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Change Your Story

By on September 9, 2014


Change Your Story
Welcome Vida Juicers to “Wellness Wednesday” my name is Lionel Correia and today we’re going to talk about Changing Your Story.

I’ll never lose weight.
I can’t eat healthy.
Who’s going to love me?
I’m going to continue to struggle financially for the rest of my life.
I can’t run a marathon, what are you psycho?
I was born slow.
It’s too hard.
I’m too old for that now.

These are just some of the many stories, which we as humans tell ourselves. The reality is all these examples are nothing more than just made up stories. We control our thoughts and our lives, so we can also change our story. It starts by changing what we think or believe, better explained by changing our thoughts. Zig Ziglar says, “If we change the input then we change the output.” Meaning if we change our thoughts or the way we think about something, our actions and results should change as well.

Rewriting our story with our thoughts is only the first step though. It’s our actions which really change our stories. We can think about doing something all the time and although that’s powerful in itself, we must act upon that change we wish to see and frankly that is one of the most challenging steps sometimes. Some things are easier than others, but it’s only natural for a goal or a disserving story to be challenging to change, so how do we do it? The simple answer is one day at a time.

It’s our habits which form us both mentally and physically. By forming new daily habits, directed toward our goal, we will have a better chance of attaining that goal. This also has a lot to do with time management and having a game plan. Let me give you an example. For the longest time I have always been afraid of public speaking. When I found out I had to give a speech to 300 people for my cousins wedding, I was more than a little intimidated. I could have just curled up in a little ball of fear and said dude I don’t think I can do this man. Find someone else! Basically living up to my old story and being a big wuss at the same time. Instead here’s what I did. I started attending Toast Master Classes once a week, learning public speaking skills in order to practice facing my fear as well. After a few months of that, I also began writing and practicing my speech 3 – 4 weeks in advance. I practiced often sometimes multiple times day, so when the big day did come, I was ready. Did it pay off? Boy did it pay off! I knocked that speech out of the park and at the same time and more importantly changed my story about public speaking. I’m not trying to brag, but rather only give an example of how and why changing your story is so important. I am far from a professional public speaker, but if I ever had to do it again I would be less intimidated and now know what I have to do in order to give a great speech.
You might say well, “Sure I’d love to lose 30lbs, but I don’t know how to do it.” Nothing to worry about there, you can find a coach, friend, family member or anyone who has some knowledge about losing weight. This way you’re responding and living in the solution rather then reacting and having a victim’s mentality.

Changing your story can be one of the best ways of invoking positive change in your life. It’s not always easy, but if you chunk it down to what you do daily and you stay organized with good habits you’ll find your story will change with time. Here’s an important quote relating to the topic; “Nothing has meaning except for the meaning you give it.” Let me repeat, “Nothing has meaning except for the meaning you give it.” I hope you enjoyed this video, stay tuned for next week and remember juice strong to live long!

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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