Renew Your Mind

A New Year’s Attitude

I was surprised that the local paper wanted to do an article about me and my shirts for New Year’s Day! For most of you who may know me, I have worn tropical shirts for years. People who don’t know me very well, have always wondered about this guy who even wears these shirts in the middle of winter, in the middle of the northern Wisconsin. Well this reporter asked the question as well and here is the result.

Your Mind, Body, and Spirit Thrive on Being Challenged!

Today I begin a New Life!
(The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino: Scroll 1)

You cannot create a new life with your old ways, attitudes, and behaviors. When you are attempting greater things to become more than you are right now, you must go where you have never been before. You must do things differently, things that you have never done before. You must go outside of your comfort zone. This is not easy.

You must force yourself to break out of your comfort zone where it is safe and secure. There is no growth where it is safe and secure! You must break through all your self-imposed and self-limiting barriers. You must abandon your old ways of thinking. You must stop doing your old habits, stop thinking of bad attitudes, and stop doing bad behaviors.

It is at the point of confusion that you must never quit or mentally give up because you are about ready to experience an enlightened breakthrough. All major breakthroughs are preceded by moments of frustration and confusion. What is happening is that your old habits, your old attitudes, and your old behaviors are being challenged. This is called PROGRESS!

You are moving forward. You are learning. You are becoming wiser. You are becoming greater than you have ever thought possible. You are no longer the victim of your circumstances but you are now becoming the creator of your destiny!

Your mind, body, and spirit thrive on being challenged. Every thought and cell of your body is energized and operating at heightened levels of awareness, quickness, and intuitiveness. When everything about you is operating at peak levels of performance and top efficiency, you will feel that you are on top of the world. You will feel like the champion you were created to be!

TODAY – Begin your new REMARKABLE life!

Hitting a Wall

I am now going into my 10th week of recovery from rotator cuff surgery. Physical progress is being made and the range of motion of my arm and shoulder is amazing. I am into the 5th week of my plans to make improvements to my food intake and increase my level of activity. Through this, I hope to make a huge impact on the next 20 years of life. 

I have been doing physical therapy 2x a week. I still have pain in the shoulder, but I am able to keep that down to a level of nuisance pain. I can still go about my day and be productive. I have also started at a local gym for 1x a week working on the fundamentals of posture, breathing, and balance. My shoulder recovery will take another 3-5 months and my balance, endurance, and strength will take a bit longer than that.

I have started a good practice of being mindful of what I am eating and how much, and I have lost 15 pounds since my surgery. I have researched several diets and meal plans, but I keep asking myself the question: Can I sustain this diet for the next 20 years? There are a LOT of great diets that will help me lose 50+ pounds in 2-3 months, but can I continue (sustain) that diet for 20 years? These quick result diets just can’t stand the test of time, over many years, only lifestyle changes can sustain this.

Now I feel as if I hit a brick wall. Not so much with my head, but what’s IN my head. This past week has been difficult to stay on task with my food intake and activity level. With all the holiday feasts, parties and treats, I have lost track of most of the things I wanted to track. My goal wasn’t to really track every calorie, carbohydrate, or pound, but to begin to eat less, more specifically, half the amount of food I would normally eat at a meal. Then, I haven’t been able to get to “mall” walking and bike riding as often as I wanted to. So needless to say, not a lot of progress.

The past several weeks is not all lost and I don’t have to start all over. I know I have made good progress each week and now there has been ONE week with little or no progress. I just wanted to say it “feels” like hitting a brick wall. This week, I will pick up where I left off. I will not try to make up for poor choices, I will just begin to make better choices again. Even though it is Christmas week and there are more feasts, parties, and snacks to be had, I will make better choices in everything I eat. I will also make better choices in my activity by walking a mall, swimming in a pool and riding a bike while I am in Minneapolis this week.

I Can DO This!

Today is a New Day

Yesterday, I messed up. I messed up in my work, relationships and goals. When I make mistakes, I do my best to own the mistakes. No reason to be ashamed or beat yourself up over it. We ALL make mistakes. Many times it is harder to forgive yourself as it is for others to forgive us. The most important thing to remember, Yesterday will not define who I am or what I can do today.

