As we approach the New Year, I’m thinking about my personal resolutions for 2015. This year, I want to focus on making realistic resolutions, and to me, this starts with making conscious choices. I know, people hear the word conscious or consciousness and they instantly balk. It’s too Zen, hippie-dippie, and/or abstract for some. But conscious choices can lead to some of the most effective resolutions.
It’s Thanksgiving week. For Americans, it is said to be the time of year to reflect and give thanks for what we have. That’s the idea at least. But from the outside, I hear it looks a bit different. I have had the pleasure of working with colleagues all over the world, and more than one of them has asked me what the heck is up with this holiday. They say it kind of seems like we miss the point. Is it a time of thanks, or is it the time of year when Americans gorge ourselves in the name of gratitude, and then turn around and trample one another for bargains? It’s almost comical.
When I started putting together this site, it dawned on me that I could actually pull in a little bit of my professional experience. Who would have thought that tech experience would actually apply to healthy, conscious living? Maybe it’s a stretch, but here goes:
A few years back, I had the amazing opportunity of developing an innovation program at HP. The idea was that our org (approximately 1200 people at the time) was so busy with our day-to-day business that we were left with no time for innovation. Innovation, of course, is what started that company. So my girl, Shelley, and I traveled the world, engaging all kinds of smart folks to help us solve business problems. We got them out of their comfort zones and thinking out of the box. We brainstormed, and tried out different ideas. It was an incredible opportunity to meet tons of new people from different cultures, LEARN from each other and solve problems together!
That’s so similar to what I was hoping to accomplish with Wise Apples that I figured, we should talk about personal innovation – healthful, conscious-style!
The following content was sent to me by my amazing naturopathic physician, Charley Cropley. I always love what Charley sends me, so I wanted to share it with this community. Please visit www.charleycropley.com to learn more about him! He is simply the best.
Problem: You know what you “SHOULD” do, yet you can’t seem to do it.
Diagnosis: Deficiency of Inspiration.
Rx: Get clear on what you really love.
Let me ask you a question. Do you sometimes find it a struggle to eat well, do your exercise, or deal with the obvious stresses in your life? You tell yourself you “Should” do these things. You blame it on lack of time, money, or willpower.
I don’t think that’s what’s missing at all. My diagnosis is a deficiency of Inspiration.