Recently my singing/speaking voice has decreased in range, partly due to a lack of practice, over use as I lecture in college classes, and pushing the bounds of style. But what about the “beliefs I have about myself?” How does a decreased self-confidence and stress effect my voice – and my Voice?

According to Christiane Northrup, M.D., “we are taught from an early age that our health is largely the result of our genetic heritage, whether or not we’ve been immunized, how many supplements we take, and how much exercise we get. There is no doubt that these factors can contribute to our state of health. But their influence pales in comparison to the power of our beliefs and attitudes.”

Take a moment to document the stress coming at you from the outside. Are you pushing it aside or breathing through it? Do these stressors include work, increased work, care for your family, increased care for family, and maybe a change in your own physical health? Is it the weather and how weather effects these stressors? In any case, you and your health are a lot more important than what our culture wants us to achieve. And how I view and believe in myself is too.

Take time to calibrate and understand this connection. It may help save your life making it richer, bolder, and healthier.

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It’s the little, conEverest 2016sistent steps that forge any path. Careful adherence to our daily routines, healthy habits and beliefs carve out the Path we want to achieve.  And bad or unhealthy steps inhibit that path, even if it is as small as a little chocolate donut.  You may be thinking the rabbit wins the race by jumping from one event to the next.  Maybe you are a rabbit and this has worked for you but I am willing to bet there are some small steps you count on.  Steps that are out of your Control – like waiting on others, timing, and patience.  The combination of steps needs to be carefully planned and yes – they include help from others.

It is the first weeks of May and that means many skilled and unskilled people are attempting to summit Mt. Everest.  There are climbers who have spent years training and climbers who just went out to buy their sub-standard gear.  There are professional lead climbers and guides and natural native climbers called Sherpa.  As a group, they will attempt to summit the tallest mountain (29,029 ft) in the world on Thursday. (I have included a link to the story below).

Each day, I am carving out a path of small steps and know I am making headway on my overall goal.  But, I believe I am at the “Dip”.  A term coined by Seth Godin to signify that place of quitting right before you reach the goal.  I am at the dip because a few of my steps are faltering – belief in myself, consistency, and I may have a hint of burn-out.  I must stop to rest, look at the crowd of people able to help and hand off some of the load.  In fact, delegating is a very good small step to take.  In the process of reaching my goals, I don’t need to do it alone.  Solo climbs are really not necessary when you face a mountain like Everest

Link to story on The Guardian: http://gu.com/p/4j34d?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other