I've mentioned before that I'm not big on New Year's Resolutions. They are shiny, bright objects that fill us with enthusiasm at the beginning of the year and quickly lose their sparkle once the newness wears off. That's why I like to encourage people to choose a word of the year, rather than making a bunch of resolutions. In this episode, I talk about choosing a word, how that word will guide your decisions throughout the coming year, how optimism helps us achieve our goals, and how we can "train" optimism. At the end of the episode, I share three fun ideas for personal or family projects that you can use to develop optimism.
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If you're listening to this / reading this through the holiday season, or if you've been following along with some of the episodes I've done related to journaling, you might find the following journal prompts helpful:
If you tuned in last week, you know that I'm excited about using journaling as a way to power up your performance, not just when it comes to health and fitness, but in all areas of your life. I did some killer interviews over the summer with top minds in the health and fitness industry. For this podcast, I looked back through the podcast episodes and used some clips from the interviews as journal prompts.
Tune into the podcast to get the full context. Then, spend some time reflecting and writing about any of the topics that resonate with you. Click on the links within each paragraph below to go to the full, original podcast with each of these amazing minds in the wellness world.
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From Sara J Loureiro, Mindset Coach & Business Strategist for women who are on a mission to make a serious impact in the world: We talked about living life "As if..." How would your behavior...
I wasn’t a huge fan of journaling until recently. It wasn’t that I didn’t like journaling or believe in it, I just didn’t understand how it could benefit me or my clients. Since then, I’ve started thinking about it more, and I’ve started introducing journal prompts in my clients’ weekly training plans. Does it help? Research says it does.
Here are a few of the points I cover in this week's episode:
You know exercise is important; yet, you still have trouble working it into your day. In today's podcast, I'll give you some tips for making exercise a priority by structuring your life for fitness success.
As always, you can listen in the player below, or head over to iTunes, Google Play or Spotify and search Power Up Your Performance.
If fitness is important to you, you owe it to yourself to make it a priority in your life. We talk each week on the podcast about the benefits of exercise, so you know by now that you are a better parent, partner and employee if you take the time to exercise because it gives you more energy and boosts your brain power, not just clearing away brain fog, but also making it easier to learn new things.
Did you listen last week? Did you do the exercise where I asked you to grab and pen and paper and jot down some of the biggest temptations you face this season? Whether you did, or whether you didn’t, take a minute to think about...
On Thanksgiving Day, I am launching my Booties and Burpees Holiday Challenge. And today, I am talking about the challenge, and I’m giving you some tips to help you finish 2018 happy and healthy, whether you’re working out with me, or doing your own thing, or even working with another coach.
Let's work together this year! Head over to my store and take a peek at the mindset, movement and race training programs I offer.
Now, before you tune out and decide that this is too advanced or too scary, I want you to settle down and take a deep breath and listen…
Every time we commit to making a life change, it’s a little bit scary, right? Whether you’re choosing a college, or changing jobs, or even committing to a bucket list item, like running a marathon or half marathon … there’s a bit of fear there. So, you’re about to embark on the Booties and Burpees Holiday Challenge, and if you’re feeling a little uneasy about it, know that...
Anyone who has ever met my kids knows that they begged and begged for a dog forever. It wasn't until a week before my oldest left for college that I finally caved, and we became the proud owners of a beagle. (You can follow Miss Mabel on Instagram!)
Miss Mabel was tiny, and she fit in the palm of our hands. It wasn't long before she showed us she had a mind of her own, and her naughty side began to show. I talked to a dog trainer, and she suggested doggy daycare to help socialize her. That plan didn't stick though because we fell in love with a sweet sheltiepoo, and we bought Mabel a companion instead. Sassy Cassie (Instagram) looked a little like Cruella Deville, with white fur on one side of her head, and black on the other. She quickly whipped Mabel into shape, and the two are best friends and companions.
In my two years as a dog owner, this is what I've learned:
There is something powerful about this time of year. I know not everyone gets to see the seasons change like we do in the Midwest, but October in Kansas is always a reminder to me to take time to slow down and reflect and pay attention to what is going on around me. Years ago, when my kids were just little, I was still working full time at a job that I loved in marketing, but I was so stressed out with little kids and a full time job... and if I’m being honest, I was also probably a bit depressed
Because I was feeling down, and blah and in a funk, it really struck me that year when I realized that the trees had completely changed colors, and I had missed – had not even noticed - the beautiful changes in the leaves as they turned their oranges and reds before they wound up being a crunchy brown mess on the sidewalks and lawns. And it made me sad. And I made a point to tell myself that every year at this time, I needed to make sure that I paused and noticed the leaves and...
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” -- We Bought a Zoo
This is one of my favorite quotes from the movie We Bought a Zoo, which was first an international best-selling memoir written by Benjamin Mee, who bought a zoo that was falling apart, and moved his family there. There’s a great scene at the end of the movie where he takes his kids to the place that he met their mother and he acts out the scene where he first got up the courage to talk to her, using his 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery.
I like this quote because… think about all the greatness we could achieve, if we pushed all our fears aside for just 20 seconds and just did or said whatever it was that was on our mind. I’m not talking about mean things like yelling at the waiter because your order is messed up, or yelling at your kid’s teacher...
In my quest to help myself and all of you maximize the time we spend training, I'm constantly searching for ways that will help all of us create behavior change that sticks. My research always seems to come back to the words we use to frame our world and the way we experience it.
The words we tell ourselves are so powerful that they become part of our identity. We call ourselves "fat" or "lazy" or a "failure" or "unreliable" or "slow" so often that we believe it. And, then when we start a self improvement plan... a new eating style, a workout program, preparation for a race that is months away... that voice in our head starts to sabotage our efforts.
You might say, "I'm starting a new eating plan on Monday and I will limit the processed foods I eat and avoid sugar." Your brain, familiar with your habits, tells you, "You will cheat so many times the first day, you'll be ready to quit by the mid-week."
Some behaviors have been reinforced for so long...
I was going through the notes on my phone the other day, and came across something I wanted to share on the podcast. I started relying heavily on my calendar, my phone's notepad and paper notes while I was going through chemo, and occasionally, I will run across a note I wrote to myself. For those of you who haven't experienced it, chemo brain is real. It’s like brain fog, except 100X worse—and can last months and years beyond treatment. It can affect your ability to organize thoughts and to remember things (like names of people you've known your entire life!). It's like constantly having that feeling where you walk into a room and can't remember what you came in for.
Back to the note I wrote to myself. It said...
“Everyone mentions that I have this amazing, strong attitude. And, maybe I do. But more than being strong, it’s that I decided that cancer is not going to steal a single day of my life. I caught myself telling a friend that by the time this is...
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