Sunday, November 25, 2018

What’s the Big Deal About Sleep Deprivation?

November 25, 2018

by Jill Nix NHD, MH, Tbm

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything” Anon

Holiday's bring some much needed time off, time to spend with loved ones and friends, travel, parties, and so forth. Scheduling can become tricky and in many times people often find themselves going without the sleep they need to be a fully functioning human being. 

Today’s topic affects each of us to some degree or another and we all have our times and seasons. Sleep is a necessary part of life, yet here in America we’ve almost been conditioned to believe getting more done - is better, at the expense of a good nights sleep. As more and more studies are done on the subject of sleep deprivation, the picture becomes clearer and clearer that sleep is crucial to every level of the human experience: mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Sleep isn’t necessarily something that can be 'made up’, however, studies indicate short-term sleep deprivation has much less impact than chronic sleep deprivation. The damage in ultimately done when chronic conditions set in, but don’t be fooled, as you will shortly realize that short term deficits can be just as dangerous, and seeing as how 50-70 million Americans suffer from it even the CDC has declared publicly that sleep deprivation is a public health problem. Every 1 in 3 adults are affected, and children and teens are not far behind. 

Many, many things:

Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Relationships suffer
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of obesity
  • Increased risk of diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Compromised hormone production
  • Lowered levels of growth hormone
  • Lowered levels of testosterone
  • Ages one faster
  • Impairs judgement (especially about sleep)
  • Anxiety
  • Slower response time

Lack of sleep has a particularly deleterious effect on the brain, as well:
  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired cognitive function

  • Diminishes the brains ability to learn new information and can lead to emotional issues, depression and/or aggression.
  • Affects creativity
  • Productivity
  • Decision making (Careless/risky choices)

  • Lost productivity
  • Medical errors: Medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Industrial accidents
  • Car crashes


When an individual is sleep deprived select regions of the brain can be ‘dozing’, while other parts of the brain are awake and running as usual. Being sleep deprived can be likened to being drunk. 

Sleeping under 6 hours has a negative affect on 700 genes. So, even though a person might say they feel better on less sleep, in the long run it my be better to get more.

  • Adults typically require 8 hours sleep each night
  • Teens typically require 8-11 hours sleep per night
  • Children typically require 10 hours sleep per night

Do you think there ought to be something legal put into place?

Have you ever stopped to think about the number of people on prescriptions and sleep deprived out driving around, performing surgeries, operating heavy machinery and flying  jets?

Be careful folks. Watch out for your kids and create good sleep habits when they’re young and make it a family priority. Set a good example yourself, chances are more than likely you could use the sleep yourself.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Zones: What Do They Mean to You?

Three 'Zones' to think about month:

1. The 'Comfort Zone'

A cozy place to be, yet a place where one where generally look back with regret for not having had the gull to do more.

2. The 'Zone': Where intuition comes forth and literally everything seems to just fall into place, physical capabilities run supreme, and intellect is soaring.

3. The 'Trigger Zone': Where one either CHOOSES to push past the comfort zone, or is forced out of their comfort zone. This is the zone where one is tested, tensions run high, uneasiness reins, and proves the individual forcing them to either retreat to their former comfort zone, or muster up the Warrior Spirit within to meet the Challenge. 

All of these 'Zones' have a place in our lives. We are not meant to be stagnant in any area. There are times we must seek refuge, rest, calm the nerves and recover. There are times we can grow in leaps and bounds (Choice Points) almost effortlessly, and then there are times we must ride the wave called 'Growth'. 

What's your day look like ahead? Your week? Prepare. 

For me, it is a 'Trigger' week. Many growing opportunities, challenging, painful, yet profoundly rewarding. I'm volunteering. How about you?
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

10 Tips for Success with Your Fitness Program

Sure, everyone already knows they want a great BOD, the problem lies in not defining what exactly you want from there. Are you a strength athlete? Endurance athlete? Power? Are you looking to lose body fat? Do you want to put on muscle? Do you want a body for looks,  performance, or both? You see, you need to be as specific about your fitness goals as you are about the tools necessary for building a new home for yourself. You wouldn't build your new home out of Play-Doh, would you? Nor should you live day by day 'hoping' for the body of your dreams to come to you magically, without any thought or serious planning on your part. Plan. Decide what it is you want. Plan some more. Execute. All systems GO!!!

