Question Your MIND!

Question your self-imposed limitations.  Personally, I find that my self-imposed limitations are wrong 99.9% of the time.

One of the first steps is to identify when do your self-limitations pop-up?  For me when I exercise, try something new, or when I am out of my comfort zone.  My mind goes crazy with these thoughts, “You can’t do this.”, “Better just quit.”, “This is silly.”, “What will they think.”, “They might not like how I am doing this.”, “It won’t work.”  These are just a few of my choice phrases.  The funniest part about it all is I don’t even know who “they” are yet?

The second step is to question your thoughts.  Ask yourself when you have limiting thoughts, “Do I 100% know this to be true?” I have yet to answer yes to this question.  So if you find that your thoughts are B.S. then move along and keep truckin! I am continuously humbled by my minds ability to flat out lie to me.  It’s crazy!

Step 3 is to practice.  In order for this to work, you must be willing to identify what triggers your limiting thoughts, question your thoughts, and then keep moving if they are not true.  It takes consistent diligence, courage, and pure stubbornness to keep this going.

If you are anything like me your mind is clever and will do everything in its power to convince you that you are not powerful, capable, and willing to be challenged.

This takes a strong will to do things that make you uncomfortable.

The reward is you will find you are stronger, smarter, more capable, and incredible than you ever knew possible so remember the following steps;

 

  1. Identify situations that trigger you to have self-limiting thoughts.
  2. Question your limiting thoughts, “Do I 100% know this to be true?”.
  3. Practice, practice, practice.

 

You are an incredible, amazing, and powerful person!  Give yourself the chance to prove it!  I am rooting for you!  Karla

Healthy Eating is a Full Time Gig

A commitment to healthy eating takes time and repetition plus it takes practice.  I have been committed to eating healthy for quite some time and every day I get better but I still discover triggers that catapult me into making choices that do not contribute to my health journey.

Recently I have been traveling for work.  Many of my trips are day trips.  I have noticed that even though I pack my lunch and snacks I like to stop at gas stations and fast food restaurants.  So yesterday I got curious about these habits.

Why, if I like the foods I packed and I am prepared do I feel the need to buy myself food at a gas station or fast food restaurant?

Well after thinking about it I discovered that in my past this has been the fun part of traveling that I get to eat out and buy beef jerky or French fries.  I also discovered that when I am traveling I view it as an adventure and I do not want to eat my normal day to day food.

So yesterday in the parking lot of Whataburger I prayed for love, strength, and will.  I ate my packed lunch and I made a promise to myself.  From this moment forward I will plan ahead and when I am scheduled to travel I will buy foods that make me feel good but that differ from what I normally eat so that I can feed my adventurous spirit, literally with fun foods that are good for me.

I invite you to get curious.  If you want to eat healthily, what are your triggers?  Find a way to fulfill your needs in a healthy way.  Get creative!

I am rooting for you!

Mastery

Master your gift.  You are a unique and amazing being with a one of a kind skillset.  Get clear on what you are good at and invest time perfecting.  Take time to reflect and assess your skills.  If you know great, get to improving your skills daily.  If you are not clear ask yourself the following;

  1. What actions come easily to me?
  2. What do I do that when I do it I lose track of time?  Whatever it is, dissect the skill set needed for that action.
  3. Reflect on the compliments others give you and look for themes.

If you answer these three questions it will become clear what you are really good at.  Invest in yourself and do one thing daily that helps you to master your skill set.  Do not take your skill for granted and become the Michael Jordan version of your skill set.  If you study masters you will see a common trait.  They exercise and perfect their skill set daily and often several times a day.

Investing time in yourself and your skill set will pay huge dividends.  It will separate you as an expert in your field, it will improve your quality of life, and hopefully, it will lend itself to you helping your family and community.  I am rooting for you!

 

Love What You Have NOW!

What is the fastest way to live the life of your dreams?  It is so simple it is hard.

Love what is in front of you right now.  Love the challenges, love your job even if you hate it, love your partner even if there are differences, love your family even if they are difficult, love where you live, love who you are with, love everything around you.

