What systems guide your life?
Physically, socially, emotionally, etc...
Where are they taking you?
If it's a place you don't want to go, change them.
One step in the wrong direction can lead to a dramatic setback.
Identify your problem. Eliminate it.
Everything you do routinely in life is based on a system you've instilled into your programming.
The way you train, interact in certain settings, prepare for bed, or spend your leisure time in the evenings.
These behaviors lead us down a certain path.
Some are productive, successful paths that lead to what we desire. Others lead us the opposite direction.
Analyze your patterns, habits, and systems. Take small steps to reroute your life starting today.
Each morning when you wake up you have a single decision you must make.
Your choice impacts you in a way no other decision can.
You must choose to live or be left behind.
If you choose life, you choose to better yourself.
You choose growth, productivity, and happiness.
You choose to pursue your goals, develop your relationships, and strive towards progress in any area of your life that needs help.
If you choose to be left behind, you choose to stall.
You choose to stay stagnate and watch the world pass you by.
You choose passiveness as others choose progress.
The choice, just like every choice in life, is yours.
You decide your fate.
So much of our time these days can be taken up through television, video games, and social media.
We dream about, compare ourselves with, and believe so much of what we see on these digital outlets that we may begin losing touch with the real world.
We skip out of social engagement in person because we can do it from the comfort of our couch.
We reject real world adventures because we can see it on TV or explore it in video games.
We compare our bodies, careers, lives, and finances to every one else based on the images we see flooding across social media.
Many times we aren't living in reality. We aren't experiencing life for all that it could be. We're missing out on life.
Enjoy good company.
Explore the world around you.
Compare only your current life to the future one you will achieve.
If you aren't waking up with a sense of gratitude then you aren't living right.
Life can be disheartening at times. We all suffer from loss.
But there is so much opportunity to achieve great things, develop amazing relationships, and make a difference in peoples' lives.
It's all about your mindset.
Wake up and be grateful. You're alive.
You have the power to do so much with your life if you choose to.
The choice is yours. The power is yours.
Change your mindset and experience life as it was meant to be. Beautiful!
Don't squander the opportunity that rests at your fingertips.
Reflect on your blessings. Reflect on what brings you joy.
Find a way to make that happen on a daily basis.
It won't be easy. It won't happen overnight.
But it will happen.
If you choose to make it.
There are 3 basic tenets to being healthy.
If you eat too much of anything you will gain weight. If you gain enough weight you become obese. Obesity increases your chance of practically every chronic illness.
Avoid overeating by making healthy food choices based around meat and veggies. These two items should be your foundation when eating. Feel free to add nuts, seeds, fruit, legumes, etc to this if you wish.
Anything you put in your mouth should obviously come from a plant or animal. It is when people are eating processed foods that we see most cases of overeating, food addiction, etc. Real, quality food is hard to over consume.
If you struggle with your weight you have two options. Begin monitoring your caloric intake or start eliminating foods to clean up your diet. A combination would be the best approach.
Track your calories and you will determine how much you can eat to gain, maintain, or lose weight. Eliminate junk, start eating clean, and you’ll naturally start to lower your caloric intake.
Appropriate exercise differs on an individual basis. We need two primary stimuli however; cardio and strength training.
Cardio can be as simple as walking daily. It could be as intense as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). It could be moderate intensity such as jogging or biking. You pick. Find something that is reasonable for you, that you will consistently do, and make it a habit.
Strength training has two objectives; maintain or improve strength and muscle mass. This can be done through calisthenics, free weights, machines, or any variety of tools you have at your disposal. In the beginning use moderation. Avoid the extremes of intensity and volume. Find manageable workloads, develop sound technique, and make it a habit.
Sleep is how the body and mind recover. Without recovery we fall apart. To optimize your sleep, create a daily schedule. Your body prefers to go to bed and wake up at similar times. Create an environment that suits sleep by keeping it cool, dark, and quiet.
The cold keeps us away.
We want to stay in the warmth of our homes.
We want to be cozy and comfortable.
We don't want the discomfort of the chilled air sweeping across our skin.
We don't want the shivers that vibrate up our body.
We don't want the goose bumps to spread from head to toe.
But we need it.
We need discomfort.
We need stimulus that seems unbearable..
Life is uncomfortable.
It's the situations like cold that thicken our skin, toughen our minds, and prepares us for adversity that we may face on any given day.
When it's cold face it head on. Embrace the freeze, even if only for a second.
Family traditions big or small create memories that we hold close to our hearts. Even when your family is far apart remembering those times together can make you feel like you are home. Our family has several traditions for this time of year.
In the past, our family has always walked/ran the Turkey Trot. This year due to a variety of factors we weren't able to do this. It made me wonder if it's time for a new tradition. My stepfather, Dan, delivered meals and I think this would make a great new tradition. I like the idea of delivering meals because I feel like it is important to give back to those in need. During the time of year where we are focused on gratitude it becomes more apparent how truly blessed and fortunate we are. So starting next year our NEW family tradition will be to deliver meals to those in need. I can't wait!
What traditions does your family have? If you don't have any, are there some you would like to start? Post a comment below. We would love to hear your ideas!
Everyone has a role.
We all have a part to play in this world.
If you don't know yours it's time to discover it.
Dig deep. Analyze your your strengths and weaknesses. Review your success and failures. Consider your passions and hobbies.
With enough soul searching you will find direction. You will find meaningful work to pursue.
Keep headed down that road until you path becomes more and more clear.
Be determined. Do not sway or turn away when times become difficult. For most these struggles will be vital to their success.
Embrace the challenges and watch yourself rise from the ashes.
Rejection is crushing.
It delivers a blow to our gut, confidence, and ego.
It can ruin momentum. It can stop us in our tracks. It can cause us to quit our pursuit towards a goal.
When you let rejection sway you, you lose.
When you let rejection stop you, you fail.
The only way to handle rejection is to reject it.
Stay the course. Keep your chin up and goals in sight.
Learn from rejection. Then get back on your horse and keep trotting forward.
This is what successful people do every day.
My wife and I skipped the Turkey Trot for the first time since 2012.
Instead we set out on a hike with one of our pups at a local state park.
Until the very end we were the only ones there it seemed.
It was beautiful.
The air is different.
The sun is energizing.
The sounds excite your curiosity.
It's an adventure few embark on these days.
Stepping away from the technology driven society we live in and returning to nature, even briefly, is a reset we all need.
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!