Obstacles or Opportunities?

JayHewitt2009With New Year’s resolutions right around the corner it’s a good tome to talk about overcoming obstacles.  In November I participated at a vendor’s table during a diabetes symposium.    Teaching about diabetes is one of my passions.  I was representing the hospital where I work and it was part of my job, but it felt more like a privilege.   I met so many fantastic people.Yes, I was working on a Saturday but I got to listen to several great presenters and learn more about how I can help people facing diabetes or at risk for diabetes.

One of the presenters was a man named Jay Hewitt.  Jay was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 24.  After his diagnosis he began running triathalons, including the daunting Iron Man triathalon to prove that diabetes could not stop him from achieving his dreams.  He not only began running triathalons but he made the U.S. National Team.  His attitude about his diabetes impressed me the most.  This quote from his website (jayhewitt.com) sums it all up.  “To me racing Ironman with diabetes is an opportunity, not an obstacle. An opportunity to discover how strong you are, to prove that you have the discipline and determination to achieve your personal and professional goals no matter what the obstacles, and set an example for others. There will always be challenges in business and life so turn a negative into a positive. Use it as motivation. There are a lot worse things that could happen to us in life, so we must play the cards we are dealt. The more we must overcome, the greater the satisfaction and pride when we do. That pride lasts so much longer than the pain, and reaching your personal and business Finish Line requires balance, determination and Finish Line Vision.”

Do you have a vision of your finish line?  What barriers do you see that you will need to overcome to cross over that finish line?  I hope this lesson from Jay will help you realize that your barriers may actually be opportunities.

The Help Experiment – It’s Time to Give

HelpExperimentI’ve written before about my involvement in the START experiment.  One of the many wonderful things to come out of the START experiment (now renamed Dreamers & Builders) is the Help Experiment.  The Vision of The Help Experiment is this:  “We are a collective of individuals joining together to help others. We do it because we can, we do it because we should, and we do it because we think… you would too.”

The concept is so simple but the results are so powerful.  Give what you can give.  Take what you need.

Many things have been accomplished on this simple but powerful Facebook page.  From people buying Christmas presents for a needy family to people offering to send a card of encouragement, the page is full of people helping people.  Financial counseling, fitness coaching, website building, prayers, all are available on the page.  There is no catch. The people who offer their products and services have no expectation of building their business – they just want to bless others.  I encourage you to check out the page.  If you have something to offer, read the rules, fill out the offer form and you will be contacted by a page admin.  If you find an offer that would be helpful for you, claim it!  It’s that easy.  Find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheHelpExperiment/

Don’t Wait for New Year’s Resolutions – Guest Post

New Year's ResolutionToday I’m pleased to share a guest post written by a friend of mine, Becky Brett Caldwell.  Becky’s passion is to  help busy people be healthy.  If you’d like to connect with Becky you can find her on Facebook.  Becky wrote this post as part of a Facebook status and I found what she said to be so powerful that I wanted to echo what she said by posting it here.

Hey guys, I’m gonna tell you the secret to health and fitness. As you may know, I’m a Beachbody coach (think P90X, Insanity, Turbofire, Shakeology, etc.), but I have to ask you a favor. Do NOT buy any of that stuff from me if you are just starting out on your health and fitness journey. Please do not spend $200 on a workout and meal replacement plan if you are unable to eat right and be active on your own. Because here’s the secret to your success–it’s YOU. The habits you’ve built, the decisions you make every day, the belief that you are worth taking care of. Do not worship false idols of workout DVDs and nutrition powders. Or frozen meals and magic numbers on a calorie counter. These will not fix you. Until you can make the right choices, consistently, with what you eat and your activity level, NONE of this other stuff will make a dent in your long-term progress. You have to be in this for Life, not for Now, and Life takes time. Take a few minutes and review your choices so far today. What is one thing you could do differently tomorrow? Are you willing to do it? And then are you willing to do it the next day, too? How about for longer? Find that ONE thing and do it. Don’t wait for January, or for a sale on gym membership, or (God forbid) a trip to the ER. YOU can do this! You are worth saving! You don’t need any item on this earth to make it happen for yourself. 

So what are you going to do differently tomorrow?  If you’d like to tackle your nutrition you can join us in our clean eating challenge to help you avoid holiday weight gain.