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What Lights You Up? How To Add Positivity To Your Mindset

What Lights You Up? How To Add Positivity To Your Mindset

This phrase – what lights you up? – has come up over and over by many of my mentors. So many times that I began to pay attention.

I hope you pay close attention when you start to see patterns like this in your life.

The interesting thing is, these mentors have no affiliation with one another.

But the question was the same.

I know that life and healing has a deep spiritual component. And it’s very important to me. This is what I mean when I say pay attention to what’s going on around you. There’s always a deeper meaning. The daily things you do in life impact your health.

So what does the question what lights you up actually mean?

The Power of The Mind

The mind has immense power over one’s health.

For example, if I meet someone who is chronically fatigued, I can almost bet they hate their daily job. There’s something at work that exhausts them. Maybe that’s true for you.

When I started my own health journey, it all started with mindset. And I never realized it until many years later. I remember listening to recordings and teachings to drive a positive, can-do attitude into my life. It became such a part of me that no matter how sick I was, people began to comment on how positive my attitude was. What they didn’t know is that I worked on it every day of my life.

And I’m absolutely certain this impacted my level of healing and my ability to get better and better with time. I believed it… Even before I could see it.

One moment really stands out when thinking about how my positivity impacted my health… I was standing in a hospital on a very cold winter day. Everyone around me had sniffles and coughs – except for me. I made the comment that I never get sick. A man standing in the group looked at me, rolling his eyes, and said, “you can’t say that!”

The truth is, I can believe anything I want.

That conversation took place almost 10 years ago. I wasn’t sick then and haven’t been sick since. Will that day ever come? Let’s hope not!

My point is… The beliefs I hold have a lot to do with the state of health that I’m in.

“What Lights You Up?”

What lights you up? I used to preach that message for a long time until I got so caught up in what needed to take place from a nutrition, exercise, and lab test perspective. Unfortunately, I almost pushed the mindset work to the side.

While I was preaching a message that I believed in, I wasn’t preaching the whole picture.

So when my mentors began to ask me what lights me up again, I sat back to recall the amazing conversations I was having with my clients. Those that went a little deeper. Those that dug into the reasons they were sitting in front of me. The trauma, the victim mindset, the beliefs that they weren’t good enough…

What I recalled was conversations with these people about their childhood, the things their life had brought them through, and how they were overcoming adversity that was driving illness in their bodies.

Those were the things that drove me.

I’ve always been determined, driven, career-oriented, and passionate about health.

I began to check all those boxes in my own life…

  • Start my own business
  • Make my own schedule
  • Teach others how to heal their bodies naturally

And while doing this work was extremely rewarding, there was something missing on the inside of my imbalanced life.

I’ll go back to the example I gave about my chronically fatigued clients… I was becoming exhausted in the work, but part of that was because I wasn’t doing and focusing on what I loved the most.

My gift to this world is to love everyone I come in contact with and encourage them to live and be their best selves. My desire is to take someone from a place of chaos and show them how they can experience freedom – whether that be their physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being.

Willingness To Commit To The Work

As I began to watch my most successful clients, I realized they all had one thing in common… Their willingness to commit to the work.

Willingness to commit to the work has more to do with your mind than anything else. If you’re willing to execute, then you will be successful with consistency. The decision to win and succeed all starts in the mind.

Some people like to say success is 10% execution and 90% managing your mind and emotions.

As humans, we’re often resistant to change and have a difficult time doing the work when we’re uncertain how to manage that part of our mind.

The people I see struggle the most are the ones who can’t get their head in the game. They’re trying to force physical transformation in the body. They say things like…

  • I’m eating all the right foods.
  • I’ve removed gluten, dairy, and sugar.
  • What else am I supposed to eat?
  • I’m walking everyday.
  • I’ve been going to the gym.
  • I’m saying my affirmations.
  • I’m doing detox baths.
  • And I’ve completely cut out wine.
  • I’m taking my supplements.
  • And I’m not getting well.

Can you see their mind? It’s like a spiderweb of emotions. Even reading this can cause stress!

And right before the needle begins to move, they give up. They bring back the wine and cheese before dinner, dessert on the weekends, decide that exercise is too taxing… And before they know it, they’re back living their old lifestyle.

The worst part of this is they gain all their weight back. They’re completely depressed and have spent a lot of money to gain nothing in return.

2 Types of People

When asking the question what lights you up, there are 2 types of responses I hear.