These 'habits' are a nice way of giving you a poor excuse not to fulfill your goals. These bad habits, are also called addictions. Yes, addictions. If you can't live without it (or even feel as though you can't), whether on a daily basis or not, it has control of you. Is this what you really want? Whether the addiction is food, alcohol, work, sex, or recreation, it must be dealt with, and dealt with FIRMLY, and with RESOLVE! Get professional help if you need it. These habits are a crutch, a cradle, and a sinkhole all wrapped into one. DO NOT BE DECEIVED. DUMP THE TRASH!

Work your plan. You put a lot of time and research into it, right? Let's not change plans faster than we change updates on our Facebook. Do not be tempted to change your plan just because so and so said this or that. Do not change your plan because you don't see or feel different and it's been a whole 7 days. You must give your plan time. Learn about yourself in the meantime.

Many people either eat too much or not enough. Your body must be fed regularly to be happy, maintain sufficient hormonal levels, blood sugar levels, and balance. Food is fuel, and fuel is energy. Energy is a Godsend. This energy fuels not only your workouts, but also your brain, your ability to deal with and handle stress, as well as, recover and rebuild necessary cells within your body.

I know of few people who might actually drink too much water. The problem lies more so in not hydrating enough. Again, every cell in your body needs water on a continual basis to regulate itself, release toxins, flush metabolic waste, and other elements out of the system. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water, each day. If you exercise, are outdoors, or use caffeine, double it! If you feel bloated, begin where you are at, and gradually increase your amount. 

This is an important principle far too many ignore, including athletes. People tend to either go Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or exercise in a seasonal type pattern. OCD's keep pushing themselves despite what their body is telling them. They can have a significant injury and continue to push themselves until a serious injury is sustained. Seasonals are the folks who stick with a program for a week, or few months then take the same amount of time off. Consistency is key.

This is another area where we tend to go all or nothing. The highly motivated keep going and going, until they reach exhaustion, and HAVE to stop, and rest. The highly unmotivated, are happy sleeping morning, noon, and night. Again, we need to find a happy medium. OCD's are afraid if they rest a day, they will get fat. This is a misconception. You must remember, resting and getting your sleep are another way of getting a workout in. You see, we must rest and sleep to grow, recover, and rebuild. Cut this process short, and you're cutting yourself short.

Pain is an indication of something amiss, LISTEN. Investigate. Take charge. Chances are you can still workout around the area, but at least acknowledge what is happening with your body. Ladies, if you stop menstruating, take heed. Headaches, dizziness, and fatigue are all languages your body uses to communicate with you.

Do not be gullible. There are no quick fixes. There are no magical supplements. YOU are the magic. Don't buy into everything you hear, see, or read about. Do your own research and see what pans out for you. 

Yes, believe in yourself. You knew I was going to say this sooner or later. Do not wait until you think you have the perfect plan, perfect gym, perfect clothes, perfect meal plan. Make a suitable plan, and get to work on working it. You must do this day in and day out. Sometimes you won't feel like it. Sometimes you will plain not want to do it. This is where your test of inner strength comes in. TIGHT Principle #1 is STRENGTH MOVES FROM THE INNER SELF TO THE OUTER. Strengthen your inner self. This will be the topic of another blog. Gotta run!     

Best to you!   

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Warrior Within


Yes, the Warrior Within. I believe each of us, to some degree, carries within us the Warrior Spirit. When I say this, I'm not referring to battle warriors who are setting out for war in a physical way, rather I'm referring to the Spirit that resides within the Warrior. However, we can certainly liken battle warriors going to war, to everyday situations we as a people, and society, face. Yes, face. Warriors stand up and face what's coming their way, plan the best strategy possible for the time available, and make do with the provisions on hand, take confidence in their plan (or mission if you will), and press forward, not looking back. No "Could have's, Should have's". It is the doubter within each of us that wants to run, to deny, leave it to someone else, or plain give up, that sets the dividing line between Warrior and Coward.


Doubt is a demon. Doubt will take you off the path to your chosen, longed for goals faster than an Air Force jet flying though the sky. Doubt weakens, destroys, causes low self-esteem, low self-confidence, runs from responsibility, and if left unattended, will run every aspect of your life, leaving you with nothing but lingering moments of pure satisfaction here and there. I believe doubt is a tool of the devil. He uses it among susceptible individuals. He looks for those who haven't yet chosen to stand their ground, and see what they are made of. 


