How to Dare Greatly in the 21st Century

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“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”                                                        -Theodore Roosevelt

Every era has had its handful of great explorers, advocates, daredevils, heroes and trailblazers; people willing to face danger and embrace fear in order to break modern day normalities, challenge human existence and discover new possibilities. In 2012, Felix Baumgartner, set a world record when he skydived at an astonishing 843 miles per hour from 24 miles above the earth’s surface to become the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power. If that is not fear; if that is not vulnerability; if that is not daring greatly—I don’t know what is.

As humans we are inherently fearful; fearful of failure, of the unknown, of what others will think of us, of change, of vulnerability. One of the tragic ironies of life is that so many of us feel isolated from each other by the same feelings that we all share; failure, procrastination, stress, anger, hurt, anxiety, guilt, shame, unworthiness  and helplessness. So why not embrace these mutual feelings, feel the fear and dare greatly?

You are more likely than not to become successful at something that you have taken the risk to fail at. So don’t walk; run outside your comfort zone! Ask your boss for a raise, have that difficult family talk, reach out to someone who has just experienced loss. Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Find the courage to embrace your vulnerability and engage with your whole heart. Use your fears as tools to transform your life. Taking action to conquer your fears will give you a higher level of confidence, strength and empowerment within.

The reality is that in life, there are no risk-free guarantees. Helen Keller said, “Security is mostly a superstition…Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

How will you DARE GREATLY?!

Health Coach Autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Discover Your Core Desires

 

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“You can’t hit a target, if you don’t know what it is.” –Anthony Robbins

If you don’t know what you really want in life, you are not alone. This dilemma affects people of all ages and crosses all political, social and economic lines. As a society, we often make lists of things we want to accomplish; only to find those same things create unhappiness in our lives. This problem arises because our intentions are often not aligned with our core desired feelings.

Core desires are things you want with all of your heart. They are persistent, deep, intense and powerful longings of your core being. When you become clear about how you want to feel, you can make daily intentional choices for pleasure.

This exercise can help you discover your core desires:

  • Ask yourself, how do I want to feel in every area of my life? (health, relationships, career, spirituality, finances, social life, education, etc.) Brainstorm multiple feelings within each area and record them on paper.
  • Study your list for each area. What feelings are replicated? What words jump out at you, feel important and valuable? Narrow down your list to five overall feelings. Having trouble? Looking up the definitions of the words may help you to pinpoint your desires.
  • Now, use repetitive questioning with each of your feelings. Let’s say one of your words is “confidence.” Ask yourself, “What does confidence feel like?” Your answer, “Like winning.” Ask again, “What does confidence feel like?” Your answer, “Like being certain.” Ask again, “What does confidence feel like?” Your answer, “Like clarity.” Exactly. What you really desire is to feel clarity.
  • Write each word you’re considering on its own sticky note and stick them somewhere you’ll see them every day. After a week, you’ll know if your words feel authentic and right for you. If not, take time to re-evaluate.

Once you discover your core desires, identify three things you can do today, three this week and three this month, to help you generate those feelings. Lastly, surround yourself with people whom make you feel those ways. Unearthing your core desires will bring more fulfillment, profound joy, balance, serenity and happiness into your life!

To your desires!

Health Coach Autumn (check me out at http://www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

 

How to Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet!

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by Autumn Pappas, CHHC, AADP

There’s no time like the present to live your life the way it was meant to be lived! Here are some tips on how to make your 2014 memorable, enlightening and exciting!

Make a bucket list for 2014. Want to visit Easter Island, adopt a pet, get your finances on track, or start a foundation? A bucket list is a list of intentions, experiences or goals that a person wants to accomplish in a specific time frame. Bucket lists are unique to each person, as no two people have the same desires and wants. Some people refrain from writing bucket lists because the enormity of the items on the list can be rather daunting. My tip: Dream small and big. Small things are more attainable but larger things change us forever.

Forgive someone; even if it’s yourself. We’ve all experienced wrongdoings, some that have even shaken us to our core. We can’t change the past but we can ruin our future by holding on to things in the present. Not sure where to begin? Check out a book on Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, or Desmond Tutu; they are all great role models of the power of forgiveness. Lewis B. Smedes said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and to discover that the prisoner was you.”

Hire A Health and Lifestyle Coach.  Many of us have goals, but have a hard time reaching them without an accountability partner.  Some of us need others to help us devise plans so that we can reach our goals.  Health and lifestyle coaches are great for both.  They work with you step-by-step as your partner and your coach to assist you in becoming your greatest self.  In addition, health coaches know a lot about the best ways to lose weight, boost your energy, and fix health issues that keep you from living life to the fullest.  Check out www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com and click the “connect” link to sign up for a free consultation with me, a Board Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach.

