Dec 28

How to Set Goals in 2018

Setting goals can be a challenge for many as it gets difficult to determine whether or not they are feasible with the given time frame you may be working with. Some say to set sky-high goals, while others say to set very small, obtainable goals. While both can work, it depends on the individual and what works best for them personally. How do you eat an elephant? You eat it one bite at a time.

In my experience, I have tried both and they worked very well. However, I think for most people, what works best is setting a lofty goal, and THEN breaking it down into manageable chunks which allows you to have the best of both worlds. You have a goal that is lofty and very important to you, but you have simplified it to a certain degree, which allows you to better manage it and assess your progress while working towards it.

 

For example, say you want to lose 40 pounds in 2018. Just saying you need to lose 40 pounds seems like a lot of weight. However, deciding you will lose 10 pounds during the period of January to March, 10 pounds during April to June, 10 pounds during July to September and 10 pounds during October to December makes that 40 pounds seem like a very obtainable goal!

Don’t get discouraged if you fall off track or veer off the path along the way. It happens to all of us. The key thing to remember is to get back on track and resume where you left off. Don’t let your mistakes define you. A good meal or good workout doesn’t make you and a bad meal or missed workout doesn’t break you. The key is consistency.

Take some time to set some very important goals for 2018. Don’t be afraid to set some lofty goals, but make sure to break them down into phases and time frames so you can hold yourself accountable and assess your progress along the way. Best of luck! You CAN do this! If I can be of any help, please email me anytime by clicking HERE.

 

 

Dec 01

Is Your Gut Healthy?

Gut health should be at the top of your priority list because those who have healthy insides prove to have better health overall. We have always been so focused on our outside physical appearance that we have forgotten about the hidden gem of where health can prosper; the gut.

Many studies which I have referenced in “Dominate Your Day” have shown that our gut, specifically our intestinal tract, is responsible for many important functions in our body. Majority of our immune system is housed in the gut. Our mood can be dictated by our gut bacteria and people with depression have benefited from increased gut health. Fat-loss can be affected by the gut. Obviously digestion and energy levels can be affected and so much more. Even better, increased gut health can improve the health of your brain.

Promising research continues to show that the more diverse and healthy the gut bacteria is in our stomach and also our entire body, the better our health will be overall. Simply put, our “microbiome” is very important and should be treated as such. We need to put extra effort into creating a healthy environment inside our stomach, as health truly does start on the inside.

 

The ultimate "prescription."

The ultimate “prescription.”

 

Things that can negatively impact and alter the gut bacteria can include artificial sweeteners, gluten consumption, high levels of stress and consumption of sugar and processed foods that are more prone to causing inflammation when consumed just to name a few.

Probiotics are one of my staple supplements and should be taken daily. They are extremely helpful in replenishing healthy bacteria that may have been lost or altered, and probiotics also help repair the intestinal tract walls as well as the lining of the tubing running from the throat all the way down to the anus. You should aim to look for a probiotic that offers at least 8 different strains of probiotics to help create a diverse culture in your intestinal tract. The probiotic should also contain BILLIONS per serving. If it only contains millions, that probably is not enough bacteria. Probiotics can help with digestion, better bowel movements, better energy and better skin, but most importantly, a better microbiome environment.

All of the above sheds light on the fact that our DIET is very important in regards to improving and maintaining a healthy gut that is flourishing with a diverse microbiome. We should be aiming to eat less processed foods and reducing the inflammation in our body. We need to treat our food as medicine and realize the food we ingest has a profound impact on our well-being, especially our mood, immune system and brain health.

Confused on how to eat healthy? Consider my simple-to-follow 14-page DIET EBook that literally takes all the guesswork out of eating healthy for someone who is busy and on a tight budget. Email me HERE to get more details.

