Yes, You Can! 7 Strategies to Empower, Evolve, and Transform Your Life: Part 7

Yes You Can! Part 5-Transformation: The Evolution of Lifestyle Changes

November 29, 2016   |     West Now Home

By Linda Garza Kalaf

The content herein is that of the author and does not reflect the position or opinion of Western International University (West). This article is shared with the West community through our collaboration with Prospanica (previously known as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs), Phoenix Chapter.

Part 7 - Be Your Best: Whole Life Approach to Living and Loving Your Life

Highlight: This article includes an activity, Create Your Pyramid to Wellness and Wholeness. Discover how to be your best!  

There are many poems that have inspired me over the years. This is one of my favorites:

“If you can imagine it,
You can achieve it.
If you can dream it,
You can beome it.”

--William Arthur Ward

As a founding member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA Phoenix Chapter, I often referenced this poem at various student programs for high school, undergraduate and MBA students. Even as recently as December 2015, while attending the NSHMBA gala as the keynote speaker, I referenced this powerful poem. My intention is for individuals to realize that anything is possible if they can imagine it!

I recall a third grade teacher telling me, “Set your goals and aim high, aim up to the stars, because surely you can reach them.” What are you imagining for your life? What are you dreaming for your life? The power of your mind is amazing! You are the CEO of your life, you are the Genie in the bottle. You can make the magic happen and make your dreams come true. Believe in yourself, your mind is powerful.

Two more quotes, which are powerful and make you think:

“Whether you think you can,
or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

--Henry Ford

“The mind is everything.
What you think you become.”


What are you telling yourself? You Can? Or, You Can’t?

Discover Your Treasures: BE Your Best!

Only you can evolve into your true self. We are all unique. Find your uniqueness and celebrate your life. Surround yourself with positive people. Remove yourself from toxic relationships and negative people who are not supportive of you and your goals, desires and dreams.

Let’s focus on being the best that we can be. You are the CEO of YOU, nobody else knows your life and body better than you. You are your own subject matter expert. You have the power to change your brain, change your thinking. Emit positive thoughts, take positive actions, believe in yourself and you can achieve your dreams. You are worth it.

Take the time to create your own vision and mission statement. Start with your why and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • Who am I?
  • Who do I desire to be?
  • What are my values?
  • Am I being true to my values?
  • What’s important to me right now?
  • What’s important to me five years from now?

Get clear on what’s important to you. You’ve evaluated your values, now connect them to your life vision and mission. Start creating the life you have always wanted, and become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Dream. Your dreams are possible.

A Vision Statement focuses on the future; it is a source of inspiration and motivation. It answers the question, “Where do I want to be?” Revisit your vision annually, to continuously sharpen your vision and set new goals to become the BEST YOU POSSIBLE.

A Mission Statement concentrates on the present; it informs you about the desired level of performance. It answers the question, “What do I do, that makes me different?”

Start connecting the revelations you have made throughout this series of articles and start connecting your values to what your desired vision and mission are for your future. Create a vision board. Start to set your goals, write them down, put them into action and start evolving your life into living your dreams.

Be sure to create your action-oriented plans. What steps you will take to achieve your goals? Your goals are actually your rewards for completing your action steps and plans. The best action plans engage you in a process of continuous assessment, commitment, feedback and follow-through.

Your goals should take you toward your vision and ignite your desires and enthusiasm to achieve, and are ultimately nourished by your values. As my sister so eloquently stated, “Every day I make decisions and choices; and ask myself, are they taking me closer to my goals or are they taking me away from my goals?” My niece says, “Every meal is a decision.” Mind, body, spirit. Let’s make the connections and make healthy choices.

What decisions and choices are you making? Utilize your pyramid to wellness and wholeness as an integral part of your hierarchy for decision-making in order to be true to your core foundation, your values. Remember to focus on your support team and the community in which you surround yourself. As you further explore and discover on your journey and evolution of you, be sure to surround yourself with a team of individuals who can support your goals and YOU! The people you surround yourself with, and the relationshps you take care of, do make a difference. Empower yourself with your Personal Board of Directors, who will support your life vision, mission and goals.


Activity: Create Your Pyramid to Wellness and Wholeness

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Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Linda Garza Kalaf, MAOM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, is a Human Resources professional with over 30-years of experience in the airline and ground transportation industries and is a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional and Global Professional in Human Resources. She has a steadfast belief in supporting the community and has served on local, state and national boards related to diversity & inclusion, education, leadership and mentoring, including the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) (now known as Prospanica). She was one of the NSHMBA Phoenix Chapter’s founding members and chapter president, and went on to serve as the national vice chair. She was inducted into the NSHMBA Executive Circle in 1998 for continuous service on the local and national levels. Her mission is to help others with their personal and professional development in order to reach their full potential.

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