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Tackling difficulties and overcoming the challenges life serves up – by Dona Halliday

Archive for December, 2009

What if I took off my high heels, laced on my sneakers and jumped into life?

What if I stepped out of my comfort level and accept the challenge of jumping into life.

Hanging up my high heals, at least for a moment.

After church on Sunday, a friend and I stood around and talked as we usually do. We discussed how we were impacted by the sermon, what changes we were going to implement because of it, and the changes we had talked about making that still had not been made. I mentioned that for several months the words “Just Do Something” had been resonating in my spirit. What if I did something with all the ideas I had discussed, the future plans I talked about, the dreams I had shared. What if…?

I woke up this morning really excited, I decided to refine the thought “Just Do Something” and make my personal slogan “Just Do It”. Well, that would have been fantastic, but as I congratulated myself on the simplicity of such a slogan and the genius behind it,  I remembered that one of the world largest companies in athletic footwear, Nike Inc., had already laid claim to it.

As I laughed at myself, I finally got it. I had heard Nike’s slogan for years but had never really paid much attention to it.  “Just Do It”. Now, it had my attention. For me it means, stop teetering around the “almost”,  the “I’m planning to “, or “I’m going to someday” and “Just Do Something”

What if I took off my high heels, laced on my sneakers and just jumped into life? This is not a call to forgo planning, time needed to develop an idea and give proper preparation to achieve the best results possible.  It is a call to take that leap of faith after we have prepared, to refuse to be paralyzed by fear and act with courage, a willingness to risk  – “Just Do Something”

Maybe you have started something and it seems to be faltering and you’re on the verge of giving up. If this is something you are passionate about, and always wanted to do, why not take another look and see if this can be revamped, repurposed, recycled, and renew your efforts to go at it again.

Anything worth while requires time, preparation and patience. Don’t give up on your dreams!


Tackling difficulties and overcoming the “6-inch challenges” life serves up

Some months ago i started a cardio box class. This was not by design, I showed up for my regular class after returning from vacation and had no idea that there had been a switch in classes and times. This unexpected switch, however, has turned into something that I really love. The class is a total body workout of arms, thighs, buttocks and of course, abs. Let me say that even though I have a flat stomach I’ve absolutely hated any form of abdominal workout because it always caused back pain. So, during that first class and many, many, many other classes that followed every time our trainer announced that it was time for “6 inches” I dreaded it.

This exercise simply required me to extend my feet and raise them about 6 inches off the floor and hold it for a period of time. I could not do it. I had decided to just do what I had been doing for years whenever my exercise classes included ab work, just lie on the floor and do nothing. But with some prompting and instructions on how to protect my back,  I tackled the “6-inch challenge” and have developed stronger abdominal muscles and lessened my back pain.

As a result of this class and this exercise, I have started labeling things in my life that are challenging, that I procrastinate because of fear, or that may stretch me in ways that I may not be willing to be stretched at the moment as “my 6-inch challenge”. I’ve learned that it’s possible to overcome  challenges in our lives if we are willing to tackle them and stick to the process.

As 2010 approaches, I am in the process of identifying my personal 6-inch challenges, so that next year will be a time of personal growth and development. Whatever your challenges may be, I’d like to invite you to take this journey with me as we travel the path of spiritual, physical, mental and emotional growth, for just maybe, we may lose some of the negative and develop and strengthen the good stuff that resides in all of us.

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