 

 

The Happy Bacteria

The Happy Bacteria

 

 

Nov 21

10 Strategies to Keep You Smart About Your Health

We are misled more often than we realize and frankly, from a wellness professional’s prospective, it’s scary what the food and supplement companies are marketing to consumers. Here are some important things you should know:

1. Zero grams of trans-fat on the front of the food item does NOT mean it is trans-fat free. In fact, if the food contains less than .50 grams of trans-fat PER SERVING, the manufacturer can put zero grams of trans-fat per serving on the label. Look for “partially or fully hydrogenated oil.” If it is in the ingredient list, avoid that food!

2. Health supplements are NOT regulated by the FDA. Meaning, unless the product is mentioned to the FDA for false claims, or lack of actual listed ingredient portions, or possible harm to consumers, they typically do not step in. So, it is recommended to buy your health supplements from a reputable company who is trusted and has proven to be honest.

3. A “fat-free” food does NOT mean it is healthy. A prime example is a pack of sour gummy worms, containing upwards of 68 grams of sugar in a small bag, with corn syrup as the main ingredient. However, the company will put on the front, “A fat-free food with a full daily serving of Vitamin C!” Um, no.

4. There are plenty of gimmicks in health and wellness in regards to fitness products. Devices and wraps and shoes and clothes to name a few are now being marketed as having the ability to “burn stubborn body-fat and tone the body.” The ONLY thing that burns body-fat is a program that contains proper exercise and proper eating.
5. A “gluten-free” listed food does NOT mean it is healthy. Although going gluten-free is a good choice to make and I do advise you to do so, gluten-free can be confusing. There are gluten-free cookies, pastas, breads, cereals, candy and cakes available. Doesn’t me we should eat them though.

6. Calories on a food label are PER SERVING. You may think the food or drink item only has 160 calories and when you check the label on the back, you realize it has 8 servings, for a whopping total of 1,280 calories.

7. A “healthy salad” may not be all that healthy. After adding in candied pecans, dressings, croutons and other additives, it can pack a pretty big caloric punch so be aware.

8. “Sugar-free” on the label may mean the product is sweetened with artificial sweeteners and sugar-alcohols which can cause gas, indigestion, bloating and a change in microbiome gut bacteria. Opt for food choices that do NOT need to be re-made as sugar-free.

9. People tend to gravitate towards foods and products that are “all-natural” but the term all-natural is very broad and can mislead many into believing the product is organic. All-natural is not a term that is regulated so proceed with caution.

10. Grass-fed animal products are better, in my opinion, than grain-fed products. Wild-caught fish is better than farm-raised, in my opinion. Look closely at the label and you will see where the original source was. Trying to keep things as nature intended is what I always recommend to my clients.

Stay informed and educate yourself when it comes to food and health and wellness products so you are making great choices to better your health both safely and efficiently.

 

Moderation and balance.

Moderation and balance.

Nov 14

Fit, Healthy and UNHAPPY?

The goal of looking great is a common goal amongst many but if you don’t be careful, you could quickly find yourself healthy on the outside and unhealthy on the inside. Let me explain.

During the journey to better health, many people often get so caught up in numbers, statistics and accolades, that they lose sight of what really is important. They may hit their first goal, but be unsatisfied and want to hit their second goal. Then, they hit their second goal but are unhappy and want to hit their third goal. While there is nothing wrong with striving to get better, pushing yourself and setting and achieving new goals; getting so caught up in those milestones and letting that define your progress or state of happiness could be a recipe for failure.

I am all for setting new goals and dominating them. But, they don’t define you. You need to stop and smell the roses on occasion, enjoy the moment, be proud of yourself and reflect on how far you have come, THEN, you can set a new goal and go after it. Your happiness is a choice and it’s not dependent on circumstances or accolades or solely achieving a goal. Your happiness should come from your journey and the day to day hard work. When you are always chasing a goal and defining your happiness off of the next goal, you will be in a constant state of stress, meaning, the moment you are in is never good enough for you. You are always striving for that next moment, accolade or achievement rather than enjoying the journey and present moment. So, you are never present in the moment and looking ahead to the next moment and when it comes you will then look past that moment quickly to the next. Stop at these “check-points” and take in the view!

