I committed to doing the detox before realizing that it was the same day as the Women’s March. It could have been a “great reason” to postpone starting the detox, but I must practice what I preach!
Today, I did that – both internally and externally. I used my inner VOICE before taking any action. This is an example of what I encourage others to do. This is how I have implemented some quick and amazing positive changes in my life.
Today, I used my V.O.I.C.E:
V – Values
Loyalty and commitment are high values for me. I want people to be able to trust my words when I state them. If I say I am going to do something, I work hard to follow through. I may be a little bit tardy, but I will show up. So today, I had two commitments: Women’s March (show up to support Keana Sears to have petitions signed to get her on the ballot for Arizona Corporation Commission) and begin the 10 Day Detox. I was committed to both.
O – Opportunity
The Women’s March is an opportunity to stand for something greater than myself in support of someone else and the greater good. The 10 Day Detox is an opportunity to kickstart improving my health situation. Two great opportunities that I could not pass on; regardless of the difficulties I might face in balancing the two in one day. It was also an opportunity to make a decision and not feel helpless and quit.
I – Intuition
My intuition told me that it was imperative that I follow-through on both commitments today. This required being truthful with myself. If I made the decision to postpone starting the detox, I would have attended the March and visited the food trucks (because I love random food vendors and tasting different foods). If I stayed home and focused on the detox, I would have felt horrible about breaking my commitment to Keana. My inner gut says – show up and do the right thing and you will have something positive to report later. Right?
This was a no-brainer. I had to serve today by helping Keana Sears get on the ballot for AZ Corporation Commission. She is the first woman and African American – I had to be there for her! When I think of the bigger picture I am overjoyed. Keana having a VOICE and positively impacting the public utilities could save money for thousands of households.
Keana is sensitive to the fact that the cost of utilities is highest in the summer months, especially at the time elementary school children need clothes and supplies to return to school. As a teacher, I see what she is referencing. I too experienced those impossible July and August utility bills just a few months ago that made me want to scream!
Charity weighed the most in how I chose to conduct my day today. Whenever we serve others there seems to be a double or triple blessing in return. I don’t do it for that reason, but it does work out that way. I really show up when I can because I have thought about the greatest possible outcome and how I can contribute to it.
E – Engage
For some, the hardest step to take is the first step. I believe that action breeds more action and that is why I try to fully engage in processes. It is very easy to be an observer or bystander. I find that I am not good at doing either. I can not sit in a meeting or be in an activity and hold back my level of engagement. I am simply an all-in kind of person.
My level of engagement is tied to the expected outcome. If I want to benefit from a situation or circumstance or it benefits someone that I care about, I am going to fully engage and leave a mark that you will remember me. I have been like that since I was a small child. I realize that I was wired that way and it is a good thing – depending on if I have checked my values, it is the right opportunity, my gut feels good about it and I have an opportunity to serve in some capacity. If all of that lines up – I am engaged!
I am celebrating the fact that I held myself accountable and followed-through today. Although I did not go to the grocery store and prepare the foods ahead of time for the detox kickoff, I did go to the store prior to showing up at the Women’s March and grabbed some healthy vegetables.
I showed up, followed through on my commitments, stayed on track and made some healthy choices! Immediately following the march, I went to the grocery store and bought vegetables for homemade vegetable soup.
Thanks to Move with Mack, I am off to a great healthy start to this new year. Each day is a new opportunity to strengthen my VOICE. If you need assistance with this notion and would like to strengthen your VOICE, let me know by clicking this link to the contact form. I would be delighted to support you in finding and strengthening your VOICE!