Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to you.

However you spend your day, I hope that this Christmas begins to take on a new dimension. One in which you’ve become awakened to some changes you want to make, and are starting to feel that you can achieve them over the coming year. It is, after all, a time of birth and growth.

If you’ve already started tracking your food intake then be gentle with yourself today. I promise I will. By all means make smart choices such as filling up on protein and veggies, keep drinking lots of water (you started, right?) and eat more slowly. But don’t be a grinch. If there’s one day you can relax, it’s today.

I continue to be humbled and heartened by the feedback I’m getting, both from people reading this series of emails, and more widely from people I talk to. Some of you have taken time to let me know how my journey resonates with you. Thank you so much.

In the last month or so I’ve also had some amazing conversations with people in the gym. One of the “alpha” pack - tall, muscular, fit - started chatting with me after I’d finished my workout the other day. He’d been away on honeymoon for a few weeks and had returned. We only usually acknowledged each other with a nod and a smile. But he wanted to tell me just how impressed he was with the results I was getting. He wanted to know what I was doing, so he and his wife could continue to develop themselves (not that either of them needed to, in my eyes). I was very chuffed. And then humbled. And then I realised:

You never know who you are inspiring.

That thought triggered a question:

When you’re inspiring others around you, how does that change the world?

If we’re feeling good about ourselves, then maybe we have more energy and determination to help other people. In my first email, I mentioned the movie ‘Pay it Forward’. This series of emails has already demonstrated to me just how much reward that comes from helping others without any expectation of return.

Living in an age of war, injustice, famine, catastrophic weather, poverty and disease, it seems to me that the world needs all the inspired people it can muster.

By striving for your goals, and paying it forward I believe you really can make the world a better place.

This insight has been one of the profoundest things I’ve learned during this amazing year.

May you (and those you love) have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks