Why Consistent Action Is Vital For Your Success

health lifestyle success Jul 31, 2018

At some point in time we all have things we want to accomplish. Some are harder to attain than others. Some are "one and done" goals and others are continuous, lifestyle-based goals. Regardless of which category our particular desire(s) fall into, one thing remains true and that is this: positive, progressive momentum is necessary to reach your goals. And consistent, aligned action is the key to positive momentum. Inconsistency and/or the wrong actions keeps us from getting in a rhythm. When we slow down, stop, or spend time on actions that don't align with our goal then we have to expend twice the emotional, mental, and physical energy to get moving again compared to what it takes to keep going once we’re in motion.

This is true in our prayer life, in our relationships, in our finances, in our health, in our work; all things. Daily action is necessary, even if it’s just enough to keep us engaged and building the relationship, adding more knowledge, completing one...

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Maximizing Time In The Gym: Big Work + Little Work = Results

exercise fitness workout Jun 26, 2018

When it comes to the physical side of healthy living, there are a lot of people who lack the proper understanding of exactly what a good workout and good overall plan looks like. In general, there is a lack of clarity among gym goers about the basics of what constitutes the right exercise program for them. 

Some people go to the gym and in a basic sense just do random exercises with various machines and equipment. They don't have any real structure and they don't have any particular goal or way they are tracking progress. 

Others see what someone else is doing, think it looks good, and then try to emulate what the other person is doing. Maybe they even see several different people and try to do a mix of things they see without really knowing why or how. 

For anyone, whether a "recreational" fitness enthusiast or a hardcore gym rat, having a goal and a plan are essential to getting the results you want. Not every training style or program is right for every person or...

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Nutrition Success Through Healthy Snack Prep: Nut & Seed Mix

You walk into the kitchen and you just want something quick and easy. Or, maybe you have to get out the house quickly but you need something to eat as you rush to get to your destination on time. For many, these scenarios turn into grabbing the easiest thing around which too often ends up being some form of prepackaged junk. But, if we'll spend just a little time being mindful ahead of time and intentional in preparing for some healthy grab-n-go snacks then we can set ourselves up for a quality and nutrient dense choice. 

For example, it took about 10 minutes today to put together servings of mixed raw nuts and seeds to have on hand for the upcoming week. Raw is the key here though. Raw nuts and seeds have their nutrients fully in tact vs. roasted (especially the ones with extra like smoked or seasoned flavors) that have had some or most of their nutrients compromised through the processing. Having these on hand in the pantry means that when I'm needing something quick,...

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Here Am I. Send Me.

In 1 Timothy 4:8, Paul says "for physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." Notice that he doesn't say physical training is of no value. He says it is of value. So spiritually, what value does "physical training" or caring for our health in general provide? 

Our surrender to Christ should be complete and total in all areas of our lives. Though we often gather together around food to celebrate and fellowship together, it quite often seems the food becomes the focus and not the relationships or the connecting of the body. If we were to be honest, how many times in our lives would we say that we've made food the focus of our thoughts and actions over honoring Christ? 

When we do not keep ourselves physically trained, our body lacks energy and strength. That lack can play a big part in how we decide whether or not to serve when opportunities arise. How many times could we...

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We Cannot Give Our Hearts To God And Keep Our Bodies For Ourselves

"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;"- Genesis 1: 26A

In the beginning the Trinitarian community decided to create and the apex of that creation was a creature made in their image. As part of that creation, man (mankind not gender specific in this context) was given a physical body as part of that representation. We know that prior to "the fall" and the introduction of sin into God's creation, Adam and Eve were designed in perfection and would have remained that way for eternity, and this would have included all their descendants.  But we know the story of the apple, the fall of mankind into the influence and imperfection of sin, and the entrance of death into our existence. Since that time, humanity has been dealing with the reality of physical deterioration until the body eventually succumbs to death. 

So how does this relate to and have any impact on your participation in this challenge? In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul...

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Your Past Doesn't Have To Define You: Part 4 - New Horizons and Accepting The Unknown

So far in this series, I've shared how many of us are shaped by our past experiences and how that can define who we are today (Part 1). I've also talked about how we have the power of choice to move on from those experiences to no longer allow them to negatively influence who we are and who we can become (Part 2). In Part 3, I discussed how the concept of our comfort zone is not our friend, at least not if we want something different in our lives and to grow beyond our current limitations. 

IF we grab hold of our desire to create change in our lives and are willing to no longer be held back by the limitations of our comfort zone we are then able to truly begin exploring new and unknown horizons. My choice to put my fears aside (or at least in the background) and experience the Disney College Program was that first true step for me into the new and unknown. Not just surviving that experience, but embracing it in all its challenges put me on a new path. Over those short 4 months,...

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When God Leads You To Something New: 3 Things I'm Learning

Uncategorized Nov 08, 2017

What follows is taken from a brief testimony I was able to share with our church body recently regarding a new journey my family and I have set out on. 

This past July, my family and I took the leap and I entered the self-employment/entrepreneurial world. I'd spent the previous 13 years as a multi-line agent for an insurance company. The pay was good. In fact it was really good, especially in comparison to what the median income in our area is. Most people would say it's crazy to do something like this without first having built up a stable secondary income source. But here's the thing, it wasn't fulfilling and had gotten to the point where waking up each work day was not fun and there was no joyful anticipation of the day ahead. In truth, I'd know for a while that what I was doing wasn't what I wanted to do. And, when you are seeking to follow God's direction He quite often doesn't do things the way people think it should be done. 

Over time, thanks to my own personal...

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Your Past Doesn't Have To Define You: Part 3 - The Comfort Zone Isn't Your Friend

So far in this series, I've shared how many of us are shaped by our past experiences and how that can define who we are today (Part 1). I've also talked about how we have the power of choice to move on from those experiences to no longer allow them to negatively influence who we are and who we can become (Part 2). 

If we accept the truth that we have the power to choose how we will let our past experiences influence us, then it's just a matter of deciding if we will act upon that knowledge and understanding. To not act, to remain where we are, to continue to allow ourselves to be pressed down from rising to our full potential is a choice. If this path is chosen, then what hope can we have to live differently? To not intentionally move forward into something new is a choice to let the past continue defining who you are and what you are capable of. BUT if we accept this truth, though it may be a daunting proposition, we are then free to see what this life has to offer...

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Taking Ownership To Lead And Win In Your Life

20-year difference between the time of these photos. I know because I had just gotten married at age 21. The difference between me then and now? Night and day. Getting older doesn't mean you get heavier, more tired, more achy, less energetic, or any of the plethora of other things associated with aging.

Now, I'm not only healthier but I'm happier. I can enjoy life more today than back then. I didn't realize how much my poor health kept me from fully enjoying each day until I changed my habits and started living differently.

It's never "easy". Each day is full of choices. The choice to get up and move intentionally, the choice of when and what to eat or not eat, the choice of what to drink or not drink, the choice of when to go to sleep or stay up, the choice of filling my mind with knowledge so I can continue to grow or the choice of vegging out in front of the t.v. for hours every day. It's only by continuing to be intentional that I can keep moving forward. I have four people who...

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Your Past Doesn't Have To Define You: Part 2 - Moving On Is A Choice

 In part 1 of this series I talked about how the past can shape us and shared some of my story about how my experience in school negatively impacted me and how I viewed myself because of it. Be sure to go back and read part 1 to more fully understand what I write here. 

So, what if our past doesn't have to define us in the present and into the future? What if the impact of our negative past experiences could be different? What if you and I could change how that experience influences who we are and what we do? Today I address those questions and will share how I got from where I was to where I am. 

No matter who we are, where we come from, how much or little money we have, what we suffered through in the past, there is a truth that applies to each of us. It is this; whether we like it or not we have the power of choice. Now, why would we possibly not like knowing this truth? It's because it means we have to accept that we have a measure of control and with...

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