10 Commitments you MUST make to reach your goals

I am learning more in this decade of my life than in any other. It’s crazy how I could have lived over 40 years, been married over 20 of these years and have 3 grown children and actually have this epiphany that I’m finally freaking LEARNING things that matter.

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Like really deep, right?

Maybe it’s cuz I finally have the time to do so! 🙂 In any case, this year I looked at my life in it’s entirety and measured what I was doing in my day to day that was making me truly happy. When I say “happy”, I mean that feeling you get when you are just HIGH on life. When you can’t sit still because you are jumping out of your own skin. That kind of happy. Do you even feel that feeling any more?

I realized that I wasn’t and it made me reconsider everything, for the first time in my life. Yes, I am blessed. I am so thankful for everything God has blessed me with and I have zero regrets because I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t gone through all that I have been through. I’ve lived the life that I was given and I very much love most, if not ALL of it. Ups and downs are inevitable but unless we embrace these too, we won’t truly understand the value and the lessons that the challenges brought us. I’ll save these stories for another time…

Maybe 😉

So as I sat and truly reflected on everything at the end of last year, I found myself at the crossroads that I’ve been before…at just wanting to freaking DUMP everything I was doing that didn’t make me want to jump out of bed every morning, and start over. You know…like pressing “CTRL + ALT + DELETE”? That’s the feeling that usually plagues me every few years and other than feeling overwhelmed (which is a word I’ve come to despise) I never understood that it was simply because I wasn’t getting enough pleasure and happiness from my daily tasks and work.

So here are the tips I have for you if you are needing to PURGE (or at least refocus) on the areas that are SUCKING life’s happiness and meaning from your bones and spirit. I wrote down every commitment that I was holding onto and how important each of these commitments were to  me and my happiness and future. The one thing that stood out to me was that I needed to cut back on trying to juggle too many roles in my world. I knew in my heart of heart that I needed to let go of my hours of teaching fitness classes, in order to create more time in growing myself and in growing my at home business. It was much like the day I decided I needed to quit my job as a personal trainer.

I knew how hard this would be for me. Here was a position that I held since I was just 18 years of age. That’s almost 30 years of teaching. That’s a part of me that I have known longer than before I was both a wife and a mother. This role always seemed to define me, for some reason. I felt valued, I felt needed and I knew I was helping others find their energy to do more.

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When I made the decision to give notice for my classes, I sat in my car in the gym’s parking lot and sobbed like a baby. This was a part of me. It may sound ridiculous but it was a LOSS. In order for me to grow into my next level of happiness and life’s roles that I knew would ultimately create more success and happiness for me and my family, I had no other choice. But it hurt so deeply.

Whether you’re deeply invested in your career or starting a business, I’ve learned that successful people commit to certain decisions that help shape them into becoming the elite. 

Choose to make every moment count. Every day is an opportunity and a gift to master new skills and further our goals. Success comes down to having the right attitude and making smart decisions. I know I made a smart decision because my heart is happier and I can’t explain it more simply and fully than that.

Here are 10 tips to help you find your own inner happiness again.

1. See the good in your life/job/work or find it again.
Find ways to love the life you’re in. If you aren’t getting the happiness you once had, do some research on where you are being drawn to instead.

2. Always risk failures
Commit to letting fear be your motivator but don’t let it become your master when you approach a new opportunity or change in your life. Fear only shrinks our success.

3. Work hard.

Measure your success by your work ethic. If all you are looking for is to simply make money, be careful as the need to make money can become a feeling of “needing to always create more of it”. It’s a feeling of LACK versus REWARD and this does not make for a happy life.

 

4. Be willing to grow
Be committed to thinking bigger than you have ever allowed yourself. Always be grateful for the accomplishments but never satisfied to stop. Continue creating bigger goals along the way.

We are always just beginning the next phase. I know that in my making these changes; I’m not “done” and I will always continue to ask “What’s next?”

 

5. Consistency is the key to success.
It will take commitment to working consistently without breaks and interruptions. It’s only through consistent and diligent work, along with having patience and understanding, that we can continue to climb higher towards more success.

6. Be in love with what you’re doing.
Decide to be passionate about what you do. Passion is the fire that ignites our desire to work harder. Just like a car can’t run without gas, our businesses cannot succeed if we aren’t passionate, focused, and hardworking.