Jim Rohn, wrote in his book, The Five Major Pieces To The Life Puzzle (©1991) :
“Today brings each one of us 1,440 minutes; 86,400 ticks of the clock. Both the poor and the wealthy have the same 24 hours of opportunity. Time favors no one. TODAY merely says, “Here I am. What are you going to do with me?” How well we use each day is largely a function of attitude. With the right attitude we can seize this day and make a point of a new beginning. Today does not care about yesterday’s failures or tomorrow’s regrets. It merely offers the same precious gift – another 24 hours – and hopes that we will use it wisely.”

So, I will not use the 24 hours of TODAY to rehash my mistakes, wallo in regrets for my mistakes, or even hold guilt over another person for their mistakes. I will choose to have an attitude of forgiveness and anticipation what is possible today. A new change of mind, a new attitude about who I am, what I am, what I want, and what I am going to do.

Make TODAY reMARKable!

Handling Change

I recently had a conversation with a co-worker who stated she doesn’t like change. She likes the predicability of a regular daily routine. Many people feel the same way.

Change happens around and to us everyday, if not every minute. Most of it we don’t even notice the subtle changes to our routines. In the morning we waking up, get dressed, and use the bathroom. It’s pretty routine, until you notice there is no toilet paper left. The routine is interrupted, but only by another routine of going to the closet and getting more toilet paper and putting on the holder (to roll off the front of course). Now you are out the door, heading to work, on the road you always take and just then another driver isn’t following your driver courtesy rules of the road and speeds up in front of you, not allowing your to merge in front of them, even though you had the right of way. There are thousands of these little changes to our daily routines that we don’t pay attention to, and we seem to handle them in stride, sometimes.

Everyone can relate to these feelings, but it’s not the actual “change” we don’t like, it’s the unforeseen, unanticipated, unpredictable and involuntary change we are forced to deal with because we did not create it, nor can we control it. We can handle all the changes we make for ourselves, but not the ones that are done for us by other people or by earthly (or spiritual) forces around us. Like losing a job, a limiting health issue, divorce. It reminds us that we are NOT in control of what happens in our lives, 100% of the time. However, we are 100% responsible for how we react or respond to it.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could handle life’s bigger changes in the same way we handle the everyday, mundane changes that happen all the time? You can, but it takes time and a conscious effort to train yourself to respond to changes in your life without stress. Now I didn’t say it would be easy, fun or comfortable, but maybe, just maybe with a little less stress. Here are a few things you can do:

Accept the fact, Change is inevitable. Even your most secure, routine situation, at some point in you lifetime, it WILL change. Knowing this you could prepare yourself for it.

Have a Plan B. Here’s where the real work comes in. Waking up everyday with the knowledge something might change today, I can go through the day and not be surprised when something goes out of my control. My response is (or should be) “There is a purpose for this.” Teach yourself to have a mindset that everything has a purpose. We just may not know what it is at the very moment. This takes regular practice. It is not something you just say to yourself and it sticks. There is years of habitual training you did on how to react the wrong way. Take the broken record off the player and create a new one. There is an old audio cassette recording entitled, “Take Charge of Your Life” by Jim Rohn. It’s now converted to CD & you can order it online. I found it at my local library for free. Very helpful when you decide to take on this challenge in change.

Have Faith. I am not a expert on the Bible, but I believe in what it says regarding the purpose and plans God has for my life and yours (Jeremiah 29:11). I must trust that He does know what’s going on and will use it for good in my life. Regardless how disastrous I feel a situation is, I remember that God didn’t fall asleep at the wheel or He fell off the throne. He IS there, He knows what is going on and I need to rest in that fact.

There is a million other ways you can handle change, but I have found these 3 basic steps (along with a few others) have helped me stay sane in my world of inevitable change. For you, maybe this is just a place to start. You have to start the process somewhere. Start with these. Get Jim Rohn’s audio recording. Tell me about your progress. Send me a question. I really want to know if what I am writing here is making a difference in your life.

Choose to Live a REMARKABLE Life!