Welcome To The Positive Change Tool Quiz
Here’s how to use this resource.
- If you need guidance about which positive changes you would benefit from most, then use the Positive Change Tool questionnaire below.
- Identify one or two positive changes that you’d like to really focus on this month. We recommend you review this every month.
- Watch the relevant video for the Positive Change you’re focusing on and implement some or all of the suggested action steps to suit your lifestyle.
7 AREAS TO SETUP FOR SUCCESS
Make Time Your Best Friend
Many people often say they feel they lack time, they don’t know where their time is going, or just that there is not enough time in the day to do all they have to do.
The good news is, there are a few tricks to making time your best friend, getting all your important goals done and still have time to chill. Yay!
The secret weapon here is SCHEDULING. A lot of people resist scheduling because they feel they don’t like structure. Or because they associate scheduling with work or things they don’t enjoy. The paradox is that the more structure you have in place, the more you have time to flow and do the things you LOVE.
It also helps to stop procrastination and help you really value your time.
Most successful people say, “if it’s not scheduled, it won’t happen!”
There are so many different options. You can use an old school diary or calendar, but really the most effective tool for day to day scheduling is to have an electronic calendar on your computer that is synced to your smartphone.
This is where your Praxis and Entelechus is going to come in. Try some different calendars and see what works for you.
One of our team members, for example, loves Google Calendar for her day to day schedule, but much prefers a paper planner for looking at a month or week ahead and getting an overview.
In the video below we give some tips and suggestions. If you know someone who is a master scheduler (or you’re already one and you’re stealthing out this page!) we’d love to hear other ideas too!
Having Everything You Need Ready
You may have heard the phrase, “Poor preparation equal piss poor performance!”. How annoying is it when you’re all excited to do something, but then you don’t have everything you need ready. Well we’re gonna focus on making that a positive change here.
A close friend to scheduling is organisation. While scheduling refers more to time, organisation is putting some non-time areas of your life in order to set you up for success.
Ask yourself if you have everything ready to help you flow in your schedule. You may have the best schedule but then you don’t have the exercise equipment you need, the ingredients for your dinner, the pH strips for your water module goal, etc etc.
The scheduling is the ‘gnosis’ and being organised is part of your ‘praxis’.
Sundays are normally a great day to make sure you have everything you need for the week ahead.
Schedule in some time on Sunday to get everything you need ready. This will save you SO much time during the week.
- Shopping for food
- Meal prep, like cutting up some vegetables
- Making sure your exercise clothes are washed and you’ve got your gym bag ready
- Having everything you need for your passion – maybe that’s paint and pencils, or a bag packed and ready for being out in nature
- Buying water filter refills
- Going out and buying that gift for your loved one
- Ordering some Pulse or essential oils online so they arrive when you need them
Be Ready For The Unexpected!
We can have the best of intentions to get up at 5am, but then the alarm doesn’t go off, or your child is sick at home and it throws off your plans for the day. It could be that you have to work late, or maybe there is a unexpected celebration for friends or family who received good news.
Life often doesn’t always go as planned. So what positive changes can you implement when this happens that will prevent you from feeling thrown off your goals?
Simply, what is your ‘Plan B’?
Many of us are “all or nothing”. So if we feel we don’t have time to get to the gym, we may skip our exercise for the day rather than doing what we can.
But doing something, is better than doing nothing. One suggestion is the concept of Good, Better, Best.
- Good is to do what you can do in 5 minutes (like stretching or shaking – just get your body moving).
- Better is to do 30 minutes.
- Best is an hour.
You do your best with what time you have. When you’re really clear on your Plan B, then you can just kick it into action and save time.
Another idea for this situation could be to do some of the things you missed in the morning during your lunch break or in the afternoon. If you use an online calendar then you can “drag and drop” one of your exercises to later in the day. Use the “white space” in your online calendar. You’ll feel so much better for doing so. [If those terms don’t make sense they are explained in the scheduling video if you haven’t watched it already].
One more example here is if it's raining and you wanted to exercise outside, you could try an online exercise class instead. There's heaps of different free ones on YouTube. Have one or two of these as your “back up”.
As you can see, there’s always a ton of different ways to be fluid.
Let’s look at an example for food.
Maybe you’re all organised with what you’re gonna cook tonight, then you have to unexpectedly work late to meet a deadline. It’s really tempting to order in pizza or pick up takeaway on your way home. But if you’re prepared, you can navigate this situation in another way.
An example would be having some Pulse stashed away in your office drawer to curb cravings for greasy takeaway.
The next level is knowing your 'go to' places to buy a salad or healthy takeaway.
So in this case, your “Good” might be to make do with some Pulse, “Better” is going out to buy a salad or healthy meal.
Or maybe you have a party or celebration to go to. If it’s a friend’s party, you could ask the host if it’s ok to bring some of your own food or a healthy dish to share. If it’s at a restaurant you can ask the chef to make something special for you - like some steamed vegetables with lemon juice and herbs or a salad.
