Health and Wellness Fridays – Honesty

Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today, I would like to take a look at honesty.  I’m sure you’re probably wondering what honesty has to do with health and wellness but as we take a closer look you’ll see how we sometimes underestimate how much of a role honesty plays especially as it relates to our health and wellness.

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Being honest with ourselves about how we feel, what hurts, what does not feel right and  what we really need to do to make the necessary changes in our lives can help us live better, healthier and sometimes longer lives.  Too often we downplay our medical issues, disregard reoccurring symptoms and try to convince ourselves that a quick visit to the pharmacy or pharmacist would be the end of it.

If we’re going to be honest with ourselves, we might hear stories like:

“I love food but sometimes I don’t make good food choices.”

“I lack the will power to say “NO” to my cravings.”

“I might need some help to get my health and life where I need to be.”

“I know what I have to do to live a healthier life but I find it difficult to just commit to the process.”

“I’m scared of going to the doctor because I think I have a pretty good idea what’s wrong and I don’t want to have him confirm it so I’ll deal with it myself.”

“I’m scared of the possibility of receiving bad news.”

“I don’t like or trust doctors so I don’t go if I don’t have to.”

“I have better things to do with my money.”

“I don’t want people judging me.”

“I don’t feel comfortable going to public spaces to work out because I feel like everyone is looking at me.”

I can tell you, that as long as we keep making excuses to continue doing the wrong things we would not get the change we want.  The honest reason for this I believe is we don’t want the change bad enough probably because it’s hard to see ourselves beyond who we are today.

We need to not only change the conversation we are having with ourselves but control it. However, most important of all, is to stop lying to ourselves, stop making excuses and stop being bystanders in our own lives.

Honesty starts with US.  What stories are you telling yourself that are preventing you from reaching where you’re meant to be physically or mentally?

Thank you for stopping by. Have a good night and a wonderful weekend.  🙂

 

 

Fuel Your Fire To Succeed

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Do you know what Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King, Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, Jay-Z and Steven Spielberg have in common? Let’s get to know them a little better first.

Oprah Winfrey – was repeatedly molested as a child. She ran away from home. She in her early teenage years gave birth to a baby boy who unfortunately died.  Although forced to endure unimaginable circumstances in her early childhood, Winfrey persevered.   She excelled as an honour student and eventually secured a full scholarship to college.  She is now one of the most successful and richest people in the world today.  According the Forbes, Winfrey is worth an estimated $3 billion.

Stephen King – had his first novel “Carrie” rejected 30 times by publishing houses. His wife encouraged him to try one more time and he was eventually able to get it published.   King sold over 350 million copies and even had it made into motion pictures.  According the The Richest, he is worth an estimated $400 million.

Richard Branson – despite the difficulties and challenges posed by his acknowledged dyslexia, Branson used his personality and business talents to become the success he is today. According to Forbes, Branson is worth an estimated $5.1 billion.

Thomas Edison – failed a number of times before successfully creating the lightbulb.  The exact number of tries has been debated but some say as much as 10,000 attempts. Can you imagine? His perseverance paid off and bought us not only the lightbulb but the phonograph as well.

Jay-Z -had big dreams to make it big as a rapper. Unfortunately, he had difficulty convincing record labels to sign him. This however, did not deter him in fact, he persevered and now owns his own record label.  Jay-Z is not just a rapper but a businessman who has investments in clothing lines, real estate, sports teams, record labels, and more.  According to Forbes, his estimated worth was $610 million in 2016.

Steven Spielberg – was rejected twice from the University of Southern California (USC).  Spielberg did not allow this rejection to crush his dreams. He went on to attend California State University in Long Beach.  USC eventually awarded him a honorary degree in 1994 and he even became a trustee of the university in 1996.  According to Forbes, Spielberg is worth an estimated $3.7 billion.

The commonality among these people was a burning desire to move pass the obstacles in their lives.  They did not allow a scarred childhood, disappointment or repeated rejection to prevent them from achieving the success they wanted for themselves.  They all chose to look beyond their circumstances and worked hard to secure a better life for themselves.

They are just a small number of successful people who overcame obstacles in their lives to be where they are today.  Some other people who persevered and came out on top are: Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Jim Carrey, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Walt Disney and Sir James Dyson just to name a few.

They are proof that no matter how bad things might look in the moment; no matter how many attempts we might have to make to get it right – we can overcome the obstacles.  We just have to want it bad enough and we must work for it.

Our past will always remind us where we came from.  Some people however, choose to use their past as an excuse; while others may try to use your past against you or  as a means to discourage you.  Let us instead choose to be the exception – let us use our past as a motivator to propel us into greatness.

Don’t allow any negativity from the past or current situations to keep you from achieving your dreams.  Although our past may influence some aspects of our future it does not control it. We do! 

Whenever, you feel like giving up or you feel defeated remember some of these people we looked at today and all the obstacles and failures they had to overcome to make it. Never give up on yourself! Let their stories give you hope and fuel your fire to succeed.

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