How To Think Positive, Stay Focused, And Motivated!

Over the past couple of months, several people have come up to me and asked how are you doing it to stay in a great mood or how do you stay so positive despite, life’s challenges or whenever something negative happens to us that we cannot control.  I just tell them that I don’t let it soak into my mind or affect my daily life, yes life does throw it’s curve balls, just because I work with for a Life Success Coach like Marc Accetta.  It doesn’t give me a pass to not have anything bad happen to me.  While I am in Crete, Athens right now we just finished going through a section of our training seminar that focuses on people’s reactions.

One quote sums it up…“LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU AND 90% HOW YOU RESPOND TO WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU…

Do you wish that you could stay focused, motivated and keep a positive attitude at all time?

You know, that feeling that you get and feel when have just come out of a great seminar, read a fantastic book, listened to a great audio piece from your favorite speaker or watched an inspiring movie like ROCKY, MIRACLE or RUDY. You feel like you can climb any mountain, swim any sea and be invincible. After a couple of days or even hours that feeling fades and eventually melts away until the reality of life gets in the way. That’s when you tell yourself to think positive despite the challenges that life sends you.

Here’s a couple of things that I do that will boost your positive attitude, give you laser beamed focus on what’s important and allow you to live a better stress-free life.   I use these steps in improving my mindset and again it didn’t happen overnight, I still get frustrated, upset and sometimes just have to be in a bad mood but following these steps have definitely helped with not worrying or stressing over life as much as I used to.  If you can’t or do not want to do all the steps, pick and choose what works bests for you.  Remember any progress is progress!

Step1: Go on a 30 day Mental Detox. Don’t WATCH TV for 30 days. News, Negative soaps, gossip shows , Reality TV, etc. Garbage IN Garbage OUT.  I love watching movies, comedies, inspiring movies, documentaries anything that isn’t JUNK!

Step2: Don’t listen to the radio unless you are listening to great songs with positive lyrics and no radio host with negative opinions. With the popularity of Apps and online radio, I’ve come across an awesome station that is both online, they have an app and they are on the radio in virtually all major cities.  That is KLOVE they value themselves with playing only Positive & Encouraging Music.  Check them out online http://www.klove.com/

Step3: Read 15 – 30 minutes everyday at the start of each day from a uplifting book to boost your positive attitude, no trashy novels, The Bible, Think and Grow Rich, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Unlimited Power etc.  I’ve also found apps on Itunes that have great daily motivational quotes and or daily bible verses to start your day off on a positive note.

Step4: Exercise MORE, park further away and walk around the block. Walk instead of driving everywhere; walk up the stairs instead of taking the lift or escalator, better still if you can, join a gym & even more important GO TO IT!!!

Step5: Disassociation: spend less time or limited time with negative people instead of 3 hours give them 20 minutes of your time. A friend of mine said it best, “Change the People Around You or Change the People Around You!”

Step6: Expanded association, get around positive people, surround yourself with people that uplift you and support you.  I’ve always hung around people that have great personalities are positive & we get along.  One quick thing I think about whenever I am going to associate with someone is to think, could I talk with this person everyday of my life.

Step7: Cut out the online media, newspaper, magazines or disempowering and limiting information or any type of media that does not enhance your life.

Step8: Drink lots of water. If you are dehydrated it allows the nutrients to get in and release the toxins.

Step9: BE GRATEFUL, Reflecting 5 – 10 minutes focusing on what you are grateful for first thing in the morning is an amazing exercise that I’ve been practicing for many years now and trust me we all have many things to be grateful for, if you have your goals read them so that you can focus on what you want to have happen, what you are grateful for.

I guarantee that if you practice some of these steps your life will definitely change and you’ll be thinking positively and staying focused on thinking positively next time that life throws you a curve ball.  Thank you for reading and please let me know if you have any steps that you do that I perhaps haven’t listed in order to enhance your life.

 

Stop Making EXCUSES in 2012 and Get RESULTS!

Excuses or Results? Choose one….but first watch this video below…

Either you get results or you give excuses. You can’t have great results in your life when you are always giving excuses. Results in your life are a direct gauge of how much excuses you are giving in your life. The less excuses you give, the more positive results you will have in life.

I came across this article early this morning and I wanted to share it with everyone in order to make 2012 your best year ever!  As I started off my day heading off to the gym like I normally do, I thought, ” OH NOOOO” it’s new years, which usually means that the gym is going to be bombarded with people and their resolutions to lose weight! I’ve been constantly talking about losing weight on and off but in 2011 I made a decision to just stop making excuses and get off my fat ass and work out, watch what I eat and just do it.  Now the other thing that I realized is that it took me 34 years to get the weight that I was so why would I think that somehow that weight was going to magically melt off in a couple of weeks, or 2, 3 months or without drinking beer for a month.  I had to be realistic and know that I had been mistreating my body for the past several years so I couldn’t be serious in thinking that I was just going to shed off a hundred pounds in the couple of times I hit the gym. LMAO!!!

Well I stepped into the gym and to my surprise it was nearly empty…there were perhaps about 20 people in there where typically it’s a bit more packed, now I know what you’re thinking well you probably went when everyone is at work, but NO I actually got up earlier than usual and went in to work out with the 7am people. So as I was working out I was thinking, I am sure some people made excuses to not wake up that extra hour in the morning or wait till they got out of their 8 hours at the job and then go work out! Or just some other excuse that’s going to get us in the same rut that we’re trying to get out of! Trust me if there’s excuses out there I’ve come up with them, whether it was to not workout or not eat healthy or maybe even other excuses in other areas of life. But I made a decision to stop making excuses and go out and get results.  Results in losing weight, results in my relationship, results in being happy and living life without excuses.