7. Have self-respect.
Having self-respect gives us pride in ourselves; brings more confidence in every area of our lives and brings about the feeling of true happiness through and through. It’s also important to treat others with respect and having integrity in all that we do in order to keep that self-respect.

 

8. It’s a balancing game.
You cannot get where you want to go all by yourself. Learn to delegate activities and jobs. Knowing when to delegate means knowing your strengths and weaknesses.

9. Grow and nurture relationships.
Be choosy when adding others to your team or business. When you find the right team mates and members, nurture them along their goals of success in order to keep morale high and infusing them with your passion, vision and purpose.

10. Always ask for feedback.
Take it from me, don’t be a “know it all”. Professionals actively seek out feedback in order to grow. Every piece of feedback is a seed of knowledge, which is capable of furthering to expand both you and your business. Feedback forces you to keep an open mind and being available to new opportunities that may never have even been an option before.

In order to be happier and more successful in business and in life, commit to making wise and self-aware choices. Our success is a direct reflection of our decisions, our attitudes and our thinking. It’s important to ask ourselves when our business isn’t where we want it to be, we must start making new decisions. In order to grow our work, our happiness; we must first grow ourselves.

I believe this is exactly the next natural step for me too.

 

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The truth about Beachbody Coaching (non biased info)

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See that picture above. THAT is exactly what i felt like when I first found the coaching opportunity. I was like hmmmm… sounds cool but also sounds overrrated. Totally being honest here!  I kind of looked at the opportunity and said, “ya, but can you really make any money cuz it doesn’t sound like work!

My goal here is to save you from the confusion, anxiety and uncertainties of researching the legitimacy and logistics of Beachbody coaching. This is truly unbiased as I will share my down and dirty experience. I want everyone to gather the information and make a conscience decision on whether this would be a fit for you or not. And if not, then that’s totally acceptable too! The bottom line is that there is no “one size fits all” in life and this is just another opportunity for those who are drawn to it and treat it like a business; versus a “hobby”. I am sharing with you what it has done for my life and what it can do for those who share the vision of the network. This has SAVED MY LIFE from the overstressed and underpaid world of working for someone else. Let’s start by breaking down the differences between what a Beachbody coach IS and IS NOT! —->