A Warrior is someone who shows great vigor, courage, and aggressiveness, when necessary. A Warrior displays characteristics of power, confidence, accomplishment, integrity, and honor. You say you want to be a Warrior? You say you are a Warrior?  Perhaps you are. Congratulations, as this means you have paid your dues, and continue to do so, as the way of the Warrior is hard work, long hours, many trials, tribulations, heartaches, and from such experiences arise the growth and education necessary for the Warrior to learn. Few there be who can truly endure the path of a Warrior. 


Many things keep people from the Warrior Within. First, and foremost, I believe an individuals greatest challenge is the basic concept of having faith in ones self. Trusting in ones self, and ultimately... being true to ones self. You know if you are true to yourself. What do you choose to do when no one is looking? What do you choose to do with your 'spare time'? What are the the thoughts you think? How do you spend your money? Hell, even how you earn your money, all tell something about yourself. People who are true to themselves go to bed at night, sleep, and sleep well. Those who are not true to themselves do not, and will not ever have, peace of mind as the Warrior does. One cannot live in contradiction to themselves, it's Universal Law, my friends. 

Many people find it's easier to go see a movie (Thus taking them out of reality for awhile), then face what they need to face. People tend to eat, entertain themselves, cater to addictions, and do anything possible to keep them from becoming a Warrior, or allowing the Warrior Within to manifest itself. I call this self-sabotage. Don't get me wrong, entertainment is great, let's just not let it replace more important items on our life's agenda. People fear growth, change, and loss of control, yet these are the very tools a Warrior must use to move forward in life. Once a person discovers these keys, life changes, so long as they are willing, ready, and can let go of fear.

"The biggest challenge a person will ever face in life, is them self." Jill Nix


There are many warriors amongst us: Cancer survivors, military survivors, survivors period. Survivors of anything and anything you could ever imagine. These are the people who have given up blame. They have given up excuses. They have given up reasoning. They have learned to 'let go', to receive, to believe, to fester up from within an undeniable power greater than anything they've ever experienced, and walk with it. They have chosen to humble themselves, give, teach, and live from their hearts. They have been to hell and back, have allowed themselves to learn from it, grow from the experience, and live their lives accordingly.


No one can judge. We all go through hard times. Some thrive and come out that much stronger, others wilt and we never see, nor hear, from them again. The way of the Warrior is a sacred experience. Life is a sacred experience. May we walk each day with faith unwavering, and trust that we are equipped to handle whatever we need to handle. May we learn from one another. May we never judge another, as we have not walked in his, or her, shoes. May we each have the strength, commitment, and dedication to walk the way of the Warrior. May we pause to assist those who need our help, encouragement, and steady hand, when they may be experiencing a moment of weakness. 

I challenge you to look up vigor, courage, (healthy) aggressiveness, power, confidence, accomplishment, integrity, and honor. Write their meanings down. Memorize them, if being a Warrior is important to you. Decide where your weak points are, strengthen them. Decide where your strong points are, utilize them. Most importantly...DECIDE. You see, you must take action on what you believe in. You must weave it into your everyday life. You must be active in it's growth, as no one can do this for you, but you yourself. 

May we each have the strength to stand tall, decide, commit, and follow through.


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Sunday, May 6, 2018

What are you expecting? Are you expecting to succeed or merely hoping? Are you expecting to land that job or waiting to see what happens? Are you expecting a successful marriage or taking it for granted day by day? Are you expecting success with your fitness goals, training well, but eating poorly? All these questions are valid and important.

We've all been there, seriously. We've all experienced a goal we greatly desire to achieve, and despite our best efforts, well-meaning intentions, and burning forever seems to evade us. Look at losing weight. How many people do you know wants, and tried, year after year, to lose weight? They know they need to exercise, have a good idea what they should and should not be eating, do well for a few days or perhaps a week, or maybe even a few months, then it all goes to pot. Why?

This is where it's all at. We think consciously. We act consciously. Well, some of the time. Here's the catch. It's what's in our subconscious that will determine what we think, say, and do when we're on 'auto-pilot'. That's right, autopilot. Don't kid yourself, you're on auto-pilot several times throughout the day. When you're distracted, many times you go on auto. When you're stressed, auto. Emotionally You'll find your subconscious leading you places you really don't want to be, yet it's hard for many to recognize they're no longer thinking for themselves, and well, plans get thwarted, dreams are put aside, relationships suffer, and goals seem forever unachievable. 