Strive for optimum health physically, mentally and spiritually. The equilibrium is very important to overall health. Happiness comes from a decision made daily that is not based off of your circumstances or your next achievement, but by confessing that no matter what, you are choosing happiness and health and will enjoy the journey and learn about yourself and what you are capable of along the way.

Consider getting my book “Dominate Your Day” to help you be your absolute best physically, mentally and spiritually.

 

Mind-Body-Spirit

Mind-Body-Spirit

 

Oct 10

Artificial Sweeteners: Good or Bad?

Many are on the sugar-free craze right now and I get it. You want to swap out the sugar, go sugar-free and lose weight, right? Sounds super simple, especially when all the sugar-free items actually taste very good. Think sugar-free coffee creamer, sugar-free candy, sugar-free popsicles, diet soda and sugar-free cookies.

The problem with this is that when food manufacturers take something out, they have to add something back in. Although they may be taking the sugar out of the food item, have you considered what they are replacing the sugar with? Let’s dig a bit deeper.

Artificial sweeteners do taste very good. Many of them can be up to 700-800 times sweeter than real table sugar. But, it comes at a cost. Artificial sweeteners do go through a chemical process to be formed. Some are actually 2 sugar-molecules blended together by chlorine. You use chlorine to kill bacteria in your pool. Hmmmmm. They are not natural. They have been shown to cause bloating, diarrhea and digestion issues. Take a look on the label of a sugar-free item such as a sugar-free protein bar and see what it says. “Excessive consumption may cause a laxative effect.” Wait, what? Although they take out the sugar, they may add back in simple carbohydrates and other additives. You will see an “ose” on the end of many the ingredients. Recent findings have found artificial sweeteners to actually cause a change in the microbiome of the gut that is not favorable, probably the most important point I want you to take away from this blog post. These changes are not favorable as we know it is very important to have a healthy, diverse and balanced bacteria environment within our gut containing many different strands of cultures. Artificial sweeteners can change the amount of different strands of bacteria in our stomach we need for optimum health including keeping our immune system healthy as well.

Ingestion of artificial sweeteners not only changes the makeup of the gut microbiome to our disadvantage, but it can also kill some of the bacteria (chlorine mentioned above) in there causing a number of issues for overall health. There are many brands on the market including but not limited to: Equal aka aspartame (blue), Splenda aka sucralose (yellow) and Stevia (green).

I recommend staying away from Equal and Sucralose whenever possible. I do however, allow my clients to use Stevia sparingly, as it is made from a plant and is a bit more natural due to less of a chemical process. You will notice it is not nearly as sweet as the blue packet and yellow packet so it takes some time getting used to. Try using it in your coffee, or topping your Greek yogurt with it.

Many sugar-free items are on the market now. I always say, if they had to go back and make a sugar-free version, we probably shouldn’t be eating it in the first place. After all, colorful veggies, lean sources of protein and healthy fats such as nuts and seeds don’t need to be re-made as “sugar-free.” In fact, many vegetables don’t even contain a label. Broccoli, is in fact, just broccoli. Nothing else added or subtracted.

Re-evaluate your eating habits and consider eating in a manner that protects the health of your gut and keeps the inflammation down in your body. Consider taking a probiotic which will help keep the healthy bacteria flourishing in your stomach. Next time you want to go sugar-free, cut out the excess added sugar, but keep the artificial sweeteners to a minimum.

 

The Happy Bacteria

The Happy Bacteria

Oct 06

Drink Wine Daily and Improve Your Health

Yes, you read that right. The most commonly asked question I receive from clients worldwide is whether or not they are allowed to drink on their nutrition and exercise plan that I provide them with. The answer is YES, but with a few minor details.

