Motivational Monday.

TODAY I wanted to share the lyrics from one of my favourite songs by Crosby and Nash, called Frozen Smiles:

“So my advice to you is not to take advice
From the dealers who are handing out your cards
TAKE YOUR LIFE INTO YOUR OWN HANDS
Just have faith…”

Create your own beautiful, successful destiny. Have faith that the world is on your side as long as you are TRUE TO THE BEST THAT IS IN YOU!!!

CREATION comes from the Latin word “creo” which means “I BELIEVE”.
BELIEF is a key starting point for success-BELIEF IN YOURSELF, YOUR ABILITIES, YOUR HEART, YOUR IDEAS ..BELIEF IN EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR.

Don’t sit around taking your chances with destiny. Make your choice and achieve it. Believe it to achieve it.

In the spirit of the “Resolution Season”, I’m curious about each of your New Year Resolutions. Send me yours. Sharing things like resolutions encourages commitment and accountability in achieving what you are setting out to do.

Most of you are back at work today after what was probably a wonderful holiday-enjoy today. Make every moment, every day, count.

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape”…

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Motivation for Monday Morning

Change your weakness into your power ..

If you’re content with the best you have done as an athlete, you’ll never be the best you can be.
If you really want to get better, you will go out of your way to change your weaknesses into strengths.
It is not easy, but it is an EXCITING CHALLENGE THAT WILL MAKE YOU GROWN AS AN ATHLETE AND AS A PERSON.

First, determine what your weaknesses are.
Strong competition will bring that out.
Analyze where you need improvement.
Then, turn that weakness into your strength.

The best athletes work hard to overcome their weaknesses.
It is fun, and easy, to practice your strengths because those are what you do best.
However, the only way to get better is to work long and hard on your weaknesses in order to turn them into strengths.
It all boils down to how good you really want to be.

When you make a mistake, you can do one of two things.
You can ignore it-deny it and convince yourself it wasn’t a mistake.
This way, you will keep making the same mistake over and over.
Or, YOU CAN ADMIT YOUR MISTAKES, LEARN FROM THEM AND HAVE THE COURAGE TO TEST YOURSELF AGAIN IN COMPETITION.
THIS WAY IS MORE RISKY, BUT ALSO MORE REWARDING.

Admitting you have a weakness and not working on it is just as unproductive as hiding your mistakes.
You won’t improve either way.
You’ll continue to work on what you like to do, which is what you are best at.
The result is your strength will get stronger, while your weaknesses will get weaker.
You will never reach your full potential.

You may be able to get by in the short run on your raw talent or ability; but in the long run, you have to improve your weaknesses if you expect to win.

When the game is on the line, there’s no substitute for skill.
When your skill is perfected, you will have no weaknesses.
You won’t be vulnerable; you’ll be in control and ready to counter anything your opponent might throw at you.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying you should work on your weaknesses until they no longer restrict you.
I’m saying you should work on them until they’re the strongest part of your game.
So they become your strengths.

To get the competitive edge over your opponents,
make the weakest part of your game the strongest.

This motivation was passed along from my coach at Edinboro University during my years as a college athlete, and although written for athletes I find it truly applicable to our daily lives. Overcoming our weaknesses, similar to overcoming obstacles, is another step in the direction of success; another step towards becoming stronger, wiser individuals.

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday-enjoy today’s winter wonderland !!!

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Motivation for Monday Morning :)

“THE PASSING MOMENT IS ALL WE CAN BE SURE OF; IT IS ONLY COMMON SENSE TO EXTRACT ITS UTMOST VALUE FROM IT.”
–W. Somerset Maugham

Don’t miss your moments because you are comfortable in the expectation that today will be the same as yesterday, because you fear taking risks that will ultimately result in your happiness or success, because you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and spilled coffee on your shirt. Don’t shy away from your deepest passions or what you most desire because of fear. Look your fears in the face; challenge your fears. It will allow you to focus your will on overcoming them. We can DIMINISH OUR FEARS IF WE BELIEVE IN OURSELVES AND OUR ABILITIES. Exchange defeatist thinking for a BELIEF that you can achieve success. We have the power to create great things for ourselves, if we BELIEVE and DECIDE that it is up to us to go and get it.

