Good One

If you don’t know me all that well, you may not know this funny little fact about me, but I’m a “jump in with both feet” type of person. I wrote about this previously in a blog about Keri and I, explaining that she was the research department and I’m the experiment department.
When I get a notion to do something, I AM ALL IN! I give it everything I’ve got and I don’t give up! I’m a team player and it’s my heartfelt fervent intention that every member of my team feels included, supported, understood and encouraged. 
A very wise man told me once that the letters of the word team weren’t just letters in the word, but that each letter stood for something. When I asked him what they stood for, Dean Wallace, smiled at me and said, “Together Everyone Achieves More” 
This is a clarification I will always remember. I love the team feeling. Working together to achieve a common goal. Smarter, not harder. 
The, smarter not harder, portion of this lesson is very important to a person like myself that tends to be “ALL IN”. It’s important for me to remember because when I decide to do something I tend to have an intense focus, kinda like a lion hunting his prey. 
This can be a very good attribute, don’t get me wrong. The key here is to establish a sense of balance. I’m writing about this because I need to learn it. I got so excited about becoming a BeachBody coach that yesterday I ran myself into the ground trying to accomplish all these check off items to get started. 
The thing we must remember is when something is MEANT TO BE, like I know my success as a coach/motivator is MEANT TO BE, we must slow down and honor the whole process. Just like we can’t MAKE an Easter Lily grow if it’s not it time. We must be patient. We must embrace the place where we are and hold tight to our beliefs, with unbending faith. 
I am happy and content where I am and eager for more. I’m satisfied with my accomplishments of the day and I must allow myself an opportunity to rest and enjoy life. Otherwise, I won’t have the energy to live the life I’m so diligently preparing for myself.            

Be Open

Over the weekend we had, Greg, from Nell’s Carpet Cleaning Company out to the house. Keri was so excited to get the carpets cleaned. I wasn’t really all that excited. I’d venture to guess that it’s pretty darn safe to say, I don’t really pay attention to the carpet.

We only had our downstairs extended living area done. This living area is large enough to accommodate our dinning table. Oh yeah, and he did the runners we have on the hardwood entryway.

Before Greg came out to the house he had given an us an estimate of $100. Perfect! Let’s do it. So, when he finished I reached for my debit card to pay and Greg said, “I’m not quite there yet” meaning he didn’t have a way to run the payment on a card. No problem. I have our checkbook right here.

While I was getting the checkbook Greg began explaining that he hadn’t made the switch to the smart phone technology. He really wanted to get an iPhone so he could begin utilizing the square for card transactions. He thought it would make his life much easier.

As I was listening to him, I was remembering that just the day before when we moved all our furniture out into the garage, I’d put my old iPhone 4 in a box of stuff that was just lying around the living room. “Greg, I have an iPhone that I don’t use anymore. You can have it.”

“Really?”

 

“Well, I’m not using it and it still works. I would just want to erase all my stuff off of it before I gave it to you and make sure the square is supported by iPhone 4″

Then Greg said, “Well if you do that for me then I say don’t write that check.”

“Really?”

“Well, you’re saving me from having to go out a buy a new phone, so yes!”

That’s really cool. I checked in with Keri to make sure she didn’t have plans for our old phones and she didn’t. Everything is always working out. Greg said, “You really don’t realize how much easier you just made life. I can’t tell you how excited I am.” I’m so happy I could facilitate such a wonderful improvement in his life. This is what life is all about.

Believe It to See It

  
Some of you may know this and some of you may not, but I’m very excited to announce after a bit of research and consideration, I have made the decision to become a health and fitness coach with a little company you may or may not know called BeachBody.      

     I know I’ve written about a couple of the exercise challenges that I’ve been participating in and I found that it’s a natural thing for me to be encouraging and supportive. It’s the funniest thing. Who would’ve thought that the author of a 2 year old blog named Apozitude would be encouraging and supportive in a challenge environment. LOL
     Folks, this is what I was born to do. It’s happening and I have every reason to succeed. I believe it with every fiber of my being and so it shall be.  
  
 

It’s a Good Thing

I know what I am here to do. I feel it in every fiber of my being. I love encouraging people and lifting them up. I love helping people. I love the sound of determination in a person’s voice when they decide to make a change for the better. I want to do this. I am doing this. This choice is for me.  
     It’s hard sometimes when people decide to make changes, especially if the change they decide to make subtracts them from your daily life, but that’s actually not a bad thing. When other’s make a change that shakes up your reality it gives you an opportunity to make changes in your life. 
     Living life without change keeps you stuck in one place in your life. Change is going to happen no matter what, so you might as well belly up to the bar and make friends with change.       
 

Harness the Power

     When you become aware of the Laws of the Universe and realize how to harness the powers to your
benefit, you can totally change your whole life with simple little changes in thought and in attitude.
 

    Think about it. 
 

    The Law of Gravity can be very kind or very cruel. You’ve got to use your head. The Law of Gravity keeps us from floating out into space an keeps our feet firmly planted on the ground (kind), but will also plummet you to the depths of the Grand Canyon if you step out beyond the boundary (cruel). But is it really??? Not really, the Law of Gravity is consistent and unbending. In that manner, it’s very predictable and so predicable that you can count on it unequivocally.  

