Who starts off their year year thinking they are Jack and Rose standing at the bow of the ship feeling on top of the world…..happy, determined, exhilarated, elated—these are words that describe feeling on top of the world. To me that feeling means that you have conquered an obstacle or achieved a goal. It may mean that you have helped others do the same. When you feel on top of the world, you are able to accomplish more than you anticipated, but staying in that feeling is difficult because outside forces can knock you down. This year I have faced many personal unfortunates in my life, ranging from the scariest which was a health scare for my daughter, my sister’s surgery, family issues, the “Rutger’s nightmare”, a career change, and my beloved father in law passing away.
We all have experienced obstacles and will continue to experience grief, hardship or loss. So how do we achieve that top of the world feeling when life knocks you down? I can only tell you from my experience and the answer may seem short and simple……. I strive to see the positive in everything and focus on it. Just because something happened in your life that takes you away from your goal, it doesn’t mean you can’t go back and pick up where you left off.
Only you can allow negativity to exist in your life. Do you allow negative thinking to take over your life? The more you allow negative thoughts to occupy your mind, the more negative your life becomes, and in time, negativity becomes a habit. So the question becomes how to focus on the positive and avoid the negative?
Be Grateful – The definition of grateful as per dictionary.com is “warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful. Evaluate your life and celebrate what you are grateful for. Too often we feel grateful, but then allow another event to wipe the feeling away. Hold tight onto the grateful feelings and keep expanding on them. Each morning I write a motivational quote on my Facebook group. That starts my mindset with that motivation and as the day unfolds I try and let that expand. I believe once we learn how to stay grateful and celebrate the small and the large moments alike, your attitude will change. You will believe you are capable of greatness and will look for avenues to achieving your goals. When you look for them optimistically, opportunities appear.
Good Health – With good health you can achieve anything. I can personally tell you, I don’t think I would be here writing this blog if I did not do something about my health after having Julia (my third daughter). I always wonder if having a near death experience brought me to this stage of my life where my passion is helping others. The time and effort you invest in your health will pay off in multiple ways. Start with a healthy diet; food is fuel when chosen wisely. When you eat food that nourishes you, you begin to think more clearly and realize what is acceptable or not in your life. Include activity, spend time with positive people, sleep well, get age-appropriate medical tests, and start each day in a healthy way. Contact me to help you get on the road to good health with a health history consultation.
Today’s Instagram Post: Improve yourself, but never change. Be someone better, but remain yourself. Forget who hurt you, but don’t forget who loves you everyday. Forget the past that makes you cry and focus on the present that makes you smile. I’m focusing on the positives in these last six days of 2016 and planning ahead.
What will you do to focus on the positive. Join me and post a picture of your “positive” or happy moments of 2016 and tag @fitzonejackie on your instagram or post on the FitZone Facebook page and use a hashtag that makes you feel on top of the world.