Do Leopards Change Their Spots?

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Namibie_Etosha_Leopard_01editYears ago I overheard one of my associates, who I deeply respected, say:  “Leopards don’t change their spots.”   Now I knew this man to be someone who stayed out of personal judgement and always sought to make fair assessments of people.  Hearing him say this deeply troubled me because at that time I was fighting a very personal battle in my life that would take me years to defeat.

During the weeks and months that followed as I was struggling to overcome the challenge I was facing his statement would return to my mind…

“Leopards don’t change their spots.” 

This would replay in my mind at least every other day.  I began to feel hopeless.  Afterall, I thought, “he must be right.  He is so fair-minded and so full of wisdom.  I guess this is just who I am.  I’m a lost cause.  I am unworthy.”

It would be years later, as I was comforting someone I cared for deeply, when I heard myself say:

“That’s the wonderful thing about life!  It changes on a dime!  If you don’t like who you are or what you are doing; step out just like you stepped in!  It’s that simple!”

And it was!   I realized that day, of all the animals in the world, I think the Leopard is among the most beautiful and so was I. I had been living far below my privileges as a beautiful, intelligent divine human being.  It was then I stepped out & stepped up and into my potential!

It is never too late for any of us to step into our potential.

 LEOPARDS DO CHANGE THEIR SPOTS! 

Sometimes WHAT WE DO is not who we are!  The challenge is to know the difference!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

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Well… Here We Go AGAIN!

WillpowerThis may seem like a little lesson but it has the power to change your life.

As many of you remember one of my goals in my 2013 Productivity Challenge is to work out for one hour a day.  I was doing GREAT!  I hadn’t missed a day and was well on my way to a much healthier lifestyle.  I couldn’t believe it… the girl who had always hated working out was loving it!  I was even asked if I was a junkie by a TRUE JUNKIE!  It was bliss!  But then… I got a bad cold and my health coach asked me to not work out for an entire week.

So with two weeks off I was given the green light to get back at it.  But did I?  NO!  Why?  I had higher priorities.  My work outs were no longer tied to a higher purpose and I had lost my committment.  My inner voice was now saying: “See you don’t need to work every day to feel better.  You feel fine.  You might not feel as good as you were feeling but you don’t feel terrible.”  And on it went.

So yesterday I had to start all over.  As I was headed to the gym I remembered a comment from one of my readers that made so much sense to me.  They said:

“Will-power gets you started and committment keeps you going.”

I can now tell you first hand… they are right!

Thanks for all your support.  Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Crazy Surprise!

English: Business Process Reengineering Cycle

English: Business Process re-engineering Cycle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is day 17 into my experiment in “Discipline” and what a surprise! I learned a HUGE LESSON today about the power of process!

Waking at 7:00 AM, I rolled out of bed feeling stiff and slow. I immediately thought: “maybe I’ll skip my Power Pump class this morning and just hit my Piyo class tonight. I’ve got tons to do.”

Absent mindedly I step on to the scales, and find that I have lost 6 pounds in the last two weeks. As I am jumping into the shower I’m thinking “that’s crazy!” How did I do that? Then it occurred to me!

When you put the proper process in place and just follow the process it becomes powerful! There is POWER in the process!

“Of course,” I thought, “I should have expected this.”

When you put the proper processes in place and just follow the process you literally shift into auto pilot.  You can and should expect the results you desire.

Great lesson today!  What lessons are you learning?

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

P.S. I was so inspired by that lesson, I went ahead with my AM work out! I’m not stiff and slow anymore. I’m glad I followed the process.