10 Lessons Learned While Practicing a Simple Clean and Whole Lifestyle

2017 is upon us, and I’d like to start this post by giving a big thank you to all of my private and group clients as well as my web followers. You’ve all been an inspiration to my practice this year, so with gratitude, thank you!

At the end of each year, I like to review the past 12 months of my journey living Simple Clean and Whole. I reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going, and I think about the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Now, I’d like to share some of my personal discoveries with you. Here are my top 10 lessons learned while practicing a Simple Clean and Whole lifestyle:

1. Be Impeccable with My Word

Have you ever read The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom? If not, I highly recommend it. Author Don Miguel Ruiz explains what he believes is the source of self-limiting beliefs that steal our happiness. He also provides a “code of conduct” that is intended to help readers experience improved freedom, happiness, and love.

“Be impeccable with your word,” is the first agreement from Ruiz’s book, and he considers it to be the first agreement to sustain healthy communication. I’ve learned to take a step back before I react to a situation. Rather than reacting, I ask myself what I want to get across in a truthful and honest way.

2. Don’t Assume

Don’t assume is another agreement from The Four Agreements. I always remember my mother saying, “Don’t assume. When you assume, you’re making an ass out of you and me!”

When you assume, you’re living in a false state of mind. It’s very common and easy to assume instead of being forthcoming in the practice of being impeccable with your word. See how these lessons integrate with one another?

3. Always Do Your Best

Always do your best is another agreement from The Four Agreements, and while it’s easy to say, “Always do your best,” it’s how you do your best that really matters. Ask yourself if you’re living up to what you believe is your best without the expectation of others’ perceived assumptions of what they think is your best.

We commonly get caught up in what others expect from us, which distracts us from what really nourishes us internally and externally.

4. Expectations Cause Fear

Doesn’t “expectation” sound harsh? When we expect an outcome and what actually happens doesn’t match with the expectation—that’s when fear sets in.

The next question I know you’re going to ask is, “How do you conquer lessening expectations?” The answer is through vision, which leads us to lesson five.

5. Vision and Action Cure Fear

Doesn’t “vision” sound so much softer than “expectation?” When you have a vision of yourself and a positive story you want to create, fear begins to lessen. Once you have a vision and the fear subsides, you’ll be propelled to take action.

What is your vision for 2017? Take the expectation out of it.

6. Have a Non-Negotiable List

Are you being too negotiable with yourself? When it comes to your nutrition and your life, you need to have a non-negotiable list!

What foods have you made negotiable in the past that have gotten you stuck in the nutritional pit? What foods will you put on your non-negotiable list for 2017? Let’s start with the non-foods like sugar (including those sneaky hidden sugars)!

7. Tidy Your Surroundings Means Tidying the Mind

As I’ve said before, the way you do one thing is the way you do most. If your surroundings are in disarray, it’s more than likely that your mind and body will follow.

To get back on track, you need to focus on your non-negotiables and the six basic principles of living simple clean and whole (you can review those in my Back to Basics Guide)!

8. Keep Your Rent High in Your Mind

Always be cognizant of how long you allow old patterns and stories to take space up in your brain. I call that low rent.

As you begin to have a vision that you’re non-negotiable with, the value of rental space in your mind goes up tremendously. Treat your mind like a palace. Take in your vision. I promise that it will become a reality with practice.

9. Listen to Your Vote, Not the Popular Vote

Understand that we all have an inner yes and no. Sometimes, you default to other people’s opinions in order to divert yourself from your own truth.

Don’t do it! Listen carefully to your inner yes and no, because you know best.

10. Surround Yourself with People, Things, and Places that Nourish Your Soul

This is your life. You come in alone, and you leave this beautiful earth alone. While you have the honor of being here, surround yourself with love—love that brings you happiness, joy, laughter, health, lessons to be learned, conflict to be resolved, and forgiveness.

What Lessons Did You Learn in 2016?

Think about the lessons you’ve learned over the past 12 months, and start working on your non-negotiable list and your vision (without expectation) for 2017 right now.

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Happy and healthy 2017!