Remember, the best diet and exercise plan is the one you can stick to. Your life should not be based around the plan, rather, your plan should be based around your life. If your exercise and diet plan does not add value to your life and makes you miserable, you are on the wrong plan. I don’t believe in extreme restriction of any kind. All things in moderation. That’s what my clients are happy clients as they stick to my programs I develop.

Now, the important stuff. What kind of alcohol can you consume and how much of it? First, the best kind of alcohol to consume is red wine. Many of us have heard there are benefits to drinking red wine and that is an accurate statement. Let’s take it a few steps further.

Red wine contains many antioxidants and flavonoids and the big one is resveratrol. Resveratrol helps with longevity and anti-inflammation and antioxidant protection in the body and brain. Not only do I drink red wine daily, I also take the resveratrol extract daily in supplement form. I take 100 mgs daily. Red wine when consumed in moderation, can also help improve the bacteria in your stomach and lower your blood pressure. But how much can you consume you ask?

Men are allowed 2, 5-ounce glasses of red wine a day. Women are allowed 1, 5-ounce glass of red wine a day. Anything more than that, the benefits start to diminish and work against you so the key here is moderation. Enjoy your red wine in moderation and you will be doing your health a big favor.

One last key note here on red wine worth mentioning. Many doctors are now recommending it to patients as a holistic approach to lowering their blood pressure. This is really great to see being that many do not want to have to take prescribed medication to lower their BP. Some holistic doctors even consider it a risk factor by NOT having a glass daily. Boy have things changed over the past couple of years.

Lastly, if you are not a red wine drinker and need another option because you like to have a drink here and there, my second best recommendation would be Tito’s Organic Vodka. It is gluten free, no sugar added, organic, hand crafted vodka that can be mixed with carbonated soda water and a lime and it does taste really good without a ton of calorie and sugar. Unfortunately, it does not provide any benefits like red wine but it is a much better choice to have than beer or sugar-sweetened mixed drinks. Essentially, you are lessening the damage by choosing that.

You don’t have to give up alcohol when trying to reach your wellness goals. You just need to be smart about it and consume in moderation.

Cheers.

 

Cheers.

Cheers.

Sep 30

The Fitness Industry Has Fakes and Phonies

Not always, but sometimes, the fitness industry can be a really vain industry to be involved with. Self-centered, inflated egotistic fitness models and trainers and coaches who are trying to build their personal brands sometimes will do anything it takes to get to where they want to be in ways they told themselves they never would at the beginning. This is not always the case as I mentioned above, but I’ve seen it first-hand what it can do to some people who truly want “success” in the fitness field.

The industry as a whole has become a selfie-oriented, selfish-all-about-me attitude industry. Take a look on social media and you will see millions of individuals posting pictures of themselves with barely any clothes on (or actually none at all) trying to get the “perfect angle” in their shot. They tossed a filter on the picture, maybe edited it a bit through Adobe to show off their features and what we have for an end result is a picture that is quite different from what you would see in person. In fact, I have seen many of these “fitness experts” and “models” in person and didn’t even recognize them! What they portrayed on social media was totally different from reality. Social media and smart phone apps have made it very easy to appear flawless online when the truth is, we are all human and we are not perfect. Being in shape is awesome and looking great is awesome too. You can show off what you worked so hard for. But draw the line and keep it classy. Muscles are seriously awesome, but so is class and character with it.

Cookie-cutter workout and diet programs have been a huge, and unfortunate staple in the industry for some time now. Online trainers now give out “custom” programs that are not custom at all. Many of the trainers are not qualified and do not provide you with what you thought you were getting. Please do your research on him/her and make sure they are qualified to provide you with the best program for your goals and health.

We have lost a sense of the industry being about building up those around you, complimenting and supporting one another. The fitness field should be a community that enhances the lives of others as we all do have a common goal in mind, and that’s to improve our health. Unfortunately, it’s been about the individual and how they can gain 1 million followers on social media and earn instant fame. I’ve even been around fitness “professionals” and models who refer to themselves in the third person when talking.