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So you probably read this info over and realized that truly ANYONE and EVERYONE can be a coach, right? Well, yes and no. As a coach, we have many different roles and strong points but the number one takeaway is that this takes a true LEADER. Leading and living by example is the key to legitimate role modeling.  Some of us are trainers and some of us are not. I get asked this question often too…”what are your feelings about so many coaches who are working with clients and not qualified as a trainer or nutritionist?” Well first of all, we don’t need to be a certified trainer in order to become a successful “coach” because that’s where the programs come into play. The trainers in our workouts are professionals and perform awesome results in the proven plans that are available through the Beachbody world. But that is not the entire package. If you were to simply purchase a plan from the Beachbody store and decide you’re going to get some great results this time around, great! But what is different about this time? What about the other programs and workouts you’ve purchased or started in the past? Why weren’t you more successful before and why is it different now? Let me say that in choosing a coach who you relate with, you now have a “workout partner” that can share some great results and personal stories while helping to motivate you and relate with you at the same time.  Not only that, but you will be surrounded by the community within the Beachbody world which is pretty flipping fabulous as we all have the common goal of paying it forward and helping someone else achieve goals that we are either doing now…or have done already. Now that we’ve covered this first topic, I want to go over some common misconceptions about coaching…
–You don’t have to be at your goal weight! —-> Beachbody coaching is more about taking the journey WITH others, along side of you. Think about it…..how relatable is perfection? I would not be motivated by somebody who proclaimed to have it all together and have the perfect/ideal body they always wanted. I want to know that someone else is struggling to put down that cupcake right along side of me! The feeling of camaraderie and being a part of a “family” is more powerful and allows us all to work together day to day.
–You don’t have to be a business MASTER!– A lot of people are really scared at first!! Saying things like “how would i get people to join my team?” OR “How would I get in touch with people” OR ” I don’t even think I have a market!” ….The MOST beautiful thing about it……ALL THESE THINGS ARE ALREADY SPELLED OUT for you. We have tons of trainings, documents and one-on-one trainings for this very reason! Some of the TOP COACHES in the BIZ (we are talking millionaires people) have figured out the ways and they pass it down to you! 🙂 It’s similar to a biz model if you were to purchase and run a franchise, you have all the tools and strategies and secrets laid out for you; and the only missing component left to fill is YOU!
–You don’t have to be a certified personal trainer or nutrition BUFF. –> Back to my topic from above…we have TRAINERS to do this! Even as a certified trainer (as I am), it takes so much pressure off of me to not have to sit and walk one person through a workout a few days a week and not quite know what they are doing on the other non-training days; let alone what they are eating!  Ever heard of some people named Shaun T? Tony Horton? Autumn Calabrese? Chalene Johnson? Well, in case you haven’t….(and are you living under a rock??? LOL)…these are the CELEBRITY TRAINERS that Beachbody has hired to whip challengers into shape! They are THE BEST OF THE BEST! nobody needs ANOTHER personal trainer !! Beachbody also has full teams of the top nutritionists making custom meal plans (tested and proven) for challengers to use! I cannot tell you how many trainers I’ve known throughout the years that didn’t even offer up nutrition plans for their clients!!! It’s like, the most important aspect to getting results!!!
–It is NOT a pyramid scheme! –> let me ask you a question…DO YOU KNOW WHAT A PYRAMID SCHEME IS? …Let me give you a huge HINT: It’s ILLEGAL!!! You cannot have a successful business model anything like the one within Beachbody if it was a pyramid scheme without being shut down. You also wouldn’t see a pyramid scheme be accredited by the Better Business Bureau as a great network marketing company. The second major issue with a pyramid scheme is that there is no real product consumption within it. Here’s how a natural “pyramid scheme” works; you are asked to invest in a company and then you are asked to bring in two new people underneath you. Any income generated to you is only from those “new” people you signed up underneath you. There are no products or return for the investment and these “new” people are also asked to bring on two new people…and so on and so forth. This could not be further from the Beachbody business as there are obviously products and services to invest in and share along the way.
Let me also share how Beachbody was started and how they decided to implement the network marketing business within the company; and how it is fast growing to more than a  multi-million dollar business model it has become in a few short years. The company started with just two owners; Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon. These two were basically working as infomercial salesmen who were doing amazingly well in their sales in other businesses and when they came together they realized their niche was in health and fitness. They decided to come together and start a company, which they called “Beachbody” and then they ran into a guy named, “Tony Horton” (who you may know from P90X popularity) 😉 Together, these 3 men developed and sold their first workout programs and were having amazing success within their customer base. The problem was that they also needed a place for these customers to come together and share their successes as well as receive support and motivation from one another. They created a customer “forum” online and that’s when the many organic “sharing” of the workout success and help within the community truly was born.   These “success customers” or “coaches” (as now known) were able to help the new customers gain more success than ever and they found that the customers who didn’t utilize the forum and the “coaches” had less success or none at all. 90% of the success stories came from the members who were “coached” by the success story customers. It became apparent that this was something which needed to be celebrated and rewarded with compensation benefits. The “coaching” network was born and those who were working to motivate and help those who were beginning their own journeys were given a 25% commission on the sales that they were helping to generate. I don’t know about you; but this could not be further from the definition of a “pyramid scheme”. When I joined, I purchased a workout program and my Shakeology and I didn’t blindly put my money into an empty “company model” in hopes of getting rich quick. The only money I invest in my business, is giving me something in return that I could use for my goals in health and fitness. The other aspect was in signing people up strictly to “earn” money from. When I have a coach sign up, if they are not interested in building a business with me; I’d rather they stay on as a customer so we can work together strictly to help them reach their goals. I only want coaches that actually want to build a business at home; on their own time and their own terms. If they are willing to help other people; if they want to get fit and help other people change their lives and pay it forward while they are changing their own lives as well…then and only then do I benefit from these coaches. But only if they are truly helping others and benefiting from their own “coaching”. So the “shape” of the company may resemble a pyramid…but if you think about it, doesn’t every organization and company actually resemble a pyramid too? Just being honest! 😉 So I hope that helps you understand this issue.
Feel better?!?!  ME TOO!
Now that we have addressed some of the most common misconceptions !! Let’s talk about the benefits!!!! The TRUE, HONEST, HARD COLD Benefits !
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I bet you are thinking …SERIOUSLY?!?! That is amazing!
Yeah, that is what I am trying to tell you! HAHA! But most people cant see it at first because our BRAINS ARE TRAINED — go to school , spend thousands getting a degree …then work in that job for YEARS behind a desk until you GET TO retire…BUT FINALLY the secret is out!  There IS a better way!
The benefits above are all completely real and true. When I began, I made (an average) of $200-$500 a week in my first few months with Beachbody. Just consider for a moment what would an extra $800 or more do for your life and your family? Would it help you relieve some stresses about bills? Would you be able to save up for a vacation or some fancy new workout gear? Would you just like to have some extra cash left over after all the bills are paid each month? These are all great goals when starting out as a new coach and they are all possible for anyone who commits to the training and steps to build this business.
What I liked best about getting started is that there are absolutely NO OBLIGATIONS! Many times, if you sign up for an opportunity such as this, you have a time commitment. This is completely risk-free…I actually had a coach sign up one day and decide she had changed her mind the NEXT day and we were able to cancel with NO QUESTIONS asked. I’m actually happy to help those who change their minds because we are all free to do so in our lives, why should this be any different?
I am now making more with this business than I made as a full time personal trainer in a corporate gym and it only took me taking a LEAP OF FAITH and believe that if this worked for someone else (which I knew was the case) then I could do the very same thing. 🙂
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So I want to explain now that there are 3 different options when joining as a coach. Remember NO obligations and here are the options to choose from:

1. “Preferred Customer” OR DISCOUNT COACH. —> This is someone who LOVES the products and is going to keep ordering them but doesn’t want to be a coach! NO PROBLEM! You get everything at 25% off. If you are getting your monthly shipment of Shakeology (who isnt) There are NO strings attached and ZERO work to be done with this option. Here is how it will break down.
-Shakeology (retail) = $129.95
-Shakeology (coach) – $97.46
(add in the required monthly fee of $15.95 for if you ever want to start coaching…..$114.00)
That is a savings of $16.54 per month which adds up to $202.08 !!! (that is a HUGE savings over time, wouldn’t you agree?)
-Because you are technically a “coach” you get to write off all of your Beachbody purchases on your taxes 🙂 🙂 🙂
Extra refund?…YES PLEASE!!!

**Remember you also get 25% off EVERYTHING on the website.. including programs, apparel, etc…
2. “Hobby Coach” or  “Part Time” —> This is someone who doesn’t want to make it full time thing but loves the products and how they affect their life and wants to make a little extra FUN MONEY from telling people what they are doing to look and feel so awesome! Who doesn’t want an extra $200 bucks in their bank account every month ? This is the FUN perk with no real WORK to be done! Does someone notice you lost weight or your skin looks better than ever? They would ask you “what are you doing?” and you simply SHARE with them. That’s how easy this option is 🙂

3. The “Business Building” coach –> Someone who wants to take it to THE TOP and make it a SIX FIGURE income and beyond business! Helping people for a living!!!!! All for the small price of $39.95 !!!

I know that I’m a visual learner and need to SEE the facts before I really understand what is being said. So I found this graphic and thought you might enjoy checking it out to see for yourself. Think of this business as a “Franchise opportunity” and this makes complete sense:
—-> For just a second, I want you to play “what if” with me…what if you became a coach?
”What if” you never made a penny but you got healthier–that’s it!  You started drinking shakeology (for a discount), working out consistently with the help of your fellow coaches, what if you started feeling better, being present in your family’s lives, having more energy and just feeling ALIVE! Would it be worth it?

“What if” you shared Beachbody with a friend who was diabetic, depressed and on a downward spiral just praying for someone to reach out and help them..to notice them..they just aren’t in a place to get started on their own. They are defeated. YOU are THAT person! YOU reach out and play a huge part in changing/saving their life!

Would it be worth it?

“What if” you jumped wholeheartedly into this opportunity and committed to doing whatever it takes? You do the small, consistent tasks daily no matter what’s going on in your life because you not only dream of something better, you KNOW it’s out there and you are DETERMINED to get it! You commit to be here a year from now! You have big dreams and realize this is an amazing outlet to get you there! You do the 3 vital behaviors relentlessly because you KNOW you were DESTINED FOR GREATNESS! In 2 years, you are making a six figure income, helping people–feeling blessed and humble and thankful!

