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The Ultimate Life Survival Guide

The Ultimate Life Survival Guide

Author: Heather Thatcher

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I believe that life is full of beautiful possibilities, yet sadly most people are going through life in survival mode and miss out on the wonder and joy of life. Because of stress, negative self-talk and a distorted view of life, many people hold themselves back from reaching their true potential. I show people how to live with conscious intention so they can lower their stress and confidently go after anything they want for their life.
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Streamlining your life is pillar two of the Building Resilience Framework, and in order to do this we have to learn how to triage our to-do list and see what we can do to set up a system or process that removes as many things from our to-do list as possible. I’m going to share one method that I teach inside of the Survival Guide community that you can start putting into practice right now. And that means we’re taking a little mental trip to Japan.   To learn more about the Building Resilience Framework go to heatherthatcher.com
We know we do this. We know other people do this. But for some reason, when it comes to our self-talk we’ve chosen to selectively forget that we know everyone does this and feel shame because we think we’re the only ones. What I’m I talking about here? Keep listening and I’ll tell ya.
Can we talk about Facebook Groups for a minute?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m in a lot of great groups and I also have a Facebook Group for everyone looking to lower their stress and build resilience. But some Facebook Groups and other support groups can actually keep you stuck, rather than help you move forward.  In this episode I’m going to tell you what to look out for so that you don’t stay stuck on step-one.
You may be surprised to hear this but your biggest source of stress isn’t your job, it isn’t your circumstances, it isn’t your busy brain , or your inner critic with all the “what-ifs” that pop up and bring on some anxiety. The natural enemy of living a healthy, balanced, low-stress life is something else entirely. shownotes can be found at heatherthatcher.com/episode15
Life balance means different things to different people, but no matter how you look at it, there are always some mandatory things that we all need to get done like cooking, doing laundry, cleaning the house, groceries, managing our bills and finances, commuting to and from work - I’m sure you can come up with some others for yourself. The key to finding the right life-balance for you is to streamline the heck out of your life.
We follow so many habits in our day. We get up and check our phones without stopping to think “what should I do first?” and we brush our teeth, maybe make some coffee all without thinking. Our habits also apply to our self-talk. When we have a triggering event, like an awkward conversation or something not going as planned, our brain automatically jumps into our predetermined patterns, and our self-talk follows. But the truth is our self-talk is actually just the symptom of the underlying problem.
Helping others is really important to you.  That’s why you went into a service-based profession, right? You want to make a difference. You do the same with your family and friends, always being there for them supporting them and helping them when they need it. But working hard and giving a lot of yourself to others doesn’t mean that you’ll be happy. In fact, it’s some of the worst advice you’ll receive because it’s just going to lead to disappointment and burnout. You aren’t Yoda - you’re Luke.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the “cheat-day” mentality before. Just in case you haven’t, it goes something like this: You stick to your diet plan for six days and then “cheat” on your diet one day a week and eat whatever you want. Or maybe you say that you’ll allow yourself to have a “cheat meal” or you decide to order dessert and say “It’s okay, I’ve been good lately, I can “cheat” on my diet a little bit today.” This way of thinking is broken, though, and in this episode I’m going to tell you why.
You’re so dedicated to the people you serve at work and you’re there for your family and friends as much as you can be. But some days you’re left wondering is it enough? Am I doing enough? Am I really making a difference? My friend, never doubt your ability to make a difference. The impact you have reaches further than you know. But if you’re feeling stuck, I have three strategies for you to try.    
This is the first time in the three years I’ve been podcasting that I’ve done an episode that is specific to what’s going on right now in the world. At the time of this recording the Corona virus has caused HUGE shifts, fear, and uncertainty all over the world. So what do we do with all this uncertainty and collective fear?  The answer is and always will be compassion, and in this episode I’m going to tell you why. You can get access to my $1000 Mindset Reboot program for FREE right now until March 25, 2020. Go to heatherthatcher.com/free to learn more and join the others who are choosing to take this time to take back control from their inner critic, lower their stress and come out of this crisis strong and confident to go after anything they want.
What do you think of when you imagine a ninja? Someone stealthy, who can sneak around and stay out of sight? Someone who is highly skilled and knowledgeable about what they need to do to accomplish their mission. And, let’s be real here, they’re also someone who was capable of covert espionage and quietly assassinating their enemy. Now that you have that image in your head, I’m going to tell you why you need to embody your inner ninja when it comes to changing your life habits   Music Credit:  reCreation by airtone (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/airtone/59721
Did you know that the food marketing industry spends five-hundred times more money on getting us to buy foods that contribute to weight-gain than global health organizations spend on disease prevention? Yes, you heard that right. 500 times more money is spent on enticing us to eat highly processed, high fat, high carb food than global health organizations spend to try and improve our health. No wonder obesity and weight-related health problems are on the rise! If that just blew your mind, you’re going to like this episode.  
Do you ever look at those people who seem to have their life together, with everything figured out, and wonder what they know that you don’t? They never seem to struggle, everything comes easily to them and they’re successful, happy, and confident. It’s like these people know a secret that no one else knows. Is it just that they’re lucky and have an easy life? No. In this episode, I’m going to tell you the secret, and give you the steps you need to get from where you are right now to where you want to be.
Your Inner Critic's job is to keep you safe, and your life right now, even with all your struggle and unwanted habits is safe because it is known. Your body doesn't like change and responds to change with fear and by turning on your stress response - even if you're creating positive healthy change. There are three main obstacles that stand in your way of creating positive change in a way that doesn't trigger your Inner Critic and activate your stress response.  
Our stressors about money, work, family dynamics, expectations we and others put on ourselves, those stressors don’t disappear and leave us in this constant stressed-out state I call default survival mode. Being in this constant state of stress, though, is really dangerous for our overall health and wellbeing. In this episode I’m going to talk about what we need to watch for, but of course also things you can do to lower your risks of disease by consciously learning how to control your stress response.  And it’s easy, my friend. Easier than you may think.
Affirmations like “I am enough” and “I am worthy” are so freaking popular right now. Sayings like this are everywhere! It’s this idea that if you want to overcome negative self-talk you just need to think positive thoughts and everything will be fine. But the truth is that it doesn’t work for the vast majority of people, and for the people that it does work for - it takes for freaking ever. And you don’t want to wait for forever - you want things to be different now! Right? You want to silence your inner critic and never have another irrational emotional reaction again! If you’re thinking ‘yup! That’s what I want!’ - this episode is for you.
Have you ever noticed how President Obama always wore a navy blue suit?  Or how Mark Zuckerberg always wears a grey t-shirt and jeans? You can look at all kinds of successful people and see that their wardrobes don’t change very much. If you’re thinking “fun fact, Heather, but what does that have to do with me and why I’m here?” It has everything to do with the first pillar of the Ultimate Life Survival Guide and I’m going to tell you why.
If you’re feeling stressed out, burnt out, and find yourself saying “surely there must be more to life than this!” you’re in the right place!   To check out the show notes for this episode go to heatherthatcher.com/episode1   Get daily intentions from the Ultimate Life Survival Guide on  Instagram @TheUltimateLifeSurvivalGuide Get more support in our free Facebook Group facebook.com/groups/theultimatelifesurvivalguide
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