We all have areas where we want to improve; health, work, family, spirituality, sisterhood, partnership, professional relationships, you name it. But reality sets in along with a busy schedule that doesn’t leave much space for quite time, let alone individual development. We also rarely have the willpower or wherewithal we need to see it through. Or maybe we just don’t know where or how to start.
Not being able to define your own long-term goals will end up in a life that’s devoid of meaning or direction. You start losing that spark and the motivation to get up each morning wanes as you revel about the life you are existing in. You engage in living a version of someone else’s dreams as opposed to the one you may have always imagined.
Experts define personal growth plans as “the process of creating an action plan based on awareness, values, reflection, goal-setting and planning for personal development within the context of a career, education, relationship or for self-improvement.”
An individualized growth plan can help you achieve the vision you have of yourself which will add a sense of value to your life experiences. It’s something we need to consciously think about and strive toward. If you don’t plan your own development and growth, no one else will and no one else should have to.
Here are 4 steps you can take for a well-developed, easy-to-implement, personalized plan. ACTIONABLE steps… because I am all about assisting others in taking action!
1. Know Thyself
In order to plan for the future, you have to reflect on your past experiences, your weaknesses and strengths; they’ve made you who you are today and should not be discarded or diminished as if it was “nothing”. You also have to clarify your own unique values, such as integrity, respect for others, leadership, and honesty. Your values define your stance whether it’s at the workplace, with family and friends, and in your romantic relationships. And values set the tone to how you are and will continue engaging with life and life’s experiences. Moreover, there are several important questions you have to ask yourself:
- What do I want to become in life?
- What are my achievements up until now?
- What are my personal goals?
- What are my career ambitions?
- What steps have I taken to pursue these goals and ambitions?
2. Develop your vision
Once you’ve asked and answered these questions, you’ll have a clear vision of who you are and what you want out of life. This takes us to the second step; developing your vision. A smart tip is to provide yourself with several options to reach your next goal. That way, if something goes wrong or you face an obstacle, you can switch to another path. Keep in mind, although you have options to choose from, there is a plan A and if that plan falls through the next plan will not be plan B, it will be considered plan A.
This teaches you that even when something does not go as planned it has aided and assisted your growth and development. And furthermore, if your initial plan A was the optimal plan then it would have provided the results you desired. Does that make sense? And be flexible in your planning because usually people tend to underestimate how long a certain project will take.
Another point people tend to not pay attention to is what they don’t want to do. If you’re at work, you can make a list of what-not-to-do, for example:
- Keep too many tabs open at once
- Keep cell phone on your desk
- Check social media while you’re working
It is important to have a list of what-not-to-do’s so that you remain focussed as distractions are easy to engage in and our desires end up being further and further out of reach.
3. Assess your present-day situation
Implementing your plan can be difficult at first. But with dedication and an eye on the prize, you’ll soon find that it becomes a daily habit. It was Jim Ryun who said, “Motivation is what get you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Self-discipline has become my mantra for this upcoming year. Those of us who have ever attained anything that we desired know that habit and self-discipline are two attributes that assist with achieving goals.
Putting your strengths to good use will harness your energy levels so that it’s utilized efficiently. You can set up milestones along the way because smaller goals give you the motivation and drive you need to get to the big ones. And each time you reach a milestone or achieve one of the small goals, reward yourself for your hard work. There is no such thing as a small victory. A victory is a victory nonetheless!
4. Review your progress
Each project needs to be reviewed and assessed, and your exclusive growth plan is no different. You can do it on a monthly basis, or every couple of months, whatever feels comfortable for you. It’s crucial that you take a step back and look at all that you have accomplished so that you are constantly encouraged.
Check to see if you’ve left anything out or missed the deadlines you may have set for yourself. Maybe the mini-goals you set up last time don’t fit your criteria, they may need tweaking or readjusting. Reflect on your experience and consider everything you’ve learned. This will ensure that you keep moving forward according with your long-term plan and the vision you’ve set up for yourself.
Last thing I would like to mention, you can draw up the perfect plan but if you don’t follow through, you won’t get anywhere. Everyone needs practice to develop and grow, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone. Having something to strive towards can renew your self-confidence and passion for life.
We were all created with Divine gifts, energetic attributes that makes those things we desire easily attainable. If you desire your free report, emphasizing and explaining your personal gifts, then click the link below and I’ll get you scheduled.
When it comes to our diets and nutrition, the amount of information on which foods to eat, how much, and the abundant options to dieting has provided us with way too much information as to what is good or what is NOT good to consume. Yet, while we are all aware that spinach is likely a healthier food choice than potato chips, a new area of focus has more to do with the quality of the food rather than which food to pick.
Because we are all sovereign beings the item we choose is the item that we are deciding is best for us at the time. So if essentially, you’ve chosen to eat spinach over potato chips, there are questions to if it is still good for you when it is canned, frozen, fresh, or refined?
Now this question is a tricky one to answer and I will attempt to shine some light on this issue, and specifically how to make better choices when it comes to our food.
I’ll begin by defining some terms. A whole food is simply a food that has not been changed in any way from its natural state. This might refer to vegetables that are grown without any modification and would be the same as if you had picked them from the ground itself.
This can also refer to grains or even meat in the sense that while these foods may have been prepared by being put into a package or cut and packaged, nothing has been done that alters the food such as chemicals or preservatives added or other processes. This can be harder to ascertain, but essentially the ideal whole food would be something home-grown, picked and eaten.