Instead, I see and hear “fat-shaming” and individuals pointing out the fact that someone is a “beginner in the gym” and much more. Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. Everyone has to step foot in a gym as a beginner at some point. Why would you even think about making comments about someone being a beginner and that he/she isn’t in shape? Did you get to your optimum body shape and health in one day?

Enough with the negative comments, bashing, putting down and judging of others when it comes to body shape, size, health status and whatever else you can come up with. Instead, why not encourage someone. Give them a compliment and let them know they inspire you. Also, be yourself. Stop trying to be someone you are not. Enough with the fake filters and editing and cropping of photos to make you appear a certain way because you think the public would like it better.

The industry as a whole needs a major over-haul and it starts with you. The gold standard should be a health and fitness community where we encourage, compliment, inspire, motivate and take action toward a better quality of life.

 

IIFYM Right?

IIFYM Right?

 

Sep 19

20 of the Easiest Tips to Fix Your Health Now

Try some of these 20 simple and easy tips and you will be well on your way to better health. A little goes a long way, so start with a few and build from there:

  1. Drink apple cider vinegar twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Usually, about a few tablespoons is good enough per serving. Helps with digestion and purifying your body.

  2. Lower your overall carbohydrate intake I did not say completely eliminate them, but lower the quantity. Switch to all gluten-free carb options as well.

  3. Drink more water. Try to get at least 100 ounces or more of water daily. Infuse it with a bit of fruit if you need to.

  4. Simple move your body for 30 minutes daily. Pick one: ride a bike, walk, jog, paddle boarding, kayaking, any sport, etc.

  5. Take a probiotic. Probiotics are so important for overall health and wellness and having healthy bacteria in your stomach is a major key to healthy living! Opt for one that is in billions per serving.

  6. Eliminate any milk (unless it is unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk), fruit juices, soda, candy and Gatorade.

  7. Take an Omega-3 fish oil pill Omega 3 is like nature’s ibuprofen. We need more omega 3’s in our diets.

  8. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. If I have to explain this, we have a problem.

  9. Park further away in the parking lot from the store. Get those steps in.

  10. On your food plate, eat your protein first, veggies second and carbohydrates last. Maybe by the time you get to your carbohydrates, you are getting full and eat less volume of them.

  11. Use unrefined coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil for all your cooking. They contain many healthy fats. Eliminate any vegetable oil or canola oil.

  12. Use Stevia only, no sucralose or aspartame for a sweetener. Stevia comes from a plant.

  13. Drink more coffee (1-3 cups daily) but without sugar and syrup. Use Stevia, half and half cream and some cinnamon for taste. Coffee is a potent antioxidant for the body and brain.

  14. Any meat you buy and eat, opt for the grass-fed version rather than grain fed. Grass-fed has less inflammation and a better fat ratio.

  15. Any fish you buy and eat, opt for the wild caught version rather than farm raised. Wild caught fish has a better fat ratio with less pollutants inside.

  16. Have almonds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios in baggies with you at all times for a great low-carb, heathy fat and protein snack.

  17. Eat the whole egg. Stop tossing out the yolks. The whole egg is healthy for us and contains fat and vitamins and minerals in the yolk.

  18. Warm-up before a workout dynamically, then static stretch after the workout is complete.

  19. Toss the bread basket out, but keep the butter (real grass-fed butter, not margarine) and eat it. Butter is healthy and contains good fats.

  20. Drink more tea. Tea has numerous health detoxification benefits and goes right alongside coffee consumption.

Sep 12

How to Eat Healthy at a Restaurant?

The thought of eating out can bring stress, anxiety and many other emotions for those who are wanting to eat healthy, even when out and about with family and friends. Rest assured, you can still stay on your nutrition plan even when eating out at a restaurant. You just have to be a little prepared ahead of time and not be afraid to ask questions in regards to the menu. Here is what I recommend to help keep you on track:

 

Where's the app?