Loving what is and feeling gratitude for your life is the one thing that will catapult you into the life of your dreams.

We are so backward in thinking we will love our life when……   We must love our life now! Love it now! I promise you this love and gratitude for what is present in your life whether it is good or bad will shake up your life and create an environment where only what you love enters.

It is challenging but must be done if you are serious about loving your life.  What do you have to lose?  I am rooting for you!

Just READ!

Ask any evolved, happy, uber-successful person if they read and they will tell you, “Hell Yeah!”  Reading and continued learning has been proven to contribute to all aspects of success.  Reading exposes you to different ideas and opens doors and opportunities.

Often our environment dictates the level of success we will achieve simply because we are likely to mimic what we are exposed to.  Well, think about it what is one way to expose yourself to experiences and opportunity not present in your relationships or environment?

READING!  Reading is free! Just go to your local library.  Or for a minimal fee, you can read online or even buy books.

If I had to name one thing that has most helped me evolve as a person and connected me to rich and diverse experiences it would be reading.

Many people tell me they do not have time to read.  I read on average 1-2 books per week.  This may sound like a lot but it really isn’t.  I read about 30 min per day.  I gladly prioritize this time because in 30 min I am exposed to someone else’s life work that may have taken them 5-10 years to realize and I in 30 minutes get to benefit from their experience.  Reading has most definitely contributed to my success.  I encourage you to read.  Even if you only read 15 min a day you will be setting yourself up for crazy success.

EXERCISE YOUR MIND AND READ!  I am rooting for you!  Karla

Watch Your Mind & Be Mindful!

It is very easy to get caught up in routine and simply go through the motions throughout your day.  Do you ever experience moments where you got from point A to point B and you are not sure how you did it? This is very common for us to tune out and just go through the motions.

I want to suggest a different reality.  How might your life be different if you made a conscious effort to be present each moment?

Would you do things differently?

I find that when we are in tune and present in the moment there are so many hidden jewels in the moment.  We tune out for many reasons; maybe out of boredom, taking things for granted, or even because we are unhappy and just want to get through it.  Do not be afraid to face all of these situations.  If you are bored, why?  If you are taking moments for granted, STOP! This is your life and you only get one chance to live this moment.  If you are unhappy, why?  Do not be afraid to face your unhappiness.  If you do not stop to question why you are unhappy there is no hope for change.

I invite you to be super aware of your mind as much as you can for one week.  Pay attention and get curious.  Be an investigator, who is assessing the situation and begin to ask yourself, “What is working?” & “What is not working.”  You are an amazing expert of, YOU.  If you pay attention and allow the opportunity you can enjoy your life more and be proactive in creating the life that is perfect for you.

Let me know how it goes.  I am always rooting for you! Karla

Negotiating is ALWAYS bad when…..

When you make up your mind to do something or declare a goal of some sort, any sort of negotiation that happens after that to either alter your goal or stop you from accomplishing what you set out to do is, BAD!

There can be no room for negotiation.  The moment we start to entertain thoughts like, “Well just this one time and if I only … this one time it doesn’t really count.”  No good comes from this type of mental negotiation.  When we start negotiating it is not long before one mild straying off course becomes a huge detour.

Your goals and intentions matter! From this moment forward vow to stop negotiating.  NEGOTIATIONS are not helpful and they often lead to the abandonment of our intentions.

Why Meditate? …. Because You are Human.

I just read a wonderful book and the first sentence stated, “Why meditate? Because you are human.”

I was vacationing and I found this great little book called,

Meditation in Plain English.

I decided to read the book during the week of my vacation.  It was such a God Send.  You see lately I keep wondering what is wrong with me because despite living an amazingly blessed life I find myself sometimes feeling unsatisfied and down for no particular reason.  I judge myself for not feeling content at all times.  There are times where I just feel BLAHHH.  I truly believe if I were a more evolved being I would feel peaceful and happy at all times.

