As a Health and Fitness Coach for over 18yrs., I have spent most of my life searching for a way to help clients transform their health, and their bodies. After years of trying new programs, diets, and behavior modification techniques, what I have discovered is lasting transformation happens from the inside out. No diet, exercise program can transform you and your lifestyle unless it addresses changes in the mind( soul) , body, and spirit together. When one of these are out of balance it effects the whole body.
The key to unlocking true transformation is uncovering the spiritual issues that are at the root of most all unhealthy habits. Behavior is dictated by our beliefs ,values and life experiences. Managing stress biblical and not turning to idols ( instant gratification that the world offers as solutions) is the key to prevent strongholds taking over our lives.
It is our daily habits that lead us towards our success in all areas of life. Habits are created by our daily thoughts, routines ( how do we manage our time, energy) our physical habits like exercise and daily activities, our nutrition ( what are habits in regards to eating). So if changing our daily habits are the key to transforming our selves and our realities, why do we struggle so much with changing our habits? God created us to bear His image, he also created us in 3 parts that are intricately woven together to serve a purpose. God also gives us a guide book that instructs us on how to function as a whole person and has given us a purpose to accomplish while on earth.
First and foremost we are spiritual beings, which means our spiritual disciplines must be a top priority. What are your daily spiritual habits? Do you read the bible daily, meditate on scripture, spend time abiding with God alone?
Secondly, we have a soul ( mind, will, emotions, personality). What do we do each day to renew our minds? What are our mental habits? We are bombarded with negative images, news, music and sometimes people. Since our thoughts dictates our behavior and influences our beliefs, wouldn't it be beneficial to focus on renewing our minds daily with truth, goodness, and positive affirmations. The battle is in the mind! This is what Paul writes about in the New testament as the key to overcoming and staying on the straight path. It is also key in your success. Our deep motivation and behavior especially, unhealthy habits ,are driven by our spiritual status of being a deprived soul and how we choose to fill this relational hole with God or without God.
From the beginning of humanity from the fall out of Eden our soul and spirit have been separated from our God ( creator). Our wholeness can now only be achieved in heaven. Our greatest spiritual needs are all the same. Love, acceptance, worth/value, security/control, sense of purpose/meaning, forgiveness drives our behavior ,especially when it comes to managing stress. Unmanaged stress can not only lead to physical disease but also mental disorders and diseases.
Lastly, we have a body. What are our daily habits for our body? Do we engage in physical activity each day and eat foods that are nourishing? Even if our mind and spirit are healthy, if we are not taking care of our body it will effect our ability to think, handle stress, and to move freely without disease and sickness. God designed our bodies to be a temple or vessel for our spirit and soul. Our body was giving senses to be able to experience our surroundings, carry out God's great commission, and to physically help others.
God is glorified when we are good stewards of what He has given us. Does your body feel like a temple or a prison for your spirit?
We have a rebellious spirit that is constantly battling God's great plan for us! Until there is surrender and to allow God to heal us and guide us, we will always struggle with our choices.
We always have 2 choices and our free will gets us in trouble every time since the beginning of time. However God's love for us allows us to choose our designation.
My whole life until I surrendered was about traveling down the back roads, bumpy roads with detour signs. However, I learned many lessons from those destructive roads. So much that I really want to follow the straight road and yield to the signs when facing crossroads. There is a lighted path where God goes before us, however we must surrender and be disciplined in order to follow. Self control in all areas of life takes the work of the holy spirit. Even surrender takes discipline moment by moment, thought by thought and action by action.
Good Decisions + Daily Discipline= A masterpiece of Potential
Love the John Maxwell's " Daily Dozen" that we need to make good decisions in these areas of life to build a better life.
- Attitude- Choose and Display right attitude
- Priorities- Determine and act on important priorities daily
- Health- Know and follow healthy guidelines daily
- Family- Communicate with and care for my family daily
- Thinking- Practice and develop good thinking daily
- Commitment- Make and keep proper commitments daily. Don't waffle around. Follow through.
- Finances- Make and properly manage dollars daily
- Faith- Deepen and live my faith daily
- Relationships- Initiate and invest in solid relationships daily.
- Generosity- Plan and model generosity daily.
- Values- Embrace and practice good values daily.
- Growth- Seek and experience improvements daily.
Set your goals especially your weakness before God and allow His Strength through you to Achieve them!
Yours In Christ,
Certified Christian Wellness Coach, Author, Transformation Fit Coach & Certified Faith Health Ambassador for Christ