attract people who like to complain.

If you like to play sports, you attract people who like to play sports.

This is why if you want something to change, you have to start with YOURSELF first.  Once you’ve got your new identity underway (revisiting your new identity and creating small wins to prove the new identity to yourself everyday), you will then want to find similar people.

If you try to be the new you with people who like the old you, you’re in for trouble.

Just becoming this new you will begin to attract new people, but taking a more proactive approach will lead to better and faster results.

You’re looking for 2 sets of people:

#1.) People like you who want to become a similar person/identity (the “new you”) as you.  People who have decided that this identity is a priority and are on the same path as you.

#2.) People who used to be like you (the “old you”) who have already achieved the transformation to the new identity

Both sets of people are just like you, so they understand your unique difficulties and circumstances.  Their path, feedback, and guidance is more relevant to you.

Trying to figure things out on your own is a path filled with many potential failure points.  You need support, guidance, feedback, and accountability from the people around you.

If you only surround yourself with people who don’t want to take on the identity you do, and haven’t become who you want to be, you will feel that pull to be whoever they want to be and who they are now.  You will use all your energy trying to resist them and justify why you want to make changes, and once you feel spent and defeated, you’ll go back to doing what you guys always do.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” 

-Jim Rohn

Who are the five people you spend the most time with?
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Is there anyone in your group of 5 that fits the description of the two sets of people you’re looking for?

I’m not saying you need to ditch all of your family and friends, but finding just one person who is trying to achieve the same transformation as you’re seeking and one person who has already achieved that transformation will have a significant impact on your journey and your success.

Many of us want to figure things out alone and fail quietly, and only share our journey after we succeed—if we succeed at all.  Failure is connected to success.  They are inextricably linked.  Failure is how we learn.  I wrote last week that many people will lower their standards instead of experiencing the learning/failure which is inevitable on the road to any goal.

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It’s not about avoiding failure/learning; it’s about who you fail around.  If you want to fail better, fail around the two sets of people identified above.  Fail around people who are on the same path as you and people who have been there and done it.  They’re not going to shame you—they’ll applaud you, push you, guide you, celebrate with you.

These are your peeps.

Find them.

You can’t live without these people.

And really, why would you want to?

*Strategy is all about asking the right question.  What kind of person you want to be is one of the first questions you need ask and answer on your journey to health and wellness.

Photo: Neal Fowler

Your Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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You are the sum of what you do every day.  Generally we do the same things day in and day out.  Our behaviours and actions stem from our thoughts and feelings.  So in turn, not only are our daily actions a habit, but so are our thoughts and feelings.

We often want something in our lives to change.  We look to a habit (behaviour/action) that we don’t like the consequences of and try to stop doing it, or look for a different behaviour to replace it.  But change at the level of action doesn’t stick when the thoughts and feelings continue to be the same.  A feeling or thought of dissatisfaction is usually not enough to create a lasting change of behaviour.  Real change begins at the level of thoughts and feelings—our behaviour/actions are just the by-product.

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Attempting to change our actions without changing our thoughts and feelings is a huge failure point when it comes to establishing habits.  If the attempt to change the behaviour fails, many people will lower their standards/expectations for themselves and their lives, leading to them live far below their potential and usually with a low sense of self worth and a pessimistic outlook.

Changing our thoughts and feelings can seem like a daunting task.  But there are simple solutions, you just have commit to doing them every day.  Here is one:

Answer this Question: What Kind of Person Do You Want to Be?

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James Clear writes a great deal about habits, and I love his concept of identity-based habits.  First, you have to take on the identity of who you want to be by accomplishing small wins before focusing on achieving your new behaviour.  I have clients write out what kind of person they want to be and then insert themselves into the sentence by using an active or assertive voice.

Example:

“I want to be the kind of person that wakes up energized and writes for an hour before having a hearty breakfast and going to work.”

“I wake up energized every morning, write for an hour, eat a hearty breakfast and then go to work.”

The example above has a number of habits incorporated in it (physical energy, writing, diet) which all need to be focused on separately.  Each one would need to be broken down in order to accomplish small wins; e.g. write for an hour would start with writing for 10 minutes consistently before increasing the time every week.  But the very first step is to have the person read this statement every morning.

