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The Careful Art of Choosing A Role Model

Posted: February 18, 2020

In 1993, I had the chance to meet one of my personal development heroes, the legendary motivational speaker Mr. Zig Ziglar. 

As I listened to him answer questions in a very small group, I was able to ask him a question I had wondered.  “With everyone out giving advice on how to live, how do YOU choose who to listen to?” 

His answer was, as expected, brilliant.  He said,” Humans are physical, mental and spiritual.  Before I take someone’s advice to heart I look at them to see how their advice contributes to their happiness and the quality of their life.” After all, success at work is no replacement for a family starved of your attention.  Being purely spiritual but sitting and mediating all day is not going to do good for your physical body, while being physically fit but having a head filled with stress and anxiety is not good either. 

Getting The Most From Your Role Model Relationship

Posted: February 18, 2020

Fitness has been a part of my entire life.  Working out in martial arts schools and fitness centers is a daily occurrence for me.  How often I am surprised to see personal trainers who are deservedly being paid a private session, simply having a casual conversation for what amounts to half to three quarters of the time.  Make no mistake, social connection is key to a happy life, but is that the reason why this person hired a personal trainer?

When you take someone’s time, either with pay or by creating a mentoring relationship, respect that neither of you can ever get back that time invested. First, decide in advance the outcome of each visit or session and communicate it at the beginning so you are both less likely to become distracted.  Second, be open to their opinions.  Where you are is the result of your current habits and beliefs.  Where they are is a result of their habits and beliefs. If you want their results, but at the same time want to hold onto your own habits and beliefs, you may not be ready.  Change requires challenge; there is no way around it.  It may be the way you spend your time, your money, what you put into your body, how you view a topic or the physical or mental struggle,  you have to be willing to go through to get what you want. Finally, go into it knowing that since this is uncharted territory for you but very familiar for them, you will have lots of questions, so develop a comfort with asking questions.  The more you know the more potential you have to grow.

Where To Find A Role Model

Posted: February 03, 2020

One of my favorite sayings that is a fit for this topic is, “Fish Discover Water Last.”  Now before you think I have lost my mind, allow me to explain.  If you were to ask a fish “What is water?”, if they could talk, they may not be able to articulate the answer to you any better than someone asking a child, “What is air?”  The reason is because it is all around.  How do you recognize something that is a part of everything you do and everywhere you go?  You have to shut down your awareness so you can focus on the place you are, or the tasks at hand.    Like water for a fish or air for humans, role models to learn from are everywhere.  The challenge is that since they’re so much a part of what our world is, we have to NOT disregard them just because they are everywhere, and we have to guard our perception from tainted and our focus stolen by the very small percentage of negativity. 

So today, try doing two things. First, instead of walking through your world the way we all tend to, try looking everywhere you go for an example worth copying.  Appreciate the person who lets you go before them in line, the person who smiles, the team member at work who does the extra “just because”, the family member or friend who says something kind, etc.  Second, when you see a behavior that you like - copy it.  Be open to continually adding to what comes from you by borrowing great examples of what you see.  By adopting this, the world becomes a living laboratory of improvement for you. 

But It’s Cold Outside: Tips to Keep You Fit When You’re Stuck Inside

Posted: January 31, 2020

Getting enough exercise and staying fit is one of those things that sends positive shockwaves throughout the rest of your life. It improves your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Science has backed this up for years. So, when it’s cold outside and we slack off, we tend to have a higher risk of health problems, depression, seasonal disorders, and more.

Here are some tips for staying on course even when you’re stuck inside.

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My Top 5 Reasons Why Personal Best’s 90-Day Fitness Challenge Really Work

Posted: January 15, 2020

The Teaching Team –  Everyone who is on our teaching team has gone through the 90-Day Fitness Challenge already.  They know what it takes and what you will need to succeed  Peer Support -  It may be one of the hidden secrets to why the approach we use produces consistently above average results.  In-Person Check-ins -  In fitness, making the right adjustments and course corrections at the right time based on what the data is saying is what gets you the results you want.  Customized Nutrition For You -  We do not subscribe to fads and we know too much to think that one way of eating is right for everyone, it isn’t.   You will learn what works for you as the 90 days cracks the code on what delivers the best results for you.  

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