Anything you can imagine, really. The subconscious is non-objective, it accepts whatever is allowed in, and here's the accepts it as reality. Whatever you heard drilled into your mind as a child, is likely running at full bore. Does this mean we blame our parents? No, it's not that easy. Once upon a time you could blame mom and dad, the teachers, etc., but once you hit 16-18 years old your brain waves change. These changes in brain waves are a natural part of maturing and cause you to test what you have been taught. It's at this point in life that you must now reckon with what you've been dealt with. If you haven't already, which many of us haven't, you must evaluate what's in the subconscious and either save, or discard. How do you know what's in there? Check out the things you do on auto, say on auto, react on auto, etc., this is your subconscious. Don't like it? Change it.You're the only one who can.

What you've told yourself about yourself is very much alive and living in the subconscious. Pictures, music, relationships, beliefs, and attitudes are stored in here.... as treasures. Only, some are to your disadvantage. Others are to your advantage. YOU must be brave enough to call them forth and deal with them, or they will forever run your life. No joke.

The good news is you can change what goes into your subconscious. To work with your mind on both conscious and subconscious levels, you must use your conscious mind. This is a daunting task at first, as you must be aware of EVERY thought you have and monitor it's origination, then deem it valuable to you or not, before allowing yourself to make a decision. Buy into it or not? Think of the thought as a sales person at your door selling you either a good quality product that's a steal of a deal or a bunch of B.S.

The best time to put new information into your subconscious is just prior to sleep. The state of mind just prior to falling asleep is called 'Alpha'. Alpha is the same state people are brought into within minutes of watching television and movies, hence, each time a person is 'watching', they are also being programmed at the subconscious level. Movie and television producers have known this for a long, long time, and use it to their advantage 24/7. All the more reason to stay 'conscious' of what you're thinking and make course corrections as you deem fit.

The tricky part about alpha state is that it's so easy to fall asleep within minutes, the way around this is to meditate. Meditation is bringing the body and brain to a state of relaxation, clearing the mental chatter and sinking into thoughts of what it is you desire to achieve. Meditation has been found to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, alleviate depression, and calm anxiety - all of which run lead to disease and discord - meditate daily.  Meditation will also bring one to an alpha state and allow them to 'program' themselves. 

During the alpha state - take a good 15 minutes or so and not only tell yourself what you expect of yourself, but visualize it as well, and to top it off, add emotion to it. Fall asleep with these positive thoughts, visuals, and emotions and you'll be on a road to success!

success |səkˈses|
the accomplishment of an aim or purpose : the president had some success in restoring confidence.
• the attainment of popularity or profit : the success of his play.
• a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity : I must make a success of my business.
• archaic the outcome of an undertaking, specified as achieving or failing to achieve its aims : the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises.

This is what you want, yes? Success in reaching your goals? 

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Weight Loss Gimmicks...... Don't Buy Into Them!!

 "Eat these Five Foods and Lose Your Body Fat"

"Click on the Physique you Like and we'll tell you What Supplements to take to get It"

 "Lose 1-2 lbs. a Day with HCG Drops"

I just love headlines like these. Leading yet more and more Americans astray. Take a pill. Take some drops. Seriously? 


Too many people are in a quiet state of desperation while struggling with their weight. When are we going to learn that what you see, hear, and read about everything, is....

MARKETING |ˈmärkiti ng |
the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising - Including BS!

There's plenty of mighty good marketers out there. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to notice how strongly marketing is geared towards 'Holidays', and when there isn't a holiday close enough they'll target 'Seasonal' items.  

In the wake of the post-holiday general weight gain aftermath, many people find themselves struggling to lose the weight. They hear about how 'so and so'  lost an incredible amount of weight fast, and they want to hear all about it. People are always looking for a shortcut. Anything worthwhile is going to take effort, dedication, focus, persistence, sacrifice and work!!!

Nothing has changed folks. Losing body fat is a matter of eating lean, clean, whole foods, exercising, drinking plenty of water daily to keep your body flushed out, and above all a 'Can Do' state of mind. 'Try to' doesn't cut it. 'Want to' doesn't cut it. Forget the pills, drops, gadgets you see on television, and severely restricted diets. Walk, run, climb, swim, push, pull, jump, skip, pedal, lift boxes, barrels, rocks, cans, small and large objects, heck, lift and carry people around...your kids will LOVE it! 

