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Perfect:  The Enemy of Good

Perfect: The Enemy of Good

By on Oct 21, 2013 in Healthovers Blog, Learning, Mind-Body, Practice Health |

Why is perfect the enemy of good? Think about it. The message of “perfect” is that you’ll someday attain a status beyond which there’s no point of trying, or learning, or growing. If you’re perfect already, what’s the point of interacting with life and getting something out of it? “Perfect” tricks you into believing that there is a solution and an endpoint.  Do you think that any individual in the history of mankind created something unique by aiming for perfection? It seems to me that more innovative results came from casting perfection to the side in favor of creativity, autonomy, and doing the best you can. If you aim for perfection, you’re placing yourself in a sterile bubble by default. In a bubble of perfection, of course you can see the exact results you want to see in your health, social sphere, family, finances, and personal goals…by omission. You’ll have to omit all the stuff that’s not going perfect. What does this mean? You’ll have to omit a part of yourself in order to reach perfection. Human beings aren’t meant to strive for perfection, they’re meant to adapt. By adapting to the world around us and the unique events we’re each going through, we stay open to possibilities. Perfection doesn’t leave room for possibilities. Why? Because it’s too perfect. Next time you’re aiming for perfection, ask yourself what your mind, heart, and body are really rooting for. Are they seeking adventure? Are they seeking to break out of a bubble of certainty in order to taste what life is offering? Are they asking you to push yourself beyond previously held limitations to get to know yourself better and what you’re really made of? It doesn’t help to seek answers outside of yourself and from other people. Is it worthwhile to get down on yourself because a bunch of people who don’t even know you don’t believe you can reach your goals? Who knows you better than yourself? These are questions to ask yourself when the dazzle of perfection starts glittering stronger than your true desires. Perfect is the enemy of good. Remember that when you’re asking yourself to jump out of your skin to be something you’re not. Is the...

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Only You Can Do It

Only You Can Do It

By on Sep 18, 2013 in Healthovers Blog, Independence, Inspire Health, Practice Health, Strength |

There are certain things in life that only you can do. Want to turn your health around? Only you can do it. Have a desire to reduce stress? It’s up to you. Have you been thinking about improving your sleep, losing weight, clearing up your skin, or eating healthier? Again, all signs point to you. While you may find resources out there to help you along the way, the first step to getting what you want in health or any other area is the realization: Only I can do this for myself. No one else can do it for me. Life can offer openings for you to get what you want, but until you take ownership of what you want, these openings may be hard to find. The temptation is often to seek answers outside of you. What book will help, which video has useful information, what did your friend say the other day that her doctor told her to do? Education is important when it comes to health, but the first steps toward getting healthy are often simple and within your control. These simplest measures can be the most difficult to start even though they are completely within your hands. We’re taught to seek solutions elsewhere and doubt our own instincts when it comes to self care and healthy living. Your body, however, offers the most powerful clues on what to do to take care of yourself. When you ask yourself what you’re uniquely aiming for, even when no one around you is on the same boat, you’re taking care of your health. When you turn to yourself during stressful times and support yourself through it, you’re clearer on how to get healthy. Only you can do it. No one else can. Taking accountability for what you want helps you to own it and to take real steps to get there—no matter what. When you frame your goals outside of yourself and look outward for the answers, the challenging times can feel stuck rather than opportunities to learn and grow. This mindset can lead to a cycle of disappointment and discouragement. Look at your health goals square on, and ask yourself what you can do. Don’t turn to...

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The Guilt of Going for It

The Guilt of Going for It

By on Sep 18, 2013 in Expression, Facing Challenges, Guilt, Healthovers Blog, Practice Health |

Have you ever wanted something for yourself, and then felt guilty about wanting it? It could be an interest, a goal, a dream, a win, or just about anything. It’s common to want something and to experience guilt or fears of backlash about it. You might even wonder whether life will somehow punish you for following your dreams. The guilt and fear can snowball into a superstitious belief that going for what you want is taboo and dangerous. Sound familiar? Let’s look at this guilt in an open light. First off, what is guilt? Guilt is one word, but it can have many different shades of meaning. The dictionary describes guilt as:  “The fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime.” The dictionary says that when you do something wrong, or someone else claims you’ve done something wrong—you feel guilty about it. In fact, there are many other triggers of guilt that have nothing to do with wrong-doing. Guilt can actually come from right-doing. Guilt can result from wanting to do something right—by going for what you want in life! We’re universally taught that certain dreams are acceptable to strive for in life. It often includes a family, a house, an occupation, a cat and a dog. These desires are definitely important to the extent that you want them, but they are not all that life’s made out of. Each individual has unique wants and dreams outside of this picture. What are yours? It’s challenging to go after what you uniquely want, the things that no one else around you is striving for. Thoughts can pop up such as, “What will other people think about this?” or “Am I doing something wrong by going for this?” You might fear that you won’t belong anymore if you set off confidently in pursuit of your dreams. You may also have second thoughts such as: “Am I imagining the importance of wanting this?” or “Am I on the wrong track and hurting others by selfishly wanting this in my life?” The guilt can reach so far as to imply to you: “I’m a bad person.” or “I’m crazy for wanting this.” or even “When are the police coming after...

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Health and Your Inner Teacher

Health and Your Inner Teacher

By on Aug 26, 2013 in Facing Challenges, Healthovers Blog, Learning, Mind-Body, Practice Health |

When you travel the halls of your memory, who do you remember as your most influential teachers? How did these teachers influence your life and change it for the better? Great teachers spark more than math, literature, or science in your life. They spark something else as well, something deeper and long-lasting that stays with you. As an individual living your life, you have another teacher you may not have touched on in your memory. That teacher is you! When you’re trying to get healthy and support your body and mind better, your inner teacher is key toward achieving what you want. Health involves learning. You learn about your body and which lifestyle habits foster balanced health, versus which habits derail health. But you also learn something else. You learn about yourself as a person, how you face challenges, and which obstacles are blocking your road to health. The journey toward health involves more than regimens for diet, exercise, and sleep. The journey is unique to who you are and where you’re at in life too. Bringing out your inner teacher to learn about your health isn’t always easy. Everyone wants to believe they are perfectly healthy, and sometimes facing the reality that your health needs more support can be challenging. It means admitting that you’re not perfect and that you still have more to learn. It takes knowing that supplements, medications, or doctor’s visits alone can’t keep you healthy. You as a person are an essential part of your health, and acknowledging this fact takes honesty and courage. When you call forth your inner teacher in an open and honest way, you can explore your physical and mental-emotional health through a unique lens. You can ask yourself if there are societal and personal expectations that are burdening you and blocking your health. You can explore whether some part of your past unfairly has a hold on your health and who you are today. You can explore your relationships with yourself and other people to see whether they are supporting or hindering health. You can also notice how you manage stress and emotions and whether your current approach could use some adjustment for better health. Good teachers both challenge...

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