I will just be honest right now and tell you that there are times where despite my blessings I do not feel good inside.  It feels anxious, uncomfortable, and unhappy at times.  There is not a reason I can point to for these feelings.   I feel frustrated and avoid all of this by pushing myself to do more and accomplish more in hopes of reaching a sustained peaceful happy state.

Well, the reason this book was an answer to prayer is because it addressed this dilemma of mine.  In fact, it made the claim that some of these feelings I have are just human.  The book stated, it is the human condition to feel unsatisfied no matter the condition.   Well, Thank GOD!  It’s not just me and these statements hooked me and I read the entire book thirsty for answers.

Well, the book was simply about mindfulness meditation.  I meditate and have meditated for quite some time but this book inspired me to look at my meditation practice and to use it to spend some time observing myself during those times of feeling unhappy and unsatisfied.

It is so super exciting because I am finding that when I bring awareness to the feeling I have of unsatisfaction it is not that different than any other feeling I am having.  The most interesting thing about my feelings is that they all feel grounded and peaceful.  Through awareness, I am witnessing that while my foundational state is peaceful once my mind gets involved and starts attaching meaning to what I am feeling, and that is where it starts getting tumultuous.

I invite you to spend time daily just witnessing your mind.  It is so insightful to watch how our mind reacts to your environment.  It is my wish that through this awareness you may find the peace that exists when you bring your awareness inward.

FYI meditation has now been shown to boost immunity, reduce stress, and best of all helps to increase the quality of your life.  An added bonus is you will inspire others to be more thoughtful and peaceful through your own example.  Wishing you nothing but the best!!

JUST MEDITATE….. BECAUSE YOU ARE HUMAN!

My House Flooded

This is the view from my front door.  It is crazy it happened so fast.  At 5 am my husband and I woke up to a flash flood warning.  We looked outside it didn’t look too bad.  An hour later our front yard was covered and the water was getting close to our door.  Within another hour the water started to come inside.  Our garage was flooded.  I share all of this with you because all I could think when I was watching the water come into our home was, “thank God we invested in flood insurance.”  To be honest I was not thrilled at the time to get and pay for insurance but my husband urged me to think long-term and to think about our goals past the immediate.

More and more in my life, I am taking my decisions seriously.  I have been shifting from thinking of immediate gratification to thinking about the long-term effects of my decisions.  Making a decision based on long-term and choosing according to what I want a bigger picture and what I am trying to create long-term is paying huge dividends!  I am finding that although it may not seem as sexy as being impulsive it is sexy in the end when I find myself waking up to my dream life because of decisions I made last year.

Are you being mindful when you make decisions? Are you making decisions that are contributing to your life dreams?  I encourage you to make decisions based on the dream life you want to create versus reacting. and picking the easy or immediately gratifying choice.  Wishing you nothing but the best!

karla

What if?

What if for one day you just did what came up.  What if, you thought about exercise and you just did it before your mind had time to think about why you can’t or shouldn’t.

What if, you just did your daily or weekly chores without engaging with why you don’t want to or shouldn’t.

What if, you completed that daunting task at work or in your business without putting it off or procrastinating.

Well the other day I decided that no matter what, whatever chore, task, or health habit I had planned to do I would just complete it without engaging with the mental drama.

I will tell you it was not easy my mind is a persistent force to be reckoned with, but I did it.  I just stayed laser focus and basically talked to myself the way I talk to my three you boys, “You will do this now, you won’t complain, and you will like it.”

You know what? Pushing past my mental games and just focusing on the doing I actually did like it.  The best part of all was that I saved so much time by not engaging with the, “I don’t want to.” It was shocking to me how much quicker my “to do’s” became when I just focused on the doing.

I have been inspired to work on this daily.  Just do! No mental drama.  It is almost like a meditation.  I am not saying I thoroughly enjoy my “to do’s” but I will say I am enjoying the challenge of disengaging with the mental drama and just doing.  It is almost like a game now.

If you try this please let me know.  I would love to hear your wins and challenges.  Wishing you well!