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Are You Missing This Key Component To Success?

Are You Missing This Key Component To Success?

I was at a conference last year, and was asked to write out my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) in one sentence. This was to define who I was and what I wanted to bring to the world. As I thought about that, I was reminded that it would take effort in setting small goals if I ever wanted to come close to that BHAG that seemed so far away.

As I think back to my health journey, I’m reminded of a few things I thought about along the way as I was looking for healing.

Have you thought about what you want the “end picture” of your health to look like?

What is health to you? And… is that different from wellness?

When I began my quest to better health, I started looking at the difference between health and wellness, and I put those into my own words and thoughts before determining my end goals.

The definition of health is the state of being free from illness or injury; a person’s mental or physical condition.

My personal definition of health is being able to have energy to do what I want to do, freedom from medication, feeling good inside and out. It’s without symptoms like hair loss, pain, fatigue, acne, stomach pain, constant nausea, exhaustion (which were a few of the things I experienced on a daily basis).

How is that different from wellness?

The definition of wellness is the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

My personal definition of wellness is being able to enjoy my life because I’m living free from any form of sickness and disease.

But as I began my journey, I realized that my experience was taking me to a deeper level. It was more than health and wellness. I wanted to be made whole.

Wholeness means being complete and harmonious. It is a place of unity; a state of being unbroken or undamaged.

To me, this encompasses the entire person – mind, body, and spirit – bringing it into alignment. It’s having balance not only in my physical body, but in my mind and emotions as well.

So this is the goal I set out to find for myself – and this is what I want for you too.

The Basics of Goal Setting

One of the first things I did was set these goals right from the beginning. If we have no idea what we want, then how are we going to achieve it? If we can’t answer these questions then how can we ever expect to reach our fullest potential? Without goal-setting, we are doing nothing more than blindly building.

Many times we don’t get what we want because we simply don’t know what we want. We’ve never defined our life goals or what success looks like. Many times we dream about things and they turn to wishful thinking because we never back them up with a plan.

I believe that vague goals bring us vague results. Are your goals so vague that you really have no way of knowing whether or not you’ve achieved them? Sometimes it’s our lack of faith in ourselves that prevents us from going out on a limb and laying our truest desires on the line. Maybe we’re afraid we won’t achieve them, but if we don’t lay them out, we never give ourselves a chance.

Get Specific When Setting Goals

The more faith we have in our ability, the more specific we will be. And the more specific we are, the more likely we will achieve. If our goals are not specific, then we are robbed in the end. We never know if the result could or would have happened. Well defined goals give us an opportunity to envision our future. When we envision our future, we can work to bring it to pass.

Your goals should be very specific and measurable. They should have beginning and an end. You should have a clear picture of what the result will look like in your mind. Sometimes the end looks a little different than we imagine, but change will come, and many times it’s even greater than we imagined.

What Are You Going To Do?

So I ask you today, what are you willing to do for you? You need to answer that question and clearly spell it out. If you can’t answer that question, stop reading. Quiet yourself and get an answer. The cool thing is, as we grow, this answer will change. If you’ve been chasing the same goals year after year, then you’re not growing. Eventually, your goals should look like a moving target, but you have to start somewhere. Why not right here, right where you are, right now? Define your dream, spell out your goal, claim your victory.

So many times we don’t get what we want because we don’t know what we want.

Then there comes the big question. Why? Why do you want to even achieve these goals?

When we answer the what and the why, the how will likely come to us.

If you’re struggling to reach your goals, then I encourage you to take action today. Truly sit down and begin to ask yourself the hard questions. Why are you truly stuck? You may be shocked to find the truth. But in finding the truth, you will find Freedom.

Leave me a message. Let me know what your BHAG is, or one simple goal you’re setting to help you reach that Big Hairy Audacious Goal. And do yourself a big favor — Make Today Amazing!

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Your Toxic Mind is Making You Sick

Your Toxic Mind is Making You Sick

Did you know your thoughts can impact your physical health?

What you should know about the Mind-Body Connection…

I love to cleanse the body at least a couple times per year to do a little reboot. During this time, I implement different strategies that bring me what I need to clean up debris from old toxic patterns that I’ve allowed to creep in over the previous season.