Using an active or assertive voice  may seem tedious or even fake because it is still who we want to be and not who we are but our actions flow from our identity.  Therefore if we want new actions, we need to establish the new identity first.  As we accomplish small wins, we begin to believe the statement as it becomes true.

Our identity constantly affects our actions without being conscious of it:

“I’m lazy…so I can’t wake up early.”

“I wake up tired…so I can’t get anything done before I go to work.”

“I wake up late… so I don’t have time for breakfast.”

If you keep telling yourself, “I’m tired and lazy” guess what all your actions will reflect?

Be careful how you describe yourself, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You are either raising your standards or lowering them.

What kind of person do you want to be?*

*Don’t just think about this for a few minutes and 
forget about it.  Revisit your identity every day.

Next Week:  The Most Influential People In Your Life

The Most Productive 5min of Your Day

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Good Sunday Morning!

I’m preparing a series of workshops on The Morning Routine of Top Performers as I often get asked how to establish a morning routine/what it should consist of, so I’ll be writing a number of posts on this topic.  

A Note on Top Performers

A lot of people don’t see themselves as ‘top performers’.  A top performer is someone who has tapped into their vast potential and is able to harness it (energy/talents/creativity…etc) to achieve their goals. We all have enormous potential, but may not know how to access and harness it.  One way that I know how to do it is to build specific habits.  Anyone can do this, so our potential is in our reach.  Our potential is so much more vast that we can even imagine, so you’ll surprise yourself if you decide to begin to unearth it.  You can’t dream big enough, and you keep getting better everyday.  That’s why when you look at top performers it may seem like the gap between you and them grows daily.  They are riding off the momentum of their habits, which they continue to practice throughout their successes.

Morning Routines

This brings us back to morning routines.  A morning routine is a life long habit of many successful people.  We’ve all heard the adage: ‘Successful people get more done before 9am, than we do all day.’   That’s because the morning is a sweet spot in your day.  It’s a clean slate; you’re refreshed, rejuvenated, you have high energy, clarity, creativity…your body feels strong, your mind is calm and focused, your spirit is elated.  You can get your best work done in the morning.  This is the best time to spend on yourself, and the best time to do things that are most meaningful to you.  The biggest gains can be made here towards the biggest goals in your life.  Starting your day this way has a tremendous ripple effect on the rest of your day—your work, how you feel, your relationships…etc.

“But I Wake Up Feeling So Tired…”

You may not feel like I described above when you wake up.  One of the keys to having a successful morning routine is to wake up energized.   There are a myriad of reasons you may be waking up feeling tired and the specific mix of complications is unique to you, so a “10 Tips to Waking Up Energized” won’t do.  There is a lot of testing you need to do, and I highly suggest you begin recording the changes, because the insights you’re looking for will be in your reflections.  We often forget—or have never been told—that we don’t learn by doing, but by reflecting on what we do.

“We don’t learn from our experiences; we learn by reflecting on our experiences”
-John Dewey

 

We have often heard: ‘You learn by doing’.  But how often have we done the same wrong things over and over again?  Learning occurs in the reflection stage.  How often do you reflect?

Reflecting every day for 5 minutes on what worked and what didn’t is definitely a habit of top performers.  Constant learning is not only a habit of top performers, I believe it is one of their core drivers—it is who they are.  I love this article The Morning Ritual Of Entrepreneurs Who Built Successful Software Businesses In Six Months Or Less for so many reasons, not the least of which is the mention of the 5 minute daily reflection.

I get all my clients to reflect every day on the habit I have introduced to them.  The learning happens much more quickly and is much deeper.  You’re able to solve a lot of your own problems, and you’re not left running in circles, not able to quite figure out which small part went wrong.  Ultimately in your frustration you may decide the whole thing is wrong and doesn’t work for you.

Pause For a Moment

ImageIf you want to institute something a new habit, and you’re not going to take 5 minutes to reflect on it every day, I would say don’t do it at all.  Spend your time and energy in a more productive and enjoyable way. Tell the person who makes that mouthwatering dish that hits the spot every time,  how much you love it and missed it, and make plans to get together and plan something special for them.  Or put on your favourite song as loud as the speakers will go and sing and dance and get lost in the moment.  Or call up that person that makes you laugh a deep belly laugh every time you talk to them.

