So today starts a new series on the blog, one that you can join in on.
Think of it like having your own personal Life Coach, or Yoda in your pocket.
I'm not sure how long this will last, but I have gotten good feedback from my short mindset and wisdom clips over on instagram so I thought I'd share something similar here in the written word.
The format will be pretty simple, moving forward the topic will be something that either,
1) I will be personally experiencing, or reflecting on at the moment.
2) Something that came up in a conversation during the week with someone that left a powerful mark on me.
Today is all about self esteem and The Warrior archetype.
"The Excellence of Execution"
"Our Soul finds great satisfaction any time we do our best"
"Therefore we can find no better route to high self esteem than a commitment to excellence in everything you do."
Time To Level Up
Some of you may already be familiar with reflective practice in what you do. This is a method where a series of questions are asked to gain insight into a situation, and potential answers or a better way of doing things. That's what the next section "Warrior Exercises" is about.
Insight by itself is not of much value if it's not paired with appropriate action, this is what it is to "Level Up"
These exercises are take from the phenomenal book "The Hero Within" By Carol S. Pearson.
1) What do I desire? To what extent is my present life fulfilling these desires?
2) What are my values? What principles do I feel committed to standing up for?
To what degree am I currently living up to my own ethical standards?
1) Define your goals for the next 3 years. Identify what you need to do to accomplish them. Create a system of accountability - ask a trusted colleague, friend or family member or get a Coach if you need one.
2) What in your life seem to you to be going wrong? What might you do about it? Design and implement a plan of action to remedy this wrong.
I'm walking down a busy street in Kensal Green, North London.
The weather is a little bit confused right now. It's still humid with zero breeze, there is the odd burst of rain followed by a rather timid sun peaking out from behind the clouds.
But to be fair it's 2020, this is to be expected.
I'm on my way to Paradise Plant Based (Vegan Cafe that's got 4.7 star reviews), here I will meet Francesca Blechner, author of Self-Care For Life in The City, published by Conscious Dreams Publishing.
I've known Fran for well over ten years now. I'm not sure how we first met, I think it was on Steve Cotters IKFF Kettlebell Instructor course that I was assisting on. Fran is not your typical trainer, I've watched her evolve into the outstanding Wholistic Coach that she is. I've even had Transformation Breathe Work sessions with her.
When Fran told me that she had released her book, I knew I just had to get my hands on a copy, and find out what inspired her to write it - check out the clip below.
As of the time of writing this I am two chapters deep, and absolutely loving it. It came at the perfect time for me, as since #Lockdown2020
I had been re-evevaluating my values and top priorities, making sure that my actions, my relationships and career were in alignment. So when I got to that section in the book, it was powerful to sit down and take the time to really delve into it.
I consciously began to integrate it, so that I continued to live spirit, in a way that lights me up from the inside and allowed me to express my purpose fully. Not to mention all the golden nuggets of information about Wholistic Health that Fran sprinkles liberally through out the book.
So what about the food down at Paradise Plant Based? Yes, I]ll definitely be going back there to devour their menu. I had the gourmet mac n cheese and a stunning smoothie (who's name I can't remember) but as you can see from the images, the food is a little bit special.
But back to the book, if you want top tips for nourishing your mind, body and soul in a fast-paced world, then you'll certainly want to get your hands on a copy of this insightful book.
Self-Care For Life In The City is available at Amazon now.
I believe there is a missed opportunity for many people when they train.
They simply focus on the physical aspect, wanting to lose weight, get stronger or look a certain way they fail to scratch the surface of what physical training is really about, they fall short of the potential they can achieve.
For me, training is simply a conduit. So what do I mean by that?
It serves to act as the channel for the transmission and cultivation of your spirit, the forging of your character. The breaking down of limiting beliefs that imprisoned you, that once shattered, clear a space for you to create a powerful version of yourself through conscious choice. As you apply your will, belief and devotion both deeply and consistently, you get to see the results, and catch a glimpse of what’s possible, physically, mentally and emotionally.
When done correctly, training affords you’re the opportunity to upregulate your health, expand your quality of life and deepen your connection to who you really are, your purpose and your vision. It is a powerful ally. There is no master and slave relationship, but a nurturing, powerful relationship built through struggle and triumph.
Mind, body and spirit in alignment.
When it comes to Nutrition (and training too for that matter) the mistake many people make is simply focusing on their goals.
What's the problem with that?
Simply put, when you only focus on the goal, for example,
✔Lose 10% of bodyweight
✔Drop 2 dress sizes
✔Improve my medical condition
✔Beat my PB by 5%
Often we fall into the trap of doing whatever it takes (which can sometimes be harmful to our health) or don't put in the smart work of creating sustainable habits that direct our behaviour long term.
The result is that once we achieve our goal we "fall off the wagon".
We lose or undo our hard work, all our efforts go to waste
I don't know about you, but I think that's just not cool.
But if we focus on creating sustainable habits for life, we get to continually build on our previous achievements, and health becomes a way of life, here and now - rather than some goal far off in the future, which once achieved we let go of.
The key is to establish your foundation habits, then build on them.