As we head into 2016, there are several things that if addressed, can set the course for a positive and different year.
The end of the year for me is a time of reflection. It could help to answer the following questions:
What did I accomplish in 2015 that I can build upon?
What decisions have I made during the year that will benefit me next year?
What decisions and choices did I make this year that will not benefit me and as a result require recovery time in 2016?
What do I need to leave behind and must not carry in 2016? Be it relationships, habits, or thoughts and attitudes?
What give things do I need to accomplish this time next year? And how will I keep myself on track with these goals?
If you can spend an hour or so with these questions, you can walk into 2016 with focus, direction, and intention.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, 2014, I wanted to share a tip that has been very beneficial for many of my clients. We want to enjoy the holiday, but we do not want to loose ground on our wellness lifestyle.
The tip is quite simple:
“It is not want you do once-in-awhile that counts, it is want you do everyday. ” –– Surina Ann Jordan
The once-in-awhile diet encourages us to eat poor meals less and eat healthy meals every day. If we eat these nutrient-rich meals and snacks every day, then Thanksgiving day fits the once-in-awhile category, affording us the opportunity to eat some of whatever we choose. Knowing full well that we do not eat like this everyday, our discipline should help us not gorge or stuff ourselves and select small portions of “whatever”. It also means that tomorrow we return to our normal healthy choices and decisions around food. So doggy bags and left-overs do not come home with you! Clear them out!
The following day, we return to our plant-based diet, exercising the principals in Discipline Seven, which is: to Eat and Drink Real Food.
Order book: The Seven Disciplines of Wellness, The Spiritual Connection to Good Health
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