Today I want to focus on cleansing from a mind-body perspective. I believe the way we get the most bang for our buck (if you will) is to see them as one.

THE PROCESS

It takes preparation when we decide to cleanse or detoxify the body. I’ve found that it’s super important, especially in this day because our environment has become a dumping ground for toxic waste. As a matter of fact, detoxification was a complete game-changer for me during my health journey, to the point that it’s something I use with every one of my clients today. After experiencing health symptoms that I just couldn’t get rid of, like foggy thinking, headaches, gas, bloating, indigestion, joint pain, waking up tired in the mornings, and inability to sleep through the night, I worked to develop a seasonal cleansing protocol based on the knowledge and experience I gained from many of my mentors. In working with others, I also found that sometimes all it takes for them to see a complete turnaround in their health is to give them the same tools to implement these detoxification strategies on a regular basis.

Cleansing has been a part of my life from the beginning, since embarking on my journey to health. Along the way, I learned that cleansing and detoxifying can be quite different. In short, we can cleanse the body by eliminating certain foods and allowing the body to rest or reboot. You’ve probably seen juice cleanses, and heard of people implementing certain types of fasts, and even teas and other potions that are supposed to cleanse the body. There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you are attempting to completely detoxify the body, and clean up the cells, there needs to be certain components in place for that to happen.

I come across many teachings that focus on detoxifying the body but there are 2 things I want to focus on today that I feel are many times missed in these discussions.   

#1 the importance of the liver

#2 the importance of cleansing toxic thoughts

I know… these may seem super random, but I believe we cannot cleanse a toxic body and leave a toxic mind alone. This is what I like to refer to as the mind-body connection for cleansing and detoxification.

If the body goes through this detoxification process, but we are still in a pattern of addiction and self-destruction due to traumatic events that we have not processed, then we never move into a place of freedom.

PHYSICAL DETOX

I mentioned that cleansing and detox are quite different. The process of physical detox actually requires a 3-step process. This is known as the 3 phases of detoxification. For detoxification to take place in the body, there must be certain vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients on board. The body then goes through a systematic process to do the clean-up work.

Our liver is our major detoxification organ – so learn to love your liver.

What happens in the 3 phases?

  • In phase 1, the liver uses enzymes and oxygen to break up the toxins.
  • In phase 2, the toxins are packaged up into a water-soluble package
  • In phase 3, the liver, kidneys, and intestines work to excrete the toxins

There are many things that can get in the way of detoxification taking place in the body, but some of these include things like:

  • Overgrowth of pathogenic microbes (parasites, bacteria, fungus) in the digestive tract
  • Lack of fiber
  • Magnesium deficiencies
  • Food intolerance

Signs that you need to detox are:

  • Belly bloat
  • Abdominal fat – also known as “the spare tire effect”
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Feeling exhausted all the time
  • Acid reflux/heart burn
  • Dark spots on your skin and dark circles under the eyes
  • Excessive sweating or stinky sweat
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual Irregularities

MENTAL / EMOTIONAL DETOX

So now that you have a better understanding about what it takes to do a physical detox, let’s talk about the mental/emotional aspect. This is one topic I rarely see approached when there is a discussion around detoxification. I imagine it is one of the most toxic things in our environment though.

Thinking back to my own healing journey, this was one of the most important for me. It’s actually where my journey began.

I remember when I wasn’t the most positive person. Growing up, I wasn’t necessarily negative, but my self-talk wasn’t very good. I imagine it’s something we could all work on. Most of us probably tend to be a little harsh on ourselves compared to how we are with others we love.

We pick this up from those around us many times. And we also have false notions of what’s really important in life because we watch things go on around us and feel like we have to live up to the worlds ideas instead of creating our own.

Conforming to those around us and the things of this world can be very toxic to our mind and emotional state.

In my time of working through my own issues and helping others do the same, I’ve found that our mind has the ability to control us and bring us into negative thought patterns if we allow it.

We are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, on a daily – and even moment-by-moment basis. This means we have a choice in where we end up emotionally. We can either become victim to our emotions, sickness, or other circumstances, or we can go THROUGH them and find strength to endure.

