Happy New Year! And welcome to the NEW you in 2020!
The New Year always brings out the desire to change things with new year resolutions. But the facts are that by February, 70% of the resolutions are forgotten.
The most powerful thing you can do to bring change in your life (health, well-being, financial or relationships) is not a new year’s resolution — but to seek out the powerful purpose of your life.
Be the best YOU that you can be, including your desires, gifts, talents and your physical body. Make the plans to live and support your future in being the best original YOU! Think it, see it, feel it, walk it!
One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 23:7 NAS “for as he thinks within himself, so is he.” The power of thought is so underestimated by most of us. It is the communication system to every cell, system and organ within you. If you desire to run, first you think, “I am going to run.” Your body does not engage in any physical activity without thought — whether conscious or unconscious.
A typical new year’s resolution is to try and change a result of the past, like losing weight, because of past over-eating and lack of exercise. But it seldom works out because when we focus on a negative (something we don’t want), we get MORE of the thing we don’t want.
To change, you must think ‘NEW’ thoughts.
Think new thoughts, see the new you, feel how it would feel with the new you (emotionally connect). Talk like the new you. Walk like the new you. Then you will BECOME the New You!
Your intelligent cells, systems and organs will begin to align to your NEW thoughts and feelings. As you think, so are you. Where you focus your attention, your energy flows. And your beliefs, your emotions and outcomes will begin to be the new you. The best YOU that you can be… how exciting is that?
I am sure you know this, but the cells of your body respond to the chemicals produced by your emotions. So, negative emotions impact your cells negatively. Positive emotions, quite naturally, have a very positive affect on your cells. Aahh, the intelligence that is your body!
And every thought and memory of your past (if you keep it alive in the present) creates a corresponding emotional and chemical response. That is why most people tend to live their past over and over. What is your chemical dependency? The emotions from the past thoughts and memories of life experiences, or the future you desire so vividly that you can feel it emotionally? Make it vivid and consistently, until it becomes second nature.
I can relate to this truth from my past years when adrenalin was my chemical of choice and dependency. Why? Because I “thought” sleep was a waste of time. I did not understand the restorative and regenerative aspects of sleep, therefore my body required a constant adrenalin rush to keep it going 20 hours a day.
Back then, my thoughts were seldom of peacefulness, gratitude, patience, and acceptance. Rather, they were survival-oriented — pushing myself to the limit. My thoughts produced the chemical my cells depended on for energy. When feeling a lack of energy, I charged even harder. It was a vicious circle. I was anchored in my past, reliving it in my present moment-by-moment.
That life was exciting, as I constantly pushed myself… until I crashed! I’ll never forget the day my doctor told me, “Michael, you must change the way you “think” about health and life, or you will eventually kill yourself.” Yes, they said ‘think.’ So when I went on my wellness journey to find the essentials of wellness, I changed my thoughts dramatically. And, not surprisingly, my life changed.
You Were Not Created for Survival. You Were Created to Thrive!
Consider this powerful scripture in Jeremiah 29:11. “I know the plans I have for you (future). Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future!”
The Almighty has plans for your prosperity and joy — not for your mere survival. Surviving is driven by fear, which triggers the stress hormone (fight or flight). But there isn’t a Saber-toothed tiger chasing you, is there? God has plans to prosper you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Plans to help you live your life purpose.
My new thoughts on my wellness journey brought gratitude, joy and love. Consequently, different chemicals began to run through my body. I began to think how it would feel to be grateful, to feel love for God, family and others. It was so life-changing for me that I was compelled to build a company to share the Ten Essentials of Wellness that I discovered. I see them as wellness essentials that will support your life’s journey… with purpose and meaning.
Now, I know we all have some baggage from bad experiences. It’s part of being human. But we have the power to think different thoughts and produce different emotions. And our amazing bodies will respond.
To help release us from our past, we need to change the way we think of the past bad experiences. Forgiveness is one key. Forgive others and definitely forgive yourself, which is even harder. Another powerful release is to learn from the past and then release it. Replace it with the glorious future that God sees for you. And it does not matter what age you are. If you’re still here — you have a purpose to fulfill.
The way to get beyond your current life, and into the life flow of your future, is to get beyond yourself as you are. Think of how life could be flowing in His plan of prospering you. What does that feel like? Emotionally, what does that FEEL like to you? As you focus on these new feelings, you’re sending new messages to every cell in your body. And, in turn, every cell will send back messages to think more thoughts that feel like this. Pretty soon, you’ll be in alignment with God’s plan for you.
As a person thinks in their heart, soul and mind, so are they. There is only one YOU. Find your purpose. Live it. And BE your best self. It’s your birthright.
Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year!