And then Tony Robbins said…

Morning,

First off I am super excited to announce that registration for my 2015 Pilates Pamper workshop is now open. You can register today. And even better news: when you invite friends to join you, you’ll save money! So be sure to grab a girlfriend for this wonderful experience.

I recently watched Marie Forleo’s, a best-selling American author, web TV host, and trainer in personal development, interview with Tony Robbins, American life coach and self-help author.

In the interview Marie’s asks Tony Robbins: “What do you do every day? How do you keep yourself at this high level of service?”  Tony mentions a few things, including something he calls “Priming”. This grabbed my attention. He does this for at least 10 minutes EVERY morning. This habit really resonated with me and so I have decided to implement it into my own life.

Follow these action steps to implement a similar routine to help you start your day off right:

  1. Let’s take Tony’s advice and start with just 10min. And before you go – “I don’t have 10minutes.” – here’s more wise words from Tony: “If you don’t have 10minutes, you don’t have a life.”  So just set your alarm 10 minutes earlier and let’s go!

 

  1. Ok so now you’re up 10 minutes early, what now? You can mimic Tony’s ritual: take a couple of minutes to just bring awareness to your breath, then 3ish more minutes to be grateful for 3 things in your life and the rest of the 10 to send love and healing to people in your life. (I am combining the grateful and healing portion and taking the last 3ish minutes to reconnect with my purpose/goals.)

 

  1. If Tony’s ritual is a little too much for you, just start with 10 minutes of meditation. Here’s a quick 10 minutes guided meditation. Why? It is a simple way to get your mind to focus, reconnect and help you to have a meaningful day.

Still a little skeptical? I can appreciate than, I mean heck, here I am: “the expert” – telling you that I am only now implementing this morning ritual? How do I even know this will work? Here’s how, what Tony is essentially practicing is “awareness”. And the one thing I can tell you for a fact is that awareness is the most important ingredient in creating change. I have personally experienced this and have seen it time and time again with my clients.

Come up with a practice that works best for you. Remember this is not a set in stone ritual, you can tailor it to fit your needs. Think about a few things that help you relax and focus? How can you use that to formulate a morning routine for yourself?

Try it and let me know how it goes! Do you already have a morning ritual? Do share yours below.

 

Just do it already, OK?

And here we are with only one month left till 2014. Have you started reflecting and planning for 2015? Perhaps you have so many things you hope to accomplish in the new year that you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. You don’t even know where to begin to accomplish them.

 

Taking action can be one of the most daunting tasks. Coming up with plans and goals is so easy. Implementing them – well, that’s a whole different game.

At my Pilates Pamper workshops we get down and dirty with setting goals and how to accomplish them. It’s great to sit in a safe environment, surrounded by like-minded and supportive individuals with the same fears. You really get to focus on yourself and take some time to formulate a bulletproof plan. You should come to the next one in February (leave a comment below if you’re interested).

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One thing that comes up a lot is the fear of not being ready to take action or not being good enough to reach for that dream. Here are my four tips to show your fear who’s boss.

Actionsteps1. Just say “F*&% it!” and jump right in. Say, for instance, you are thinking of applying for a new job, but all the postings make you panic and worry that you’re not experienced enough? Apply anyway, and see what happens. There’s no loss in trying, right?

2. Examine what’s really stopping you. Are you just procrastinating and making excuses, or are there legitimate reasons why you are not reaching your goals?

3. Set a deadline. Pick a date and write it down. It’s like when you want to go for a drink with a friend. Ever notice how when you don’t choose a date, it never happens? Well, guess what: That’s how it works with your goals, too. Having a firm deadline keeps you dedicated to putting everything in motion.

4. Taste the sweetness. Imagine what it will feel like to finally accomplish that goal, how awesome it will be to scratch it off your list. Let that be your motivation to keep you going.

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” — Ivan Turgenev

Hope to see you at our Pilates with Purpose event on Sunday. Register here now!