Relentless Pursuit of Self-Improvement
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” Marcus Aurelius
Part 4 of Five Changes to Lose 40 Pounds
While the relentless pursuit of self-improvement is not the simplest step, it is one of the most important of the five changes to lose 40 pounds and keep it off. Volumes are available on this topic. This is the good news and the bad news! The bad news is that this can be overwhelming when looking at the number of books, news articles, and blogs that are available. The good news is that all you need to do is Google an area you are looking to improve within your life and you will have so many resources you could spend the rest of your life reading just on that topic.
As a busy professional, it was difficult to imagine having the time to consume motivational material that would help me stay on track. Thinking of this as consumption is important. You see just like food, the information we expose ourselves to on a regular basis can be useful and healthful or negative and stressful. If you are reading this blog, you are probably leaning towards the consumption of healthy information that will help you improve your life. So how do you find the time for this when our days seemed FILLED to the brim with other tasks?
The approach will be different for everyone but here is how my journey accelerated. It is my hope that it inspires your own commitment to the relentless pursuit of self-improvement. As the “Five Changes to Lose 40 Pounds” took shape in my life, they naturally opened up time for different and beneficial activities. Motivational audio books would pump through my headphones during daily walks. Movies (e.g. Hungry for Change) about healthy eating and finding purpose spilled across the screen each Saturday night. The time wasted during my daily commute on filler radio switched to more educational and inspiring audio books!
That brief description makes it seem as if several hours a day were magically available in my life to work on self-improvement and motivation. Don’t get me wrong, this shift towards balance in my life took time! Like you, my days were packed and there was no shortage of motivation to improve my life (i.e. career)! The problem is that for many years most of our efforts go into excelling at our career. This often leaves us completely out of balance with the people in our lives, our true purpose and OUR HEALTH! By taking time to meditate, eat better and to learn from authors, teachers, documentaries, and workshops, the balance between these areas of our lives will improve.
As balance returns, you will begin experiencing true happiness on a day-to-day basis. You gradually discover a greater sense of purpose. Purpose that in and of itself keeps us motivated to improve our lives, which unlocks a wonderful cycle of motivation. There is often a concern among high performing individuals that as they balance out their life their career may suffer. This is far from the truth! Reclaiming balance allows us to excel with purpose and joy, helping others realize through example that we should relish and enjoy all areas of life!
Start now by adding one of the following books to your daily commute! Here is a short list of recommendations to get you started!
You Are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Excuses Be Gone by Dr. Wayne Dyer
Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility in Your Life by Brian Weiss
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh
Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce H. Lipton
Hungry for Change (2012), Directed by: Carlo Ledesma
Happy (2011), Directed by: Roko Belic
I Am (2010), Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Food Matters (2008), Directed by: James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma
My intention is to coach those who seek creative ways to unlock natural serenity, balance and mindfulness in their lives. To help them discover true fulfillment and happiness.
I am passionate about working with open-minded individuals who are ready to make sustainable changes by committing to a conscious lifestyle that naturally enhances their performance. Contact me to schedule a free “Mindful Performance” Coaching session.
My life has completely changed since starting my meditation practice at the end of 2012. I have lost 40 pounds and kept it off. My relationships have improved with everyone in my life. I am more compassionate, loving, understanding and patient than I ever thought possible. I am now a certified health coach and have spoken internationally in front of audiences of hundreds of people regarding my experience with meditation and focused attention and have attended over 250 hours of lecture and practice on the physics and neuroscience regarding the effects of advanced meditation.
During this personal journey, my passion for teaching emerged and I have trained hundreds in basic meditation techniques, life balance & self-appreciation. Read more here.