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I had the honor of taking part in my friend Stefan’s photographic documentary project last week. Check it out at handsandlives.com.

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Steve Jobs

Revisiting resolutions


With a new year and the requisite resolutions we, justifiably, focus on moving ahead with a fresh start and new goals. Our resolutions are informed by our outlook in the present and our hopes for the future but they must also be measured against the metrics of the past. 

We need to look back at the goals we’ve had and use them as our launch point because they can reveal more about us and our likelihood of success, especially if we look past whether we achieved success and dig into what our goals say about us. 
 Look back at last year’s resolutions (you did write them down, right?). Did you achieve them? What was key to your success. Did your resolve just suddenly stop or did if fade away? What obstacles stood in your way?
Figure out if last year’s resolutions are still valid. Did you stop caring about what seemed so important a year ago? What has changed if they are no longer important. 
Not fulfilling a resolution is less important than examining the why of last year’s goals. Having goals can be motivating. However, having a habit of success is even more important and that means letting go of a goal that is no longer valid to us. Make this a conscious exercise. Your new goals will become much more pertinent and much more achievable as a result. 

I’m a few days late but this is one of my favorite posts from Whole9.

It’s amazing how we can get so wrapped up in the idea of a holiday or special occasion that we allow the mundane to take on an unwarranted aura of specialness. Case in point: Halloween candy.

It’s the same unappealing, overly-processed, sugar-laden non-food that we avoid in our day-to-day lives, but dress it up in new packaging with cartoon ghosts & monsters, serve it in cute little bite-size servings and all of a sudden it becomes irresistible. 

But as Dallas & Melissa remind us:

"You’re a grown-up. You earn your own money. And if you wanted a Snickers, a Kit-Kat, or a bag of Peanut M&Ms, you can walk right into any grocery store, gas station or convenience mart and buy one.”

Or don’t. Make your dietary digressions truly special. Mass-market candy probably will not rate. 

I have a right to my health data. I’m going to take control of my health. Join me in the revolution.

Text I just got from a personal training client. #ilovemyjob #lifechanger (at 30a CrossFit)

Connections

It’s all about connections. Really, that’s all that there is. Every moment we are creating, reinforcing or destroying connections. And by doing that we are creating, reinforcing or destroying health, happiness, awareness. What is your connection to food? What is your connection to the tv broadcast you just watched? What is your connection to your spouse, your friend, that stranger you just passed? Examining your connections and being deliberate in how you connect are the only ways you can affect change in your life. Otherwise we become bound to the things we connect to.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

Marianne Williamson

webmsmith:

Simple enough. 

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