Where’s the app?

  • Check out the menu ahead of time online at their website, or by stopping by in person if you are able. Seeing the menu ahead of time will give you the time to decide which options are best and what is available.

  • Take note on how the food is prepared. Opt for food choices that are baked, broiled or grilled and stay away from foods that are fried, oil sautéed or flash-fried. Opt for tomato-based or broth-based sauces and avoid cream-based sauces.

  • Do not be afraid to ask your waiter/waitress questions in regards to the menu, how the food is prepared and if it’s cooked with other particular foods you may be allergic to. If you want a particular item that contains something extra you don’t want, don’t be afraid to ask them to take the extra item out and substitute it.

  • Check out the gluten-free/healthy choices portion of the menu, if available. Many restaurants are now offering a gluten-free and healthy options portion of the menu. Make sure you are still aware of the carbohydrate content as gluten-free choices can still pack a mean punch of carb intake.

  • Order a glass of water and if you want alcohol too, order a glass of red wine as well. Red wine has many benefits linked to longevity, reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure when consumed in moderation. The key is moderation which is 2-5 ounce glasses for men and 1-5 ounce glass for women. The water will help keep you from being dehydrated.

  • Skip the bread basket. We have always been told to skip the butter and eat the bread. That is in fact, backwards. Skipping the bread will help you avoid gluten consumption and extra carbohydrates while eating some of the butter will help you get some healthy fats into your system, which the brain loves.

  • Share the appetizer if one is ordered. Order an appetizer and share it amongst the table. This will reduce portions and overall caloric and carbohydrate intake allowing you to indulge a bit more on your main meal.

  • Order a small salad to start, and ask for the dressing on the side. Oil and vinegar is a great dressing option.

  • Eat your protein and vegetable first on the plate followed by the starch last. By the time you get to your starch, your stomach may already be sending a signal to your brain you are starting to get full.

  • For dessert (if you choose to get it), choose a fresh fruit plate instead of ice cream, cake or cookies and pastries. Yes, there is still sugar in the fruit but the fruit contains some healthy nutrients as well in comparison to the other options.

  • Ask the waiter/waitress to put half the meal in a box to go and the other half on your plate. This will obviously reduce your overall intake and indulgence. Don’t forget to chew your food slowly! Saver the taste and enjoyment.

 

4. All of the above

4. All of the above

Now, you do not have to eat healthy at the restaurant and can have a full blown “cheat meal” if you wish and you feel you have earned it, both mentally and physically. This makes the points above irrelevant and you are free to eat and drink whatever you want at that meal. Once your cheat meal is complete, make sure you are right back in the healthy eating bandwagon the next time you eat again. Moderation is key and with some planning ahead, you will be sure to stay on track with your wellness goals while enjoying your food with your family and friends. You now have the tools necessary to make better decisions when eating out, if you choose.

Email me HERE anytime you have questions on training, nutrition, supplementation and/or motivation.

 

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Sep 03

Inspiring the Inspired (20 Forms of Motivation)

  1. Start your day from a place of gratitude. Having an attitude of gratitude totally changes your perspective. Things go from “Why me?” and “This always happens to me” to “I am blessed and thankful for this challenge” and “I have everything I need to get through this day successfully.” Gratitude changes perspective, and perspective is everything.

  2. Competition is about beating your previous self, each and every day. Comparing yourself to others will distract you from aiming to be your personal best specific to your journey. When you look in the mirror, remember that you are trying to improve that person daily, so make yourself a priority.

  3. To continue the self-growth process, you need to step outside your comfort zone, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel. When you are outside your comfort zone, you will face adversity and that is exactly what will bring change and personal growth and force you to make decisions and choices that will help you grow and prosper.

  4. Being a leader comes natural to some, while others need to work at it. Leadership is about bringing out the best in others, not the mess in others. As a leader, aim to inspire, motivate, encourage and help others see their full potential. A leader makes others around him or her better on all levels.