My kids love to pick me up and carry me around, seriously. It all started when my daughter, Chantelle, who was five at the time asked me, "Mom, can I try picking you up?" "Sure", I said. I stood trying not to laugh at the thought of this little girl trying to pick me up. I laughed even harder when she did it!! Then she wanted to do it again, and again, and again. It wasn't long before she started taking a few steps while holding me up around the legs. By eight years, she would pick me up and carry me down the hallway round trip, on her back....yep, all for FUN!.  A few years later, she offered to carry her Uncle who stands six feet minimum and weighed roughly 186, down the hallway. She did it, and then she carried him down the stairs!

The point I want to make here is how natural using our body really is. All the added gidgets and gadgets? I'll admit, I like a run on the treadmill come winter when roads are cold and icy. Ditto a stationary bike, ARC trainer, etc., the type of gidgets and gadgets I'm talking about are the ones you find advertised on television for just three easy payments of $14.99. Don't waste your time or money! Man evolved many a decade by good old fresh air, sunshine, healthy attitude, diverse terrain, and chores to boot. Be creative!

Nothing is perfect except imperfection. Do what you like. Eat reasonable portions, read labels, honestly, if you're eating clean enough there really won't be much reading involved, but if you're looking at man made items, READ EVER SO CAREFULLY. 

Step out of your box. Then jump on and off your box. Then throw your box as far as you can. Then load your box with rocks and carry it for a few miles, run home with it, lift it overhead several times, set it down and squat on it a few hundred times, next, tie a rope around it, and pull it around the block, push it up a hill, then...and only then, my friend, you may sit on it and begin doing leg lifts, crunches, push-ups, step-ups, and cart wheels over the top. When you've had all the fun you possibly could have, sit next to your lovely box and drink your protein shake, enjoy the view, breath in all that fresh air, and clear your mind. Refreshing? Indeed! 

You've got the idea, now run with it, literally.

Forget about the marketing, listen to your inner voice. 


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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Solution to Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. A New Year has arrived and many new opportunities await us. What an exciting time! 

Before we move any farther into the New Year it’s important to look at where you’ve been, what you’ve accomplished, the people in your life, the opportunities you’ve ceased, places traveled, obstacles overcome, fears tackled, goals achieved, friends made, loved ones laid to rest, rivers crossed, so on and so forth.

Be sure to make note of all the people, places and things that have brought you joy, enhanced your life, educated you, brought you a breathe of fresh air, hope, fulfillment, and made you a better person for it. 

Give thanks. Smile.

On the other hand, be sure to look at your perceived failures. The things that didn’t go quite as planned, or hoped for. The things, people, events and/or circumstances that brought you pain, heartache or disappointment. Be sure to acknowledge how you handled each scenario. Did you handle it in such a way as to build you into a stronger person? Or did you allow it to tear you down, or worse yet, apart? Many prefer to not look at these situations, however, there is no course to chart if we don’t know where we’ve been.  Much can be learned by our mistakes. Look. Learn. Grow. Do not fear. Do not be ashamed. The thing about mistakes, or things that have gone awry is it’s never to late to look at it again with a new perspective, deal with it and let it go. Now that’s refreshing!

We hear over and over again how people make the same New Year’s Resolution(s) year after year, because they never seem to be able to conquer them. They are slaves to bondage. No habit or addiction compares to the freedom of overcoming. This is why one must evaluate carefully, not only their resolutions (which I prefer to refer to as goals from this point), but must be able to know exactly why they did not reach their goal. For every why you didn’t reach your goal, come up with what you’ll do differently this time, or it is sure to be a failure again. 

People mean well, but deep down do not

1. Take the time to really think things through
2. Believe in themselves
3. Trust in themselves
4. Have the  true faith necessary, to take the steps daily to accomplish the small and simple.
5. Create a plan
6. Believe a Higher Power can help them through difficult times
7. Think it’s possible, and/or believes it will require too much sacrifice
8. Believe their current life isn’t so bad, and therefore settles for less than their potential
9. Plan a realistic goal, become overwhelmed and give up.


You’ve all heard of the SMART formula. 

S - specific, significant, stretching

M - measurable, meaningful, motivational

A - agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

R - realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

T - time-based, timely, tangible, trackable

This is smart advice!


