Well-Being - Tuesday, April 9, 2013 1:00 - 4 Comments
Just like the first of the year, a blank page in your journal or day planner, and the start of a new day, spring is filled with new possibilities and potential. With a new idea and the desire to put it into action, you can begin spring—the season of growth and renewal—by spring cleaning your health. Throw out old excuses and get motivated for a fresh start by adopting new healthy habits for spring.
- SUCCESS Quotes: Unlikely Teachers
“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” – Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet and artist Who or what was one unlikely teacher you’ve had? Share your teachable moments with SUCCESS.
- SUCCESS Quotes: Mark Victor Hansen ‘Wake Up Excited’
“When you know clearly what you want, you’ll wake up every morning excited about life.” — Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Did you wake up excited about life? Share why with SUCCESS.
- SUCCESS Thoughts: Alice in Wonderland
- On the Road with Tory Johnson
Recently I told a group of wide-eyed friends about my travel schedule as I tour the country for my Spark & Hustle conferences. Monday: Fly to Tampa and prep for our event there. Tuesday: Lead hundreds of women in our Tampa event, then fly to Los Angeles. Wednesday: Tape a segment about Spark & Hustle [...]
- Have You Thanked Your Competition Today?
I had a speech last week in Nebraska and before I caught my flight home, I made my way over to the US Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha to catch up with two of the greatest competitors on the planet. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have established in the pool what Jack Nicklaus and Arnold [...]
- Exercise and Happiness: Finding Flow
Do you ever go out jogging and feel completely in a groove? You are in a zone and feel like you could run forever. Or you get so enthralled with your yoga class that your stressful day melts away, time disappears and you are surprised when class is over? While that feeling may not happen [...]
- What Shaq and Warrick Dunn Have in Common
Warrick Dunn is one of the most exceptional people I’ve ever met. Warrick played 13 years in the NFL, becoming the smallest player in the league’s history to carry the football more than 10,000 yards. While in high school, his mother, a police officer, was killed during a robbery at a bank. When Warrick made [...]
- 7 Ways to Have Kid-Like Energy
Remember when you were a kid and your energy was boundless? Days seemed long and you could run around all day—literally! As an adult, you have probably experienced a time when you have lacked energy. If you have lost the pep you used to possess, you can refuel with these tips. 1. Remember, junk in. [...]
- Coach Jimmy V: Find ‘Happy’ and Stay There
Last weekend in Sarasota, Fla., the most recognized voice in college basketball, Dick Vitale, gathered 900 of his closest friends to make a difference. The gala was to raise money to cure pediatric cancers, and the night was a celebration of Vitale’s one-time broadcasting partner, Jim Valvano, affectionately nicknamed Coach Jimmy V. Valvano was the [...]
- Tory Johnson: Find Your Spark
Music boomed, hands swayed to the beat and headliners rocked the stage. This wasn’t a concert. It was my small business master class Spark & Hustle that kicked off the nationwide, 20-city tour in New York last week. 500 current and aspiring women entrepreneurs took tips from some of my favorite business rockstars, including Vera [...]
- Joseph McClendon: Get Happy Now
Consider this: There are some 43 muscles in the human face, most of which are controlled by the seventh cranial nerve (also known as the facial nerve). This nerve exits the cerebral cortex and emerges from your skull just in front of your ears. With each expression comes a chain reaction of moving parts that [...]
- What’s the Most Precious Resource You Waste?
Tick, tock, tick, tock. Think fast! Here’s a riddle: What resource is scarce—yet easily taken for granted, squandered or rationalized? It’s not money—because everyone could use more money no matter how much we have. And I’m not talking about good health or clean water or fossil fuels, although these could be plausible answers. Give up [...]
- SUCCESS Favorite Quotes for Inspiration
Everyone has a favorite quote. Whether it’s something elegant from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow or something more cryptic from Edgar Allen Poe, we identify with particular quotes during different trying times in our lives. Last week, we asked you, our SUCCESS readers, to pass along our favorite quotes and add your own. As always, you never [...]
