These are the final five questions for our WEC challenge. What an interesting experience this was - and I've enjoyed reading the answers of other team members too! There is a lot of combined wisdom in the BLC team!!
14. Remember to breathe. Embrace your situation this very moment. Breathe deep and exhale with gratitude.
This one just made me smile because all my friends have heard me say (probably multiple times) "just take a deep breath it will be ok"!
And gratitude - oh, my friends we have SO MUCH to be grateful for! If there is one thing I've learned in life it is that the more I stop and say a small prayer of thanks for the LITTLE things, the more things in life I find to be grateful for.
15. By acknowledging when you don't know the answers and shedding light on your vulnerabilities, you are creating space for your authentic self to live wholeheartedly and courageously. We learn the most about ourselves from the moments in which we let down our guard and admit, "I don't know all the answers. I am uncertain and that's okay." How can I transform this experience from one of self doubt to one of self compassion?
I love this question! I am a person who DOES NOT like doing something I have never done before. Seriously, it often produces a feeling of small panic in me. But I have learned that if I just set that doubt aside and START doing whatever it is I need to be doing I can most always accomplish it. NOT perfectly (certainly not at first) but I CAN usually do it. And it not I can find someone to help me learn to do it. We have so much more ability than we think we do. Its just a matter of TRYING!
"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Napoleon Hill,
16. When the journey gets tough, remember the words of Margaret Thatcher: "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it."
How many of you just kind of giggled when you read this? I know I sure did! When it comes to the weight loss battle I fought it many times. But I am living proof that the battle CAN be won. Go back to question 13 and NEVER GIVE UP! But never let your guard down either - those pounds will sneak back on if you do! This WILL happen - the key to success is halting the gain before it gets out of hand.
17. Gratitude is the greatest gift you can give to another human being. Appreciate those around you. If necessary, eliminate and/or avoid the naysayers. They will always be there. Instead focus your gratitude on those who support you.
Have you had to eliminate a friend from your life since you have been on this journey? I have and it is NOT easy. But I have learned life is too short to keep people in your life who are dragging you down with their negative ways. It takes too much energy and can (at least for me) send me off course.
Instead keep those who support you on this journey close and express your gratitude to them often!
18. Greatness is never achieved. It is something you must intrinsically bestow upon yourself. They may hang a medal on an Olympic winner, but that person had to do the work, stay focused on the goal, and overcame many obstacles to receive that medal. No one did it for them. DO THIS FOR YOU!
Like question 9, do not wait until you reach your goal weight to recognize your own greatness and strength. You are stronger than you know. You just have to reach down within yourself and pull out the greatness.