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I’m Thankful For The Same Thing Every Year: You

Hello and happy Thanksgiving from Riskology HQ here in Portland, OR!

The wife is downstairs prepping for family to arrive and the big meal we’ll all share later today before giving into a food coma and falling asleep on the couch with a dog and a football game. And maybe an extra piece of pie nearby if we wake up and find some extra space in the stomach. I’ve been told to report for duty, so we’ll keep this one short!

The holidays used to be a stressful time for me. I was unhealthy and overweight. Before I started eating better and exercising regularly, I’d worry about the extra load of rich food and sweets that would bombard me the last month of the year.

But since I started cleaning up my diet and running three times a week over five years ago, the holidays come and go with little stress. I eat and drink whatever I want because I’ve built the habit of self-restraint throughout the rest of the year. And that practice has led me to eat less and smarter by choice through the holidays as well.

I don’t count calories anymore. Instead, I count my blessings and heap another pile of potatoes on my plate knowing when the family leaves, it’s back to normal.

But how did this happen? How did I get to this point? The truth is, I did it with all of you. I set smart goals and habits for myself and used all of you as my accountability partners.Continue Reading →

30-Day Habit Challenge: Join Us In Gratitude And Skill Building (Starts December 1)

In a few days, Riskologists across The U.S. will sit down for a Thanksgiving Dinner with their families and—for just one day—think very carefully about everything they’re thankful for.

But anyone who’s been happy for more than a day at a time knows gratitude is one of the fastest ways to achieve happiness and, more importantly, sustain it. When you remind yourself of all the things that make your life great on a daily basis, you go through life healthier, happier, and more successful however you define it.

That’s not just my opinion. There are dozens and dozens of studies now over many decades that prove it. And that’s why I’m excited to invite you to join me and the rest of the Riskologist Community for a 30-day habit challenge to test your gratitude muscle, starting on December 1.

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Your Choices Will Make You Strong And Resilient… Or Weak And Pathetic

Charlie was stranded; his plane crashed on a desert island. With few survivors, they all had to work together to stay alive. But Charlie wasn’t sure he’d make it. Years of playing in his popular band had made him a bit soft.

It wasn’t being unaccustomed to hardship that weighed on him, though. It was his drug addiction—the nasty habit he’d picked up on his way to stardom. He felt completely powerless to it and, worse, his supply was running low.

One day, another survivor, John, caught Charlie in the woods, indulging himself. Charlie looked completely weak and pathetic—no control over himself or his world. Thinking quickly, John saw an opportunity to help Charlie become the strong, resilient person he needed to be to survive in their harsh environment.

He scooped the drugs away from Charlie and told him, “I’m keeping these for now. If you want them back, you can ask me for them. On the third time, I’ll give them to you.

Charlie protested and begged for the drugs back right then. That’s when John explained:

You’re going to run out one way or another. Difficult days of withdrawal lie ahead for you. Now you have a choice. You are the one who gets to decide how your addiction ends. And choice is the most important thing you have. It’s the only thing separating us from animals acting on their base instincts.

That quote is paraphrased. Never mind that, though. Charlie and John are both fictional characters from the popular TV drama, Lost, that I recently started watching.

But Charlie’s predicament is very real—in one way or another—for many of us. It’s easy to become lost in your own bad habits, letting life lead you around by the nose. And John’s solution is a valuable one, as well.

The choices you make for yourself will determine whether life is something you lead… or something that leads you.Continue Reading →

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