- The Compound Effect and A Healthy Life
“People are either motivated by something they want, or something they don’t want.” – Darren Hardy Profound success is the result of small, smart choices completed consistently over time—and it applies to every area of your life, whether it’s your work, relationships, finances or your health. That’s the theory behind The Compound Effect, a book [...]
- Songs of SUCCESS: Top songs voted to get you pumped!
Top Songs to Celebrate Your SUCCESS! According to our facebook community, here are the top songs blaring from their radio after a huge success. Any songs you think are missing from the list?
- Reporter’s Notebook: Steve Jobs
‘His health battles made it problematic to continue as Apple’s hands-on brilliant micromanager from hell.’ by John H. Ostdick Steve Jobs’ resignation last week as Apple CEO occurred, as most everything else, on his own terms. The man who has maintained an iron grip on how his company’s story is told exited gracefully, solemnly, with [...]
- Behind the Scenes on The Today Show
Life moves fast when you are busy. Each new day is an opportunity. When you are on TV, your opportunity may come in the form of three-minute segments. For the first day of summer, I was on The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, demonstrating some circuit moves from my 10lb Slimdown on Exercise TV and how to get a beach body fast by combining strength training and cardio.
To help set the scene, The Today Show has multiple studios in its stacked, vertical offices. Kathie Lee and Hoda have frequent wardrobe changes. Assistants help them as they go up and down stairs between studios—taking off their jewelry for one segment and putting on lab coats for another.
People were everywhere. While on set, I saw LaToya Jackson, Donny Deutsch and Natalie Morales amid the staff and producers, who were prepping me for my upcoming segment. After they whisked me away to the Green Room, I thought about these takeaways from behind the scenes:
Be prepared to get creative. Producers of the show told me ahead of time they wanted some original moves—not exercises everyone knows. I showed them some unique moves—like shoulder flies where you lift hand weights like you are opening a newspaper, and a move where you look like you are stirring a pot with hand weights while doing a ballerina plié.
Be organized. Producers, camera men, featured guests and show hosts, are all in studios not much bigger than an average… CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF POST
- The No. 2 Instrument of Death
What do you think causes more deaths in the United States each year?
- Car crashes
- Drug overdoses
- Firearm accidents
All of those combined don't total a third of this insidious instrument of death: food.
We are literally eating our way into the grave.
Obesity (caused by bad diet and lack of exercise) kills some 400,000 people in this country every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Only smoking-related diseases account for more deaths, with a total of 435,000 annually, the CDC reports.
A staggering 129.6 million Americans are overweight or obese—that's two out of every three people in this country. Think about it. While our ancestors battled disease, famine and other deprivations, we are killing ourselves—with excess.
On top of that, we no longer have to chase down and kill our own food. Instead, we chase the world while sitting in front of a computer screen all day, every day, often neglecting to schedule in some form of physical activity.
A recent article in The New York Times cited several studies showing that sitting for extended periods—at a desk, in front of the TV, etc.—leads to weight gain and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and early death.
Author Olivia Judson, an evolutionary biologist, detailed how the body shuts down following prolonged periods of sitting, causing a metabolic disaster of such proportions that even getting a full hour of exercise each day can't offset the impact.
We DO have a healthcare problem, and most of it is SELF-inflicted. We aren't taking proper care of our own health. We need a new healthcare policy, and I don't mean one enacted by Washington—but one enacted by you. You are the only one responsible for what you put into your mouth and how often you move your body.
The June issue of SUCCESS is focused around the theme of… CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF POST
- Hardy: Get IN Your Game
Now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s time to get out of the stands and into the game of YOUR life. Now I’m all for the spirit, entertainment and release that goes along with cheering on a sports team. At the same time, I do find it odd that many people spend time following and studying the lives of other people more than they do their own.
Again, catching a sporting event when it is on is all good fun; I watched the Super Bowl too (cost me money too – lost a bet with my cheese head editor in chief). What I’m talking about is the investment some people give to the sports and careers other people are playing and living.
Think about it: What if the time you spend…
* reading the sports page, you read a self-improvement book?
* listening to sports talk radio, you listen to an instructional CD?
* watching ESPN or Sports Center, you watch a seminar DVD or read a book?
* talking about sports scores and players, you talk about your goals and plans to achieve them?
