Don’t Forget to Celebrate!

Humans love to celebrate and be celebrated.  Every time I speak to a group of people and ask if they enjoy the recognition of their successes without fail most will nod their head or raise their hand.  When we are small these celebrations usually happen frequently.  We get celebrated for taking steps, smiling, talking, reading, etc.  As we get older the celebrations of feats are few and far between.  I am not sure why this happens especially since I have surveyed hundreds of people and they all say they enjoy being celebrated.

I want to encourage you to not only celebrate yourself but celebrate others.  Recognize those around you for their wins big or small.  I actually think celebrating the small can be even more important after all 100 small wins lead to one huge one! Take the time to pay attention to those who surround you.  If you notice someone has met any of their big or small goals congratulate them.  Celebrate those around you, it feels good and will inspire them to celebrate too!

Day to day celebration is easily forgotten with all of the busyness and chores.  It is important to be intentional and look for opportunities to celebrate.  It will enhance our mood and overall sense of wellbeing, plus it will make others happy.  I am rooting for you! Let me know how it goes. Karla

 

Repetition for Mastery

“Repetition creates the master.” -Cesar Milan

If I had to name one of the key ingredients to success it would be, constant repetition.   Repetition can come in many forms.  It can include daily affirmations (positive phrases) that we repeat like broken records.  Repetition can also include retaking a class or rereading a book.  I will often reread books that I find influential.  I also will participate in classes even though I may even be considered an expert in the material, for example, health.

Staying submerged in thoughts and material which supports where you want to go over and over will reap huge rewards.  I have said this many times that our thoughts become things.  What better way to create our own best life than to continue repeating yourself until you get there.  Repetition is an important part of true mastery.  I am rooting for you.  Let me know if this was helpful. Karla

 

You Will Lose if YOU DO THIS

Did you know there is one healthy habit that will most definitely every time contribute to your goal of weight loss?  It is so simple it is hard.  ARE YOU READY?

Eat mindfully!

What the heck does that mean?  It means that when you eat, you just eat, nothing else.   You focus on your food.  You chew it.  You taste it and smell it.  You eat mindfully and pay attention to when you feel full.  When you feel full, you stop eating even if it means you have to put some food away in a Tupperware for a later meal. Pay attention afterward.  Do you feel good?  Did the food you ate make you feel energized or sluggish? Make mental notes which foods make you feel good and which ones do not.

This one habit will help you tremendously in your weight loss journey.  The icing on the cake is you will feel better.  You will be more likely to eat just what your body needs, and with time you will gravitate to the foods that make you feel better.  Please remember this is a journey and it takes time.  If you decide to commit to mindful eating I promise you will feel better and it will naturally help you to get to the weight that is healthiest for you.

I am rooting for you and wishing you well! Let me know if this was helpful.

 

START HERE 4 Weightloss Success

So much energy is often spent contemplating the latest diet craze.  I hear about them all the time; Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Whole 30, Weight Watchers, Carb counting, etc.  While I like to learn about each one so I can help the people I serve, I am cautious.  I am very wary of diet crazes.  I like them as long as the person who is partaking is taking the time to be curious and deciding if the diet is helpful to them. Before embarking on a new diet craze I want to suggest you do the following it will be worth its weight in gold if you do!:

  1. Take Stock.  Take the time to figure out your situation.  What are your health goals?  Where do you want to be? Is it realistic and attainable?  What kind of changes do you need to make in order to get where you want to go?
  2. Assess Your Strengths and Weaknesses.  What has worked for you in the past? What do you already know?  What are your weaknesses?  What knowledge do you lack?
  3. Resources. What resources do you have access to (healthcare, library, knowledgeable family or friends, books, trainer, gym, nutritionist, etc)?
  4. Plan. What is your plan moving forward?  Do not overwhelm yourself start with a small action item and follow it with something else once you complete.
  5. Execute.  Move forward with your plan.  Trust that one hundred small changes equal one big change.

You are the expert on you.  I will tell you in all of my experience those who succeed with weight loss and health always take themselves into account.  They include their knowledge of themselves and create a plan for what they do not know.  They connect their personal knowledge with resources, the plan, and they do!

I am not dismissing all of the fads I just am hoping to inspire you to start here with these 5 simple steps to set yourself up for success.  I am rooting for you and wishing you well! Let me know if you have any questions and if this was helpful.

