Make THIS Year A Success

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Here we are about to begin a new month. School is about to jump back into session for many and along with the school schedules comes a a zillion things added to busy lives.Many families are pressing on and wondering where has the summer gone so quickly!

Perhaps you have been thinking that those lofty dreams and goals you had for this year seem as far away as they did when you made that New Year Resolution. Perhaps you are disappointed that yet again your goals seem so hard to reach.

The good news is that there is still time to succeed in 2016!

Perhaps you won’t meet all the goals you set at the first of the year, but you can certainly change one thing and make progress towards those bigger goals. There are five months left this year. One goal per month met = 5 successes and THAT is a great head start on 2017.

My goal for August is to incorporate more intentional exercise into my day, to strive for that recommended 10,000 steps per day. Since I don’t always carry my phone 24/7 … (Yes, I’m strange like that and it frustrates friends who have their phones always at hand!)

I am also scheduling exercise breaks into my day … 10 minutes at a time to walk, stretch, work on connecting with myself and the world around me.

The beginning of a fresh new month can signal the start of something amazing that can become a new healthy part of your life. Where will one change or goal accomplished lead in your decision to THRIVE and Optin-2-Living your very best life possible?

Grab a pen. Make a goal and an ACTION Plan for August, then share in comments!

I’d love to hear from you!

Be your best & Be blessed!

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Escape Fear with A Leap of Faith

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For years I simply survived from one day to the next in default. Each day it felt another part of me was disappearing into the quicksand surrounding me. Fear further paralyzed me from even considering a change was possible.

Until – a thought managed to break through that suggested that just maybe, life was not meant to be a struggle with no hope in sight. That perhaps my life had purpose and a meaning if I would break free from the fears surrounding me and weighing me down.

The fear that things would ‘never change’actual became the spark that something had to change.  The fear that unless I made a way for positive change to take place in my life, my son, daughter, and grand kids would feel they too had to simply survive with whatever tiny portion of life the universe handed to them. My desire that they experience more in life, drove me to find a way to prove more is possible.

But fear is relentless. As soon as a decision to change fear rears up with all the reasons why change is a big mistake!

” You will fail (again).”

“You don’t have what it takes.”

“You can never change’.

“Its not worth it”

“You’re not worth it.”

“____________ ” (fill in your fear here)

BUT – once the fear of NOT changing becomes bigger than the fear of changing, Action is required.

My first was believing God created me for more. So with His help – I can be more.

My next decision was to ‘do it afraid, if necessary, but do it!

Take that leap of faith without seeing the landing zone, having all the answers or

waiting for the fear to vanish.

That leap of faith in the face of fear is the key to that first step towards a life of freedom, health, purpose and abundance.

Has fear vanished since I took that leap of faith three years ago?  Nope. But in the midst of living and taking action to see those changes coming to pass, the fear doesn’t linger as long as it once did. I don’t find myself overwhelmed by fear any longer.

Instead, I acknowledge it, examine it in the new light of truth at work in my life and press ahead.  The future is bright and no doubt holds more than I can imagine -but my vision, dream and expectation is now in the knowledge that I fully Optin-2-Living with my eyes on the goals rather than the fears.

That leap of faith made it all possible!

What could you accomplish if you weren’t afraid?

Perhaps NOW is the time for your Leap of Faith.

Take that leap.

Do it afraid if you must,,

but decided today to LIVE life to the fullest.

 

 

 

 

Living Your Best Life Possible

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Optimal living means although we all have some restrictions, we also have the potential to live more fully than we might imagine. The biggest restriction can be changed once we dare believe we deserve more and can indeed accomplish more in our lives and the world around us. Some restrictions do apply simply because we are all individuals and at different places along this journey called life.

My level of optimal fitness, for example, will not be the same as a grandmother coming to a rather late realization that I have the power to change as that of a 20 year old college student. Were we both to start a program to get in shape at the same time -we could both work towards an optimal level of fitness, yet our results and programs would not be identical.

An optimal lifestyle is the best lifestyle for you. Reaching the highest goals in  light of the path you were designed to journey and the life you were meant to live.

While one description says optimal means the ‘best outcome within certain restrictions’, I want to say that we must be careful not to stumble over the restriction part of that definition and use perceived restrictions as an excuse to stay locked into habits or situations that leave us stuck in default mode or weigh us down with a sense of hopelessness.