By contrast, a refined food is a food that has had some aspect of it removed or altered and should not be confused with processed foods.Processed food is a food that has been prepared for some purpose but had nothing taken away, for example fresh orange juice that was prepared from fresh oranges, or flour from whole grain. Refined food has had a process undertaken that created a fundamental change, such as the difference that occurs when rice is converted from brown to white.
(My 2 cents: when choosing rice choose brown)
One of the key qualities when considering refined foods, is that generally speaking, refined does not refer to better or improved but is often a refining process that is removing key nutrients. For example, white flour that was made from whole grain initially undergoes a process that removes a great deal of the fiber content, thus it is not as nutritionally dense or healthy as brown rice flour.
Not all refined foods are bad, as dried fruits are processed as they’ve had water removed but are not necessarily bad for you. Just the same, plain popcorn is refined because the heat changes its structure, but it isn’t necessarily unhealthy.
One of the key takeaways is to dig deeper into any food that may be refined or considered refined because there may still be some value there. However, there are many refined foods that do not deliver the nutritional benefit and have been fundamentally altered in the process such that they deliver a substantially compromised nutritional benefit. This includes products like white bread, white rice, or refined pasta as the grains used to create these products have been altered for taste and preservation and lost much of their original density. Which means they are not as nutritionally dense, or whole, to nourish the body.
Another example would be fruit juices that have been processed so they can be preserved and have a longer shelf life or taste sweeter. Most of these juices, whether it be apple juice, cranberry juice or otherwise, have been altered and lost most of the original benefits of the actual fruits.
Thus, while you may think apple juice is just as good as eating apples, it is most certainly not. Of course, some examples would be much easier to identify, potato chips have clearly been altered from the original potato’s, just as fried chicken tenders are certainly refined from their original composition when they are still fresh.
In a perfect world of nutrition, we would only consume whole foods that are straight from farm to table, and in any circumstance where this is possible that is the recommend choice. And not to mention how great of a blessing it would be to feel into the Earth and assist in cultivating her lands. Farmed foods are more nutritionally dense and will deliver the best taste and nutrition for your diet.
So, if you need to shop for refined foods, do your due diligence and determine if the refining process has fundamentally altered the food for the worse, and if so, do your best to avoid it.
As always, preparation equals success so do your research and eat the best food that is both economically feasible and nourishing for you.
Love Love you,
First of all…
WHAT is a FUPA??!!
That’s the same thing I asked when I was having a conversation with one of my training buddies. She said she wanted to get rid of her FUPA and I had a look that said WTF are you talking about lady??
YEP! That’s exactly how I looked.
So because I wanted to know what a FUPA was and if I had one I began to do what a lot of us do best…
I G.O.O.G.L.E.D it!
and what I found out was a FUPA is the Fat on the upper pooch area. OK… So there were many other words used to represent the “P” but I prefer the word “pooch” because it sounds better to me. HAHA!
But I am sure you all get the meaning of it though right.
If not then go ahead and do your own google search of what FUPA is and take a look at the images.
I’ll wait…. (waiting)
OK…. so by now you should know if you have a FUPA or not! Right?
So do you have one??
Hell…. I took a look in the mirror, after oiling my body down with my sacred oils this morning, and I have a FUPA… 🙂
I think it’s cute… so I went ahead and rubbed my pooch and spoke some affirming words to it and accepted that part of me right before I decided to come up with a
because I LOVE a challenge, one, and two because it makes for some really great focussed training in the gym.
By now you all should know that I am all about getting more connected inside of the body and by actively engaging in fitness, along with some other yummy and effective tools
as in Yoni Eggs and Yoni Steams to keep me lovin’ on myself, which increases confidence.
And everyone knows that confidence building tools are GREAT ways to flow towards those things you desire in life.
So…. I am starting a FUPA Challenge and I know… I know… you are ready to start TOMORROW 😉
but I am getting everything together for it so that it can be a REALLY AWESOME Challenge!!
Because if it’s not FUN then I am less likely to participate in it and I recon you would be too so I am putting together some
FUPA specific workouts, as well as some smoothie ideas, a group on FB where you can share your progress, AND
…. I’m stuck here.
So… I would like your opinion.
What would be a great tool to add into the space I am creating in order to make this
AWESOME AF!! (other than what I already mentioned above?)
Let me know what you think…
Apricots are GREAT for Rejuvenation.
A fruit that is high in amino acids and minerals like selenium and magnesium.
With more than 40 trace minerals apricots assists the body in getting rid of unhelpful elements in the digestive tract.
It boosts red blood cells, strengthens the heart, and nourishes the brain when you are pooped after a high energy training day.
Apricots keeps us heart conscious and opens us up, which allows us to be more welcoming to others. They are great at calming us down and puts us in touch with our intuition by regulating our defensive nature.
Apricots are commonly looked over and are not often chosen as a “favorite” fruit.
A lot of us would prefer the juicy watermelon or the luscious mango, even the tangy pineapple over the apricot.
With that being said, where in our individual lives have we looked over those who may not be as “luscious” or “juicy” compared to the other people in our lives?
So as you partake in the apricot for its many health benefits keep in mind those you may have looked over, as you have also looked over the apricot.
Open your eyes and heart to all of the people around you as we are all engaging to be received and loved.
If you are experiencing difficulties with any of these conditions, incorporate apricots into your diet:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Postural tachycardia syndrome
If you are experiencing difficulties with any of these symptoms, incorporate apricots into your diet:
Shortness of breath
Loss of energy