The entire My Simple Changes process is centered around getting to the fine details of you and your unique conditions. The one part of this that connects us all currently is the realization that we lead toxic lives, are surrounded by toxic substances and want a life free of it.
Job, home life, hobbies, relationships, exercise, unresolved hurt, media consumption, screen time, creative channeling, habits, routines, stress, music, thoughts, romance, posture.
These situations throughout our day culminate into what is our lifestyle and either allow our bodies to function properly or tighten us off from the stress they create, detrimental actions they justify, and overall days alive they shorten while putting us through the pain. Fortunately, those are routes that don’t have to be you anymore.
Ask yourself, “Am I getting through this task or am I living through this task?”
If you’re getting through anything, it’s time to remove that something from your lifestyle and replace it with the healthiest change possible for your condition’s requirements. In order to grow into the best version of yourself, there are no compromises. The actions and thoughts of what you’re “just getting through” funnel into the rest of your day. Slowly adding toxic weight, slowly cutting off logic, and slowly triggering the release of toxins and hormones in the body to compensate. Those substances (cortisol, serotonin, and similar) ultimately disrupt the digestive process by filtering to our gut, causing an inflammatory response and restricting the absorption of vital nutrients that feed the body.
Because of these toxic lifestyle situations, we have to rely heavier on our Mentality Changes to flush these toxins safely and find our breath again before they wear into additional ailments and further disease. Most of the time, we consciously think we are fine and dismiss the things that come up as life we “have” to live. Subconsciously, we know it isn’t right. We know it isn’t us. We know what it leads to. But we don’t take action upon it.
Why? Why don’t you take action? Only you can answer that.
- Fear of change
- Fear of the unknown
- Confusion on where to start
- Risk of losing something or someone
Whatever it is, you have to resolve that unresolved you carry with you to be fully available for growing forward (Resolving the Unresolved, My Simple Changes, Chapter 10 Part II.1).
“How do you get started?”
“How do you keep going?”
“How do you know when it’s done?”
These are all common questions I get in my Coaching Sessions. Here are the first things I ask my clients to really analyze with every situation that arises:
- Identify the details
- Cast the widest net for all possible solutions
- What are the options that expose you to the least amount of toxins?
- How does the change benefit your health?
Then, we choose the best option with respect to all working parts of the process.
Next, as we evolve through this, remember, there isn’t an ending. This is a continual process of progress. You can never stop learning, never stop growing, never stop seeing the details. Because products will continue to get made, chemicals will continue to be created and science will move forward. So, rid the idea of getting back to a cheeseburger at the end of the rainbow, and shift your logic to seeing the current details of the rainbow.
This is the time you’ve been begging for to let go of the mental vices and the vices that surround your day, and rebuild a lifestyle around what your health needs to operate at its most optimal capabilities. What do you truly want from this short time you get? Be that person you know you’ve always been. Accomplish what you’ve always promised yourself you would. Put your focus into the steps you can take today.
The more you think like this, the more you become that person. All from putting your health at the base of this new foundation.
- Make the change
- Adjust to the change
- Live the change
“I have to do this. I have to take this. I have to. I have to. I have to.”
You don’t “have” to do anything. That’s the burden to let go and grow through the adjustment until you live the change. If you groan through the adjustment you’re already leading yourself back into the same old habits.
Lifestyle Changes Checklist:
- Does this expose me to any toxins?
- Does the thought of this carry throughout my day?
- Does any part of this repeat in my mind after words?
- Does this situation have my health’s best interest?
- What comes next from this?
- Does it balance with the rest of my life? Or does it overload a portion?
- Does this cause stress?
- Can I channel any negative reactions easily?
These are Mentality Changes and eventually become a crucial response built into your subconscious. Eventually, providing the needed clarity and inspiration for continued action.
And even when you don’t think you’re doing enough, remember where you are.
Brandon Godsey is an artist, author, and health enthusiast, held together by Midwestern roots and a deep passion for cooking. His personal health background, decades of work in the food industry, and unique artistic skill set put him on the road to founding My Simple Changes. Where he provides the tools he used to heal from his autoimmune condition while continuing his creative exploration in storytelling.