This week’s fit tip reflects on our Core Value #4, “Get your mind right, take action.”
Napoleon Hill said this: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” This is absolutely true and you must also work at it, you must take action. How do you get your mind right? Where do you start?
Jim Rohn asked these three questions:
What makes life valuable?
What makes life worthwhile?
What makes life work well?
....and then of course What would you fix?
We get so caught up in everything that we have to learn, do, accomplish, what isn't done yet, who did what...but when we come down to it, does all of that stuff even matter? Will it make a difference? How do you filter and prioritize it all?
JIm Rohn explains, "there is usually about a half-dozen things that make 80% of the difference." These make up your own personal core values and helps you take action on what is really important. This will help prioritize your "to-do" list and actually shorten the list down significantly because you're gradually weeding out what wasn't that important to begin with.
So in this week’s fit tip, use these questions above to help shape what’s important to you in all aspects of your life. What are the half-dozen things that are important in your life? Write them down so you have a clear picture to get your mind right. Think about the information you already have, that you have already learned to improve your health, fitness, nutrition and lifestyle and take action on it! One step at a time, take action!
This week I had planned on writing about something compelling like philosophy and secrets to life change. Sounds exciting, I know! But then last night I learned that one of my favorite musicians passed away, Mr. Glenn Frey from the Eagles.
There is so much that we could learn from music. Good quality music. Unfortunately that just isn’t what this new generation seems to be producing. My opinion of course, but nothing really gets me fired up like good ol’ rock and roll. I was fortunate enough to see the Eagles play in ’02 at the Pitt and then again at the Pavilion in ’04 and I must tell you it was AMAZING!!
This morning Joey and I dropped Sophie off at school and headed to Starbucks. We’re out of our NM Pinon coffee and thought we’d utilize our Christmas gift cards! Anyway, I plug in my Eagles Greatest Hits album and crank it loud. Joey comes from a different genre of music and has yet to fully appreciate the sheer awesomeness that “classic rock” has to give. I crank up “Already Gone” and “Take it Easy.” I realize then that what those lyrics Glenn Frey is belting out must be shared for you to ponder, dream, and take action on…
This excerpt from “Already Gone,” is my most favorite Eagles song, ever.
Well I know it wasn't you who held me down
Heaven knows it wasn't you who set me free
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key
That little excerpt alone pulled me through some rough patches in my life. I would play that over and over. How compelling is that? “..and we never even know we have the key.”
You have the key to break through, unlock, and release yourself from whatever it is that holds you back. It’s not the other person for you to blame your circumstances on. People are going to do what they’re going to do. It’s up to you how you’re going to respond to the situation.
And then of course we have “Take it Easy.”
Take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels
drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
and take it easy
We may lose and we may win though
we will never be here again
so open up, I'm climbin' in,
so take it easy
I think that speaks for itself don’t you?
Do what you love, love what you do. Love the haters and be forever grateful for those who’ve continued to be by your side and believe in you. “Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy. We may lose and we may win though we will never be here again...”
What drives you? Is it music? Motivational speakers and podcasts? Spiritual? Perhaps a combination of it all? What are the quotes or lyrics that keep you going on your path of success?
This weeks fit tip: take your favorite quotes and put them somewhere you can see them everyday. Maybe some post-its on your mirror or the refrigerator. Perhaps create a vision board of what you'd like to achieve, places you'd like to travel, or even for your career path. Keep that somewhere you can see it each day to remind you what you're working so hard for.
Take it easy
We're a couple of weeks into the New Year, how are things going for you? Have you made any resolutions or intentions yet? Are you sticking to the intentions you made for yourself? Are you having trouble planning something out? Perhaps you haven’t given it much thought and you’re content with your life as it is. If that’s you, this blog post may not be for you, and that is OK.
Last week I mentioned my list of things that I am NOT going to do so that I can do what I want and need to do for myself and my family. Certainly a different way of goal setting but I’m not afraid to try something different as long as it fits within my core values.
It is with great pleasure to report that last week went extremely well. This isn’t to say that everything went perfectly. There is no such thing and you have to be willing to think on your feet and adjust accordingly. More importantly, not to let the “perfectly planned” schedule upset you or even control you when something doesn’t fall into place. As Darren Hardy says “you control the day, don’t let the day control you.”
