From Stress to Success – Day #2 Clear away the obstacles

Hi everyone:) How was day #1 for you? You set your goals and are ready to go? Oh, you missed the first day? No problem, you can still jump in.  Oh, hang on, yes you have set a goal but obstacles are in the way? Great. Now, let’s work on that: Clear away your goal’s obstacles. Hmm, that sounds juicy.

Obstacle number 1 – Overwhelm and how to overcome it:

We all might remember a time, where you set a goal which sounded fantastic and got you pumped but then you looked at it going: holy moly, how am I going to achieve this? Where do I start? Overwhelm gets in the way. I have this all the time. My goals are big, and if I don’t break it down, nothing is going to happen as I find all sorts of excuses why something else is suddenly more important. A big goal is most likely to cause you even more stress.

So, what do I do then?

Easy, break your big goal into little chunks and set a timeframe next to it, so you know when you want to have the small goals accomplished by. It is so easy but yet does wonders. You will feel great once you can tick off all your little goals. It boosts your energy.

Obstacle number 2 – fear and how to clear it:

Then there are other obstacles like limiting beliefs. Oh yes, now it is getting juicy here. Remember a part of our brain called: critter brain wants you always to be safe. So it keeps reminding you of what you always did, even though it did not do any good to you. The minute you are trying to change for the better, your critter brain comes up, knocking on your door and saying: “Hey, what are you doing? Stay where you are, I don’t know what you are doing, but it doesn’t feel safe because I don’t know it.” Remember, this is just your inner voice trying to convince you to stay where you are. Now, do you want to stay where you are or do you want to achieve great things for yourself? I bet the latter is your truth.

So, next time this inner voice comes up which might be saying to you: “Really, you? You are going to fail anyway. What do you mean, you can reach this goal, are you joking?” This kind of voice needs to shut up! Give that voice a name and tell it to go away. Now envision you achieving your goal and having it already. Stay at that moment and take a small action step towards your goal.

That’s what it is, a ‘limiting’ beliefs. You are the one limiting it. Ask yourself where does this belief come from and what is the real message underneath? Now ask yourself if this is the truth….most likely you will find that it is not. Then turn this negative belief into a positive power statement, have it with you and read it numerous times during the day, especially in the morning before you go to work and in the evening before you go to bed.

Now let’s get into the action steps for day #2:

1. Write down one of your goals that you’d love to accomplish but feel overwhelmed by.

Next, list seven or fewer of the highest priority action steps that you could do that would allow you to accomplish this goal.

2. If any of these smaller action steps still feel overwhelming, chunk each one down even further into smaller actions. Keep chunking your activities until you feel that you have a clear road ahead to the accomplishment of your goal.

3. After you’ve chunked this overwhelming and stressful goal down into easy action – steps, then decide the priority that you would love to do them in.

Affirmation:

I accomplish my big goals one simple step at a time.

Now write your affirmation in your journal or on a separate piece of paper.

Overcome the obstacles and reach the top of your goal.

If you enjoy this challenge and want more juicy information, please join my closed facebook group “Light up your soul” for more valuable free content and future challenges: join here.

If you feel stuck with chronic fatigue because of consistent high stress levels or you feel just drained and unmotivated to go to work every morning, don’t wait and book in your free discovery call with me now. Click here.

Stay tuned for day 3 action steps.

Alex

 

31 days from stress to success

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I am excited to announce the 31-day challenge: From stress to success. I invite you to participate and follow the action steps.

Is this challenge for you?

If you feel stressed with your current work and life situation and tried to overcome your stress already but didn’t get the results you wanted, then you are right where you are meant to be.

Are you ready to apply powerful and practical action steps to your daily routines, which will help you transform your perceived stresses into achieved successes? This upcoming challenge is for those who are sure they are ready to live more fulfilling and inspired lives!

You know that stress is impacting your health and life. What if you could turn that stress into success? What kind of life could you then live? Could you save energy instead of feeling drained all the time, or direct your life instead of being a slave to it, build self-worth instead of destroying it or love your relationships instead of sabotaging them? You could heal your body instead of disordering it; sleep peacefully instead of tossing and turning every night and just have a more fabulous life.

Yes, you can! Stress impacts all areas of your life: health, finance, relationships and family, spirituality, career, social and mental life.

Everyone wants to be successful, whatever that means for you. Everyone wants to perform as well as possible in their careers, nobody wants to be a failure.

So what is the impact on all areas of our life?

