Are you struggling to reach your goals? Let’s be honest, we have all been there at least once or twice in our lives. But what is it that seems to cause us to stray off the path? Turns out, one thing we all have in common is our ability to lose sight of our goals. It may not seem like a big deal at first. But the more we look away from our end goals the further off course we find ourselves. Think about when you drive a car. The car tends to pull in whatever direction you are looking in.
Method to The Madness
Have you ever noticed how certain tasks are easier to get motivated to do than others? Have you ever wondered why? Well, get ready to find out what is happening chemically inside your body that brings about these subtle changes. Dopamine is the hormone that is one of the largest contributing factors behind our motivation and focuses to complete any task. Not to mention, Dopamine also regulates our bodies’ ability to move and speak. Dopamine is produced in two separate areas of the brain. The part of the brain that Dopamine is most commonly known for interacting with regulates our mood.
Mental Detours of Dopamine And How to Get Back on Track
Unlike when we are behind the wheel. Mental distractions have a tendency to go unchecked until the point that we find ourselves on the side of the road 20 miles in the wrong direction with a flat tire. So, how do we make sure that we are not only on track but also keep our eyes on the prize? I thought you might ask. First, things first, we need to set ourselves up for success by mapping out the best route to our end goal.
Create a Route That Works:
Determine Your End Destination
Everyone’s journey is different just like their end goals, and you can’t make out a route until you know where you want to go. Knowing where it is you want to go is going to help you create the most ideal route to help you get there. Honestly, this can be one of the hardest parts for some people. Just remember you can always change your destination and try not to overthink it.
Note Your Rest Stops!
Our minds wander most when we neglect to take time to unwind and enjoy the moment. To avoid this, I suggest scheduling your breaks first. It is important to schedule time for your mind to rest and reset itself. Oddly enough this helps us from taking a prolonged detour or even stoping the journey altogether.
One of the best ways to stay motivated is by ensuring you stay happy during the process. To increase your success identify points during the process to reward yourself. This can be as little or big as you like. For example, if your goal is to lose a lot of weight set up a reward system that celebrates the little milestones along the way such as 5 or 10 pounds down. Or one of my personal favorites is making it a whole month on a new nutritional program structured with you in mind. It is important that these rewards continue to help get you to your goal so steer away from things like a weekend bender as a reward for eating healthy for 30 days.
Get A Copilot
No one wants to go on a road trip alone. If you want to make sure you reach your end goal with a smile on your face the whole way take a friend along. It is great for accountability and moral support! Honestly, having people you can turn to has been shown to dramatically increase your chances of success. So much so, that in order to undergo a really big surgery you have to have a support system (aka people who can help you when things get tough) or you cannot receive the surgery. Change can be hard, but with a support system it is not impossible and with the right one in place, you can streamline your success!
I’m going to let you in on a secret all the pros know. The best way to ensure you reach your goal in the shortest amount of time is by getting a coach! Ask anyone crushing the goals they almost all have at least one coach. This is because you don’t know what you don’t know and have someone who knows where all the potholes are and how to avoid them.
set a schedule…
If you are anything like the mass majority of my clients you NEED a routine you can stick with. When you have a schedule it makes it easier for your brain to go into autopilot. Think of it as putting your car into cruise control. It allows you to take some well-deserved time to enjoy the journey and scenery.
…but be flexible
Let’s face it, the road of life can be full of potholes that even the best navigator cannot avoid. You need to leave room to roll with the punches. Don’t worry about going off-road from time to time. Your body has all-wheel drive and GOAT mode. You have got this! Just breathe and take it one step at a time.
Enjoy the ride!
No matter where you are right now on your journey to health and happiness it is important to be proud of who you are right now. You are exactly where you need to be right now. Reading this article from an amazing magazine dedicated to helping you live your best life. The more you focus on the positives in your life, the more positives you will manifest!
No Time Like The Present
Keeping your body free of toxins and free radicals is necessary to maintain a healthy life and a healthy mind. Add any of these foods to your regular diet to help your body with its critical detoxifying processes. If you are looking for a safe and all-natural way to detox your body at home be sure to check out my Balancing Abundance Program. Because detoxing is so important and realistically everyone should be doing it on at least a seasonal basis I have taken the time to put together a program to help you do just that. Here’s the thing, I know working with me one-on-one can seem difficult to get into (due to limited space) and I wanted to be able to give everyone an additional solution that has no limits. You deserve to be happy, healthy, and successful at everything you do so here are some recipes to help set you up for success!
Butternut Squash Carbonara With Sage and Mushroom Bacon
Gluten-Free, Vegan Serves 6
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Cups Butternut Squash Cubed (1 inch)
- 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper to Taste
- 2 Cloves Garlic Smashed
- 4 Portobello Mushrooms Diced
- 2 Tbsp Sage Sliced
- 1/2-1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Agave Syrup
- 1 lb Butternut Squash Noodles
- 1/2 Cup Cashew Yogurt Plain Unsweetened
- 1 Cup Vegan Parmesan
- 2 Tbsp Vegan Butter
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On to a baking sheet, toss oil, cubed squash, garlic, thyme, a pinch of pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. In a bag, put the mushrooms, syrup, sage, and cayenne. Shake well and place on top of cubed squash. Transfer to the oven and roast for 10 minutes, flip the mushrooms, and roast for another 5-8 minutes. Remove mushrooms and continue to roast the squash for another 10 minutes or until tender. Transfer roasted vegetables into a food processor and puree until smooth adding salt and pepper to taste. Roughly chop mushrooms and set them aside.
Next, combine yogurt and parmesan. Saute the squash pasta and add in the yogurt mixture tossing (I only let the squash start to warm before I add the yogurt this prevents breakage). Add in squash puree and butter mixing until combined. Divide pasta between plates topped with mushroom and extra parmesan and enjoy!
Amazing Autumn Punch
Gluten-Free, Vegan Serves 15 Cups
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice
- 5 Cups Apple Juice (Pure No Additives)
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 7 Cups Coconut Bia Water
- 4 Sprigs of Rosemary
- 3 Apples
- 1 Orange
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
In a tall pitcher combine all the liquids. Slice all the fruit and combine all the ingredients into the pitcher. Stir well and let set up in the refrigerator for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.
Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Serves 12
- 1 loaf of Gluten-Free Bread Cubed into 1 inch
- 8 Medium Eggs
- 1 1/4 Cup Coconut Full Fat Milk
- 5 ounces Condensed Coconut Milk
- 15 ounces Pumpkin Puree
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Brown Coconut Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla
- 3 tsp Cinnamon Ground
- 1 tsp Ginger Ground
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg Ground
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 2 Tbsp Stevia Monk Fruit Sugar
- 1 Cup Golden Raisins
Grease a 9×13 inch pan with a non-stick option of choice. Evenly layer your bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat eggs and all ingredients except stevia and 1 Tbsp of cinnamon. Make sure all ingredients are mixed well. In a small bowl, combine stevia and cinnamon to top with. Evenly pour over bread cubes and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Top with cinnamon stevia and let cool slightly. When ready to serve, top with coconut whipped cream and enjoy!
Need A Hand?
A happy and healthy life is closer than you may think. We all have to deal with our health daily, and when we don’t feel our best, it shows. If you are tired of just making it through your day, you NEED to start investing in your health today! You are not alone on this journey. If you ever need any help, I am always here to do just that. Even if it is something as small as acting as a sounding board, do you have any questions or concerns I can help you with? Feel free to contact me directly at [email protected], or you can even book a one-on-one call with me. Be sure to subscribe to gain access to tons of free goodies and check back daily for more great recipes and information!