Planning for Success

Planning For Success

I think trying to change things outside is why we end up beating ourselves up, because it’s not the outcomes we have to change – it’s the inside stuff. Beliefs, values, raising standards, and creating a vision for your life.  When it comes to planning for success we put things in our way that we really need to let go of.  Sometimes it’s just thinking, sure I’ll wait until I’ve more time, or when I feel “ready”.  Truth is, those are just fears, that are really illusions or distractions.  I’ve got so much more done this year, simply by recognising what is a distraction in my life.  I know I’m a recovering procrastinator, and by no means perfect! Perfection is a low standard to aspire too anyway, since there is always something more!

We’ve just a few days left of this year and while the temptation is let them slide …. it is also a great time of year to reflect on the year gone by and decide what’s going to be different next year. Our happiness is determined by the emotions we are feeling moment by moment.  So how was 2015 for you?

We asked that on our Facebook page to describe your year in one word – here’s some of the answers:

  • enlightening,
  • life-changing,
  • educational,
  • fantastic, and even
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidoxious!

Of course for many others it was far from all those, and I know there have been years like that for me too.

For us, 2015 has been a huge year of change for TASK Ireland and KinesiologyZone.

On the surface it may not be visible – though we moved the office into a a “proper” several room office, out of my home and hired a new full time member of staff.  Also invited 8 new trainees to learn how to teach our Balanced Health Course in many more venues around the country. So yes quite a few changes that are visible.  Those changes though have been badly needed for many years, but it was the internal changes that had to happen first.

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I’ve found over the years, that making decisions about daily habits and rituals is more important than the outcome we desire – the outcome is “lose 25lbs”, “get fit”, “change jobs” will take care of themselves.  Our lives are determined by the moment by moment decisions we make.

So if you’ve been thinking about a change of career, have a love of people and helping them, and know deep down you’ve wanted to contribute in a bigger way, then the Balanced Health Course is a great place to start.  If you want this time next year to be different, then today is the day to start planning for success.  Turn your “I can’ts” into small steps, not massive goals.  I’ve learned to let go of doubt, worries and comparisons because those things just get in the way!  They are distractions.

Here’s what previous students who have taken the plunge say:

The course has been life changing for me. Seeing the progress physically, mentally and emotionally in those I’ve worked with and myself included“.

This course fits in well with anyone’s busy lifestyle. It’s extremely well laid out and easy to follow.”

It’s the best decision I have made and it’s a career for the rest of my life, you meet some great people
and make great friends too”.

“Before learning SK my health and life were average. Back pain and digestive problems for several years. Since the course I have lost weight, have better skin and definitely have more energy and clarity.

I would recommend this training to anyone whether they want to take more control of their own health and that of their family or they wish to become a practitioner. Of all the training I have undertaken Sk has been the best and the only course I can say that has been life changing.”

So if 2016 is your year to do something different, to contribute in a bigger way, then you will be delighted to hear that our early bird rates are available right now.

Save €100 off all of our locations (book before 3 weeks of course start date).

  • Dublin – 6-7 February
  • Galway – 13-14 February
  • Kilkenny – 20-21 February
  • Donegal – 5-6 March
  • Mallow – 12-13 March
  • Waterford – 12-13 March

Pop over here to read all the course details

It will be my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the Systematic Kinesiology community.  Like many before you who have started on this path to better health and vitality, I am very excited for you as you embark on this path to help not only yourself but have a greater impact on the world around you.

Siobhan Guthrie KinesiologyZone

10 Days to Thrive – Your Vision – Day Ten

10 Days to Thrive … Your Vision Day Ten

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I have noticed something over the past few years that the most interesting, accomplished people I know all have a vision for their lives. They seem to know what comes next, like they’ve seen the future!

I realized something, people avoid creating a vision for their lives because they believe the exercise is useless. Why make a vision when it’s impossible to accomplish those things anyway? But as I started to create a vision in my life  I also started learning that I had to change my life and my habits.