  5. If you are unhappy with your circumstances, take that frustration and channel it into other effective avenues. You do not need to accept your situation as being permanent. All seasons serve a purpose and will pass. So, if you are persistent, you will get what you want. If you are consistent, you will keep what you got.

  6. The words you speak is the person you become. Essentially, what you say most often will dictate your habits and actions. Are you lifting yourself up through your words? Are you empowering yourself verbally? Your words are very powerful and you should be using them to your advantage.

  7. Whatever consumes your mind the most often dictates a lot of things, especially your actions. Your mental attitude is the most important piece of real estate you will ever own. Are you thinking positive and motivational thoughts consistently, or are you thinking negatively? Either way, they have drastically different outcomes.

  8. Anything great takes work. Many look for the shortcut to get to that greatness. The real shortcut is actually doing the work. Rather than taking shortcuts and detours, do the work, do it efficiently and you will get to your goals quicker than if you tried to take a shorter route without the required work.

  9. Everyone doesn’t have to believe in your vision. Many will not. The vision and belief must always be strong inside you. It all starts with you. You set the idea in motion. If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it. Eventually, those who doubted you, will be asking how they can join you.

  10. People who give the most, also get the most. Givers are great getters. Giving is magnetic and people want more of it. When you give from a place of authenticity, it attracts more. When others want to give to you, don’t deny them, as you will stop the cycle of giving and receiving. Give from a place of sincerity.

  11. You are not a victim to your circumstances. Often times, we may not be able to completely control everything that happens to us, but we can control how we respond to them. Adversity will often reveal a true man’s character.

  12. Fear  can become a true roadblock to many achieving success. The fear of failure, the fear of actually achieving your goals and the fear of what others will think are all possibilities. You need to remind yourself achieving your goals far outweighs fear any day of the week. Don’t attack from a place of fear, attack from a place of strength and confidence.

  13. Be yourself because everyone else is already taken. Don’t spend time and energy on trying to live up to the expectations of others. Instead, own your individuality. Think about it, there is not a single person who is exactly like you, so be authentic.

  14. Motivation comes from within. Don’t rely on motivation from others because it won’t always be there. Motivation intrinsically is something you can go back to every single day.

  15. Who cares what others think? Don’t base decisions off what you think others will or will not think. Base your decision off your true heart’s desire. Those people who may or may not care or have something to say will continue living their lives and so will you. The show goes on. Life goes on. Stop caring so much about your reputation and start focusing more on your

  16. You will never get people to love your passion and goals as much as you. Don’t take it personal. It’s your goals, not theirs. They won’t be as excited as you about yours, but this doesn’t mean they don’t support you or don’t want to see you succeed. For those who really do support you, make sure they know they are appreciated and lift them up whenever possible. Surround yourself with a team that is passionate about your group succeeding.

  17. There are times in life you may have to do some things you may not like, in order to be able to consistently do things you do like every day. You have to crawl before you can walk. You have to practice before you can play in the game. Everything is a stepping stone to a better you. Take pride in even the smallest tasks and details.

  18. To make a shot you must take a shot. If order to achieve your goals, you must take risks and pursue them. Sitting around will do nothing. Take action. Every single successful person took risks or “shots” so to speak and that is why they are where they are.

  19. Authenticity is a major key to success. People sense a fake a mile away. Nobody wants to do business or have a relationship with a person who lacks authenticity. Trust is everything and it is earned, it’s not given.

  20. Do the next best and right thing. Every decision you come upon, just do the next right thing. Before you know it, you will have strung out a bunch of solid choices. Don’t stress about the future so far in advance that it wrecks the present. Take it one decision at a time. The old saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? You eat it one bite at a time.”

 

Walt is right.

Walt is right.

 

What do you think?

What do you think?

 

Are you willing to give your all?

Are you willing to give your all?