Always, Always Nurture

Nurture“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

~ Lao Tzu

 
This is the 3rd and final post of this series – 2015 resolutions. In the first and second post, I expressed two concepts to help you achieve your resolutions. To summarize, resolutions require a lot of time and effort therefore, do not focus on instantaneous results but focus on planting high-quality seeds (decisions) every day. Furthermore, high quality decisions are often very unpopular decisions so be prepared to overcome any negative influences which may try to deter you from achieving your resolution. Now I will give you the third concept and that is to always nurture your decisions with accurate thinking and affirmative action.

I give a detailed explanation of accurate thinking and affirmative action in my book, One Habit At A Time. They are 2 of the 9 habits I teach in the book and they are the ultimate nurtures of goals, resolutions and dreams.

Thoughts are either creative or destructive so you must ensure that they are in line with your purpose. If you decide to lose weight, earn more money or find romantic love and at the same time, your dominant thoughts are that you cannot achieve these things then you are destined for failure. Therefore, you have to be mindful of your thinking processes and belief structures. Making unpopular decisions will often stir up many negative thoughts and emotions you have buried inside you.

For some of you the following may sting a little but almost always – YOU ARE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY.

Don’t believe me?

Try this exercise. I want you to get up, look at yourself in the mirror and state something which you believe would be out of reach for you to achieve such as:

“In 1 year… I will earn 10 times my current income or I will be featured in a fitness magazine or I will find an incredible person that will love me for who I really am, etc.”

The more personally outrageous the claim, the more inner garbage will surface. This is your enemy. The garbage is what keeps you from moving forward and achieving seemingly unreachable successes. Until you begin to clean up these toxic thoughts and belief structures, your pursuits will be hindered. You must think you can, with your entire being, before you can accomplish any extraordinary feat.

If you do not think or believe you can achieve your resolution then naturally, your actions toward your resolve will be weak. Affirmative action is the opposite. You know you can and will achieve your resolution so all your actions become powerful and nurture your resolution – even the mistakes or setbacks. Why? Mistakes become part of the growing processes and all setbacks are only temporary for those who believe they can. With affirmative action, you always have your sights set on nurturing your resolution and when the opportunity to acts arises, you act accordingly. For instance, if your resolution is to be fitter, you would take the stairs instead of the escalators when the opportunity presents itself. Most of the time, it’s that simple.

If you have not made a resolution for this year then I encourage to make one now. It’s not too late. Are you still not sure what to do? Based on the exercise we did earlier, what extraordinary feat brings up the most fear and doubt in you? Maybe you could start there?

I wish you all an incredible journey of growth and success!

Keep nurturing your endeavours,

Sal Crispo

Unpopular Decisions

ToughDecisionsAhead“Sometimes, in order to follow our moral compass and/or our hearts, we have to make unpopular decisions or stand up for what we believe in.”

~ Tabatha Coffey

 
I hope you are all still striving toward achieving your resolutions. Remember, as I mentioned in my previous post, this is a long endeavour so do not focus on immediate results but on the quality of the seeds you plant each day. The seeds we plant are the decisions we make. The better our daily decisions are, the greater the return will be in the future. This is not a theory but a Universal law.

Resolutions demand different and better decisions. For example; if your resolution is to be a healthier version of your current self then your decisions from now on must be different and better than the choices you have made up until this point. I am not going to sugar coat the prior statement and tell you that it is going to be easy. These new and improved decisions require a great deal of will-power and effort, especially in the beginning stages. Why? Well one of the main reasons is that the best decisions are frequently not the most popular.

If you want to rise above the status quo then you will have to make a lot of unpopular decisions. It means making different choices than most of the people around you will make. They know and are comfortable with the old you so your new decisions can make them feel uncomfortable. They will question and challenge your resolve. You may be laughed at and ridiculed. They may try to discourage you in varies ways. Be prepared for this response. Do not let them influence you negatively. Stand strong in your resolve and carry on with your new decisions. Whether others accept this new you is their decision not yours. The people who truly love you will stand with you in your evolution. They will support you in your endeavours any way they can.

Can you completely stand behind your good decisions and stand up to your mother…your father…your spouse…your friends or anyone else who tries to influence you otherwise?

In order to succeed, you must!

Keep moving forward,

Sal Crispo

Time for Change and Growth in 2015!

New Year 2015“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

The beginning of the year is a great time for inspiration and for change. Deep down we all have the desire to shine brighter, to express ourselves more fully and to make the most of ourselves. For this reason, most of us decide to challenge ourselves with resolutions. Resolutions offer the opportunity for growth. They help us to expand our comfort zones and our so called “limits”.

Each year I set a resolution. Yes only one and that’s because, to me, a resolution is different than a goal. I see goals as something smaller. A goal can be reached in a day, a week or a month but a resolution will often take much longer as more effort and time for growth are required. For the past several years, I set a resolution which was more challenging than the previous year and I successfully accomplished every single one of them. However, 2014 was different. How? Well, I decided to take my challenge to an outrageous level. And guess what?

