The First Step in Everyday Personal Growth

Personal growth is something that takes consistency and accountability. It is my belief that if you are not growing in life and are stagnant you are moving in the reverse direction. We all know that one person who seems to fight personal growth and is in a state of arrested development. Personal growth is not something that comes natural and easy for a lot of people. So, what is the main characteristic one must attain to be more accustomed to personal growth…

Realize that you do not know everything and there is always something for you to learn. If you are in a place where you think you know everything there is to know about a particular subject, trade or field of study you have ultimately shut yourself off to the possibility of growth in said subject trade or field of study. The first step in everyday personal growth is the realization that there is room to grow. I know, it seems simple enough but this is a task that not everyone is accustomed to. The truth is if you do not see where there is room for improvement you can not possibly grow.

This simply task becomes increasingly more difficult for individuals who have built up their ego to epic proportions. When it comes to the facet of personal growth the ego is the enemy. You must become teachable and come to a point where you realization that every single person you meet knows something you do not. This is something that is very humbling and has no room for your ego. So, get your ego out of the way and know that you do not everything. In fact, I have come to a place where the more I learn the more I realize how little I know.

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” – Socrates
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5 Tips To Live Healthy Without Medication

Most people want to know about natural living and curing ailments and diseases without dependence on drugs and medicines. However, the majority of them are also skeptics as they wonder why more doctors aren’t prescribing natural remedies if they are supposedly so efficient. The answer is simple- pharmaceutical companies do not want us to know the simple fact that most diseases are a result of malnutrition, stress and poor lifestyle. Adding more drugs inside an already sick body is like throwing toxic waste in an already polluted river. This is why drugs for curing diseases offer only short term relief. In this guide, I will discuss 5 proven tips that can help you live healthier, without resorting to conventional medicines or drug therapies.

Tip #1: Try alternative remedies

Today, many alternative remedies are proven to actually work better than conventional drugs which usually have a plethora of side effects. So you could try massage therapy, Acupressure or acupuncture, Indian science of Ayurveda, or even homeopathic remedies for a particular medical condition. Many people who have tried these have seen fantastic results and even completely eliminated their disease from the root. If you are dealing with chronic aches and pains, search for “chiropractor Charlotte NC” online and find a chiropractor near you. Many people have seen dramatic improvements through chiropractic adjustments in as little as 3 visits! (By the way, if you click on that link, you’ll be taken to my friend Holly’s website. She’s my chiropractor as well, and in my opinion, the best one in Charlotte.)

Tip #2: Make small changes

Start by making conscious health and dietary choices and small changes. Avoid crash diets that promise instantaneous and rapid weight loss. Get into the habit of reading food labels. Ask yourself- what am I worried about: my sodium levels, my cholesterol, or my sugar? Do not try and cut everything all at once. Instead take baby steps so you do not get overwhelmed. Eat small and frequent meals instead of starving yourself. Drink plenty of water as often what you perceive to be hunger could be your body’s way of indicating it is dehydrated. Exercise daily as this induces feel-good hormones that are necessary for good metabolism.

Tip #3: Watch what you eat

A rainbow colored plate is what you should aim for as it consists of a balanced diet with plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Bright and naturally colored foods are rich in vitamins and minerals and one must choose green vegetables mixed with yellow, red and orange fruits or produce. Fresh blueberries, red strawberries and cherries along with other dried or fresh fruits are ideal for snacking. Avoid buying canned or processed goods. Try to include whole grains, seeds and nuts, fatty fish like salmon, and white or lean meat like chicken for proteins, essential fatty acids and amino acids. Cook your meals in healthier oils like olive or coconut oil. Reduce intake of salt by seasoning your dishes with herbs like oregano, Thyme, sage, rosemary and parsley etc.

Tip #4: Get social

People with friends or wider social circles tend to live longer and also age more gracefully. With good friends, you can share laughter, joys and sorrow and this makes you feel loved. With friends and family, you also have something to look forward to and the positive feeling can actually keep diseases at bay. Even if you feel there is no one you can connect with, you could volunteer your time for social causes to help the less privileged sections of society. When you do something for someone else that brings joy in their lives, you actually trigger feel-good hormones/endorphins in your body which keep away ill-health and depression.

Tip #5: Reduce stress

Stress is the leading cause of ill health. So reduce stress by practicing deep breathing at least twice a day. There are many forms of meditation that can also help reduce stress. These include chanting of Mantras or repeating certain words, focusing on the breath, staring at a candle or simply sitting still and observing your thoughts.

