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Make It A Priority!

It’s so great to be here with you today — especially after this wonderful hike I just went on! I went out this morning with a girlfriend, and we hiked up Mill Canyon and over to Lamb’s Canyon. It was about a four mile hike — a lot of elevation, so my buns are feeling it right now. It’s such a great ┬áday to be outdoors and think about the Diana Nyad swim that happened recently from Cuba to Florida. What an accomplishment that is. Diana is a friend of mine, and for her to accomplish this at 64 years old, all I have to say is…CONGRATULATIONS, DIANA! And also, what an inspiration she is for all of us. It got me thinking about…how do you reach your goals, whatever they might be.

So today, I want to discuss my seven keys of success that I wrote about in a book of mine called Getting Better All The Time. Over the next seven weeks, we’ll go over each step to success. Today, we’ll start with key number one – make it a priority!

You see, working with clients over the years who want to lose weight and get in shape, I noticed that certain people set an intention, get information, and then they ┬ájust make it work out. On the other hand, there’s people who have huge stumbling blocks, always coming up with excuses. And by the way, I’ve heard all of the excuses over the years! From “I don’t have enough time” to “it’s so boring!” “I don’t know what to do! “My knees hurt…” The list goes on and on. And, you may want to think about what your excuses are, because we all have them. It’s not a bad thing to have excuses once in a while, but not when they start to sabotage your forward progress and self-esteem.

My experience has been that some people are able to make up their minds to lose weight, exercise and feel better, and other people who just don’t seem to have the willpower. But I don’t really look at it as having enough willpower, they just don’t have a strong enough reason for taking better care of themselves. So the truth is, most people start an exercise and eating program because they want to lose weight.

Although losing weight is a good goal, it usually doesn’t keep you motivated for the long haul. What I have found is that if you want to make exercise and taking care of yourself a priority, you have to start thinking about why you want to work out. Why is it important? Typically, you’ll start with that first goal we talked about — losing weight. But if you start to add to that all the reasons you want to start working out, like

  • “I want more energy,”
  • “I want to sleep better”
  • “I want a better sex life”
  • “I want to feel more confident”
  • “I want to be able to travel”
  • “I want to run a 5 or 10k”

Having a goal outside of losing weight is so important, because then this whole concept becomes bigger than thinner thighs and a tighter tummy. It starts to encompass your whole life — how you feel about yourself, your confidence level, how you perceive yourself throughout the day.

So what i’d like you to do this week is to take out a piece of paper and write the reasons that you want to take care of yourself. It might be that the doctor said you need to lower your cholesterol, or fitting into an new dress that you just bought that feels a little bit tight. Or, it could be deeper goals regarding relationships, sexuality or sensuality. Put at least 15 items on this list, and read it at least twice. Print it out, and put one by your computer, one by your bathroom, and one by your refrigerator.

Every time you come up with an excuse not to exercise or eat healthy, you can look at this list and realize that this isn’t about tighter thighs, it’s about YOU! It’s about taking better care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is like putting money into a bank account — it accumulates each day, week, month and year. As you begin to accumulate more health, vitality and energy, you’ll start to feel that you’re unstoppable, and that’s what I want from you.

So keep up the good work, and here’s to your health!


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