Oops, I spoke too soon...

"People who have had little self-reflection live life in a huge reality blind spot." 
Bryant McGill

Happy last two weeks of 2015!!! More on that in a moment, but first, three really cool announcements:
  • First, I spoke too soon last week. My specialist checked my test results and I don't have Celiacs - yay!!!  I still have work to do to rebalance my system, but that news was a huge relief;
  • Second, my episode of Your Worst Nightmare will air on Wednesday, January 13th at 9PM EST on the Discovery ID Channel. I'm one of the leads so please tune in; and
  • Third, we finalized the Shift Bars formulas - woo hoooo!!!!! We're getting so close - major happy dance!!!!
Now for wrapping up 2015. Like me, I suspect you're into self-development and self-improvement (I mean, it's highly unlikely you'd actually be reading this email if you weren't).  Therefore, I suspect you're seeing lots of emails and Facebook posts about getting ready for 2016.

They're everywhere these days - messages and online courses about how to increase your productivity, maintain an airtight schedule, and kick all your bad habits to the curb once and for all.

Now I'm all about maximizing my life. Always have been, always will be. But I feel like all this focus on 2016 is missing one big fact...

It's still 2015, at least for a little while longer.

So how about before we leap into the new year, we pause for a moment to reflect on how this year went for us?
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Don't worry, I'm not talking about holing up for the next 15 days in a cave somewhere and pouring over every move you made over the past twelve months.

I'm also not suggesting you bathe in self-criticism for all the "mistakes" you made.

Instead, I'm inviting you to shift your end-of-the-year review to one of self-praise and congratulations.

My inspiration for this? A phone call this week with a friend who is thinking about starting a food business and was wanting some advice.

My first thought was, "I can't help, I haven't even sold a bar yet! What do I know?"

But as we spoke, I realized just how much I've learned the past 18 months working on this project.  And I was way proud.

I shared my experience with my dear friend who is a marital artist, and he told me that when his class practices sparring with each other, he never thinks he's improving because they're all learning at roughly the same pace. But when he goes head-to-head with a newbie, he's reminded of just how far he has come.

It can be easy for those small, incremental changes to go unnoticed. But those are the changes that really make an impact on your life. And they should be celebrated just as much as the big wins, if not more so. CLICK TO TWEET

By shifting one habit, you can change the trajectory of your entire life. I know you've experienced it before, I just want you to give yourself props for doing it. Because what you focus on gets bigger. So which would you rather focus on - your wins or your losses?

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So what's one thing you can point to that you improved in 2015? I want to hear some brags, people!!!!

Did you lose weight and keep it off?
Did you start getting more sleep each night?
Did you start a meditation practice?

Head over to our Facebook page and shout it from the rooftops. There'll be plenty of time to plan for 2016 but right now it's time for a little 2015 pat on the back...

Way to go!
Emily