So do you often wonder what’s the difference between a vision and goals?                                                                                                                    

Goals are individual experiences and accomplishments you strive for. A vision is the bigger picture. Your life’s vision defines who you want to be, what you want to be known for and the set of experiences and accomplishments you aim for. Your vision helps define the goals by giving you a framework to evaluate those goals.

Your vision should try to answer questions like:

  • What do you believe you’re capable of in life?
  • What life do you want to have lived at age 20, 40, 60 and 80 ?                                                                                                                                        
  • What are the greatest things you could accomplish, given the right circumstances, resources and motivation?
  • What kinds of people do you want to surround yourself with?
  • What do you wish you could change about things in the world? What could you do in the world that would make you feel proud and content?
  • When you go, what would you want people to say and remember about you?

In fact, start by answering those questions and your vision should be easy to create.                                                                                                                              The words Strategy, Mission, Planning, Direction and Vision on colorful road signs pointing toward a way forward for success and achieving goals

Our vision at TASK Ireland is that ”everyone should have access to an integrated natural healthcare solution, that’s easy to use, tailored to each individual’s needs and empowers them to significantly enchance the quality of their lives”

And with our 2016 Spring courses starting we are hope to help other people see their dream and vision happen. If you want to learn more visit www.KinesiologyZone.com/Booknow. We are offering you an Early Bird offer…

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10 Days to Thrive … Declutter Day Nine

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Declutter – What’s in your Kitchen cupboard?

It has been predicted that over the next 15 years, our waistlines will bulge. The World Health Organisation’s estimation that by 2030 over 85pc of Irish adults will have weight problems is a sobering thought. There are still many hidden dangers we are hardly aware of sitting in our cupboards in our kitchen. The industry has learnt to present and modify foods in such a way that it may even look better than the real thing.

At the beginning of the last century most people ate fresh organic food, free from toxic chemicals and our eating habits were healthier. Sugar and sweets were still something of a luxury and most family meals contained all the nutrients. Now all that has changed. The food we eat today no longer contains the nutrients we need for the correct functioning of our digestive system.

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“Sugar taken every day produces a continuously overacid condition, and more and more minerals are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance. Finally, in order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begin. Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially, it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver’s capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the required amount of natural sugar) soon makes the liver expand like a balloon. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs.

When these comparatively harmless places are completely filled, fatty acids are then distributed among active organs, such as the heart and kidneys. These begin to slow down; finally their tissues degenerate and turn to fat. The whole body is affected by their reduced ability, and abnormal blood pressure is created” BY William Dufty

This is why its important now we learn to read labels. The manufactures now uses substances to ‘improve’ our food. Just some of these are artificial colours, anti-oxidising substances, preservatives, emulsifiers, and thickeners artificial sweeteners. Many natural foods have being overheated, pressed, cooled, frozen or dried. This all means vital nutrients have being lost. Our digestive system has not adjusted to such totally altered foods such as white sugar, white flour and overheated oils.

Today’s challenege is go to your cupboard today take out 5 items and check the labels and then decide if you are going to keep it or throw it away. Ask the group should you throw it away or if you think ‘no way’ I paid for it i’m going to use it no matter how much sugar it has let us know.
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10 Days to Thrive … Detox Day Eight

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                                 Don’t let toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and get them out of there

A common association with the word “detox” is the gut wrenching combination of some hot water and lemon. But this is not the detox we are talking about it’s the everyday things in your life. It may be gadgets, negative people or the news.

Surviving the ups, downs, of other people’s moodiness can be quite a challenge.  It’s important, though, to remember that some moody, negative people may be going through a difficult stage in their lives.  They may be ill, chronically worried, or lacking what they need in terms of love and emotional support.  Although whatever the cause of their moodiness and negativity, you may still need to protect yourself from their behaviour at times.

Detox

When was the last time you switched off for 24 hours? If the answer is “I can’t remember” a digital detox could be what you need. A digital detox is a great way to stay productive and balanced in a wired world. Day to day in the digital world, we face near constant demands for our attention. And if we don’t let ourselves recharge and reboot, this can mean we quickly burn out or become inefficient. Day to day in the digital world, we face near constant demands for our attention. And if we don’t let ourselves recharge and reboot, this can mean we quickly burn out or become inefficient.