We detox our thoughts and mind by casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. That means casting down negative thought patterns like fear, anxiety, worry, depression, and doubt. We are to process our experiences and go through them. If we don’t bring our thoughts into captivity and choose to process them, then they will hold us captive and we will assume the position of being a victim to our very own thoughts.

MIND-BODY CONNECTION

Toxic thoughts become toxic to us physically. When we believe we are sick, overweight, broke, ugly, then we become those things, because whatever we focus on, we bring about.

I work with people on a daily basis who believe these things. I work with them to shift these thought patterns so they believe what is true, instead of believing a lie. The things we worry about are things that we dream up in our subconscious. They are many times things that don’t even matter. Other times these are thoughts that arise because we’ve been through a traumatic event. But if we fail to process these thoughts, then we will become their slaves.

In the physical body, there’s a shift in our cellular makeup that actually can create physical matter. Dr. Caroline Leaf is one of the greatest researchers in this area. She says that disease is created first as a negative thought.

Whatever you meditate on and think about it in your heart, you will become. This world was created by a thought that was verbalized, when God said, “let there be light.” And there was light. So that thought became a physical reality. That’s exactly how your thoughts and language and body work together.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?

As you can see from above, there are things that need to be in place for you to physically clean up your cells appropriately. I encourage you to work with a qualified professional if you are feeling any of the symptoms mentioned. You want to make sure you have the right things in place, including nutrients as well as make sure you are eliminating properly before implementing any detoxification program.

My desire is that you understand this information in a way that allows you to implement it on a regular basis – not only that, but learn the tools you need so you can one day do it on your own.

If you’re ready for a different take on losing weight, getting rid of depression and anxiety, and ridding things like digestive upset, headaches, pain and inflammation, swollen legs and feet… if you want to learn how to live in health in your mind and body so you can live your best life, then join me and the others who have already made the decision to invest in themselves for my seasonal cleanse challenge.

If you missed the window to register, that’s okay! Check out my coaching page and stay tuned for other coaching programs you can access to invest in your health.

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

As I was reading the Word of God today in Isaiah chapter 13,  I came across the names of Sodom and Gomorrah.  My eyes stopped there as if I could not move forward.  I knew God had more to say.  I immediately thought of Saddam Hussein.

When something out of the ordinary like this happens, it is a great time to ask God,  ”what does this mean? ”  And that’s exactly what I did.

He started talking to me about the importance of a name.   He told me about two years ago the meaning of my name, but I never had a full understanding of what it meant specifically for me.

My name is Chelsie and its meaning is “shield.”  I  have understood for some time that shield means protection.  I just never realized what I was to protect, or if I was the one to do the protecting.

Names are very important to God.  Think back to the old testament where God dedicated much of the Bible to make sure we understood who certain men were.  He didn’t just tell a story about a certain man, but he let us know that man’s name, and what it meant.  He even changed the names of many men in the Bible to reflect who they had become.

It is just the same for us today.  God designed everything about us, even down to our name.  He knew it before we were even placed in the womb.  It was to become part of our DESTINY. It’s “Who” we are.

Maybe you share the same name as me.  Even if that’s true, the meaning of shield could be different for you than it is for me. After many years of searching exactly what God meant when he named me Chelsie, he revealed the truth to me today.

My purpose is to act as a shield for the body of believers.  I am to protect the physical body from the attacks of the enemy by educating believers on how to stay healthy physically.

I am also a shield of protection where the soul is concerned. Many times the mind, will, and emotions are attacked and need quiet intercessions.  Other times those attacks need to be revealed to the person under attack so they can take authority over who they are in Christ.  This is also a part of who I am.  As a shield, I am here to reveal those truths.

Acting as a shield of protection for the spirit is one of the most important roles that I carry.  In this way, I am here to edify and encourage others to be who Christ has called them to be.

“Now it’s YOUR turn”

You have an assignment that comes along with your name as well. I encourage you to search for your name and the meaning of it. You can find a Name book online to find out what your name means and the scripture that’s associated with it. You may not understand its meaning fully in the beginning, but as you seek God and truly understand who he is and who he has destined you to be, then you will gain a better understanding of what it is that your name exactly means. Then you can go out and live the destiny which he has called you to.