Most the restrictions in our lives can be challenged with the mindset to do so. Getting that stinkin’ thinkin’ booted out opens us to the possibility and realization that we can be more, do more, dream more and achieve more. Of course the first step in realizing an optimal lifestyle in the seven areas of life is daring to believe it is possible. Recapture the dreams and visions for your life you may have given up on in the past and design a plan to chase after them once again.

Without a vision or dream, people perish.

So to get started, grab a paper & pen -take some time to get alone and start dreaming again. What does your optimal lifestyle lifestyle look like?  If time, money, job, family obligations of present circumstances were no object….where would you be right now?

What would you be wearing? What would you be doing? Where would you live?What does your home look like? who are you spending time with? what church or house of worship do you belong to? What is that passion that wakes you up every day with a sense of excitement?

Write it down. Uncensored.

Then close your eyes and visualize it.

Now make a plan – and take that first step towards making it a reality.

Easy? Nope.

Worth it? Absolutely!

 

 

Thoughts Are Free – But Choose Wisely

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The good news is- Thoughts are free.  The bad news is – that according to some researchers our minds process between 50,000 -70,000 thoughts per day. Even more troubling is that in many of these same reports, it is said that 80% or more of the thoughts we dwell upon are negative!

When I woke to the fact that I had lived most of my life in the default mode, the first thing I had to examine were the thoughts taking place on auto-mode. Sad to say, at one point in time nearly all the thoughts in my mind were negative regardless as to the past-present-or future state of affairs.

It has been said that whatever we spend time focusing on grows and personal experience in my life bore that out! The never-ending replay of negative chatter went on and on and always seemed to bear negative results. Stress increased, bills mounted, relationships got  more abusive or neglectful, life was one constant struggle to the point that I considered more than once to simply end my life to stop the chatter.

It was at just that moment in time that I received a copy of a book titled Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Myers and saw several video teachings based on this book which drew my attention to the power ‘Stinking Thinking’ holds over our lives unless we start paying attention and do battle against those type of thoughts.

Through prayer and determination, I began to pay attention to all those free thoughts jostling for room in my mind and decided to give the Negative Nelly Committee an eviction notice. Lest I mislead anyone into thinking that just deciding to ‘think positive’ is a quick fix, let me say – NO it is NOT!  It is a lifetime of repetition that has given the negative thoughts power and tenure and it takes time, determination and attention to uproot the strongholds of a lifetime.

But – it can be done and it is worth it! I believe it is also the very first step towards designing that OPTIN-2-Living lifestyle that allows us a balanced life filled with dreams, goals and vision to believe and work towards a better tomorrow.

Where to start?

You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge – How big a role does negative thinking play in your life?

What would your life look like without that negativity?

For me – prayer is the key to major changes. God is the Dream-Giver and He has the power to show you how to exchange the negative chatter for His affirmations of power, love and a sound mind.

Then pay attention to those thoughts that pop up countless times during the day.

At the first time of negativity – nip it in the bud! Find something positive to focus on instead. Positive affirmations work! Especially when based on God’s love and purpose in your life.

Jeremiah 29:11- says, ” I know the plans I have for you- plans of Hope and a Bright future”..

Never settle for less than that! You are worth so much more!

Optin-2-Living – live with intent and purpose, you are meant to THRIVE!

What is Optin Living?

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Optin Living is making an intentional plan to live life to the fullest!

Waking up to realize that each and every individual deserves to live their optimal lifestyle in all areas including fitness, finances, family, faith, field (work),friends and fun! (Thanks to the Ooola Guys, Dave Braun & Troy Amdahl for breaking it down into these all-inclusive areas!)

I chose the term “OPTIN Living” when I decided to stop living my life in the default mode of simply surviving one day to the next, one paycheck to the next without a plan, purpose or goal in sight. For me an OPTIN-2-Living plan includes:

O – Optimal health & wellness.

P – Personal plan to pursue goals and dreams.

T -Transformation in the areas of health, attitudes, spiritual well being and finances.

I – Inspiration given and received within a community of like-minded individuals online and in real time activities.

N – Natural, non-toxic solutions to obtain optimal health and wellness.

It is also a place offering support, motivation and encouragement to build an atmosphere that creates an environment of safety and support that encourages others in their pursuit of the healthy future they can also access when they choose to optin-2-living rather than settle for simply surviving.