  • Health/ relationships/ social life: Stress makes us sick, many diseases nowadays are caused by stress. And if we are ill and tired all the time, it can override any other areas of your life too. You might be too tired to do anything with your family or partner or friends.
  • Career: When we get sick too often because of stress, our career life suffers. We are not performing the way we were used to. We lose motivation. When not performing at work, we may experience even performance management at work which is not fun to have. In worst case scenarios we might lose our job which then has an impact on our finances.
  • Finance: If you are too stressed and sick, you will need to spend money on your doctor’s appointments or medication. You will have less money to spend on things you always dreamed of. A lack of money is causing more stress and can cause other health issues.
  • Mental: All of the above has an impact on our mental health: we might suffer from depression or start experiencing anxiety attacks which then is impacting all of our life areas again to another new level.

But now let’s stop being negative. I have some excellent news for you. You can transform your life for the better right now.

2018 will be different – I am starting a 31-day challenge today, which will transform your life and helps you to reduce your stress, overcome burnout and turn your stress into success.

Ready?

Let’s start with action step #1: Write and read your goals

We all have goals in different areas of our life. Goals can be long- or short-term. Others have dreams and desires but actually, don’t believe in them, so they start sabotaging themselves.

That’s the important thing about your goal. What is it your heart desires? Make sure it is your goal and not a goal of others or other’s people expectations.

When setting goals, make sure they are smart. What does smart goal mean? Great question: s stands for – specific, m – measurable, a – achievable, r – realistic and t – time-based.  Once you know what your goals are, distinguish if it is a long-term or a short-term goal. Ensure your goal is not a fantasy. Otherwise, you will see yourself punishing yourself up for not achieving it.

Setting goals are compelling. You know the feeling of accomplishing one of your short-term goals. It feels great and gives you an energy hump. But also long-term intentions are very powerful. To be successful, we have to focus on the end result and be disciplined day to day or year to year. An important fact to mention is that your goal is indeed coming from your inner self and aligns with what you value most. As soon as you say: I should, I need, or I have to….it is not your goal but from other persons or social idealism. The minute you notice you say: I want to…. I’d love to…you know it is you:)

When focussing on a long-term goal, it makes us feel enthusiastic to get things done in the here and now. Imagine your goal is to improve your running for half an hour. By the time you ran half an hour, you will be tired. But if your goal is to train for a marathon, you probably won’t even notice that you already run for half an hour.

Long-term goals, however, can’t be accomplished without first succeeding in short-term goals. We have to chunk down the big goal into smaller achievable goals. Otherwise, we can get easily frustrated and end up punishing ourselves or give up altogether.

Now, I invite you to do the following action steps:

  1. Each morning before you get up, meditate on your personal dreams or goals. Visualise your end result. Feel it, see it, taste it and smell it. Use all of your senses.
  2. Ask for guidance from the highest and most inspired part of yourself. Trust your intuition. You know best what is right for you and what you want to achieve in your life.
  3. Write and read these goals daily.

Affirmation:

My goals are clear. They are written from my heart. I can see my light upon the horizon.

I encourage you to write your own affirmation using your own words. This is way more powerful.

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If you enjoy this upcoming challenge and want more juicy information, please join my closed facebook group for more valuable free content and future challenges: join here.

If you feel stuck with chronic fatigue because of consistent high stress levels or you feel just drained and unmotivated to go to work every morning, don’t wait and book in your free discovery call with me now. Click here.

Stay tuned for day 2 action steps.

Alex

 

 

 

 

 

10 healthy on-the-go snacks inside…

Alex here to tell you that there are really healthy snacks out there that you can eat on-the-go and guilt-free!

But first, why am I talking about healthy on-the-go snacks?

I’m talking about healthy snacks today because our modern lives get so busy, and that makes it hard to find time to suss out a healthy snack.

But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise your health by settling for Twinkies!

So, what’s important about healthy snacking?

Healthy snacks are important for those in-between meal moments because they:

  • Sustain your energy from meal to meal
  • Stabilize your blood sugar
  • Keep your mood steady and focus sharp

So how do I know what to look out for in healthy, on-the-go snacks? 

  • Nuts—an excellent source of high protein:

Look for raw or dry roasted and stay away from nuts with additives like vegetable oil and salt as these can turn rancid if they sit in a bag in a store.

  • Fruit—packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants:

Look for organic fruit like bananas packed with potassium and oranges loaded with Vitamin C

  • Yogurt—high in protein and good source of healthy fats:

Look for full-fat, organic yogurt or ones that do not contain artificial flavors or sweeteners like corn syrup.

