Jan, 30, 2014
Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Eight
We have all seen it many times….our clients allowing setbacks to set them back. It is frustrating for everyone when this happens. So maybe the best solution is to remind our clients that they don’t have to let this happen to them. In this blog post I will tell you what I tell my clients about setbacks. SHARE THIS INFO WITH THEM! It will save you both lots of frustration and get everyone moving toward their goals!
You can view all previous steps here:
Now, for the 8th Step: Don’t Let Set Backs Set You Back
Many people attempt goals but it seems like the ones who actually achieve their goals are those that keep going no matter how many times they fail or fall off track. Perseverance is one of the keys to success at any initiative.
A short term effort is not going to get you where you ultimately want. In order to achieve any goal, you must stick to your game plan on an ongoing, long-term, consistent basis. Getting off track for a week is no big deal if you are consistent in your efforts. But if you are regularly tempted away from your plan, you will not succeed. Consistency and persistency are the keys to manifesting any goal. Remember that if you want to be 10 pounds thinner 10 years from now, it is not what you do over the next eight weeks that matters,it is what you do over the next 10 years. Researchers have found only one characteristic common to those who succeed with goals including exercise. All such people move towards their goal one step at a time. They are committed to constant, never-ending improvement. In practical terms, it means that regardless of anything else – busy work schedules, lack of energy, lack of time, feeling old, feeling lazy, hating exercise – they made no excuses! They kept moving forward, taking their long-term goals and splitting them up into smaller goals. They took it one day at a time.
Have you ever found yourself
Jan, 23, 2014
Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Seven
As fitness professionals most of us our inherently drawn to learning more, helping more, practicing more….the same may not be true for our clients, but we really should encourage them to become lovers of knowledge just like us! That brings us to Step Seven of assisting our clients in achieving their goals and dream lives…..
Become a Lover of Knowledge -
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Many of us have spent the beginning parts of 2014 thinking about how we can resolve to be better, do more, or achieve greater things. It’s a perfect opportunity to review the critical steps to achieving your goals and dream life that we’ve discussed in the past 6 weeks. You can view all previous steps here:
Step 1: Lay out your goals
Step 2: Get physical
Step 3: Eating like a champion
Step 4: Realize your potential
Step 5: Be positive
Step 6: Surround yourself with positive people
Today’s tip focuses on MCI, something I learned about from a former boss, David Patchell Evans, the founder of GoodLife Clubs, the most successful Fitness Club chain in Canada. MCI stands for measurable constant improvement and “Patch” believes it’s one of the keys to success. The message is that it’s important to always ask ourselves how can I be a better person, a better parent, a better friend, a better employee or business professional…basically how can I reach for my Personal Best.
And part of the process is to learn as much as you can about any dreams you have for yourself. Remember,
Jan, 16, 2014
Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Six
Encourage Clients to Surround Themselves with Amazing People….SHARE THIS INFO WITH THEM!
We have so far discussed 5 critical steps to helping your clients achieve their goals and dream lives. If you’ve missed the series, it would be helpful to go back and review what we’ve covered so far.
I am 100% confident that today’s step “Surrounding yourself with Amazing People” is one of the keys to the life I live. I feel incredibly fortunate to have an amazing group of friends who like to participate in events and activities with me. Then it made me think that that’s what absolutely everybody needs!
If you want to be great, you have to surround yourself with great people.
You are who you hang with – it’s called contagism –
Jan, 10, 2014
Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Five
Be Positively Positive!
Achieving dreams requires a little thought and effort but anything worth achieving is worth working for. So far we have discussed 4 factors for achieving goals; first, set the goals and create the action steps, secondly, we must encourage our clients to move their bodies, third, our clients must fuel their bodies correctly and fourth, ask your clients not to set limits on what they can achieve.
Today, we discuss the importance of focusing on the positive….SHARE THESE THOUGHTS WITH YOUR CLIENTS!
Life is so much better when you can focus on the joys and daily miracles that surround us every single day that may go unnoticed. The beauty of birth, a sunset, a rainbow, a mountain, a puppy, a smile, a kind word…we just need to look around to see how amazing life can be even when there are really tough things we have to endure. We must get into the habit of developing a gratitude mind-set; everyday making a mental or written list of what we love about our lives, who we love, what we appreciate and are so thankful for.
Jan, 4, 2014
Achieving Goals and Dream Life – Step Four
After working in the fitness industry for 25 years and helping people achieve their goals, I have discovered that there are common traits that exist between those who succeed and those who struggle. So far we’ve shared how important it is for clients to write down their goals and action steps and create a map for their lives, the critical act of moving their bodies and last week, we reviewed the key to eating healthy so your clients can have the energy to reach for your dreams.
After all, what good is it to be achieving goals if you don’t feel good enough to enjoy your life!
Today, we move on to Step Four (SHARE WITH YOUR CLIENTS!!):
Helping your clients realizing their potential. Achieving dreams means you have to believe in yourself. You can’t set self-imposed limits on who you are, who you can become and what you can do. You’ve probably heard the saying:
“If you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right!”
Dreams happen first in the mind so if you dream small, you will achieve small but if you dream big, you will achieve big and great things!
I learned this lesson through one of my clients Rick Hansen, a famous Canadian. When Rick was 16 years old, he was in a car accident and suffered a spinal cord injury losing the use of his legs. Initially he
Dec, 24, 2013
First, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF THE BEST FITNESS PROS! Thanks for taking the time to be better for your clients and for our industry!
Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Three
So far we’ve discussed the importance of 1st step, writing down your goals for all areas of your life and taking action and 2nd step, getting physical so you feel great and have the energy to achieve great things.
