Integrity… the new currency?

Think about the people in your life that you trust? Think about the businesses that you spend your money with? Which of them make you feel the most comfortable?

I bet they all have 1 thing in common. And that’s Integrity. Walking their talk. Living their values.

This lack is what has us still feel uncomfortable about eating Macca’s. Thanks for the salad range, but we all know the true nutritional value of the “food”. (and I do have 1 occasionally. I’ve never said I was an Angel 100% of the time) It’s the reason that we are starting to see an explosion of the personality based businesses: Ashy Bines, Michelle Bridges 12WBT as examples. We’re relying on the integrity of the┬áperson┬áto be carried through to the product. We trust in them.

I used to be a big fan of Biggest Loser. Inspirational seeing people supported to change their lives. Until tonight.

Last season wasn’t brilliant with the obvious diet yoghurt endorsement. A yoghurt which is by the way packed with a proven carcinogen Aspartame. Tonight it was taken to another level. We all know that to truly change ourselves forever we need to change our habits forever. That means killing off the sugar addiction forever. Eating clean, nothing processed. Finding, identifying and avoiding the hidden sugars. Breaking the crave binge cycle.

At dinner on the program tonight they were all drinking Coke Zero. This is disgusting sweetness replacement, which only serves to continue the addiction to the sweet flavour AND is proven to be damaging to weight loss long term AND has a carcinogenic ingredient Aspartame (I personally know how damaging the stuff is. I maxed out at 2.5 litres/day at one stage)

And the trainers know it. I bet you don’t see them sucking it down.

Let’s hope they have stronger morals in the product they sell with their own name attached.

Remember your integrity every day. It’s truly the new currency in the world, I hope.


The Greatest Growth Tool

In what I do I am constantly supporting clients in their growth journey. Growth is a challenging and often painful process that only the truly brave and courageous undertake, Remember what it was like to have growing pains? Mine were so bad around the age of 9 that my parents used to freeze heavy feather pillows to lay on my legs at night. When it was very bad my Dad used to sleep on my legs to numb them (apparently its not good form to get your kids addicted to painkillers at an early age…. go Mum and Dad!)
I have to say though I am so grateful to those pains. I love being 5’8″. Nothing wrong with being shorter ( or should I say vertically challenged?) I just love being my height. It suits me. I wouldn’t be “me” shorter. At the time I would have given anything for those pains to stop, and cried myself to sleep many times.

So what is that stops us embracing growth as we get older?

When did we decide that Pain was to be totally avoided at all costs, even if that cost is our own happiness?

Depression is on the increase in our society, suicide the biggest killer of our younger generations. Not cancer, suicide. How does that happen in a society that is geared to hedonism? Quick fix happiness. Watch any channel late at night and you can spend your mortgage on machines “guaranteed” to improve your waistline/bust/cooking and “no effort”.

Yet the greatest tool we have for our own growth is readily accessible without going on a payment plan. In fact, I’m guessing you’ve even got a few of them in your house right now. I know that you all have at least 3 in your car.

What is this magical freely available tool? It’s a Mirror. The only question to ask yourself when you are experiencing the perturbation of growth, in the moment when it feels too hard, you’ve got to do too much, you might screw it up, is simply this. Who do I want to see looking back at me in the mirror in the morning? If it’s not the person you are behaving as right now then change it. Embrace the transformation, embrace the pain, push through the barrier. The best way to do that is to enrol a team. Get someone to hold you accountable.

(Or you can borrow my Dad. I think he is still available for lying on legs through the night.)

My Mum has said many wise things over the years. One that sticks with me is “I don’t care what you do, just never say “I wish I had…” to me”.
Which pain do you want to avoid the most : the pressure or change or the pain of regret?
Who is going to look back at you from the mirror tomorrow morning? The true you or the cardboard creation you insist on carrying around?

I know which is prettier.

Ohm Shanti