What Do You Feed

100% Jodi: What Do You Feed Your…Mind, Body, Soul?

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I got a GREAT reaction to the last 100% Jodi episode. That episode was all about getting started on a big goal so I want to continue along this path.

Now that you have in your tool box a trick to break down an overwhelming goal into manageable baby steps I want to talk about keeping up momentum.

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We’ve all experienced this before. We get a vision of what could be, what we want to achieve. We get emotionally involved and can begin feeling what it would feel like to achieve that goal. We become excited by the prospect and decide to go for it.

And then the work toward the goal begins. We start with a lot of enthusiasm and that gets us through any initial preparation or adjustments we need to make to our schedule. We start and within a matter of time – it could be days or weeks – we notice life is throwing us some major curve balls.

Something unexpected always pops up when you have a big goal.

It may then feel like it is taking a force of will to stay committed to the goal. Depending on your mental preparation or the support system you have around you, you may pull through or you may wind up feeling defeated.

This is why many people give up before they’ve reached their goal. They were not mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually prepared to deal with the obstacles that would come at them.

We have been hearing a lot about the need to pay attention to the food we eat. Our physical health is largely determined by the foods and drinks we put into our bodies and the products we put in our hair and on our skin.

If you are avoiding processed foods, consuming whole foods in moderation that are organic and toxin-free, and you make a point to get in physical activities that raise your heart rate and cause you to break a sweat, you are fortifying yourself against most obstacles that would impact your physical health. You will be less likely to get sidelined by whatever illness is going around and taking down those around you.

However, what we don’t think about are the things we consume every day that are impacting our mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. And even if your big goal is something like a triathlon, a marathon or a Spartan, it takes more mental and emotional endurance than physical endurance to cross the finish line.

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You Are What You Consume

I remembered for a time I was listening to music that had an angry tone to it. It got my adrenaline going so I would include these songs on my workout mix. I would also listen to these songs in the car and would get the same feeling, pumped up.

However, over time I noticed my attitude changing. I became a little more snarky, felt a little more isolated from others and I started viewing the world through a filter of anger.

Then I became more aware of the lyrics I was listening to when playing these songs. It became apparent then that I was feeding my mind a very dark perspective of the world that I had started to absorb into my own world view.

Although it pained me at first, I removed these songs from my devices and replaced them with songs that pumped me up in a different way. The messages of these new songs were, “you’ve got this”, “you’re worth it”, and “anything is possible.”

And you know, with that being the mental fuel I consume, I don’t have to work so hard to mentally overcome the obstacles that come my way.

I want you to consider the books you are reading, the TV shows you are watching, the music you listen to, the conversations you have on a daily basis, your morning routine, and any practices you have that may or may not connect you with your higher self.

In the next week I want you to consider how you feel before, during and after you consume any of these things. Notice the thoughts and feelings that lead you to the activity and the thoughts and feelings you have after.

You may find some activities you unconsciously fall into to relieve stress. You may feel less stressed while engaging in the activity for a while but where does it leave you after?

If it does not renew and re-energize you, it may be time to find a better way to relieve stress.

A Tale of Two Wolves

One evening a grandfather told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, there are two wolves inside us all.

There is a terrible fight between these two wolves.

One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed”.

 

Tell me about what you do to feel your mind, body and soul in the comments below.

I hope this was helpful to you and here’s to your success!

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