Commit to being at least 10% healthier. This small change can reap huge rewards! Do you want to add a new exercise routine into your daily schedule, stop eating processed foods during the week, or invest in new superfoods and supplements to boost your immunity? Whatever choice you make, make it a healthy one! I guarantee you will see the difference.

Give up your self-sabotaging talk. Ask yourself, “How am I serving myself by believing this quality, characteristic, or idea about myself?” Negative personal beliefs can create self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, anger and fear. Furthermore, they can affect our relationships and health. Let go of your limiting beliefs, commit to slowly changing your downfalls and move forward knowing the best version of yourself is at your fingertips.

Create a daily task list, prioritize it, and allot time for each activity. How many of us start the day full of ambition, only to end up accomplishing a quarter of the tasks we wanted to? My advice: Set daily intentions as soon as you wake up, and use a calendar or planner in order to stay organized and on top of your goals. Additionally, have an activity planned outside your home in the morning that will “jump start” your day.

Lastly, live your purpose! What is that one thing that you know in your heart that you were put here on this earth to do? Have you accomplished it yet? As author Steve Maraboli once said, “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.”

Cheers to a Happy and Very Healthy 2014!

Autumn (check out my health and lifestyle coaching programs at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

 

3 Things You Should Give Up So You Can Become Happier!

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What’s holding you back from being happier than you could be?  What would it be like to not feel sad?  How would your life change?

Here are some things that you can give up, so you have more room for happiness in your life!

1.  Give up Fear

Fear is only a mirage, an illusion.  It doesn’t exist anywhere but in the realm of your mind where you created it.  How many of us have not acted upon things because we were afraid of the word, “No?”  When you get comfortable with the word No, you get comfortable asking for anything you want in life.

What about fear of the unknown?  All you simply ever will know is what this very second holds.  Things are ever-changing and there is no way we can freeze time.  Find a way to get comfortable with change and it will set you free.  Daily Gratitude journals are a great way to start.

Just remember, the only fear you have it the fear you’ve created.  I say, “Feel the Fear…and Do it Anyway!”

2. Give Up your Self-Sabotaging Talk

There are so many things we beat ourselves up about–some we can change and some we can’t.  What you believe to be true of yourself, will be true…until you stop believing it will be.  Ask yourself, “How am I serving myself by believing this quality, characteristic, or idea about myself?”  I doubt your self-sabotaging talk is working for you in your life, and it’s time to take a real step towards getting rid of it.  You are beautiful, smart, confident, and can do anything you set your mind to.  Now it’s time to go out there and live your best life!

3.  Give Up the Past

Are you still telling yourself the same old story?   If you dreaded the past, thank heavens it’s the present.  It’s time to move forward.  The present moment is all we will ever have.

If you’re longing for you past, it’s ok.  Life is a journey, not a destination.  The past was part of the happiness of your journey and now you it’s time to move forward towards your bright and cheerful future.

I hope you are feeling happy today!   You deserve it.  To your health and happiness!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Living To Be 100 Years Young

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“No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us, and new beauty waiting to be born.” -Dale E. Turner

What would it mean to you to live to be a hundred? In 2004, the world’s best longevity researchers set out to explore the places around the world where people lived extraordinarily long and healthy lives. Coined “Blue Zones—,” these longevity hot-spots are home to larger populations of centenarians than anywhere else. On average, Blue Zone residents reach age 100 at rates ten times greater than people living in the United States.

The most famous and well-studied Blue Zone area in the world is Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is not only home to the world’s longest recorded life expectancies, but also to the world’s healthiest documented elders, and to the highest concentration of verified centenarians in the world. Studies show that Okinawan residents’ low-calorie plant-based diets undoubtedly play a key role in the health they have attained. Other Blue Zone communities around the globe include Sardinia, Italy, Ikaria, Greece, Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica.

“By improving their lifestyle, people can look and feel better at every age and add twelve years to their life expectancy. Something called the Danish Twin Studies established that less than 25% of how long the average person lives is dictated by genes. In other words, most of how long and how well you live is up to you…-” states bluezones.com.

So how can you age successfully? There are nine common characteristics that Blue Zone residents share, which can assist you in living a long and healthy life. Belong to faith–based communities and social circles where healthy behaviors are supported.  Have a strong sense of family and lead a purpose-driven life. Practice routines such as prayer, meditation and yoga to deal with stress. Follow the eighty percent rule – also known as eating until you are eighty percent full- which aids in digestion and weight maintenance. Consume lots of beans, drink wine in moderation, and eat your smallest and last meal of the day in the early evening.

Lastly, be very active—whether you are gardening, walking, doing housework or playing with your grandchildren. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving.”

To your health!

Autumn @ pacificnorthwesthealth.com