Here's what I shared.
A few months ago I made a decision to better my health. I created a Vision Board where I envisioned myself with a fit, muscular body. Right in the center of my board, I pasted a magazine cut-out photo of a man running with the intensity and focus that I wanted to experience in my own body.
I'm a firm believer that when you set your intention and make a declaration to the Universe (in this case, a visual declaration in the form of a Vision Board), you create an opening for the Divine Universal Presence to present you with opportunities that bring you into greater alignment with your vision.
In other words, when you speak your Word, things start showing up.
Within a few days of creating my Vision Board, I saw a Facebook post by my friend and spiritual practitioner Erin Fall Haskell, inviting people to join her in a 30-Day Challenge. The point of the challenge was to create a new habit by doing something repeatedly every day for 30 days. Looking at my Vision Board and my intention for a more healthy body, I decided to join the 30-Day Challenge.
For my personal challenge, I decided to give up processed sugar.
For those of you who may not know this, I'm a big lover of sweets. Chocolate croissants. Carrot cake. Pecan pie. You know, all things sugary and delicious.
Giving up processed sugar was a big deal for me. But I had set my intention for health and I now sealed it with this commitment.
Something interesting happened, though. A couple weeks into the 30-Day Challenge, I visited my doctor for my annual physical. After some tests, my doctor diagnosed me as pre-diabetic.
I was shocked!
Shocked because I had already started a 30-day practice of giving up processed sugar. Shocked because every day I affirmed my mantra, "I am healthy." Shocked because I envisioned my body as a perfect circulation of vibrant energy.
Unfortunately, the picture of perfect health didn't match the reality I was experiencing.
Why, oh why, Universe, are you doing this to me?
After a few minutes of my pity party, I calmed down and asked myself what I truly believe. That's when my words came back to me..."When you set your intention and make a declaration to the Universe, you create an opening for the Divine Universal Presence to present you with opportunities that bring you into greater alignment with your vision."
This pre-diabetic diagnosis presented me with an opportunity to make a choice to live into my intention and into this vision. In that moment, I decided to do whatever it takes to let go of this pre-diabetic diagnosis.
Since the 30-Day Challenge in October and the diagnosis, I have continued to give up processed sugar. I'm eating lots more fruits and vegetables, and eating less simple carbs. I'm exercising more.
Within three months, I've lost 10 pounds.
So in this New Year, I'm keeping up this intention for my health. And I'm adding a couple other intentions as well.
In a couple weeks, I'll be leading another Vision Board workshop and creating a new set of visual declarations for 2016. If you're interested in attending the workshop, click on the button below for more info.
For your coaching assignment for this week, here's what I'd like to invite you to do:
- As you look at 2016 and the possibilities for you, what is one area of your life where you would like to envision some sort of change?
- What is the highest and best possibility you can feel into for that area of your life? How would you feel if it happened in just the way you envision it?
- Now make a declaration that this is possible. Feel into your own willingness to commit to this vision.
As you set your declaration and commit to this vision, watch how this loving and giving Universe responds. Be open and aware to possibilities that bring you into greater alignment with this vision. And when those opportunities present themselves to you, trust that you'll know and respond in your own right to living the highest Vision for your life.
I'd love to hear what intentions you've set for the New Year. Please share by leaving a comment below. Know that whether you make this public or keep it in your heart, I wholeheartedly support you in living into the vision in your heart.