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12:27 PM

How to Experience Lasting Transformation

Have you ever been is a situation where you were asked to perform and despite your best efforts you failed miserably? Maybe you had to get up in front of a crowd and give details about a project you were working on or you were asked to play golf with the CEO of your company and you were embarrassed by your performance. We can all relate to these moments on one level or another. Failing, in front of an audience, is no fun.
So…here is my question…in your failure, did you promise yourself to never place yourself in a position where you might fail again or did you take that failure and learn from it?

Too many times we see successful people as having some sort of crazy talent. However, we never see how many times they actually fail before they succeed. Thomas Edison was quoted as saying:

"I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." –Thomas Edison


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The reality is that successful people don’t see their failures as lack of talent, but as insufficient effort or a lack of skills that can be obtained with time and greater effort.

If you are ever going to realize your potential, when it comes to your health & wellness you need to begin to think of failure differently, otherwise you will quickly become frustrated and give up on your wellness journey.

In addition to changing your perspective on failure, t’s important to be able to maximize the belief that you have what it takes to initiate, reach and sustain your desired goals. “The more you believe you can do something, the more likely you will do it; the more you do something successfully, the more you believe that you will be able to do it again.”(Coaching Psychology Manual,Moore & Tschannen) As the saying goes “Success breeds success”. 

The big question is how do you develop this elusive belief in one’s ability to achieve a desired outcome or vision? Behavioral psychologist Albert Bandura identified 4 sources that will help us to maximize our belief in our capabilities which can lead us to sustained transformational wellness.


1.) Mastery Experiences

2.) Social Models

3.) Social Persuasion

4.) Reduction of Stress Reactions

I recall several years ago I was asked to speak on the topic of nutrition. Although I knew my subject well, I was not use to conveying my knowledge and ideas to a group of people in a well thought out and articulate way. I assumed I could just create some content and talk about it. Let’s just say my presentation was far from smashing. I remember thinking, as I was driving home from my talk,”that was terrible…oh well…I’m just not good a public speaking”.

This thinking could not have been further from the truth. The reality was that I had not mastered the skill set it takes to be a good public speaker. If I had devoted more time to studying the art of public speaking and practiced my delivery, I would have given a smashing presentation.


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Once you identify the skills you need to master to be successful on your wellness journey, it's time to create a challenging learning environment. The key is to make your learning challenge fit into what I call the “Goldilocks Principle”. Not too hot…not too cold…just right.

The key in mastering a skill set is finding one that is challenging enough to keep you fully engaged in the process. If it’s too easy you will put less effort into mastering the skills needed for success. On top of it, without some level of challenge in the process, you never really learn from your mistakes and develop the ability to overcome obstacles. Perseverance is key to long term success in all areas of life.

 "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." –John Quincy Adams

Ask yourself this question: “What are 3 skills I need to master in order to reach my fullest potential?” Once you have identified these skills next ask yourself: “What will it take to become a master of these skills?”

For example, due to the proliferation of social media and streaming video, I came to realized that I need to learn how to communicate my ideas better on video. To be honest with you…I hate the camera and this form of communication is so out of my comfort zone. I would rather write or talk in front of a real person. Despite my fears, my goal of being able to reach more people with my vision must include the use of video. Therefore, I am beginning to master the art of speaking in front of a video camera by studying those who it well and practicing my newly acquired skills whenever I get the chance. It’s funny how, as I practice my skills, my confidence is increasing and my fears are slowly fading away.

I hope this post helps you as you look for ways to master the skills it takes to leave the quick fixes behind and finally experience lasting transformation. 

In Strength,



1:49 PM

The Reason Why You Are Frustrated With Your Fitness Progress...

Are you training hard at the gym and seeing minimal results? Are you working with your trainer 3 hours a week and still not seeing the transformation you desire? It may not be your fault. Let's be honest... it's the 165 hours a week, you're not with your trainer, that's killing you. Right?

1:00 PM

You're Too Fat...

Don't believe the lie, in your head, that you're too fat...too old...too shy...not smart enough...not rich enough...not talented enough to become the best version of yourself. The reality is that becoming who you were created to be is a process that takes time. With a grand vision, the right plan, consistent effort and willingness to learn from your mistakes, you can maximize your potential!!

3:02 PM

Wellness Coaching: The Missing Link to Lasting Life-Style Change

I'm sure many of you have seen or heard the advertisements by the "experts" touting their newest fitness and diet program that promises you amazing results in only a matter of weeks. Many of these "quick fix" programs will even guarantee your results or your money back if you are not satisfied. Sounds good. Right?  

 Don't get me wrong, some of these programs work well and by getting people results quickly, you help them gain some momentum and confidence as they begin their fitness journey. However, momentum is only good if it eventually leads to lasting changes with respect to your  health & fitness. The reality is that if you only focus on the "quick fixes", you might drop the 30 pounds in 60 days, but without lasting life-style changes you will soon be back on the weight loss /weight gain roller coaster and on your way to a new personal high with respect to your weight.


In order to become the best version of yourself 3 things need to be in place.

1. Physical Activity/Fitness

2. Proper Nutrition

3. Wellness/Life-Style Coaching

The missing key, in most programs, revolves around coaching. When I say "coaching" I don't mean the personal trainer that storms around the training session yelling "give me 10 more burpees". You do need a trainer that will push you physically in the gym, don't get me wrong, but the coach I'm talking about has nothing to do with helping you build bulging biceps or six-pack abs. The type of coach (Wellness Coach) I'm referring to helps you change your mind.  By mind I mean they help you to change the way you think about your fitness journey. Wellness coaches empower people to take action and responsibility for becoming the best versions of themselves.

So many people are stuck on the road to a better life due to things that have little to do with the details surrounding their  exercise or nutrition program. Let's face it, you know what you should should eat and you know you need to exercise more, but why don't you do it? The magic is not in the KNOWING, it's in the DOING. You've lost and gained that same 30 pounds at least 10 time over...why? Despite all your knowledge about nutrition and all the fitness resources out there on the market, so why do you still struggle with consistently maintaining a healthy life-style that keeps the weight off for good? The answers don't lie in the newest workout program or quick fix diet, they lie within you. However, you must first change the way you think before you can make lasting and life transforming changes! 

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” -Lao Tzu

A good coach gives you the tools and support you need to help you overcome barriers and reach new heights.

Who might seek the help of a Wellness Coach?

1.) People who are tired of the quick fixes and want lasting change.

2.) People who realize that it's about wellness and NOT weight.

3.) People who want to finally get off the fence and take ACTION with respect to their health.

4.) People who want to master the mental part of life-style change.

5.) People who are tired of self-doubt and want to build confidence in their ability to make lasting changes.

Have you too been on the proverbial weight loss/weight gain roller coaster? How might wellness coaching help you kiss extreme diets and exercise plans goodbye forever? How would your life be different if you were able to FINALLY keep the weight off for good?