Your Challenge Today:

Willing is not enough … we must do …

By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC


Knowing is not enough; we must apply.

Willing is not enough; we must do.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Willing is not enough; we must do ~ this is true, nothing happens without effort. When we want to create an effective change in our lives, our business, our relationships, our home, and our Living Fit Lifestyle ~ we have to be willing to make the changes. Creating change has many components and knowledge of the need for a change is first, followed by the willingness to do what it takes to make it happen, then the real work begins ~ you must do!


I have to admit, I have had many struggles over the years. I have always bargained with myself to get my work completed. It’s like I am bargaining with my alter ego, “I will give you this _______(fill in the blank) if you do _______.” I started that process by negotiating with myself about exercise, I was the original couch potato, and I had to beg and bribe myself to get moving until it became a habit. The strategy worked so I used the same bribe, negotiate, trade strategy again when altering my food habits. I used to struggle with mood issues and body image issues; I suppose I am not that uncommon from most women in that regard. Hormones were always a bit of a mystery to me; I couldn’t figure out how hormones could magnify every negative feeling I had and not the positive ones? There was a time when I felt I was being ruled by my hormones and all I could do was surrender until I found a better way. I finally realized that my body chemistry was directly related to my lifestyle choices and the better I cared for myself with my food, exercise, water intake, sleep and social support ~ the better I felt. The more I studied, the more I understood what a profound effect my daily choices played in my mood and overall outlook.


This information was a revelation to me and one for which I am very grateful. I am a sensitive soul, and the feeling of being out of control because of something that was happening inside my body was hard. And, learning that there was a relatively easy fix for these emotional fluctuations by way of lifestyle choices, I was relieved and empowered. I began to read more, learn and change my ways. It was a big step, the changes took a long time and were worth it! However, nothing would have ever changed if I wasn’t willing to do the work, find workable solutions and put them into motion.



What are you willing to do differently

for your Living Fit Lifestyle?


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