Just a note to add here - when your schedule changes and you get hungry, it’s so easy to get tempted!! That’s why it’s a good idea to remove temptations and have healthy snacks ready to curb cravings and stop any full-on binges.
If you have junk food in the cupboard, you're probably gonna eat it at some point.
To avoid temptation, it’s probably best to throw it out. Sure, you might have spent money to buy it. But what’s more important - a few dollars or your health?
Even energetically your house will feel better without that processed food in your kitchen. Keep everything clean, alive, organic as much as you can, and buzzing. Make your house a health temple for your body temple 😉
When you are short on time, nothing beats a smile and leaving with kind words. How you leave a situation is important. The first 5 minutes and last 5 minutes we are with someone make the biggest impact. So even if you’re in a hurry, take time to smile, hug and be present for those 5 minutes before you need to leave.
So you probably get the idea by now.
You can always catch 5 minutes of sun on your lunch break, or have a 15 minute dance party to your favourite songs to move your body and feel good, or do the 7x7 breathing exercise in your car.
You’ll be amazed at how you feel when you are always making an effort, rather than choosing “all or nothing”.
Because You’re Gonna Feel Great After!
You know you should, but sometimes don’t want to? Behind motivation can be procrastination, so let’s keep this short and sweet otherwise you’ll be sitting here reading this and we want to motivate you in action instead!
Here are a few tips.
- Remind yourself of your WHY!
- Listen to the 7 Principles of Health affirmations. Choose the one that relates to your key focus area right now. Afterwards you’ll be feeling, “Yeah! I want to do this!”
- Listen to music that makes you feel good about yourself – check out the HST Tribe ‘Fun’ Music Playlist on Spotify (you’ll need a Spotify account, but the basic level is free!) https://open.spotify.com/user/starr.rachelle/playlist/7vyFufJmeZ804CBvIwQXjc?fref=gc
- Use this community! Post in the Facebook Group, ask for help, ask if someone wants to be your accountability buddy!
- Try this exercise of imagining how you’d feel after you do the action. I don’t feel like [fill in the blank] (eg. running) but after a run I’m gonna feel [fill in the blank]!
- Get an accountability buddy – it’s true that sometimes doing things with a friend is more fun, but if they let you down one time, make sure you don’t also let yourself down!
It’s important to get in the 'feeling' that you've already done your healthy activity and then you'll feel more like doing it! Our vibration is powerful in attracting and creating our reality.
2. 7 Principles of Health Affirmations (remember you can find the audios with the 7 Principles of Heal lessons)
Because You’re Worth It!!
- What would a person who really loves, honours and values themself do?
- What’s the most amazing thing I could eat right now, that would taste great and really nourish me?
Feel grateful for all your uniqueness. We all have areas we really shine at and other areas we benefit from by having community support. That’s the beautiful thing about life. We all have talents to share and that’s how we help each other achieve brilliance
Rather than turn to comfort food to cheer yourself up, make a Self Care menu of healthy ways to reward and love yourself.
Line In The Sand
Sometimes you've just gotta dig deep and find your inner strength, believe in yourself, and take things a day at a time.
Choose a level of commitment that is realistic for you, and then stick to that. This is your ‘line in the sand’.
If you’re choosing to commit to exercise everyday, prioritise it and put it in your schedule. That way if someone asks you out for coffee, you know that you are busy with exercise at that time and can schedule around it.
If you committed yourself to improving a relationship with someone then stick to that. Take baby steps, but always keep moving forward anyway you can.
An accountability buddy or a coach can also be helpful if you feel you need extra support.
You may have heard this little trick when it comes to making goals. It’s the acronym SMART. It means your goals should be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.
We’ve designed the Action Steps in the 7 Principles of Health lessons to meet this criteria.
There’s one more important one which we couldn’t do for you. That is your “WHY”. This is the key that will help you stay committed and work out your personal “line in the sand”.
Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
Our thoughts are more powerful than most of us realize. When making changes mindset is so important.
Believe you can do this!
Make your thoughts work for you.
You may think, “I feel too tired to make a healthy meal/exercise.” But you could turn that into, “Because I feel tired, I know I really should make a healthy meal/exercise.”
Your body and mind are two sides of the same coin, so once you believe you can do it things get a whole lot easier.
Realise that you don’t have to do everything at once.
Health is a journey. The aim of Heal Thy Self Tribe is to help you find balance and experience progressive, sustainable growth, rather than to be perfect at all 7 Principles of Health right now.
It’s important to feel relaxed about the changes you’re making, knowing that you’re moving in the right direction on your journey.
And know that you are supported.
Remember to use the 7 Principles of Health Affirmations (you can download them from each lesson).
Here are some other favourites to get you in the right mindset quickly.
I approve of myself and love myself deeply and completely.
I fully accept myself and know that I am worthy of great things in life.
Happiness is my birthright. I embrace happiness as my set point state of being.
I feel joy and contentment in this moment right now.
I awaken in the morning feeling happy and enthusiastic about life.
Every cell in my body vibrates with energy and health.
I nourish my body with healthy food.
I am a genius and I apply my wisdom daily