* playing fantasy sports, you role-play your key skills training?
How would the trade of that time investment change your life scores and statistics? I’m certain it would make YOU victorious… and far happier.
- Make the First Week the Best Week
Tuesday afternoon, productivity check: What are you doing right now to further your highest-priority goals? In the January 2011 issue of SUCCESS, the editors share their tips for making your resolutions a reality:
Write it down. You’ve heard it before, but the truth is writing down your goals forces you to get clear about what you want. Use a pen and paper (you can transfer it to your computer later). That simple physical act helps cement the desire in your brain.
Find a replacement…
- 2011: How to Live Your Best Year Ever
Are you feeling a little bummed or even disappointed in where you are in life right now? Did you think you would be doing a little bit better and be a little further along in life by now? Are you a little down on yourself about how you have let your body go… or your [...]
- Hardy: How Goal Achieving REALLY Works
I promised you in the last video I would explain the process of how goal setting, and far more important, goal ACHIEVING actually works. This is the mystery of the ‘secret’ REVEALED.
This is how the Law of Attraction really works. It is not some mysterious, esoteric voodoo, as it sometimes sounds like, as it is being described. It’s far simpler and more practical than that.
By the end you will say… “Ah, I get it.” And, “Now… I know how to make it work.”
More good stuff to discover in this video:
- What 3 boys out hiking can teach you about kicking butt in a competition.
- 5 BIG reasons why most goal setting attempts fail, miserably. Don’t make these mistakes. Ouch! And costly.
- Oh, and what Reggie Hammond (as played by Eddie Murphy) can teach you about proclaiming your goals.
- Freytag: Be Fearless
We’re more than halfway through the SUCCESS magazine 30-Day Get Fit Challenge. In my first blog post, I said, “It’s your physical being, it’s your diet, and it’s your emotional state that intertwine together to create a healthy lifestyle.” I can suggest exercises all day, but until you break through your barriers, lose your excuses and rid yourself of your fears about exercise, you won’t be able to put the puzzle completely together.
- Happy Healthy Monday to You
I LOVE MONDAY. I have been doing a local Monday morning TV segment on NBC KARE 11 in Minneapolis for 6 years and I email my free monthly fit-tips on Monday. Even my coffee shop, Caribou Coffee, started offering a cup of coffee for $1 on Mondays…. So why Monday?
- Freytag: When’s the Best Time to Work Out and Why It’s OK to Break the Rules
One of the most common questions I receive when it comes to an exercise routine is, “Is there a BEST time to work out?” I know many swear by starting their day with exercise and many others use physical activity as a way to wind down from the stress of a hectic workday.
- Chris Freytag: Call to Action
Starting May 3, 2010, Freytag will share her motivational strategies with SUCCESS readers in her 30-day fitness challenge. “I don’t want people to just read it; I want them to take action and engage in change.”
- Chris Guerriero: Measure Your Progress
An extremely important part of your health program is being able to measure your progress. Body-fat testing is not painful, nor is it expensive. In fact, you can get it done at most any gym or fitness center. Simply ask if they have an expert who can measure body composition.
It’s also a good idea to take before and after photos and post them somewhere you’ll see them every day. But, most important, don’t stop there! Measure five to 10 different aspects of your progress.
- Give Bad Habits the Boot!
Everybody has bad habits. Everybody. Now, granted, some people have less than others and some people’s bad habits are more grating than others, but we all have them. Some we know we possess and others we don’t.
- Chris Guerriero: Stop Chasing Weight Loss Fads
‘Great Weight Loss Ideas’ almost ruined my life, so stop information overload from ruining yours.
Great weight loss techniques are completely worthless. That’s a true statement 99.7 percent of the time.
Great weight loss techniques are a scam on oneself. That’s also a true statement 99.7 percent of the time.
Great weight loss techniques NEVER make you thin, lean, healthy or sexy! Also a true statement 99.7 percent of the time.
Great weight loss techniques almost ruined my life and my business.
- How to Change the World
This article could change the life you experience forever. No joke.
I want to show you how to completely change the world… in an instant.