Today, we discuss the 3rd Step to helping your clients achieve their Dream Life – Eating like a Champion. As you know….it is difficult for clients to live their dream life if they don’t feel well. Ask them to think of their bodies as a high performance race car. They must use the right fuel if they want perform and function optimally.
So….share this info with your clients!
There really is no trick to eating well. It’s stuff we have all heard before. Drink lots of water. Consume a high level of fruits and vegetables. Eat a balanced diet. Minimize alcohol and sugar intake. Control your portion sizes. But there seems to be a gap between knowing what to do and actually adhering to these simple guidelines. There is no special grapefruit, cabbage, Low-protein or High-protein diet or pill that will get you the results you want quickly. And knowledge alone is not power! We all know what we have to do! It is finding the motivation and inspiration to make and adhere to very small changes in our nutrition plan that will facilitate success. Finding the motivation to stick to a healthy nutrition plan day-in-day-out is all it takes. Here’s the good news - you don’t have to starve yourself and you don’t have to limit your diet to bean sprouts and broccoli.
With nutrition, the very small changes to your eating habits will often bring about big differences. The new habits just
Dec, 20, 2013
Achieving Your Goals and Dream Life – Step Two
Last week we discussed how important it is for your clients to create a map for all realms of their lives so that every initiative and action they take points them towards their goals and their dream life. Do not underestimate the power of Step #1 – that’s why it’s number one!
Today, we move onto….
Step Two: Get Physical!
This is the heart and soul of your job so pay attention and share this with your clients!!!!
It’s hard to be great if you don’t feel great. It’s hard to live your best life and achieve all your dreams if you’re not at your physical best. Unfortunately, more than half of our population is overweight or obese and out of shape. The International Journal of Obesity released a report that says we expend about 500-800 calories less per day than we did a few decades ago. All the labor saving devises like remote controls, escalators, elevators, moving walkways and the internet that are supposed to be making our lives easier are in fact making us sick and slowly killing us. If you think about it, that’s equivalent to a 5-8 mile run! That’s how much less we move our bodies today! Daily movement is absolutely critical to counteract our sedentary society.
The Surgeon General released a finding that said we need to move our bodies about 30 minutes a day to increase our health. The finding wasn’t referring to exercise but rather just being active with household chores, walking the dog, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn etc. I remember thinking that I can’t believe a government official would have to make a public announcement to just move our bodies 30 minutes a day. But the sad reality is that most people don’t.
Dec, 14, 2013
Achieving goals and dream life….step one!
Last week I gave you ideas on how to help your clients find motivation. Now it is time to give them the specifics on how to achieve their goals and ultimately live their dream life.
Working in the fitness industry for 25 years, I’ve noticed that there are certain things that those who are successful at achieving their goals do on a regular basis. I’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 Tips and will share those tips over the next few weeks that I hope you will share your clients. These tips will prepare them successfully launch their 2014 year – potentially the best year of their lives!
Early in my career I used to get so frustrated if a client wouldn’t do what I knew they needed to do to achieve the results they wanted. I used to bang my head against the wall trying to figure out how to motivate them. Then one day, I was on a hike with my daughter Brianna and I learned my biggest lesson about goals and dreams.
We had just hiked Beacon Rock in WashingtonState, a beautiful scenic hike with amazing views of the Gorge and the Columbia River. I was getting my daughter situated in her car seat when a pick up truck pulled up beside us and two women jumped out to have a smoke. They each lit their cigarettes and then one looked towards the top of the rock that we had just climbed and stated “You know, people actually hike to the top of that rock!” The other gal took a long drag on her cigarette, looked up and then exclaimed “Why in the world would anyone ever want to do that?!”
My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe she had just said that! I thought she would say something like “Gosh, I wish I was in good enough shape to do something like that!” or “I would love to do that” or “Maybe one day I will be able to do that!” But she had no desire, no interest for ever hiking to the top of that rock. And without any will, there is no way. So no matter what I said or programmed or suggested, nothing I could do would ever convince her to summit that rock. There was no compelling reason for her!
So it taught me that I have to help people figure out their ‘why?’ Once there is a will, there is way. But without a compelling force, success is so much more difficult. The motivation and inspiration to stick to your program or your goals is within you. You have just got to find the right reason – the reason that will make you so emotionally charged that you will take action, make the changes and stick to them regularly – no matter what!
Dec, 5, 2013
Helping your clients find the motivation to eat well and exercise can be tough….. I recently was the Keynote speaker for the “Dream Big” program which is an organization that helps kids create dreams, determine action steps to achieve those dreams and directs them towards resources that will help them make those dreams a reality. Working in the fitness industry for 25 years, I’ve noticed that there are certain things that those who are successful at achieving their goals do on a regular basis. I’ve narrowed it down to 10 Top Tips and shared these at my presentation. Over the next number of weeks, I will share these tips with you and I hope you will share them with your clients. These tips should help them launch into the holidays and into the New Year with some serious motivation!
“When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.” Emil Zatopek
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Nov, 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the US fitness professionals!
Of course today I am thinking of all the things I am thankful for….my family, friends, co-workers and the fact that I get to work (everyday) in an industry that I love. It is because of all of you that our industry has become what it is and will continue to grow! It is because of fitness professionals like you that we are helping people all over the US and the world live healthier lives. I feel grateful to say that I work along side all of you in this endeavor.
So on this day of thanks I simply want to say THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for all of the hard work, energy and passion you put into your profession. We live in a better world because of it.
Enjoy this day with your friends, family and loved ones.