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While most of us are “over” the New Year, some of those who are more determined than ever to achieve their goals (or resolutions, as it may be) are only 15 days into The Long Haul. Let me help make such a statement less intimidating and bring renewal to your motivation with a few tips to keep you on the bandwagon and get you through to fully realizing your intention!
Have a Strong “Why”
Of course you have a reason for your goals, we all do, but why some people get through and others don’t is the strength of their reason, their “WHY”. Really get in touch with why you want this, not your average superficial reason, like I miss wearing my favourite jeans. Usually there is something more deeply and emotionally connected to what we want and we aren’t necessarily in touch with it. So dig deeper. Perhaps you would like to lose weight because you felt like when you gained weight you lost control of other aspects of your life, or you’re no longer confident to be nude with your partner. Something that has deeper meaning to you than a pair of jeans will be far more motivating to carry you through on the tough days where you don’t want to take steps towards your goal.
Even if you’re just a team of two, or you hire a coach, but if you want to do so by all means an actual team works too! The point is that you need to have a support system of some kind to help keep you accountable for your goals. Even the self-driven have times where they’ll make excuses or won’t live up to their potential ability because of life “business” or fear of a new task or activity or next level that keeps them stuck, where having a group doing it with you, a friend with whom to confide your fears, or a coach to guide you through those challenges keeps you moving, or “un-sticks” you when you get stuck.
Storm the Blockade
Identify a couple of types of barriers that you may encounter: the common ones associated with your goal, and ones that may be more personal to you. Take the time to do this, not to bring you down, but actually to build you up, because next you will identify your personal strengths (yes, you have to sort out the fact that you are a strong person and have a bunch of super amazing qualities that can defeat any manner of challenge that stands in your way), and match those qualities to potential challenges, “take down” any shadows of doubts and other potential hindrances that you can do it.
A big part of goal achievement is not the achievement part, the journey to get there is usually time, effort, and any other investment-wise the greater part of the journey, and if you aren’t appreciating it you likely won’t make it to the end. The beautiful part about it is you may not have to really enjoy all the things it takes to get there, just stop every once in a while and just enjoy the very moment you are in, carry on your work without grand thought, but just holding on to the present moment, this brings enjoyment to even the most mundane of tasks, and will help you to enjoy the journey, and keep you moving through it!
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(Indian Style Spicy Lentil Soup)
3tbsp. butter or oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp. of ground cumin
½ tsp. turmeric
1 c. red lentils (washed)
1 bay leaf
½ tsp. cayenne
½ tsp. ground black pepper
5 c. water
Salt to taste
1 c. coconut milk
1 tbsp. lemon juice (plus a wedge for each bowl as garnish)
Optional add-ins to make it more of a meal in a bowl
1 c. cooked rice
1 c. cooked chicken/veggie chick’n
1 c. wilted greens
1. Fry onions in butter/oil over medium heat until they begin to soften. Stir in garlic and cumin seeds and continue to fry until the cumin seeds begin to change colour.
2. Add the ground cumin, turmeric, and lentils and continue to fry 1 more minute
3. Add the bay leaf, cayenne, pepper, and water. Stir and bring to a light simmer for 30 minutes.
4. Add salt to taste and remove bay leaf. Separate half of the soup and puree in a blender.
5. Combine the 2 halves again, stir in coconut milk, and then lemon juice.
6. Stir in optional add-ins, rice and/or chicken are traditional, greens are healthy and tasty.
7. Serve hot with a lemon wedge on the side. OOOOOOMMMMMMM Nom Nom!
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