This might be a bit controversial for many, and even more won’t have the stomach to do what I am suggesting…
- Getting Over Fear and On with Your Life
Fear is something that cripples people and keeps them from pursuing and reaching their dreams. This does not have to be so! I truly believe that a person does not have to have fear in their life. I can honestly say that I do not have any fear in my life. Now, I am not [...]
- What Exactly Is My Metabolism, and How Can I Control It?
Many of my clients were initially overweight, not all, but most. In fact, more than 60 percent of my clients came to me so I can help them lose weight. The other 40 percent is a mixture of people who want to live longer, who want to look sexier, who want to add muscle to [...]
- Happiness Is Yours for the Taking
Happiness. The pursuit of so many. In fact, we are known in America as those who live for “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” But so many seem without happiness. Why is this? Is happiness truly elusive, or do we simply not know how to take hold of it? It is my contention that [...]
- The Best Results ALWAYS Occur One Step Past Where Most People Give Up
I just got back from the gym about 30 minutes ago, and I wanted to share an important success “reminder” with you. I’m not sure about you guys, but getting to the gym is a pain in the butt sometimes—but we all have to do things we don’t want to, right? At the gym, I [...]
- Part 10: Remain F-L-E-X-I-B-L-E
Have you ever heard the adage, “I will accomplish this even if it kills me”? Well, in my early years of goal setting and achieving… I came pretty darn close to “crossing over” just to meet the goals I had set for myself! I also missed a lot of other opportunities along the way.I became so focused, so dogmatic about the goals I had set and my specific plans to achieve them that my blinders kept me from 1) seeing easier and faster routes to my destination, and 2) that some of the goals that were important earlier in the year or at the beginning of the decade were less important than I originally believed.
One of the greatest challenges to success is learning how to stay focused on your goals while remaining flexible enough to adapt to needed change.
Even though we have declared S.M.A.R.T. goals and designed a very specific strategic plan to achieve them, it is equally important to remain open and flexible along the way. If you look back at most of your defining moments, or the pivotal events that transformed your life, I bet most were unplanned and happened unexpectedly. Life is a mystery; you never know what might show up and you can’t be so myopic that you miss opportunities and solutions you couldn’t have even fathomed before.
Murphy’s Law and the T-shirt Philosophy
You know ol’ Murph right? The oh-too familiar friend who always seems to show up at your party at the most embarrassing and worst-possible times. Well Murphy lives to teach us this: If something can go wrong, it will. Don’t be too attached to the route you first charted, as you will undoubtedly be reevaluating and readjusting all along the way. Imagine CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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- Part 9: Your Achievement Management System
You have your ambitious and appropriate goals that are based on your strengths and opportunities and have been whole-life balanced. You know who you want to become, who you want to serve and you have the strategic plan of action to achieve all your worthy goals.
Now it is time to create an execution system to implement your plan in the real world—your world.
Some of the best of intentions and greatest plans have failed because there wasn’t a system of execution to see them through. When it comes down to it, your new plans, your new actions, your new behavior, have to be implemented into your monthly, weekly and ultimately daily routine. A routine is something you do every day without fail… and eventually without thinking about it.
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- Confessions of a Fit Millionaire — Part 2
Take 12-Steps Toward Lifelong Success Last week, we began our discussion about how to be a healthy millionaire. This week, I’m going to give you the exact formula. Enjoy! Here’s the 12-step success formula many of my most successful clients follow faithfully: 1. Write out a top-five list daily, before going to bed. Make sure [...]
- Video Update from Darren Hardy–End of Week 4
A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM DARREN HARDY:
Here’s a summary of week four in our journey towards Designing the Best 10 Years of Your Life where Ianswer your questions and give you a course update.
I’ve also selected some of your questions and observations left in the comments sections along with some of my responses. I hope you find it helpful to peruse through the common questions and insights shared by others experiencing the process along with you. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO
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- Part 8: Your Strategic Plan of Action
The difference between a dream or fantasy and a goal you will achieve is:
1) writing it down (what we have already done) and,
2) outlining a specific plan to achieve the goal (what we will do in this installment).
Now it is time to formulate your strategic plan of action.