Any great leader you may have read about has taken the time to be alone to think, reflect,  listen, seek direction and make plans. Between phone calls, texts, e-mails, meetings, appointments, errands, families, job commitments, volunteering and the daily essentials of living, it’s no wonder people run out of time for themselves. Be sure to put ‘you’ time on your schedules, just as you would any other important person in your life, and stick to it. Allow yourself time to get to somewhere quiet, unpopulated, and serene. Allow yourself enough time to get there, relax, and have some good quality, quiet time away from the stresses of life, this will enable you to think more clearly, and get in touch with your inner feelings. 

For success in reaching your goals you need to be clear on a few things: What you want, why you want it, and how you will attain it. Write it down. You must also have a burning desire to accomplish it! As in “No such thing as an obstacle”. Simply figure out a way around it, through it, or eliminate it! If you want something bad enough, you’ll get it. Look at your past successes. What drove you? How did you feel about it? How did you accomplish it? How did you feel when you overcame perceived obstacles? And more importantly, how did you feel when you made it to the end, and reached your goal? Surely you must have reached some important milestone in your life by now, most likely several. If you can reach one goal, you can reach another. 

Yes, you must be actively engaged in reaching your goal, daily! Goal reaching is not a passive activity. I started by wearing a gaudy bracelet many years ago, on my left hand. When I did something that day to reach my goal, I allowed myself to move the bracelet to my right hand and then had the choice to leave it there until the next day, or put it away until the following morning, and repeat the process again. I disliked that bracelet so much, I made sure I put my goal item at the top of my list each day, so I could take the blasted thing off! It worked. Find what works for you

Write down the steps necessary to reach your goal, then go back and fill in how and when you will do it. Do this for each step all the way to the final objective. It takes a bit of time, but it’s so worth it! You’ll be amazed at how things begin to fall into place as you make the conscious effort to reach your goals daily.

Update your progress on a weekly basis. I like to keep a calendar of everything that was accomplished that week to bring me closer to my goal. This way I can literally see the progress being made, and it’s very motivating. 

Work your plan, and it will work for you.

Be open to new ideas, possibilities, or pathways to get you to where you would like to be. Be flexible on the time issue. Understand life and time are two constantly evolving things, controlled, yet uncontrollable. Manage the items you can, manage them well, and let the rest go, no stewing, no complaining, just keep pressing forward... keep believing. 

Keep your goals alive.


Don’t  know where to start? Wondering what’s really important to you? 

I’ll give you a few ideas.

1. Professional
2. Educational
3. Intellectual
4. Relationship(s)
5. Creative things
6. Spiritual
7. Volunteer
8. Health
9. Fun/Play (Recreation)
10. Material object(s)

I suggest choosing one goal at a time when beginning, to ensure success. Juggling too many goals can be overwhelming, and set you up for failure, however, as you get into the practice of deciding what it is you want, create a plan, write your plan, and follow through to completion, goal setting and reaching a goal can be a multi-goal process.

Some people like to start with a category and do one thing daily, others weekly, and still others monthly, it just depends on you, your circumstances, and most of all, your desire.

Support systems are wonderful. Ask any military what it’s like to work on a Team that has it together, understands what a Team is about, and how ultimately, each member of the Team knows one another inside and out. They know eachothers strengths, weaknesses, and can literally tell by the look in their eyes or expression on their face, what needs to be done and who needs to do it. This is a supreme blessing. When you come back into civilian life, it’s an adjustment, mainly because you’re beginning from the ground up, building a brand new support system which functions on a different plane. Maintaining the inner strength you once had on your Team might present itself as a challenge, but it can be dealt with and make you a much stronger person for it. This is a topic for another blog. The point here, is to acknowledge your support system, use it, but use it wisely. Never rely solely on a support system.

Only you can make things happen in your life. Sure, a support system is nice but people come and people go. Even the people who have been with us for many years have times they need to be absent due to their own circumstances, of course they care, but you must know you can pull through anything, with or without the support of others. The only person you can truly rely on 100% of the time, is yourself. Get to know yourself. Struggle through the hard times, the lonely times, the uncertain times and you will grow immensely as a person. 

This is another element of ‘Mental Toughness’. Learn it. Grow.

As you hold yourself accountable, you will gain inner strength. The key here is to follow through whether you feel like it or not, whether you want to or not, whether it’s raining or snowing, you must daily keep pressing forward. The only way to understand the growth that comes from achieving is to follow through, period. No one can do it for you. 

No excuses.

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