The Journey Towards Greatness

The Journey Towards Greatness
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Written by Kristie Kennedy

The journey towards greatness is laden with mountains and valleys that require an inner resolve that is unshakeable.

It is no secret that in life, you will encounter setbacks, disappointments, rejection and adversity. The journey towards greatness is laden with mountains and valleys that require an inner resolve that is unshakeable.

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We often become consumed with the pain of our problems instead of reframing our mental disposition with affirmative statements that create a positive outlook. As you examine your behavior patterns, are you able to identify broken belief systems that are producing unfruitful outcomes? How do you honestly feel about being stuck in a bed of apathy? Can you envision a more powerful version of yourself? What are you willing to depart from in order to guarantee undeniable change?

Begin a new Beginning. Allow me to walk you through my personal process towards a healthier version of myself. It has been said, “You don’t have to be great to start but you must start in order to be great!” I’ve been training with my husband for the past year and half. Yet, the final area that I needed to correct was my diet. He always says, “You can’t out train a bad diet! And, “You are either part of the problem or part of the solution!” First thing, I had to own my part and take responsibility for becoming better. I purchased a wellness journal and started documenting my food intake.

Small sacrifices lead to BIG breakthroughs. We typically work out 5-6 days a week early in the morning. If you are not naturally inclined to a certain activity it is good to attack it first. Place it at the top of your priority list each day. Once you develop a new behavior and it becomes routine, it is time to incorporate another good habit.

Progress demands partnership. There is a profound African proverb that expresses this concept very well, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In this 21st century women are leading more than ever. The wise woman who is on the rise understands that without pillars of support her infrastructure is bound to collapse under the weight of life’s demands.

Wrestle your weaknesses! Whether you acknowledge them or not, they are ever present. As an entrepreneurial leader I encounter constant requests that require an exorbitant amount of energy to be distributed in multiple directions. During peak stress times, my grab and go foods were sweet treats. Once I became consciously awake and decided to shift my actions I have been able to enforce my willpower to say no for the past 65 days to any junk food. I drink only water and smoothies. I have a highly regimented diet. I am discovering how to discipline my body to enjoy low caloric and quality foods.

See it and seize it! In order to reinforce my new beliefs and behaviors necessary for breakthrough, I have images of fit females on my refrigerator, a vision board that emphasizes a lifestyle of wellness and books that provide information to retrain my brain. If you can see it, you can seize it!

Fast forward, six months from now what does the new you look like? What do you sound like? What do you eat like? What do you live like? What do you think like? Remember, what you do today, impacts tomorrow. It’s time to get real, get radical and get results!

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

That I am powerful.

2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?

My resolve and  resilience.

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

65 days no junk food. What goals do you still have? Global travel empowering women.

4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth–we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?

Constantly misplacing items such as keys. What imperfections and quirks create your Identity? I have to write with black ink, preferably G-2 gel pens.

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I Love My… LIFE

About the author

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Kristie Kennedy

Kristie Kennedy, Women's Empowerment Speaker, Small Business and Leadership Development Coach provides simple success strategies to overcome everyday challenges, internal conflicts and confidence killers.