I explained early on in this series how goals work (you can review here). When you know what you are looking for, it gives your mind a ‘new set of eyes’ to see the world around you. You begin to notice the people, resources and even ideas needed for achieving your goal. But if your goal is defined only by an audacious and distant destination, your mind may be thrown off by elusiveness and ambiguity. It doesn’t know what to look for to help you get there.
The mind operates best with precise instructions. A three-digit lock has 18,333 potential combinations. When you have the specific three numbers in the right sequence, opening the lock is easy. If you don’t have the combination—or precise instructions—opening the lock is almost impossible. Making a specific and strategic plan of action provides the mind with the instructions it needs to get you to your desired destination.
Making a plan to accomplish your goals can be compared to planning a cross-country road trip. If you were going to travel across the country, say, from my hometown in San Diego to Manhattan, you would consider the following: CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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- Part 7: GIVE what you WANT
On your journey to achieving your goals, this one shift in your mindset can radically change how the world around you responds to and receives you.
The process of goal-setting can make you very myopic and ME-focused. If we really want to get what we want, we have to remember one of the oldest success principles: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Or as Zig Ziglar puts it: “You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
What if that is true?
What if you knew for sure that everything you gave you would receive back tenfold? How much would you give? What would you give? How fast would you give it?What do you want? What attributes do you need to accomplish your goals?
Do you need more courage? Who can you encourage?
Do you need more strength? Who can you help strengthen?
Do you need more belief? Who can you believe in?
Do you need more confidence? Who can you instill confidence in?
Do you need more love? Who can you love?
In the last installment we discovered CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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- Confessions of a Fit Millionaire – Part 1
It’s a fact that you cannot have true abundance in ANY area of your life without first feeling immensely confident in yourself. The main determining factor in your confidence is how you feel about your body. As many of you know, over the last 17 years, I’ve worked with several of today’s top Hollywood stars [...]
- Are You in It to Win It?
Have you ever heard, “It isn’t whether you win or lose; it is how you play the game”? I’m sure you have. But do you know who said it? Some guy who came in second place! You see, I have a problem with that statement. It presupposes, or at least strongly suggests, that winning and [...]
- Video Update from Darren Hardy–End of Week 3
Here’s a summary of week three in our journey towards Designing the Best 10 Years of Your Life where I answer your questions and give you a course update.I’ve also selected some of your questions and observations left in the comments sections along with some of my responses. I hope you find it helpful to peruse through the common questions and insights shared by others experiencing the process along with you.
Please watch the video: CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEOIn case you missed any of the worksheet downloads:
- Part 6: The MAGIC Factor to Achieving Your Goals
Typically, the first thought that comes to mind after writing down a goal is, “What do I need to do to accomplish this?” That, unfortunately, is not the right question to ask.
Let me give you an example—When I was single and ready to find my wife and be married, I made a long list of the qualities of the perfect woman (for me). I filled up more than 40 pages describing my wife to be in great detail—her personality, character, key attributes, attitudes and philosophies about life, tastes, interests, even what kind of family she’d come from, culture, and of course physical makeup down to the texture of her hair, etc. I wrote in depth what our life would be like and what we’d do together.
I then had my goal and it was specific, measureable, attainable (I hoped!), relevant and time-sensitive. If I then asked, ‘What do I have to do to find and get this girl?,’ I might still be on that butterfly chase. Jim Rohn taught me, “Success is not something you pursue. What you pursue eludes you. Success is something you attract by the person you become. If you want to have more, you must become more.” So what I did was CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
- Part 5 — The GRAND DESIGN!
Ready to write (and right) your future?Ready to be bold, dream big and put it (your aspirations) on the line (literally)?Ready to proclaim your BHAGs (Big, Hairy and Audacious Goals)?
