Your Challenge Today:
Had to begin … where he was.
By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC
Don’t let life discourage you;
everyone who got where he is
had to begin where he was.
~ Richard L. Evans
We all begin somewhere with whatever we are doing, right? I don’t know anyone that was born an expert; we have to practice, practice, practice until we can’t get it wrong and then practice some more to make sure we keep it! Athletes, musicians, artists, dancers, actors, teachers, we are all the same ~ we require practice to accomplish our goals.
It takes years to hone your craft, to become proficient and grow into your success. And, it takes time to build a support system and successful strategies for your Living Fit Lifestyle. Many components must work together to create and support a well-balanced, healthy life. We have to keep all the wheels turning, balls juggling and learn to manage our lives in a way that feeds our body, mind, and spirit. We have to maintain our careers, family, home, finances, health, community involvement and fun factor — how do you do that while trying to balance taking care of yourself?
“They,” say it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert. That’s a lot of time … if you are looking at working a 40 hour week, 50 weeks a year … you are looking at five years of full-time work to become an expert. When I went to massage school, our classes were several hours a day, five days a week for a year. We studied anatomy, physiology, physics, Oriental Medicine, a variety of massage therapy techniques and we were required to work in a supervised clinic setting. My perception of the classroom work left me with the feeling that “I have so much to learn, we are only scratching the surface.” We were encouraged to find outside work in a clinic to continue our practice. The more people we could get our hands on to train with, the better. Each client would present new challenges for us, and it has been a journey. I still feel as though I have a lot to learn, it’s been 25 years of practicing massage both in and out of a clinic setting with other professionals, taking many continuing education courses and there is always something new. The human body is a fantastic miracle capable of healing in so many ways which is what makes it so exciting.
Can you say that you have spent 10,000 hours working on your health goals? Most people probably cannot; they think it happens by accident or doesn’t know where to start. The best place to begin is to look at the Wheel of Health and evaluate where you are right now ~ where are you with your health and where do you want to be? Use careful evaluation of your current status to help you determine what you would benefit from most and use this game and your team to help you get there. It’s all about designing the life that you want and getting the support you need to manifest it ~ it’s about: believing in yourself, investing in your health, having fun with your peeps, sticking with your commitments and creating the life and body of your dreams.
What Smart Goals do you have for the next 28 days?
I suggest you choose 1-3 areas of the Wheel of Health to focus on.
Remember, we call it Living Fit Lifestyle because it’s about more than fitting into skinny jeans. It’s about getting healthy and creating a life of balance that supports our longevity and wellness. Social wellness, sharing a positive lifestyle within your community, is the key to creating lifelong healthy habits.
What’s next for you at this time in your life?
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I will be focusing on health; specifically my neck. Also on family, as Sam’s mother is likely to enter hospice this week. I want to be supportive for him and his siblings. I also want to do what I can to be present for my son, however limited that is. Lastly, I need to fucus on professional role, since I have a new training group starting next week and I feel pulled to give more of my energy to Sam and his family.
Thank you Pamela — you are very generous with your time, energy and love. Sam and his family are lucky to have you with them. xoxo
i’m choosing 4 goals. physical, family, attitude and pleasure. i think they are all strongly related. if i can work on one goal for some time each day, the others will fall into place. this winter is proving to be a challenging one.
Thank you Debbie — have you taken the time to sit in quiet reflection to make your 4 goals as specific as possible to ensure a positive result?