     The same goes for the Law of Attraction. You’ve got to use your head. What you think about, you bring about. Like the Law of Gravity the Law of Attraction is consistent and unbending. If you don’t like what’s happening in your life, change it!!! 

     The truly amazing thing is, you have ALL the POWER to make your life the way you’d like for it to be. Like energies attract like energies. Be mindful where you dedicate your thoughts. Be accountable and take responsibility for your life. You will be amazed at the power you actually have in your life. Once you commit to a positive attitude and decide to harness your power you’ll live in awe of the pretty amazing things you see show up in your future. 

     Imagine it the way you’d like for it to be and so shall it be. Commit to unbending intent.  

  
 

Where Do You Live?

     There is no better feeling than the feeling of knowing you’re making a positive healthy choice in your life. There are so many ways to make healthy choices, it’s not just about eating well and exercising. It’s also about being true to yourself. 
     An example of being true to yourself may be saying no and drawing a boundary. Everyone is excited about their own gig and just because Dick and Jane are into Salsa dancing and invite you to go doesn’t mean you have to say yes if that’s not your cup of tea. 
     The beautiful thing about life is the variety that’s available. If everyone loved salsa dancing, life would get a bit boring. I’ve never tried salsa dancing. I’m not opposed to it, but there’s not a huge draw for me in that direction. I love how diverse the world is and I love the opportunities in life to try new things.
     Trying new things can be scary, but I think staying stuck in a rut is even more scary. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get to the end of my life and have a pile of regrets. There’s so much to see and do, I can’t imagine doing the exact same thing all the time and not trying new things. I love challenging myself to get outside my comfort zone. I feel so alive when I’m living on the edge. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my sense of security, but I also love the sense of adventure. Push the boundaries. Try new things, if you don’t like it, stop. 
     If you don’t try, you won’t know. 
     The secret to happiness is developing balance. Get out there and enjoy new things. Say, YES to life and trust your inner guidance. Know when it’s right for you to draw a boundary. It’s ok to say no and it’s ok to feel a little scared sometimes. Just know that stepping beyond feeling scared and into positive action exercises your brave muscles.      

  
       

The Smile on My Face

     I love knowing what I know. I love learning and growing. I love opening myself up to new challenges. I am excited about my life and the opportunities that have opened up in my life.

    Look out world, here I come.

     We all have dreams and we all deserve to have our dreams fulfilled. We must realize that sometimes we are standing in our own way. Get out of your own way. Believe in yourself. Have positive thoughts. See love in the world and give it back. Be the change you want to see in your life.

     You are your own ticket to freedom. 

 

You’re not Alone

       There are a million excuses not to exercise. I know because I’ve used many of them. What I can tell you about making and using excuses not to exercise is this, it makes me feel like crap!!! I don’t know about you, but personally, I don’t like to feel like crap.
    

        I don’t particularly like exercising, but what I do like is feeling fit. I like that I can still wear the same size jeans I wore in high school. I like that I can be faced with a flight of 70 stairs to get down to the beach and I don’t think twice about taking them an extra 3 times just for the exercise. I like that when a vacation to Hawaii arrives, I try on a bikini, I look at myself in the mirror and don’t think, “Oh HELL NO!!!” That makes me feel good. 
  

   My focus on fitness and healthy eating helps me to feel young. Who doesn’t like feeling young? I like having the cardiovascular health to dance all night long if I wanted. I like being strong enough to be able to pick up my 70 lb dog if I need to. 
   

         Fitness feels good to me. 
    

        So, when I don’t feel like working out, I remind myself how good it feels to be fit. When doughnuts, french fries and any number of other things smell tempting I remind myself how I feel when I eat those things. I’ve convinced myself on a number of occasions that those temptations are poison.   
    

        Do I ALWAYS resist? Hell no! I love french fries, but the majority of the time I’m making healthy choices. Sometimes, when I want french fries, I go to a grocery store deli and order 3 jojos. The clerk often gives me a weird look, but they always comply with my request. It’s always under a dollar and usually right around .50 cents. Anyway, it satisfies my french fry craving and is not a huge indiscretion.  

  
 
         Healthy living is a challenge for most people, myself included. What I’ve found to be integral to my success is making a decision to do it for myself, for my own sense of satisfaction and health and having a support system in place. 

   

         I admit I’m super lucky because my wife is an amazing source of support, plus she cooks yummy healthy meals. However, if you’re on a road to health and fitness and you feel you’re on your own there is no need to worry. There are lots of resources for support and encouragement. No one has to be alone on their journey to be fit or maintain health. If you’re new to fitness or have been at it for awhile and find yourself needing support, I encourage you to check out beachbody.com 
   

        I’ve found some amazing work out buddies in a couple of beach body challenges and even though Keri and I have each other to encourage and push each other along on our fitness journeys, I’ve found the support and camaraderie of my challenge group to be that little extra push I need sometimes. Thank you work out buddies.