This is it. It’s time for the GRAND DESIGN.This is actually the easy part. You knew about goal-setting before this course—how to make a list of what you want to accomplish in the next one to 10 years.The difficult part has been the process we have gone through to get here—figuring out who you really are, assessing how you’ve done in life so far, and most important, what assets, strengths and opportunities you have to work with going forward. We’ll come to another big challenge later in the series when we work on figuring out how to take the dreams, ambitions and big goals from your Grand Design and develop the plan of action to achieve them. But right now we’re going to focus on developing your Grand Design. And as a result, you’ll identify the person, the accomplishments and the life you have always wanted to have. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
- Part 4: Your BALANCE Sheet
[NOTE: YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE CHALLENGE AT DARRENHARDY.SUCCESS.COM IN ORDER TO RECEIVE LINKS TO THE WORKSHEETS THROUGH YOUR RSS FEED] Review: INTRO, GETTING READY & Parts 1, 2, & 3 In the previous installments, we inventoried your current assets, liabilities, strengths and weaknesses. We also looked at your potential opportunities and threats to your [...]
- Video Update from Darren Hardy
A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM DARREN HARDY: Here’s a summary of week one in our journey towards Designing the Best 10 Years of Your Life. Darren Hardy answers your questions and gives you a course update. Please watch the video below: NOTE:In order to access the worksheets/documents, click on the links at the bottom of the [...]
- Why You Exist — Finding and Defining Your Major Purpose
Review: INTRO, HOW and WHY and INSTALLMENT #1 This is one of the most important installments of the process. Here, we will delve into some of the great questions of our humanity and individual lives: Why are you here? What is your life’s purpose? What difference will you make? How will you be remembered? Who [...]
- Review & Gratitude
Ahhhh, smell that? That is the smell of rarified air. Welcome to the top 3 percent! By choosing to participate in this program and go through this process, you have separated yourself from almost everyone else—or at least from the remaining 97 percent of the population that doesn’t give thoughtful contemplation to their life’s desires [...]
- We’re giving 2010 a kick-start.
Welcome to the first issue of SUCCESS for the year 2010! We are excited to have you with us as we kick-start a fantastic year of personal growth and achievement. In our editorial planning meeting a few months ago, we started brainstorming ideas for this January issue. What we discovered was that, while we each [...]
- Designing the Best 10 Years of Your Life – WHY & HOW…
Designing the Best 10 Years of Your Life: Your Personal Strategic Plan for Achieving Lifelong Goals by Darren Hardy Starting January, 5th 2010 Before we get started next week, I wanted to share with you a personal message about WHY I am doing this program… and why for FREE (I always like to know someone’s [...]
- Even the Most Fearsome are Fearful
Ever wonder what drives people to be mean, vicious, violent and cruel? Is it a lack of humanity, “bad genes” or the “the devil” at work? There is a simpler answer: FEAR. I saw the documentary Tyson this weekend. Mike Tyson was once the most feared human being on the planet. What was behind his ferociousness? His own inexorable fear.
Tyson grew up on the meanest streets of Brooklyn, where he was robbed, bullied and humiliated by older boys. At the time, he was too scared to fight back, and as he later candidly admitted, “I’m afraid of being that way again.”When a thug gratuitously killed one of his pet pigeons, Tyson went wild and beat the kid up. Once he learned to fight, he was never going to let himself be “bullied” again, “because if anyone tried to humiliate me again, I would kill them.”The director of the film explained in an interview, “Fear was CONTINUED HERE
- The Five Laws of Personal Constraints
by Guest Blogger Flip Flippen
The Five Laws of Personal Constraints by Guest Blogger Flip Flippen
There’s a reason swimming with barbells isn’t an Olympic event.Yet most of us attempt something just as illogical—we strive to reach our potential without first getting rid of the traits that weigh us down.The greatest swimmer in the world couldn’t do much more than tread water unless he or she lets go of the barbells. It wouldn’t be the swimmer’s great abilities that determine the level of success but rather the weights that hold him down. In exactly the same way, things other than our talents, personality or academic achievements play a greater role in determining how far we go in our professional careers and personal relationships. In a recent article I wrote for SUCCESS magazine, I included a quiz for the readers that must be completed in 10 seconds or less. It was a simple question:
- Pinching from Across the Pond
I just returned from several glorious weeks of travel throughout Europe. Like all experiences, I want to observe and assess what I might learn, share and use to enhance my own life and further my insight. Below are a few lessons I gleaned from our jovial kin across the pond. 1. Service is a profession. [...]