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
–Jim Rohn

What a bold and valid statement-I LOVE it. I reflected about this for a second because I realized probably each of us (myself included at times) postpone or procrastinate doing something for “later”; this something could be anything-a phone call or email to a friend far away, telling your parents you love them, taking time for yourself-reading, writing a new song, writing a letter etc. So, I wanted to motivate each of you to act RIGHT NOW; no time is better than RIGHT NOW, for a lot of reasons. First, I truly believe that being PROACTIVE about our lives and life choices is a building block for future successes, accomplishments, AND our HAPPINESS. Second, it leaves minimal room for REGRETS. Third, and most importantly, we learn more about ourselves by being productive in this moment-making us stronger, wiser, happier, and more successful.

Sending warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season to you and your families!! Have a beautiful holiday!

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Motivational Mondays

A passage taken from “Warrior of the Light” written by Paulo Coelho, who (If I hadn’t said it before already) is one of my favourite authors ..ever, is a perfect start to an overcast Monday afternoon. I thought of it as a nice change from the usual e-mails about taking action, being driven, focus, persistence etc because it highlights the importance of a couple of other thoughts: timing, for example, but also ties together our own actions with what the “universe” offers us when we’re pursuing our dreams. It also reminded me of the following quote by Napolean Hill:

“The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance will rise to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.”

Written by Paulo Coelho, in his book “Warrior of the Light”:

When I draw my bow, says Herrigel to his Zen master,
there comes a point when I feel as if I will get breathless
if I do not let it fly at once.

If you continue to try to provoke the moment when you
must release the arrow, you will never learn the art of
the archer, says his master. Sometimes, it is the archer’s
own overactive desire that ruins the accuracy of the shot.

We sometimes think: “If I do not do something, it will not be done”.

It is not quite like that: He must act, but he must allow room for the Universe to act too.

Awesome, right ?! Enjoy it. Love it. Make it a Great day.
Tell me everything about how great your day is.

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Monday Motivationals.

“Natural disturbances like fire, wind, insects and disease occur in forests. And they happen for a powerful reason: by showing up, these disruptions create areas of dead trees – making room for a new forest to grow. Business and life follows similar natural processes.

In business, disruption – and sometimes outright chaos – shows up. We call it bad but actually it’s good. Old ways of doing and being need to die before new and better ways can be installed. The very nature of innovation and advancement calls for this kind of a clearing out process. Yes, it’s confusing and often painful. But progress can’t happen without it. It just can’t. We’re seeing this phenomenon happening right now as outdated/sedated institutions crumble. Space is being made for better ones to grow.

And within our personal life, from time to time, various disturbances (sometimes small – once in a while really big) appear. Again, we fight them. We label them as bad. But may I suggest that they are ultimately good. Very good. Because they cause our evolution. They make us bigger. Stronger. And they introduce us to dormant powers we didn’t know we had. Like the forest, the curveballs of life clear out the old to make way for the new. And better.

Nature’s a great teacher. And just as it runs under a series of immutable laws, so does business. Along with life.” -Robin Sharma’s blog

The above was taken from a blog that was introduced to me by two friends, coincidentally, who are awesomely inspiring and amazing individuals to be surrounded by. I thought the reference to our personal lives to be most fitting with the emails that I’ve sent in the past, since it highlights a very important facet in our life’s journey: various “disturbances” (adversity, for example), which force us to become strikingly aware of our present path/direction and what we need to change (out with the old, in with the new). This in turn influences us to re-evaluate and make choices to become better individuals, to choose a better way to accomplish our goals (i.e. overcoming adversity by choosing a better path than originally planned), and to shed our old limiting beliefs while replacing them with a stronger, bigger, and better belief in ourselves and our abilities.

Don’t sit around
taking your chances
with destiny. Make
your choice and achieve it.

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Work-Out WEDNESDAY!

Health Benefits of Exercise

Reduces risk of:

  • coronary heart disease
  • non-insulin dependent diabetes
  • obesity
  • osteoporosis
  • colon cancer
  • hypertension and stroke

Helps:

  • increase resistance to mental fatigue
  • manage stress
  • reduce anxiety
  • relieve depression
  • improve sleep
  • combat chronic disease
  • boost energy levels

Makes a positive contribution to:

  • maintenance of a healthy body weight
  • psychological well-being
  • self-efficacy and self-esteem
  • perceived quality of life

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Taste Tuesday Recipe

No-Bake Protein Bars

Ready in 45 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

230 calories/serving: 21 grams Carbohydrates, 15 grams Protein, 10 grams Total Fat.

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 4 scoops protein powder (vanilla flavour works best)
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Knead all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Line square baking pan with wax paper.   Spread dough into pan using a spatula.
  3. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from freezer.  Cut into bars.

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