  • Hard boiled eggs—high source of protein and will keep your blood sugars level:

Boil them the night before and throw a couple in your bag.

  • Peanut butter sandwich—also high in protein and stabilizes blood sugar:

Look for a brand that is organic or free of additives.

  • Energy bars—a much healthier and nutritious alternative to chocolate bars:

Avoid brands with soy protein isolate and look for brands that contain over 10 grams of whey protein, hemp protein or pea protein.

  • Dark chocolate—high in natural caffeine that can give you that energy boost:

Look for brands that list cacao as the first ingredient not sugar.

  • Trail Mix—packed with a combo of proteins and sugars to increase your energy:

Look for a mix that doesn’t contain added vegetable oil and salt or buy a variety of nuts, seeds, raisins and cranberries at the health store to mix yourself.

  • Raw veggies—slices of raw veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals:

Choose organic veggies where possible and cut the morning of to maintain their maximum nutrients instead of buying pre-cut slices in a bag.

  • Seeds—pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are high in sources of vegetable protein:

Look for raw seeds wherever possible. You can find them in the bulk food section.

What do I do now?

If you want to make sure that you’re eating healthy all the time, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me 1-on-1. I can help you shortlist the best foods for your body, so you can feel great and look great now!

 

To your health!

Alex

Want to hear my secret to losing weight and reducing stress?

Alex here to let you in on a little weight loss secret that is rarely talked about… because it’s totally free and the single most natural thing in the world.

Get ready… take a deep breath and here it is…my secret is… breathing!

What?! Why is your weight loss secret something our bodies do naturally already?

Exactly! I’m talking about something our bodies do without even thinking about it, so that you can think about it!

A lot of people don’t know that oxygen is actually a key nutrient to speeding up your metabolism. Yet, oxygen is almost completely ignored in most nutrition books.

What’s important about oxygen when it comes to weight loss and reducing stress?

Most experts focus on carbs, proteins and fats but ignore the one key nutrient—OXYGEN—that helps to burn all of these nutrients in the body better.

The bottom line on oxygen is that when you breathe, you burn more energy.

Think of the analogy of building a fire.

When you build a fire you need two things: wood for fuel and good air circulation.

The same is true in your gut. You need food for fuel and oxygen to stoke your metabolic fire.

This is one of the reasons why physical exercise is so powerful—it increases the body’s oxygen intake and teaches the body to use that oxygen to burn fat even more efficiently.

How can I start breathing while eating? 

Try this simple trick—put your utensils down 3 times in your meal. Each time you put your utensils down, take a breath. The good thing about it is that it also reduces your stress level significantly.

You can even do this when you’re at a work dinner or out with friends—it can be your little secret!

What do I do now?

In my health coaching practice, I help my clients completely transform HOW they eat, so they can lose weight and gain energy easily and naturally.

If you’re ready for a radical new approach to weight loss and health, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me today about simple changes that will give you BIG results.

 

To your health!

Alex

Do this when you just wanna be “bad”….

Alex here to tell you that sometimes you’ve just gotta let your rebellious inner child run wild and do some “naughty” things that would make your ancestors turn in their graves.

Wait – why am I talking about being naughty?

We put so much pressure on ourselves to behave well, do the right thing, eat right, look good— all that pressure can become crazy making.

Eventually, we’ve got to let off steam… but usually that takes place in the form of self-sabotaging our health, when what we REALLY want to do is be “bad” in some way.

I call this “Rebellious Inner Child Syndrome.”

What’s important about “Rebellious Inner Child Syndrome”?

It’s a way of rebelling against outside authority. A way of being bad for the sake of it. Most people don’t like being told what to do so we have our own mechanisms in place to help us rebel.

Some of these mechanisms may be outdated, dysfunctional or self­-destructive so we want to stay away from those.

As health-conscious adults, we can revise our strategy for being “bad” while still getting the pleasure experience of being naughty.

Here are 10 healthy ways to be naughty….

1. Cut the “DO NOT REMOVE” tag from your mattress.

2. Have sex outside.

3. Give your kid a Mohawk without telling your spouse.

4. Draw a mustache on a poster.

5. Wear a short skirt with no panties.

6. Go through the express lane at the grocery store with more than 10 items.

7. Invent a character, dress up like him or her and talk to strangers in character.

8. Try washing something that says “dry-clean only”. (Be careful with this one)

9. Go to the movies an hour early and sneak in to watch the end of the other movies.

10. Make a prank call on your mom.

Add your own “naughty” items… The sky’s the limit… Set your rebellious inner child free!