These 5 tips, if followed religiously, can definitely help you get healthy, naturally and affordably!

Heal the Divide.

With the current political climate in our country the people seem to be more divided than ever. In these times it can be difficult to find any common ground with your fellow man. Our own perceptions about life and how we see it to be sets up barriers between ourselves and others. We tend to label and separate ourselves which is the last thing we need in this most important time in our history. No matter how you perceive the world to be we all crave to be free, we all want to be loved and to love, and we all seek for a better world filled with truth and justice.

Though we may have different thoughts on what each of these things mean this is where we can find our common ground. Knowing that all people want these things is what gives hope that a better future is possibly. To know this and to respect that each person has the ability to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong is to connect with your fellow man. Though it can get messy with different perceptions on what that looks like it is important to know that people grow and change and with them so do their perceptions.

During this time of great division we are in desperate need of healing. We need to get to a better place and build a better world for future generations. There are plenty of obstacles in our way and we don’t need to create any more by throwing up barriers to keep us separated from others. We are all humans dealing with the world as it is, trying to survive and build better lives for ourselves and our families. We are all participants in the human struggle trying to find our way and make things better. For far too long we have divided and labeled ourselves leaving the world stagnant to change. Now, it is time the heal the divide.

When Life Hands You Lemons… Call a Locksmith

Starting again with another cliche… you’ll have to excuse me. I’m not great at this writing stuff, so I often turn to idioms and cliches for inspiration.

But seriously, as the saying goes, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

And not just any lemonade. You need to be really strategic about how you’re going to handle each situation. The same lemonade does not quench everyone’s thirst. Some days, you’re going to want strawberry-flavored lemonade. Other days, you’re going to want unsweetened lemonade. Or, maybe you just went on a diet, but you’re craving sweets, so you decide to make lemonade sweetened with stevia instead of sugar. Or, you’re not into making lemonade, but you can crack open a can of Minute Maid with the rest of ’em.

Whatever the case, it’s important to know that life is going to hand you lemons, and you must learn to make the best of a bad situation. Lemons are sour. Make them sweet. Make them palatable at the very least.

How do we do this? I’ll start with an example.

Last week, I lost my car keys while out and about and hand to call a car locksmith. Now, when you Google the word “locksmith,” there are a lot of options that come up. I needed one fast, so I clicked on the first site that popped up in the search results, and the guy quoted me $45 to come and unlock my car for me.

Little did I know it was a huge scam. He arrived with his tool-set, took one look at my car, and said “Oh… my. Well I know I said $45, but I’m gonna have to quote you a higher number now that I’m here, because the way your locks are built, it’s not gonna be a quick job.” I was desperate, so I said “okay.” When it was all said and done (2 hours and a damaged door later), I paid $250 to get a new set of keys and after the guy had driven away, I discovered that the new keys didn’t even work with my vehicle.

Seriously? Apparently locksmith scams are pretty common. Wish I had known that before calling the first website that popped up…

I was a little hesitant to call anyone else, but at this point, I didn’t have many other options. So I did a little more due diligence this time around and researched a few different locksmiths in my area. I ended up calling one that was located a little further away, but it was worth the wait.

He was extremely nice and licensed, and when he showed up, he repaired my door and cut me a new set of keys that worked perfectly. And it was for much less than I had paid the other locksmith.

As he worked, we conversed a bit, and he told me he had been in business for about 15 years, but that he had just recently established his new company name, Car Keys. He said he was looking to grow quite a bit and needed some help reaching his goals. I explained to him that I was a life coach and that I help business people all the time and gave him my card. We now have a consultation appointment next week to discuss his business goals and what I might be able to do for him.

So, the moral of the story is, everything happens for a reason. (Yes, I just used another cliche – get over it.) Life handed me a few lemons that day, and I could have squeezed them into the eyes of the first locksmith I called. Lord knows, that’s what I wanted to do. But instead, I took a few deep breaths, regained my composure, said a little prayer and called another guy. Not only did I get what I needed out of that situation (a new set of keys); I also made a new friend and potentially acquired a new business client for my life coaching career. Hopefully, I can help him take his new business to the next level… We shall see.

Share your stories with us! What are some examples of the “lemons” you’ve been handed in life, and what flavor lemonade did you decide to make with them?