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If and when you’re serious about instituting a new habit, you’ll know, and then factor in the extra 5 minutes.  That 5 minutes that you dedicate to learning will exponentially increase your progress, and get you through the many obstacles that you will encounter when instituting a new habit.  Until then it`s not necessary to lie to ourselves, to feel guilty, or to beat ourselves up.  When it`s a priority for you, you`ll know.

Consuming more and more information on what we ‘should do’ or ‘could do’ can lead to stress and ultimately fatigue (beating ourselves up = energy drain) if we don’t have a healthy way to digest the information we consume.

We Are Poor Learners

Learning is something we do poorly (even with post-secondary education).  And I never tire of mentioning that health and wellness is all about learning about ourselves.  Learning is an active process.  Learning is an act of pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones—making new connections.

We all want the benefits of learning but don’t necessarily want to do any of the work.  It doesn’t just happen.  It doesn’t just figure itself out.  We love to wish and wait.

Top performers don’t wish and wait.*

Spend 5min reflecting on what worked and what didn’t.

Not just one time.  Every day.

 

 

*The top performer in you doesn’t wish and wait

 

 

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ImageVidya runs 9 Habits; a group program to establish 9 health and wellness habits one-at-a-time over the course of one year to untap your potential.  How could you be taking advantage of your mind, body, and spirit to achieve your dreams?  To become the person you want to be? What secrets do you hold? The answers you’re looking for lie within you.  Vidya can help you unearth them.

You’re Asking the Wrong Question

Hey Vids, you got some tips for me?”

“Nah man, all I got are these habits.

When people find out I am a health and wellness coach, the first question I get asked is if I can give them a tip of some sort (exercise, nutrition, sleep..etc).

“What should I eat?”

This is the wrong question.

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In general, most people ask the wrong question in health and wellness and that’s why they make such little progress, even though what they could do with their minds and bodies would amaze them.  This video most definitely drives this point home.  You may not understand exactly the healing modalities that they are referring to, but as a practitioner they hit the nail on the head.  CONTEXT.  If you ask me a question, I usually need to ask 50 more to determine your context.

“What should I eat?”

What do you eat right now?

What effects are the food you eat having on you right now?

When do you eat?

In what environment do you eat?

How do you feel when you eat?

Do you eat when you’re not hungry?

Do you stop eating when you’re full?

Are you aware of your hunger and fullness triggers?

Are you distracted when you eat?

What is your metabolism like?

How active are you?

How do you feel after you eat?

Are you having trouble assimilating nutrients?

Are you having trouble eliminating wastes?

Do you eat breakfast?

What does it consist of?

What are your energy levels throughout the day?

When do you eat your biggest meal?

What time do wake up?

What time do you sleep?

Do you nap?

Do you wake up tired?

Do you eat at regular times every day?

Do you eat on the run?

What quality is the food that you eat?

What foods are difficult to digest?

What foods do you love?

What is your level of stress?

How often are you stressed?

Do you eat when you’re upset?

Do you take a few minutes to rest quietly after your meal?

Do you eat before your previous food has been digested?

That’s only 33 questions, but trust me that I could go on.  Plus I have about 60 questions I would ask to determine what your mind and body type is.  Now this seems overwhelming I know, but a practitioner can determine where you should start (that’s where they provide immense value), but only after determining your context.  Health and wellness is highly individual, and is all about learning about yourself.

I’ll say that again.

Health and wellness is about learning about yourself.

And it is a LIFE LONG journey.

We gotten very used to a prescriptive nature of health and wellness.

 

“I have symptom X.”

“Here, take prescription Y.”

 

“What should I eat?”

“Eat more greens.”

 

What is the true source of your question/concern/symptom? This is a strategic question.  Strategy is all about asking the right question.

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Vidya runs a program called 9 Habits to effectively address your health and wellness concerns and goals.  Your habits are who you are.  Your habits are the actions you take every day—the behaviour that is the result of what you deeply believe about yourself.  Your habits tell me what you value in your life, what you think about yourself and others, what your goals are, who you attract, where you’ll be in a year…5 years…10 years.

*Bonus Question/Answer Humour

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