Are you a news junky ?  Sometimes when watching or reading the news do you feel yourself  anticipating a big event in the world, something to shake the very core of your being. Or do you find yourself checking your smart-phone every hour to get a news-fix. Do you truly need to know all the news filtering through.

Today’s challenge is to focus on the positive in your life , maybe see whether or not a particular story is worth reading is to ask yourself the following question; “what relevance does this information bear to my day-to-day functioning?” You’d be amazed by how often you need to answer “absolutely none”. And if it doesn’t help, it hinders. Most of the time it is nothing but a distraction under the guise of usefulness.

Positive emotions are more likely to encourage you to plan ahead and think of actions you would like to take or activities you’d like to participate in the future. Changing your thoughts is like changing any habit in your life. It’s not going to be easy, but then again, feeling bad all the time isn’t exactly a walk in the park!

We are challenging you to detox from the everyday things in your life. It may be gadgets, negative people or the news. You choose what is negatively impacting you on a daily basis and cut back on it today.

Share with us what you are going to detox on and then let us know how you are coping without it and how you felt at the end of the day?

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10 Days to Thrive – Exercise – Day Seven

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Is it finally time to commit to a new daily workout routine? Are you tired of saying you’re going to exercise and get healthy and then not follow through with a plan?

 

If you have not worked out in a while, setting tough goals for your daily workout routine might make you start, you will only begin to  feel overwhelmed unmotivated. It’s important to start small.

Don’t say you’re going to run a marathon in 6 months,there’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps and accomplishing a few small goals before moving on to bigger goals.run-750466_1920

Some small things you can do to help motivate yourself are to focus on daily consistency instead of the amount of time you spend on working out. It’s more important to stay motivated than to focus on the length of time of your workout. Once your motivation is in place, then you can work on elongating your workout session.

So today take a walk even if it’s only 150 steps from your front door. Find out if any running groups are in your area or some classes you might like to join.

 

Have you tried rebounding ?

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This affords a special mention.  When you rebound, you are flooding the cells with oxygen (thereby improving ATP production) while also strengthening the cells and protecting them against degenerative disease.  It stimulates the lymphatic drainage system to help the body get rid of toxins, waste, bacteria, viruses etc.

Our bodies are energetic and when we use the rebounder, we may assume it’s only to improve the lymphatic system, but I think it’s more than that – facia

Rebounding help improve posture, balance, muscle tone and will elevate your energy levels.  Because of the impact of gravity as you rise up, the body becomes weightless for an instant, and when you land the gravity pull is suddenly doubles and puts internal organise under pressure.  This helps squeeze out waste materials within the cells, and into the lymphatic system.

Our bodies thrive on movement – be that running, swimming, yoga, lifting weight, or simply walking.  Somewhere in your day is to introduce movement somehow.  Some exercises will ground you, some will get you in touch with your spiritual self.

So todays challenge we ask you to do a little exercise or plan your exercise for the week. Pop over to our facebook page and see how the everyone else is doing with the challenges

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10 Days to Thrive – Gratitude – Day Six

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Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants.

 

Yes, “thank you” is an essential, everyday part of family dinners, trips to the shops, and even business deals. That might be why so many people have dismissed gratitude as simple, obvious, and unworthy of serious attention.
But that’s starting to change. Recently scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
• Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
• Higher levels of positive emotions;
• More joy, optimism, and happiness;
• Acting with more generosity and compassion;
• Feeling less lonely and isolated.

 

Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Gratitude improves physical health. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.

 

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Our challenge is acknowledge the good things going on in your life right now, it might now be perfect and its probably tough a lot of the time. But there’s someone out there who would love to have your problems

Things to try today:
Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve.

Developing an attitude of gratitude Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life – Amy Morin

 

 

Watch this video from www.Oprah.com and try Tony Robbins flood exercise

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10 days to thrive – Food Sensitivities – Day FIVE

Day 5 to Thrive – Food Sensitivities

We eat food for nourishment, for energy, to grow and develop, to fight infection, to detox and cleanse. Let food be your medicine and eat meals full of nutrient dense foods.

