The word negotiate means to confer with another so as to arrive at the settlement of some matter, to obtain or bring about by discussion, to bargain, to reach an agreement on. I have been involved in negotiations with other people in a myriad of situations. Reaching an agreeable decision is a common practice.
In February 2017 the book The Obstacle Is The Way came into my life and is a personal favorite. I have re-read this book and often listen the audio version when driving. The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on The Art of Living was published in November 2017 and I was all in. I thought I was all in. It turns out that I was minimally engaged with using this journal. I am grateful for the opportunity to put this journal to use now in 2019.
A tremendous number of decisions are made and executed by us every day. Regardless of the level of consciousness associated with said decisions, we none the less own those decisions and their outcomes. Doing what is easy or what may be our habit does not absolve ownership. Choosing not to do something is an also decision and we own the outcomes of that inaction as well.
The word groove is defined as a long, narrow cut or depression, especially one made to guide motion; an established routine or habit. In 1988, Stella got her groove back during a chance trip to Jamaica with the help of a young hottie. Although different than what Stella was looking for and found, I am working on getting my own groove, my routines and habits, back on track.
The growth mindset is a scholastic concept developed by psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck on the perspective of student’s ability to learn versus their innate capabilities. Dweck believes it is best to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning to ensure that they are not driven by external praise.
I am applying for a passport ID card to have as an alternate form of ID. I grabbed my old passport book by mistake and I found an extra copy of my passport photo taken when I renewed my passport book in 2014. The timing of this find is good. Why? It became clear to me that despite my current challenges on my journey, the progress I have made is unmistakable. The reminder is a good one. The reminder is a needed one. Having to put down my current pair of jeans is also a reminder.
The reminder is I need to be more deliberate. Embracing my struggle, dealing with my drift, I came across the following meme that is right on time:
Am I moving forward, in the right direction? Yes. However, my velocity when measured in terms of fat loss has slowed. So what. I am training my mind to look for the opportunities. And I am training myself to get real…..and keep it real.
I am grateful to be marking 2 years of awareness, choices and decisions! I understand and accept that my journey actually never ends. Reaching one goal brings about the next. Obtain and maintain this. Move on to obtain and maintain that.
A powerful Tony Robbins quote reads “It is not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently”. Synonyms for consistent are persistent and steady. Currently experiencing what feels like the worlds longest plateau (smile) I am keenly aware of the value of remaining consistent and how consistency empowers me to keep moving forward on my journey.
I enjoy learning about a wide array of topics from the complexity of the human body to ideas for cooking frozen Brussels sprouts. With my realization that much of the accepted health and dietary guidelines find their basis in dogma rather than science, I invest a fair amount of time educating myself on how to support my own health and wellness.
Recently, I came across a podcast featuring Dominic D’agostino PhD on the topic of ketones. I have some background on the topic but it felt like I was listening to an expert interview in a foreign language! But rather than turn down the volume, I kept listening and picked up some interesting nuggets. My biggest take away was a renewed appreciation of the complexity of ketones, nutritional ketosis and the miraculous human body.