- Epilogue: Share the Strength
Why is it that some people change their bodies and others transform their lives? What is it that ignites life’s brilliance deep within? Your FIT for SUCCESS journey has helped you cultivate your strength. You’ve come to know your greater capacity as you forged your body and mind strong. Now it’s your turn to share [...]
- Seasons of Strength
Get in Your Best Shape One Time Each Year, and You’ll Be in Shape for Life The FIT for SUCCESS Challenge has been a finely tuned peak phase for transforming your body—a 90-day training camp providing rhythm, focus and structure, and a chance to get into your best shape of the year. And like all [...]
- Finish Strong, Take 7
It’s almost time to step beyond the FIT for SUCCESS Challenge to discover how to stay strong—for the next 12 months and for life. Next Monday I’ll share with you Seasons of Strength, a beyond-the-Challenge secret to creating an annual plan that will have you reaching new levels of fitness year after year, keeping you [...]
- Feed Your Strength
It’s a common misconception that strength training leads to fuller, stronger muscles. While it’s true that training is the stimulus for growth, it’s actually the recovery and proper nourishment immediately following your training that fuel your muscles, energy and strength. Intense training leaves your muscles screaming for vital nutrients necessary for rebuilding your body stronger. [...]
- Questions, Answers & an Exclusive New Challenging Exercise
The Final Sprint: Days 64 – 84 It’s the final sprint, the stretch run. You’re in the last 21 days of your FIT for SUCCESS Challenge. Perhaps you’re seeing and feeling results, or maybe you’re waiting for a breakthrough. Either way, it’s not uncommon to produce the most rewarding measurable results in the last few [...]
- MOTIVATION: From Discipline to Mastery In Training, In Life
What gets you to do something, let alone stick with it? How do you move beyond discipline to find the joy of being fit and strong, staying engaged for the year ahead and beyond? More so than any other factor, more than knowledge–even more than the perfect plan–your ability to create, sustain and renew motivation [...]
- Back to Boot Camp
Whenever you are going to make a major change and begin to undergo a different lifestyle, it is probably good to make a massive move in that direction. Think about it. As the old saying goes, “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got!” So [...]
- The Transformation of Cardio Training:
What HIIT Can Do for Your Performance at the Gym, at Work and in Life Whether it’s running the road, spinning in a gym or kicking it up to a rhythmic beat, when doing cardio, the arms and legs are in motion and sweat is pouring, which must mean calories are burning and fat is [...]
- The Space between the Notes: Words of Wisdom for Fitness, Work and Life
Multitasking has become so pervasive in our culture that even when people show up at the gym (or at work or everyday relationships), they bring their mental static with them—their minds are all over the place. Instead of focusing on training (or the task at hand or the conversation taking place), they’re thinking about what [...]
- What a Day for Daydreams
In the 1850s, Ernest and Pierre lived their childhoods kicking rocks up and down the cobble stoned streets of Bar-le-Duc, France. Their father, a blacksmith, spent his days hammering away at carriage parts, with the clang against the anvil echoing through the cement walled town. Ernest and Pierre, carrying heavy bags and wooden crates of [...]
- Start Strong: Eating Breakfast Is a Recipe for Success
What if you went 12, 14 or even 16 hours without eating? You’d be starving, cranky, exhausted and unable to think straight, all while your metabolism slowed to conserve energy. To make matters worse, your body would be stockpiling as much fat as possible. More ready for hibernation than battle, the last thing you’d want [...]
- Why Train With Weights?
The 7 Wonders of Strength 1. Muscle Is the Engine of Youth Biological aging and the loss of functional strength have less to do with your chronological age than they do with time spent training and engaging the body for physical growth and development. Strength training is the most effective way to build muscle, thereby [...]
- How Strict Must You Eat to Lose Weight?
With the Fourth of July holiday almost upon us, many of us will have food on our minds. It’s a great day for sharing delicious—if not necessarily nutritious—food with family and friends. During a radio interview the other day, I received a question that is particularly relevant to this upcoming day of celebration. The question [...]
- FIT Challenge Exercise Photos
You asked for it and Shawn listened! Exercise photos and more at Shawn’s site MyStrengthForLife.com. You will be able to click on a training day, say Monday, and a pop-up will open. Mouse over the images to go forward through the day’s exercises (two pictures for each exercise: start/finish, and midpoint accompanied by a description). [...]