As productive as I was last week, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself relaxed and even dare I say, FREE! Not stressed, not anxious, not worried, not overwhelmed or even exhausted like I usually am. RELAXED AND FREE!! I followed my schedule, my list of “to-do’s” that I created for each day. Not only did I complete said list each day, I completed my own workouts and was able to have the weekend at home taking care of things without having that hankering feeling of having to work. For the longest time, when I was at work, I wanted to be with my family. When I was with my family, I had a hard time not thinking about work and what needed to be done.
Now, I’m not sure if you have that same problem but for me, it was a constant battle with myself internally. I am a workaholic. I love to work. I work about 50-60 hours each week. I love to be “busy.” Somewhere along the way though, being “busy” took the place of being productive. I really had to take a look and track my day and see where I was losing the most time. Most of the time lost was spent on things or even people that didn’t align with my core values. For me, everything goes back to my core values and I had to make that choice, that conscious effort on what and who I am going to spend my time on.
So, how can this help YOU?
Simply, CHANGE BEGINS WITH A CHOICE.
What is it that you are wanting or perhaps even needing to change? How long have you been wanting this change? How much longer are you going to wait?
As Darren Hardy says, “your choices become your behaviors. Behaviors repeated become habits. Habits compounded over time become your life.”
The bottom line is, nothing will change for you until you change; until you make the CHOICE and daily steps to create that change. I’ve been working on this change of mine for quite a few months now. It’s not perfect and it didn’t happen overnight, nor will it continue to be “fixed” in one day. But I am seeing and more importantly feeling the difference in my life each day I practice it. No matter what it is you are seeking to change, success happens in baby steps. One step at a time.
Create a vision, listen to your inner voice, your spirit. Exercise your mind and your body. What do you want to practice more, learn more, and BECOME more?
As my mentor Todd Durkin says, “Dream big and be the best version of yourself this year!”
Happy New Year!! This is an exciting time for many of us who like a "fresh start" or to "get back on track." Do you make New Years Resolutions, have some type of goal setting routine you do yearly or perhaps you're not really into making any type of resolutions but perhaps being more conscious about the choices you make?
I have one fitness goal for this year but it's nothing I'm going to scream to the world about or make it my declaration. It's been several years since my last showing and I intend to compete again in July. I'm looking forward to the challenge again and more importantly, who I'll be sharing the stage with. The end goal of being on stage is exciting, but as I mentioned, it's not my declaration, my New Years Resolution.
What is exciting for me is the STEPS I have in place for this coming year.
I sat down over the holiday break and planned out my first 90 days of the year. I always have a packed schedule and have good intentions to stay on track but, as most of you may know, if I don't write it down, I will forget.
Jim Rohn says "don't trust your memory, you've got to keep a journal for ideas, dreams, better thinking habits, your experiences..."
Usually I brain storm all the things I want to do, places I want to go, people I want to see...This year was quite the opposite. I planned out what I don't want. Darren Hardy describes making a list of non-negotiables. What are the things that you will NOT do or let interrupt your goals.
I made a list of my non-negotiable boundaries that are truly important to me:
1. My time with my family is sacred and I will not allow any distractions, interruptions or negative energy.
2. My workouts are my relaxation time and will not be interrupted.
3. My weekends are off limits after 12:00
It really comes down to time. As Jim Rohn says, "time is more valuable than money. You can always get more money, but you cannot get more time. "
One of my mentors, Todd Durkin, describes and lays out his "mellow yellow" time. He's talked of this for years and I used his method to plan out my 90 days. It is so simple and when I applied that method, everything else fell right into place to complete my 90 day calendar and to achieve what I DO want.
So in this week's fit tip, ask yourself, what are your non-negotiables? What are the things that you aren't going to sacrifice to achieve your goal? Or perhaps, what are the things you've been sacrificing already to achieve your goal and you're going to rectify that? Or, what are you NOT going to do to start heading in the direction you desire?
Cheers to very happy and healthy New Year!
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