What do I do now?

In my health coaching practice, I work with clients to spot how they are engaging in outdated, self­-destructive behavior in a failed attempt to feel more free and alive.

Together we come up with new ways to feel free, alive and even wild!

Click here now to schedule a time to talk with me today about letting your rebellious inner child run wild and free!

Playing in the snow:

To your health!

Alex

7 tips for deep, blissed-out sleep…

Alex here offering you sweet pillow talk about dreamland where we spend about one third of every day of our lives…

But first, why am I even talking about sleep when it’s something our bodies do naturally?

Actually, the truth is that sleep is not something that just happens… unless you are a teenager! Even babies need to learn to fall asleep and sleep well.

What’s important about getting good sleep?

Good sleep is vital for good health. Sleep deprivation can lead to a multitude of health issues:

  • It escalates the hunger hormone called ghrelin, which increases food cravings
  • It escalates the stress hormone called cortisol, which can cause weight gain, diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, osteoporosis and depressed immunity
  • It causes elevated blood pressure in people with hypertension, which can lead to cardiovascular disease and stroke

Learning how to improve your sleep is not just a luxury—it’s a necessity!

How do I get better sleep? 

Follow these 7 tips and rest assured (excuse the pun) that you will feel more rejuvenated and energized than you even knew was possible:

  1. Practice regular sleep rhythms by going to bed and waking up around the same time each day.
  1. Create total quiet and darkness in your bedroom.
  1. Avoid caffeine or reduce your intake after noon as it affects your sleep dramatically.
  1. Get regular exposure to daylight for at least 20 minutes a day because the sunlight triggers your brain to release melatonin, which is vital for healthy sleep.
  1. Eat no later than two hours before you go to bed because eating a heavy meal before bedtime will impede your body’s natural overnight detoxification process.
  1. Write down your worried thoughts before bedtime so you can free your mind and drop into a deep and restful sleep.
  1. Take a hot salt or aromatherapy bath because raising your body temperature before bed helps to induce sleep.

What do I do now?

In my health coaching practice, I help my clients implement these 7 tips and more so they can make the most of their sleep—and their health.

Click here now to schedule a time to talk with me today if you need the support and accountability to help you follow through like never before!

 

To your health!

Alex

5 ways to nourish yourself inside….

Alex here to share some out-of-the-box ways to think about nourishing your body, mind and spirit…

But wait, why am I even using the word “nourishment” if I’m not talking about food?

That’s a great question!

The reason I am using the word nourishment outside of its regular foodie context is because we often find ourselves so over-focused on food that we forget about all the other simple and wonderful ways to nourish ourselves.

What does it mean to nourish myself without food?

We forget that taking a walk in a forest with our dog is calming and rejuvenating.

That lying on your bed listening to your favorite song while feeling the breeze kissing your face is soothing and relaxing.

That feeling the grass tickle your feet as you watch the clouds drift by is as good as meditation!

We actually “eat” all day with our senses… we “consume” our environment through touch, feel, taste, sound and sight.

Here are 5 ways to nourish your senses, starting today…

  • Relationships: Seek out and nurture relationships with friends and lovers that make you feel good about yourself and say goodbye to the ones that drain your energy.
  • Environment: Remember that your environment affects your mood and energy. So if you are stuck in an office all day staring at a wall, it’s time to kick off your shoes and run wild through a park so you can feel sunshine on your back and breeze on your skin.
  • Connections: We spend so much of our time alone at our computers or behind high walls and yet it’s so important for our spirits to make connections with others. So join a club or an online Meetup and make new connections!
  • Sleep: There is no way around it—there is just nothing quite like sleep to rejuvenate your body and restore your entire system to better functioning.
  • Movement: Movement sparks your endorphins, which make you feel energized and excited and keeps the oxygen circulating through your system, so you can feel refreshed and alive.

What do I do now?

In my health coaching practice, I help my clients realise that there is more to life than food! I call the most important parts of our lives “THE BIG 5”—these need as much love and attention as eating!

If you are tired of feeling like your life is lacking excitement and meaning and you want to find a way to feel nourished in all areas of your life, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me today so I can help you feel more energized and alive than ever before!

Difference is what makes life fabulous

To your health!

Alex