It’s the week of Thanksgiving in the United States and even though it looks much different than usual, things can still get a little hectic and crazy.
Even a small celebration with your household can involve extra planning and shopping.
The number of things you need to get done in a day (let alone a holiday week!) are INCREDIBLE.
It’s easy to feel drained, rushed, and pressured, and feel like you need to focus your attention on all the things you still HAVE to do (lack of something).
The LAST thing you want to take the time to do is slow down and practice a little gratitude. But guess what
Gratitude is one of the surest ways to protect yourself from getting pulled into the negative, stress-filled, and energy-draining hamster wheel.
I read this statistic on Jack Canfield’s blog that blew me away:
“Researchers estimate that we think about 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day – and that about 80% of those thoughts are negative.”
WHAT! That’s a mindblowing amount of negative self-talk.
If you’re going to live the life you are MEANT to live and that you DESERVE, it can’t be dragged down by all of that negativity and doubt.
If you're reading and or watching this when I first put it out, we're more than six months into a worldwide pandemic. We're sick of hearing about uncertainties, unprecedented times, and even our new normal.
Depending on where you live, you may not be "going to" work, depending on whether you're considered an essential worker, still have a job, or already work at home like me. Chances are you've been impacted in some way by the pandemic or the myriad of other crisis going on right now.
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I’m going to share some of my journey today ... but it’s a story I am 99.9% sure you can relate to, at least a little!
At the beginning of the year, I was working on some major goals I set for myself.
I had mapped out a clear, step-by-step plan for myself to make it happen. And then I put that plan into action!
It wasn’t long before I started making some pretty big progress. I was really proud of what I did in such a short time ….
But then this summer most of my progress came to a screeching halt.
I've been hearing from a LOT of people about how they are feeling extra stressed and strangely “emotional” over the past few weeks.
For example, little things they would have normally shrugged off seem to be causing more stress and frustration than usual.
Can you relate?
The stress of it all is adding up fast. I wanted to share some simple things you can do to reduce your stress!
I’m going to ask you to do something a little strange right now.
I want you to imagine your favorite, most decadent thing to eat.
Maybe it’s a thick slice of rich chocolate cake … a slice of pizza dripping with cheese, hot from a brick oven … a buttery lobster ... or how about a juicy burger?
Did your mouth start to water? You probably couldn’t tell, but your stomach actually started producing juices to digest those amazing foods.
If you ever doubted that if what you’re thinking about could have an impact on what happens in your gut … well, you just experienced the proof that it really does!
And this brain-gut connection doesn’t only involve thoughts about food.
Has the coronavirus pandemic made you feel nervous, worried, or on edge?
You might have had an uneasy feeling in your belly over it – and that’s because a big part of your stress response happens inside your gut. And it actually can impact your health and wellness!
That stress response comes from your secret “second brain” that resides in your digestive tract. It’s called your enteric nervous system.
It’s made up of layers of cells (more than 100 million of them) that line your gastrointestinal tract, all the way from your esophagus to your rectum.
And what you eat can have a BIG impact on this entire system, and so can stress.
Your “secret brain” communicates directly back-and-forth with the brain in your head through the “gut-brain axis.”
This axis is an incredibly complex system involving hormones, nerves, body fluids, your immune system and more.
Here’s where it gets interesting …
So … I get this question a lot.
“Crystal, why do you always talk so much about motivation and goal setting?”
In last week's blog post, I challenged you to set a BIG GOAL for 2020. Click here if you haven't read it.
Big goals give you butterflies in your stomach because they take you outside of your comfort zone.
Today, I have an AMAZING exercise for you to set those butterflies free. It’s something that can take your life to an entirely new level. One of the six high performance habits, that the most successful people in the world practice, is Courage...and this practice will help!
(Plus, you can do this whenever you find yourself struggling to make a big decision or when you notice something is holding you back.)
Today I am going to share one of my FAVORITE GOAL-GETTING tactics with you!
It’s perfect for you if you’ve set a BIG resolution for 2020 or even better, big dreams for the new decade.
I’m talking about that big scary goal that’s lurking in the back of your mind ...
… something huge, like running a marathon, dropping clothes sizes, becoming more “minimalist,” saving $$$ to buy/pay off a house or retire, or … well, you get the picture.
These are BIG GOALS that require a big commitment!
They can take time … energy … and a LOT of patience.
Which can make them seem OVERWHELMING … which means it will likely be harder to keep your energy and motivation up!
I have a trick when it comes to achieving those huge goals.
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