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Avoiding food sensitivities

Foods that we eat every day, or any foods that we crave, can be a source of stress to the body.  We heavily rely on milk and wheat, and are common causes of health issues.  If you’re feeling sluggish, tired, constipation, low mood or motivation, then it’s worthwhile checking to see whether a food might be a factor.

First off, avoid or completely eliminate foods that are manmade or come in box with more ingredients than it should!

Muscle testing offers clients a way to identify the foods you’re sensitive to. Many people test sensitive to wheat and milk products for example.

If you’d like to see how a Systematic Kinesiology practitioner tests foods, click on the link below.  You’ll see a demonstration of testing two foods, wheat and dairy. People sensitive to wheat may experience such diverse reactions as migraine headaches, bowel gas, chronic tiredness, irritability, mood changes, skin eruptions, and many other problems. Food testing can be so valuable because it can really be the difference between debilitating problems vs vibrant health.

Kinesiology Food Testing takes some of the guesswork out of balancing the diet for any individual.  You can learn how to do Food Sensitivity Testing in our training course.

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Here is a list of the most common allergens

  1. Milk
  2. Wheat
  3. Egg
  4. Soy
  5. Tree nuts (tree nuts include walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and Brazil nuts)
  6. Shellfish
  7. Peanuts
  8. Fish (Salmon, tuna, and halibut)

Today’s challenge – Do you suspect you have a food to which you might be sensitive? Then how about for the next 5 days, to the end of our 10 day challenge, you eliminate one thing from this list.  It doesn’t take long to feel an improvement, particularly if you select a food you commonly eat 2-3 a day, everyday.

 

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10 days to Thrive – bed time – Day FOUR

Our 10 days to thrive challenge – Bedtime

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Are you a bedtime procrastinator?

Do you fight with yourself to go to bed, and then struggle to get up in the morning?

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Bedtime procrastination is failing to go to bed at the intended time.  Easy peasy right? Yes how many times have you not gone to bed when you said you would even though there was no outside influence or circumstances stopping you from doing so (only yourself)?   Bedtime procrastination is unique because usually people will procrastinate to put off something they find undesirable, sleep is not undesirable.  We enjoy it, we feel better after a good sleep.

It is not so much not wanting to sleep, but rather, not wanting to stop what you are doing.  You lose track of time looking at your smart phone, tablet, watching TV, or even doing chores, even though you will regret it in the morning.  I think it’s because as children we thought being sent to bed meant we were going to miss out on something.  Yet as adults we still rebel against being told what to do!

Sleep is very important for your body to recharge and heal itself.  People actually sleep better when they are well rested rather than when over tired.  Ever been so tired and yet frustratingly can’t get to sleep?  If you’re looking for the ideal time to turn the lights off, it’s 10.30pm.  This comes form Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Every meridian system which is connected to an internal organ has a two our window of focus time.  7am – 9am is stomach meridian time (which is when we “should” generally eat our breakfast).  11pm to 1am is our Triple Warmer focus time – which is connected to our Thyroid and Adrenals.  If you have ever experienced a “second wind” – you start to feel more energy late at night – that’s what we want to avoid.  Going to bed before 11am, so 10.30, will give your body the best opportunity to recharge and restore its energy.

Your happiness throughout the day and your energy levels are all related to the amount of sleep you get. Most adults need between 7 to 9 hours per night. Women actually need 1 hour extra than men.

Tips to get to bed on time Set yourself a time for bed to regulate your body clock

    1. Finish up on the internet at least an hour before bed
    2. Don’t wait until you feel tired and sleepy
    3. Have a bedtime routine (wind down to sleep time)
    4. Avoid alcohol and heavy food late in the evening
    5. Avoid over stimulating the brain with electronic screens (no phones in bed)
    6. If you can’t sleep, get up and leave the room then try again
    7. Daily exercise helps promote a better night’s sleep
    8. Make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable but supportive

 

Today’s challenge – maybe you’re not a bedtime procrastinator, but there’s something else you procrastinate over.  Make a commitment to yourself to go to bed early – make it a lovely ritual tonight.  Treat yourself to looking after you.