Mind Master

The first person chooses to learn the art of mastering their mind. They enjoy the journey by:

  • Learning new recipes that are fun and delicious
  • Choosing fun activities they can do with their children and family brings them closer together
  • Turning off their to-do list instead of wishing they were somewhere else during their yoga class
  • Looking at affirmations and self-help books as a way to encourage themselves on a daily basis

Duty Checker

The second person feels like everything is a duty. They have to knock of the following duties:

  • Exercise
  • Eat special foods
  • Attend family gatherings as its an inconvenience

And they certainly will not give up the biggest stressors in their lives to take time to nurture themselves and heal. And this is the reason they give up.

Now that you see the difference, you must choose.

All those years ago, I had to choose too.

So I’m going to ask you to do the same thing now. I’m also going to let you know that it’s more than diet and exercise. And if you’re stalled in your weight or any other symptom, then your problem may not be diet and exercise alone. That’s why trying to do this on your own isn’t working. That’s why hiring an expert like myself is very important. The program I’ve built is the exact thing I was missing all those years when I was so sick; I created it with you in mind.

How To Add Positivity To Your Mindset

Here’s a few steps you can take to get your mind right and add positivity to your mindset before you start working on everything else.

Envision The Life You Desire

First, I want you to understand that everything you want in life is already available to you.

You are living the exact life you’ve created in your mind.

If you can think about something, you can have it. I pull up old journals from years ago all the time, and it’s amazing what I read. I’m living almost the exact life I journaled. And it hasn’t taken that long! While I don’t reflect on those things every day, I simply believe I can have them once upon a time. Then I trust that with my aligned action, those things will come to pass.

It’s not about a feeling. You just have to move forward with certainty – realizing that the journey is the destination. There is no endpoint. You will always be learning and growing and progressing. That’s the way you were created. When you stop growing, you die.

To live the life you desire, you must master self discipline.

Your daily practices either set you up for success or failure. Not only do you need to fuel your body, but you need to fuel your mind, your passion, and your creativity.

Pray, journal, and express gratitude. Write down or talk about your daily wins. This will help you step into that next version of yourself. Think about who you are at the next level and who you want to be. Tune in so you can figure out how to take action toward that.

Clear out anything that isn’t supporting you at your highest level. You must align your heart with the person you want to become and focus on that more than anything else.

If there’s something on your to-do list that is going to take you further in your life and health than anything else, then wake up and do that first.

Take Inspired Action

People ask me what’s the best food to eat for breakfast? What is the best exercise?

While there is some science around that…

Yes, eating protein instead of carbs for breakfast is going to help you sustain blood sugar…

Yes, weightlifting is going to help increase your metabolism and burn the most fat…

I really want you to begin to tune into your body’s needs.

One of the things that gets us in the most trouble is that we look for a logical explanation for everything before we take action. And maybe there’s no logical explanation. This is what I mean by taking inspired action.

There is so much possibility when you stop aligning your life with what everyone else is doing. You are doing what works for you.

Master Your Mind And Emotions So You Can Add Positivity

When you make a decision to do something big in your life, chaos is going to happen.

You’re going to…

  • Feel like you don’t have the money to start the program
  • Think about all the other things that are more important
  • Worry that it may not work for you
  • Decide that you can’t give up the foods you love

REALLY?

When you do this, you begin to emotionally vote on your success or failure.

If you’ve decided to put your health first no matter what, then you’ve made the decision and you need to go for it.

When you go back and forth on a decision you’ve already made about anything in your life, you are putting yourself in a place of overwhelm and resistance. It shows up in the form of confusion, fear, and anxiety. It will ultimately lead to your failure.

I want to remind you that you are more than a physical body.

You are more than the nutrition you consume, more than the exercises you perform, and believe it or not, more than the thoughts you think.

You are more than enough.

Ready To Set Yourself Up For Long Term Success?

If you want success in your life and health, you have to make the decision to keep your eye on the big picture. Set yourself up for long-term success. Do what’s sustainable and what helps you grow.

Make a decision to do it now!

Stop sitting on the fence. When you sit in a place of indecision, it only makes your problem bigger. Sometimes, you’re going to make bad decisions, but a bad decision is fixable. No decision keeps you stuck.

Use this as an encouragement to push through the resistance and move forward to help you get on track so that you can truly live the life you are designed to live. And if you need my help, I will happily have a conversation with you to see if we are a good fit.

In the meantime, what lights you up? Leave a comment below.

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.