Give 100% to Your Family!

I give 1000% at work and business.  I am really proud of my work and products.  I am also proud that when I am working with people I am 100% there for them.  I listen like a champ.

Unfortunately, when I get home I am not great with my family.  I do not stop what I am doing to listen to my loved ones.  I do not give it my all.  Honestly, my family gets the leftovers.

The other day I became frustrated because it felt like my family was arguing all weekend.  ALL 5 Of US!!  I was so frustrated.

Luckily I stepped back to look at the situation and only one of us was truly giving it his all.  My youngest son was the only one listening attentively, engaging, and really being present.  The rest of us had some piece of technology or a book distracting us as we halfheartedly answered questions.  We were not being present.

No wonder we were arguing.

I have come to the conclusion that I must do better.  I must bring the same attitude I have for my work and business home.  If I want my home life to be as successful as my work I must be willing to bring my best to the table.

So I want to ask you, are you doing your best at home?

Are you giving 100% to your family?

Are you treating your family with the same care as you do your work?

If you answered no to any of these questions I invite you to reconsider your efforts at home.  I have interviewed over 200 people in the last year asking, “What matters most to you?” and the answer I get over 90% of the time is, “my family”.

If our family is what matters most to us then I encourage all of us to treat them that way.

As always I am rooting for you!

Question Your MIND!

Question your self-imposed limitations.  Personally, I find that my self-imposed limitations are wrong 99.9% of the time.

One of the first steps is to identify when do your self-limitations pop-up?  For me when I exercise, try something new, or when I am out of my comfort zone.  My mind goes crazy with these thoughts, “You can’t do this.”, “Better just quit.”, “This is silly.”, “What will they think.”, “They might not like how I am doing this.”, “It won’t work.”  These are just a few of my choice phrases.  The funniest part about it all is I don’t even know who “they” are yet?

The second step is to question your thoughts.  Ask yourself when you have limiting thoughts, “Do I 100% know this to be true?” I have yet to answer yes to this question.  So if you find that your thoughts are B.S. then move along and keep truckin! I am continuously humbled by my minds ability to flat out lie to me.  It’s crazy!

Step 3 is to practice.  In order for this to work, you must be willing to identify what triggers your limiting thoughts, question your thoughts, and then keep moving if they are not true.  It takes consistent diligence, courage, and pure stubbornness to keep this going.

If you are anything like me your mind is clever and will do everything in its power to convince you that you are not powerful, capable, and willing to be challenged.

This takes a strong will to do things that make you uncomfortable.

The reward is you will find you are stronger, smarter, more capable, and incredible than you ever knew possible so remember the following steps;

 

  1. Identify situations that trigger you to have self-limiting thoughts.
  2. Question your limiting thoughts, “Do I 100% know this to be true?”.
  3. Practice, practice, practice.

 

You are an incredible, amazing, and powerful person!  Give yourself the chance to prove it!  I am rooting for you!  Karla

Mastery

Master your gift.  You are a unique and amazing being with a one of a kind skillset.  Get clear on what you are good at and invest time perfecting.  Take time to reflect and assess your skills.  If you know great, get to improving your skills daily.  If you are not clear ask yourself the following;

  1. What actions come easily to me?
  2. What do I do that when I do it I lose track of time?  Whatever it is, dissect the skill set needed for that action.
  3. Reflect on the compliments others give you and look for themes.

If you answer these three questions it will become clear what you are really good at.  Invest in yourself and do one thing daily that helps you to master your skill set.  Do not take your skill for granted and become the Michael Jordan version of your skill set.  If you study masters you will see a common trait.  They exercise and perfect their skill set daily and often several times a day.

Investing time in yourself and your skill set will pay huge dividends.  It will separate you as an expert in your field, it will improve your quality of life, and hopefully, it will lend itself to you helping your family and community.  I am rooting for you!

 

Love What You Have NOW!

What is the fastest way to live the life of your dreams?  It is so simple it is hard.

Love what is in front of you right now.  Love the challenges, love your job even if you hate it, love your partner even if there are differences, love your family even if they are difficult, love where you live, love who you are with, love everything around you.

Loving what is and feeling gratitude for your life is the one thing that will catapult you into the life of your dreams.

