12 steps to finding out what you really want

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Below are Tony Robbins steps finding out what you really want, as illustrated in his book: Unlimited Power.

How do you figure out what your dreams and goals are? What if you’ve never truly thought about what you want? Tony Robbins breaks down exactly how to begin your personal research for ultimate results.

All goals should follow these five rules:

  1. State your outcome in positive terms: say what you want to happen not the other way around.
  2. Be as specific as possible: How does your outcome look, sound, feel, smell? Sensory thoughts empower your brain to create desire.
  3. Have an evidence procedure: Know how you will look, feel, see and hear when you’ve achieved your goal.
  4. Be in control: the positive outcome must be independent from other people’s behavior.
  5. Verify that your outcome is ecologically sound and desirable: your outcomes must benefit you and other people.

Robbins’ path to learn what you truly want and to take MASSIVE action:

  1. Start by making an inventory of your dreams, the things you want to have, do, be and share.
  2. Go over the list you made, estimating when you expect to reach those outcomes.
  3. Pick out the four most important goals for you for this year.
  4. Now that you have a list of your key goals, review them against the five rules for formulating outcomes.
  5. Next, make a list of the important resources you already have at your disposal.
  6. When you’ve done that, focus in on times you used some of those resources most skillfully.
  7. After you’ve done all that, describe the kind of person you would have to be to attain your goals.
  8. Next, in a few paragraphs, write down what prevents you from having the things you desire right now.
  9. Take the time now to take each of your four key goals and create your first draft of a step-by-step plan on how to achieve them.
  10. Come up with some models. (They can be people from your own life or famous people who you’ve admired for their success.)
  11. Now create your ideal day. (Describe the day from waking-up in the morning to climbing into bed at the end of the best possible day).
  12. Finally, design your perfect environment. (Describe the perfect conditions, place, people, support etc. without any limitations).

Use these steps as a resource to finding what it is that you truly want. GO!

T.

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Top 5 ways to feed your soul (and jump start your metabolism)

Do you ever experience that ridiculously full feeling after a meal? We’ve been told so many things about our diet and how it relates directly to digestion. Drink more water, eat more fiber, eat more of that, eat less of that, bla bla bla. It’s all so confusing and seems to change every five minutes. So rather than changing anything that we eat, here are 5 tips to boost your metabolism and make you feel better after a meal:

1. Eat slowly

This is my #1 rule. Eating slowly is so hard to do sometimes. Unless, you’re one of those people with the magic ability to NOT stuff your face. (That’s not me.) Eating slowly allows you time to enjoy your food. Our bodies digest food slower than we eat it and you’d be shocked how much less you eat when you take the time to put the fork down in between bites. Plus, the meal lasts so much longer, so the bliss continues!

2. Savor your food – feed your soul

One of the hardest parts of being a hard worker is that we tend to eat on the move. While eating in between meetings is alright once in awhile, try to remember to stop, sit and enjoy your meal. Don’t eat food that you don’t thoroughly enjoy, because sometimes you’ll forget how amazing flavor and texture can truly be. Take one bite, chew it slowly and think about what flavors stick out to you. Think about what you love about each ingredient. Maybe next time you’ll realize how good that sandwich was rather than cringe at how full you feel.

3. Invite friends to join you

Most of us eat alone these days. Especially in America, we work ourselves into the ground and end up eating alone on our couch with a glass of wine while watching our favorite show. Eating is a cultural, physiological practice, which is meant to be enjoyed with others. When you eat with a group of friends or your family, you tend to find more joy and comfort from your meal. So next time you’re driving home thinking of ordering Grubhub or Postmates alone, call up your mom or your best friend and invite them over. Have a party!

4. Carry around healthy snacks  – so you don’t go into starvation mode

I know for me, whenever I don’t bring snacks with me to work, I get hangry and rush off to the closest taco stand. Instead of ordering 2 tacos, I order 4 and I eat them as if I’ve never eaten in my entire life. I let myself get far too hungry which simply becomes a stomach ache and instant regret. Yes those tacos were great, but I could barely taste them since it was apparently a race to inhale as much shrimp, salsa and guacamole as humanly possible. So don’t be me at lunch next time. Bring nuts, peanut butter, apples and maybe a raw protein bar to hold you over. We aren’t neanderthals!

5. Cook…all the time.

Cooking is not only one of the most enjoyable pastimes for many, but it is a way to understand what goes in to creating the meals we love so much. Humans began their existence by hunting, gathering, preparing and sharing their food in a slow, drawn out manner. Some cultures understand the social connection we are meant to have with food, but for some reason Americans tend to purchase and stuff, rather than cook every meal. When we cook, we have more control over the calories we consume, we can reduce stress and perhaps build relationships if we cook with friends. So pop open that recipe book!

Special thanks to Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.