I didn’t accomplish my 2014 resolution yet.

Does this mean I failed? Should I give up? Of course not. I have planted all the right seeds to make my 2014 resolution materialize. Yes the harvest has yet to appear but as long as I continue to plant and nurture the seeds of growth, I will inevitably reap the rewards. Furthermore, the amount of inner growth I have gained in 2014, the intangible harvest so to speak, is worth just as much (if not more than) the tangible rewards I look forward to receiving. Please keep this in mind with your own personal resolutions.

Resolutions are not just about achieving something great. They help us grow and become a greater version of ourselves. In other words, don’t just think about the weight you want to lose or the money you wish to earn, think about the person you will become as you strive for and achieve your resolution. How will you feel? How will you act? How will you treat yourself and others? How bright will your inner light shine? How passionately will you live your life?

Maybe you can start living this way now? :)

Wishing you all a joyous, peaceful, healthy and successful 2015!

Sal Crispo

Self-responsibility

CarlJungQuoteLast night I had an interesting dream. I was walking through some sort of party and I came across a guy who looked at me strangely, almost as if he knew me. So I smiled at him and said “hello”. He smiled back and reached out to shake my hand. I shook his hand and noticed that he could hardly stay up on his feet. He was extremely drunk. I asked him if he needed some help and he said, “yes, can you wait for me until my friend gets back?” He was afraid of passing out. “Of course I will”, I replied. Continue reading

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Murray WimbledonI woke up this morning and eagerly anticipated watching the Wimbledon Men’s final. It is always a tremendous achievement to get to the final but to win it is an entirely different feat. Last year, Andy Murray was left in tears as Roger Federer snatched the trophy from him in the final. This year however, Murray showed what true grit and perseverance can bring – ecstasy and success. He defeated the number 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic, and became the first British player to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. If at first you do not succeed, try and try again. Congratulations Andy! Continue reading

Keep Moving Forward

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
~ Confucius

One of my favourite authors is the late Napoleon Hill who wrote the infamous book ‘Think and Grow Rich’. If you have not read this book then I highly recommend that you do so as this book has influenced many of today’s most wealthiest and successful people. His work is one of the main reasons why I started writing. Not long ago, I was reading one of his older works ‘The Law of Success’ and I remember him stating that he was only 25 years of age at the time of writing this masterpiece. I was stunned! I thought this man was at least 50 years old based on his wisdom alone. This revelation ignited something deep within my being. At that moment, I realized that it was time for a new chapter in my life. Just as it is never too late to start something, it’s never too soon to start something you would love to do either.

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Practice, Practice, Practice

I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true — hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice.
~ Ray Bradbury

The following video inspired me to write today. It makes several points that reflect what I have written in my book “One Habit At A Time”. For one – if you want to be successful at something, you must practice, over and over again, the actions it takes to succeed until these actions become habitual. The fool-proof, habit development method which I reveal in my book is designed specifically for the purpose of following through, repeatedly, with constructive action. In other words, this method ensures that you practice the habits you wish to develop. With that said, please watch the video now and see how it demonstrates the power of practice.

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Shape Your Destiny!

“People are anxious to improve their circumstances but unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.”

~ James Allen

Who is responsible when you are not healthy, lean and fit? Who is responsible when you wake up dreading each day instead of jumping out of bed with excitement? Who is responsible when you have no true friends? Who is responsible when your relationships with loved ones are unstable or broken? Who is responsible when you are not wealthy? Who is responsible when you are not living life to the fullest? Continue reading

Movement is Power!

“Nothing happens until something moves.”

~ Albert Einstein

This quote pertains to every aspect of life – science, health, business, etc. However, a lack of movement seems to be the norm in most people’s life. Whether it is in their physical life, mental life and/or spiritual life, inactivity is ever-present. As a holistic health practitioner, I have witnessed this phenomenon over and over again. Why is this so? Why do people neglect certain areas of their life? Is it because they do not know any better? Although this is sometimes the case, there is often more to it than that. For instance, almost everyone knows the value of exercise and yet, only 5% of North Americans (approximately) are engaged in a vigorous, long-term exercise regimen. There are several reasons for this occurrence but I will only focus on one key factor for now. Continue reading

Be the Change!

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

This is one of the most powerful quotes of all time. Why? Allow me to explain.

You – Ghandi is talking to each and every one of us, past, present and future. If you want a better world, then it is up to YOU to make this happen. It is your responsibility to make this world a better place to live. Do not wait around for others to make the world a better place because if everyone were to adopt this attitude, there would never be any significant, positive change. Instead, if together, we all adopted the initiative to be the change we want to see in the world, the world would flourish to new heights. Continue reading