We are so backward in thinking we will love our life when……   We must love our life now! Love it now! I promise you this love and gratitude for what is present in your life whether it is good or bad will shake up your life and create an environment where only what you love enters.

It is challenging but must be done if you are serious about loving your life.  What do you have to lose?  I am rooting for you!

Just READ!

Ask any evolved, happy, uber-successful person if they read and they will tell you, “Hell Yeah!”  Reading and continued learning has been proven to contribute to all aspects of success.  Reading exposes you to different ideas and opens doors and opportunities.

Often our environment dictates the level of success we will achieve simply because we are likely to mimic what we are exposed to.  Well, think about it what is one way to expose yourself to experiences and opportunity not present in your relationships or environment?

READING!  Reading is free! Just go to your local library.  Or for a minimal fee, you can read online or even buy books.

If I had to name one thing that has most helped me evolve as a person and connected me to rich and diverse experiences it would be reading.

Many people tell me they do not have time to read.  I read on average 1-2 books per week.  This may sound like a lot but it really isn’t.  I read about 30 min per day.  I gladly prioritize this time because in 30 min I am exposed to someone else’s life work that may have taken them 5-10 years to realize and I in 30 minutes get to benefit from their experience.  Reading has most definitely contributed to my success.  I encourage you to read.  Even if you only read 15 min a day you will be setting yourself up for crazy success.

EXERCISE YOUR MIND AND READ!  I am rooting for you!  Karla

Plan for Action! Create Magic!

“Your dreams are only dreams until you write them down… then they are goals.” -Unknown

I saw this quote on the wall at a conference last week and I have been thinking about it ever since.  I would add to this quote.  My secondary quote would say, “ Goals are only goals until you create a plan and follow through…. Then they become REALITY.”
It is now February, what happened to the resolutions set in January?  I decided to conduct an informal survey.  I asked anyone who would answer about the resolutions they set in January.  Most people I spoke to either forgot about their resolutions, had given up, or thought about their resolutions every now and then.
This has me thinking why??
In my personal life I have learned the magic of writing my goals down I feel that is 50% of the battle.  I have come to know that the other crucial component is planning and executing.  I am reminded of something my mami used to tell me, “ God meets those who meet him halfway.”  It is imperative to write down goals then follow up with a plan that is realistic and then it is essential to ACT!!!
I recommend you get a notebook dedicated to your goals just for your goals.  You have nothing to lose other than $1.99 for a cheap notebook and time and energy spent on planning and creating your best lifeJ
So are you serious about creating your best life ever???
If you are, let’s talk about a process;
1.       GOALS–  I love this part it is the easiest of the three steps.  Get your Goal Notebook and set your timer for 3 minutes.  Let loose and just write.  On a piece of paper list every goal you can imagine.  Try not to think too much just write.  Ask yourself, “What matters to me and what do I want to accomplish?”  Once your timer rings look at your list.  Ask yourself of all the items listed what are the three goals that would most benefit me and contribute to my best life ever?  As you scan your list you will know the important items because they stand out.  Try not to over think this!  Once you find your three goals rewrite them on the next page and make sure each goal is specific, measurable and realistic.
2.       PLAN– Spend 2 minutes on each goal.  Set your timer and free write everything you need to do to accomplish your goal.  Do not overthink this just write.  Continue with the other two goals spend three minutes on each writing everything that needs to be accomplished.  This planning list for each goal is meant to get you excited and it will be used later for reference.
3.       DAILY– For now until you accomplish your goals it is important to write your goals down daily.  This will take five minutes out of your day and it is essential for redirecting your focus and energy to the goals that are important to you and will contribute to you living your best life ever.  So daily, I recommend first thing in the morning write your goals.  Start with your first goal.  Write it down. Then ask yourself, “What is the one thing I can do today to help me reach this goal?  Whatever answer comes to you write it down underneath your goal.  Then document your action into your planner or calendar.  Do the same with your remaining two goals.  If you are unable to identify an action for the day return to the page in your goal notebook where you wrote every action step necessary for completing your goal and pick an action that makes sense.
This is a continuous process and nothing is set in stone.  The important component is to do this daily and to never lose sight of your goal.  If you miss a day then continue on the next day.  It is such a small investment and it is super important if you are serious about taking responsibility for creating your best life!