Look forward to hearing what you’re committing to over on the event page. Are you a bedtime procrastinator?

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10 days to Thrive – No Complaining – Day THREE

 

 

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                                        Today’s a short one!  It’s simple.  Today is day three and we challenge you NOT to complain.

Life is not perfect. It never has been and never will be. This is not bad news. In fact, once we begin to embrace this reality, we welcome a great number of possibilities . Life is never perfect. We know this to be true.

Why then, do we continue to complain about its imperfections?

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We complain about the weather, the traffic, our family. We complain about tight clothing, misplaced keys, late air planes, and the price of oil! We complain about our jobs or our lack of jobs. We complain about nosy neighbours, crying babies, ungrateful teenagers, and lazy family members. We have become a society too quick to complain.

Complaining is almost never a positive reaction to our circumstance                                                                                                                                                                        .

Complaining fosters a negative attitude, negatively impacts those around us, doesn’t change our circumstance,highly unattractive and often leaves us as victim mode. 

 

So lets try not complain about the usual things :

  • About the weather

  • About your neighbours

  • About your family

  • About your boss

  • About your weight

  • About your shopping list

  • About this challenge!

 

 

Nothing, nada, rien du tout, zilch!

Instead, turn your attention to what’s good about them.

 

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“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” —Tom Wilson

10 Days to Thrive with Mindfulness – Day TWO

Welcome to Day Two of our 10 day challenge – Mindfulness

 

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It’s day two! How did you get on yesterday increasing your water intake? Keep it up today and each day will get easier as you start to reap the benefits.  Take a moment to reflect on how you feel today.  It’ll become more natural as the 10 days goes on.

Today is all about Mindfulness and Mindful Eating.

Ever gone to the bank this time of year – what do they have – tubs of sweets just sitting there for our hands to take one without thinking!

And is our mind ever at rest?

When was the last time you ate a meal without multitasking?

Today’s challenge is to practise mindfulness specifically while eating a meal and snack.

During the past 20 years, studies have found that mindful eating can help you to reduce overeating and binge eating, lose weight and reduce your body mass index (BMI) and improve the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Mindful eating slows you down, makes you more aware of portion sizes and helps you get out of negative, automatic food habits like overeating while watching your favourite TV show.

At this time of year it is easy to slip into eating “bad” food. But actually most of us don’t even get a chance to enjoy the sensation of eating.  We’re in such a rush, or distracted, or stressed.  So today we simply challenge you to focus on your food without any other distractions (like work or screens).

Start small.  Perhaps today you will put away your cell phone and be more engaged with what you are doing.  Enjoy the fruit cake, the toffee sweet, the hot coffee.  Remember it’s easy to eat an entire plate of food and not actually taste one bite.  Eat and drink mindfully today so you get every pleasure from it.  Don’t stuff it down, ladened with guilt that you “shouldn’t” be having it.  Let that go.  Today is about embracing all our senses, savouring every morsal, slowing down, breathing and enjoying what you are eating, without judgement and mindfully.

Mindfulness when Eating – today’s challenge

  • Set aside time to sit down to have one meal of your choice mindfully today.
  • While preparing your meal, how are you feeling about the food in front of you?
  • Appreciate that you are eating to nourish your body
  • Ask yourself, how does my body feel now, before I eat?
  • Feast your eyes on the colours
  • Smell the food, does it make your mouth water?
  • Appreciate, taste and savour each bite
  • How does the food taste in your mouth?
  • Eat until you are satisfied
  • Ask yourself, how does my body feel now, after I have eaten?
  • Breathe ….. and get on with your day ….

When you eat in a relaxed state and CHEW each mouthful, this improves the body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients. If you’re stressed it’s probably best not to eat at all!  Stress shuts down the digestive process.  Get rid of all distractions so you can pay attention to what you’re eating, so that you know you’ve eaten, you know how much you’ve eaten, and you can enjoy the experience.  So eat light, breathe, and take 5 minutes.

 

And then come on over to the Facebook Page and tell us how you got on