Would it be worth it?

“What if” you forgot about it…this coaching thing’s not for me..fears, apprehensions, preconceived notions, whatever the reason…you just don’t want to do it. You don’t have to. But I challenge you today to think about the things in your life that make you unhappy or miserable…what are you doing about them? Five years from now, will you be having the same bad day– overworked, underpaid, tired and stressed? What if you DID something about it instead. Would it be worth it?

Fill in this application to be considered for a spot on the team 🙂

Are You Struggling Today?

It’s amazing to me when I hear people assume that if you don’t complain or talk about your struggles; that you must no have any.

BULL!!! 

Our struggles are our stories!!! Embrace them and learn to grow from them.  That is your message to the world around you.

In keeping with today’s topic; I will share some of mine…

I am a very happily married woman of almost 20 years to my amazing hubby.  Do you think that it’s been bliss ever since the day we said, “I Do”???

FAR FROM IT!!!

…and to those of you who are, or have been married know that it would have been a complete lie for me to say otherwise.

We started out as your average “happy” young couple with dreams of a family life, successes, growing in our faith and many blessings.

While I can’t say we aren’t enjoying all of these today, it sure has not been “easy” in any respect.

Which reminds me of a joke my son told us this summer;

“Why did the washing machine stop working?…. Somebody threw the towel in…”

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We all have struggles and if we stick with what needs to be done consistently; we can work our ways through them and come out stronger than ever. This doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to complain to everyone around you or share all over social media about your issues…

Because there is such a thing as an “unfollow” button and that will get pressed if you make complaining a habit. Instead, act as though everything is going great and your reality will become so. You have more power over your progress and success than you know.

My point is that although life has had it’s share of ups and downs for us, we never gave up. We kept refocusing on helping each other and moving forward in the best way we could understand at the time. There is no fairy tale life. There is no perfection for anyone. I know we will continue to have our struggles but without them, we wouldn’t be as happy and as strong as we are today. My hubby is my best friend and I know he has my back just as much as I do, his.

But you have to get a little bit (sometimes, a LOT) uncomfortable before you feel proud of where you’ve come from…

Let’s focus in on the happy parts of today!

Are You Living in YOUR Moments?

Funny how fast time flies by, don’t you think?

I find that the more I think I have it all together, the harder life laughs at me and changes the scenery!

You know you agree! 😉

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Anyway, yes, my daughter has now graduated from high school, after fighting through the last part of this past year. A funny story she shared with us about our two overseas moves in the last five years (for those of you unfamiliar with my story; yes, this happened and a big reason my daughter was so far behind in her schooling this final year!); was when one of her teachers asked the senior students to write out some advice tips for the incoming Freshmen class. (how freaking cool is that teacher, by the way??)

My daughter (bless her sarcastic heart; she may just take after her mum after all!) wrote the following advice: “Make good friends and get ahead on your credits and grades because you never know if your family may move overseas.”

okay, I thought it was hilarious…you may not agree but it’s all good!

I find that life can really turn your world upside down and then give you a good shaking still from time to time. Have you ever experienced this before? (hint: if you’re ALIVE and actually doing something in your life, then this is a given)

There is no way around it or out of it but you darned sure better move your ass and give it your much needed attention! I think it’s at these times in our lives that we are most vulnerable and need to really be vigilant about who we surround ourselves with. Your attitude about your situation (whatever they may be; big or small) will weigh heavily on the side of the attitudes around you. Don’t believe it? Think about the 5 people you are closest to in your life. Now, think about their temperaments and points of views on life and all things in it. Then go ahead and try to tell me you don’t see eye to eye or believe most of the same, yourself.

Whether you realize this or not; it’s a fact. Maybe you’re the exception to this rule…but I highly doubt it!

My advice to you today is to surround yourself with positive people and teachings. Read Personal Development books to help you grow exponentially. Get out and do some activity to boost your heartrate. Lift weights to strengthen your weak areas. Learn to laugh at yourself in times of stress. Be the best person you could be for today.

Trust me; life goes by regardless.

You may as well feel happier and enjoy the ride.