How many times have you heard someone say: “I haven’t had a chance”, or “I don’t have time”?

We are all guilty at some point or another of not carefully choosing our words and just placing the blame somewhere else.

Yes, I said blame.

Words influence our thoughts and our thoughts determine our actions. There is a powerful connection between the words we use, the actions we take, and the results we get. Just like the glass is half-full scenario, the words we speak tell a story about our thoughts.

Now let’s go back to “I haven’t had a chance” and “I don’t have time”. The person uttering these phrases is not taking accountability for the situation. Something beyond their control is determining their situation and what they are able to do. They are powerless and this will greatly affect any results they may hope to achieve.

Changing the wording to: “I have not made time” or “I have not taken the time” actually allows the person to take ownership of the situation. Taking ownership of the situation gives power back to the speaker and increases the likelihood that they will, in fact, achieve some results.

“He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality” –Anwar El-Sadat, In Search of Identity

Humor me for a minute. Say the phrase “I don’t have time” 5 or 6 times in a row. Think about how that makes you feel.

Now say the phrase “I have not made the time” 5 or 6 times in a row. How does that make you feel? Do you notice a difference?

“I don’t have time” makes me feel overwhelmed. There aren’t enough hours in the day and I cannot do the things that I want to do.

“I have not made the time” makes me feel like there is plenty of time, but I chose to spend it doing other things. I don’t feel overwhelmed at all, in fact I feel rather calm and relaxed.

Phrasing things in a manner that gives us ownership and control over a situation may seem trivial at first but think about this, each time we speak and give our power away we solidify in our brain that we are unable to do anything to change our situation. This giving away of our power is what often lands us in an unhappy place. We are powerless so why bother trying to change anything.

This all comes back to choices.

You may not realize it, but you always have a choice. Phrasing things appropriately will allow you to actually feel like you do.

Don’t think it matters? Think back to the first week of your program. You were excited about starting something new and you were focused - you took the appropriate steps of action in your quest regardless of your workload.

Before you know it somewhere around weeks 5 or 6 you find yourself telling your trainer that you ‘didn’t have time’....

The truth of the matter is that you chose to spend your time doing something else. Talk about slipping back into old patterns.

When we start letting things slip, convincing ourselves that ‘we don’t have time’ or ‘we have to do something else’ our results start going down the drain. Surely you cannot have great results if you are not in control of what you do.

It is time to step back and think about what you want. You have choices and YOU are in control.

“Decide what your priorities are and how much time you’ll spend on them. If you don’t someone else will.” –HarveyMackay

I’m sure we have all seen the comics that underscore the importance of proper grammar and spelling. They are simple illustrations of two similar sentences that have two very different meanings:

Let’s eat Grandma.
Let’s eat, Grandma.

Just like the previous example, shifting your sentence from “I have to” to “I get to” changes the entire meaning of the sentence and gives you control over the situation. Try it.

“I have to go to the gym.”

You are being forced to go to the gym. You have no choice and you aren’t excited about it.

“I get to go to the gym.”

You are talking about something that you are thankful to be able to do.

Does that make sense?

Words cannot change reality, but they can change how people perceive reality. Words create filters through which people view the world around them.
-John R. "Jack" Schafer, Ph.D.

You are in control and you always have a choice. I’ll let Dr. Paul Cribb take you through a few simple examples…

“I don’t have time….I’m real busy you know..”

As an eager young trainer, I’ll never forget one of my first seminars, a woman just stood up in the middle of my presentation and exclaimed, “I’ve got three kids all under 8 years old, where do I find the time for six meals every day?” And the rest of the audience cheered “yeah!”

Yes you do have time… Stress often comes from a poor perception of time, competing demands and no feeling of control in how time is spent. This is compounded by the amount of hours people waste every day. Many of us have time vacuums. For example, most people watch at least 20 hours of television a week. Cut that in half and there’s your food prep time for the entire week!

If it isn’t TV I can guarantee you’ll have a time vacuum somewhere in your day. It might be as simple and sinister as facebook, texting or another smart phone distraction. Your time vacuum could be how you commute to work or simply a lack of organization in getting the household ready for the start of each day.

“I just don’t get the chance...”

Yes, I know you’re busy. Guess what, I’m busy. Your trainer is busy too. We all have commitments and responsibilities. You know what else? We all have 24 hours every single day, and some people just seem to get more done with the same amount of time.

What gets done comes down to priorities. Most people understand the requirement of prioritizing their day at work. However, one of the keys to making better choices is to make sure you're up at the top end of the priority list. To keep yourself there is a choice has to be anchored to something else.….called commitment.

Remember the mum with three kids I mentioned previously? When she calmed down I asked her to think back for a moment to when she didn’t have kids and compare then to all the tasks she’s managed to fit into her life now. The extra cooking, cleaning, washing, feeding, dressing, attention and love she gives her children every day - most of the time without giving it a second thought. From then to now, her choices changed – they had to.

Obviously, this woman’s choices changed because she was committed to taking care of her children. I’ll remind you, as I reminded this terrific lady; a daily commitment to yourself is the most important.

"I know what to eat...I just don't do it...".

I often ask people “what are the foods you know you should be eating more of?"

Most people give me a pretty good answer.

In the same vein, when I ask folks "what foods are bad for you - the ones you shouldn’t eat too much of?”

They're also pretty close to the mark.

The fact is, most people know what they should be eating more of and what they should be eating less of.

So why don’t they do it?

There are a number reasons - invisible obstacles I call them. The first and most obvious, is habits.

Habits always beat our best intentions.

Here’s the truth; better choices are a product of behavior-change and change is difficult.

Our habits kill our ability to make better choices time and time again. If you don’t know how to identify, break and create better habits, its virtually impossible to create better options.

Our choice to workout (“starting Monday...I promise”), to eat better, every day, (“starting Monday, promise!”), not to drink so much ("...after this weekend I promise”), to get to bed earlier (“...starting Sunday night”)... damn!! Why don’t my good intentions stick?

That’s why the meal plan printouts and excel spreadsheets don't work for very long.

The most nutritious diet in the world might tell you what to eat. It does not create a process for behavior change.

Here's another thing, you’re going to need a system that constructs an environment that yields the best possible chance for success – solutions to every situation we face each day!

This is probably why Metabolic Precision gives Professionals the solutions that so many products & certifications cannot.

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With the MP Level 1 Metabolic Nutrition sure you get a comprehensive accreditation, a stack of CEC's complete with the latest, cutting-edge research. However, you also gain the skills, tools, systems & community support that empower clients to regain control. Life is too short to make bad choices!

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