- A Strong Mind for a Strong Body
Can you focus? I mean really focus. Are you able to spend just two minutes without being distracted, free from the noise and constant chatter bouncing around in your head?
For just two minutes sit quietly and clear your mind of all activity—be free from any thought. Go ahead. Close your eyes. I’ll wait. Seriously, give it a try. The clock is ticking.
- THE FAQ POST
I wanted to create a post that will continue to be added to with your questions and our answers! If you don’t see your question answered please check back again! We’re also working to respond individually as well. June 16: Question from Schoenburg Are the nutrition guidelines for the 12 weeks after base camp different [...]
- 5 Circles beats 3 Squares
Americans have, by and large, distorted the golden rule of three square meals a day beyond recognition. We skip breakfast, eat quick lunches, slug down coffee or energy drinks, snack throughout the day to compensate for the poor start, and then consume more than half of our daily calories in one meal: dinner. This is [...]
- The Weekly Training Schedule
This week kick’s-off your Training Camp. For the next 12 weeks you follow the same weekly rhythm.
- Training vs. Exercise
Yet, Americans continue to pack on the pounds, and I believe I may have uncovered the cause. So I have a slightly different message to offer: Stop exercising!
- Forging Your Strength for Life
It’s time to begin the noble climb from out of the ordinary to the heights of extra-ordinary—an elevation few choose to pursue in their lifetimes.
Take the next six days to complete your preparation in Base Camp so that you’ll be rested and ready to enter your 12 weeks—only 84 days—of training.
- Rest, Renew, Reboot
Would you climb Mount Everest without an acclimation period? Of course not. The same way, you shouldn’t start a training program without a period of time to renew, reset and reboot your body to prepare for a rigorous and challenging transformation. Many people get real geared up when I say the worst time to start [...]
- Your Blueprint for Brilliance: Setting Your Vision and Goals
Together, an inspiring vision and clear goals serve as a blueprint for your lasting success—your choice to live a strong life, however you define it. It’s the life you’re most drawn to live, a brilliant future that pulls you forward each day with great force.
- The Shape of Your Life
Whether you’re tall, short, thin, curvy or stout—whatever shape you see in the mirror—the shape your life will likely take on is much the same as every other. It rises up, arcs over and slides back down. If you were to graph the energy and vitality of your life, it would look like a cross [...]
- Every Journey Begins with a Single GPS
There I was in California, in a tiny rental car, and every turn seemed more wrong than the last. I was running late. I should’ve called. And, now, calling would seem desperate and rude. I’m an “expert” on things like control, planning and achieving. So what sort of expert ignores the instructions given them on [...]
- Winning the Race of Life
The new issue of SUCCESS hits newsstand today! This issue features our cover story with Lance Armstrong on Winning the Race of Life. This issue also focuses on health, not in terms of diets, practices or plans that give short-term solutions, but on health as a philosophy, as an outlook on life.
Like your finances, health is one of those easy measures of how you are doing. It’s easy to see if you are continually building your savings, growing your wealth and securing your future, or if you are constantly overdrawn and becoming bankrupt from overindulgences and poor decisions and practices.
Just as you can look at your bank account and get a good measure of your financial health, you can also take a look in the mirror and get a good measure of your physical health. If you look at your physical health, you get a refl ection of what is going on in your head. Your mindset, your philosophy and your attitude are most often the forces behind your current state of physical health. Your philosophy and mindset are also what produce the health of your fi nances, your relationships and your business.
Think about this: Why do 95 percent of people who go on a diet end up gaining all the weight back? Here is why: READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE: http://darrenhardy.success.com/2009/05/winning-the-race-of-life
- FIT for SUCCESS: 90 Days to a New You
The FIT for SUCCESS Challenge is the gateway to transformation—true and lasting change—from the inside out. This is an opportunity to create a powerful transformation have a performance lifestyle, allowing you to effortlessly enjoy more clarity, more energy, more strength, more success and, ultimately, more freedom. In the next 90 days, we’re going to cover [...]
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