Here’s some changes that I made in order to successfully go down a pant size and lose about 25lbs over the past 3 months.

  1. Added 1 protein shake a day – now I didn’t neccesarily eliminate a meal, I just knew to add more protein to my diet. How did I know that?
  2. I joined Livestrong.com and got a free account and documented what I was eating everyday and saw how much carbs vs. protein my daily diet had.
  3. Worked out early in the morning within 20 min. of waking up and did 30 min. of cardio and 30 min. of basic weight training
  4. Added a tablespoon of Spirulina to my diet.  I didn’t know what spirulina was before my brother told me about it being the highest and one of the bests forms of protein for your body.  Also helps with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. More info on Spirulina
  5. Watched what I ate!  Because of logging all my food intake on Livestrong.com I was able to see what I didn’t need to eat and what I could eat more of! No Diets, No getting rid of anything! I still enjoy pizza, beer, buffalo wings, tons of stuff but I also have PORTION CONTROL!

Now these are just a couple of things and I am no guru, I am no specialist, I just letting you know what I did and that’s it!

Here’s a New Year‘s message that we filmed over the holidays, I’ll just share it with everyone and wish everyone a great New 2012, may it bring lots of results that will put a smile across your face over and over again and allow you to experience 2012 without excuses.

It’s time you get out…

I remember when we used to have gigs, it would always be exciting to be sitting behind the drums right before that first song and we just started doing a 45 minute set and just jam out.  Heck I still get excited whenever I travel to different cities and there’s live bands playing and I happen to get a wild hair and jump up on stage with them.  Just that bit of adrenaline that pumps through you is an awesome feeling.  However when I go to a concert as a fan it’s just as fun and great.  I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the worlds best musicians and bands out there and I still have many more on my bucket list.  I came across this article and it just made sense and I figured I would share it with all my friends that read my blog.

People go to music concerts for many reasons. Some people watch concerts to support their favorite music idols, others go to concerts to have fun with friends, while others watch concerts to enjoy music.
Here’s Melinda and I at our first KISS concert it was a blast, but we’ve been lucky enough to watch U2 in OKC, Bruce Springsteen out in Philly, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Pat Green and several others.
But for whatever reason it is, many studies show that going to concerts is actually good for your health.

Here are some reasons why:

1. The feeling of excitement that a concert brings causes a sudden rush of adrenalin that is good for the heart.
2. This activity will also allow one to burn calories which can be a good form of physical exercise for the day.
3. Live music gives an uplifting feeling that is good for physical and emotional well being.
4. Live concerts allow one to perspire which leads to faster metabolism.
5. Going to concerts is a healthy alternative to spending an evening at home watching television.
6. Watching your favorite music icon, live, can bring a sense of confidence that can boost your overall well being.
7. Live concerts are social gatherings that can promote positive energy resulting to overall good health and great physical outlook.
8. Listening to live music can enhance your senses, resulting to more alert and active physical condition.
9. Being within a live concert promotes confidence that can lead to a healthier approach in life.
10. Live music can bring about a healthy balance that is good for the body and mind.

Does this information surprise you?  How often do you go to live concerts?

I usually try to go to a live music concert at least 2 or 3 times a year, not only do I love the live music side of things being a musician and all, but also the excitement during the show is awesome.  I am pretty lucky to have my cousin which is Co-Partner of Tickets4AnyEvent.com, I know what you’re thinking…”Is he really plugging his cousins company right now?” LOL..yep I sure am…and don’t worry I am not getting any sort of benefits from it, no free tickets, no preference on upcoming shows or anything.  She’s just been very helpful whenever I want to go to concerts and I like using her company for concerts.  I think what I like most is that for someone with my personality where I sometimes don’t plan on going to a concert until the last minute, they’re able to accomodate me.  I’ve literally heard that Tim McGraw is going to be in town at 5pm and I know my girlfriend loves him so as a surprise to her, I texted one of the reps that work at T4AE.com while we were finishing dinner, we then went home I told her to get ready because I was surprising her with tickets to the concert and I printed out the tickets which were awesome seats and the concert started at 7:30pm.  That’s pretty DAMN good last minute service if you ask me…No Scalpers, No Waiting in Line, No bidding wars online!

So if you are looking for tickets check out her site www.Tickets4AnyEvent.com let them know I sent ya and YOU’LL actually get a discount.  But even if you don’t visit her site get out and go to a concert! Have Fun! Enjoy LIFE!

5 things you MUST be eating…

Over the past several months, I’ve been more and more conscious about what I put into my body and also working out and making sure I just follow simple rules that don’t make me feel like I am dieting or on some sort of fitness regiment.  One magazine that I read pretty religiously is Men’s Health, although I know that I am a long way from looking like any of the fit guys in the magazine it provides me with tons of great nutrition articles, as well as fitness exercises that break up the same ol same ol workouts at the gym.  Here’s one of the recent articles that I read on foods that you MUST be eating, I found it helpful and hope you do to. Also if you have any additional foods that have helped you lose weight or fight that hunger bug…please share!

Silence a growling stomach with these satisfying options, courtesy of Men’s Health nutrition advisor Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. Each offers a hunger-fighting dose of protein, along with fiber or fat, to help keep you full for hours after you’ve eaten.

And for more great ways to stay full and lose weight, pick up a copy of The Men’s Health Diet today!It combines the latest findings in exercise and nutrition with practical how-to-advice that will transform your body into a fat-burning machine.

Almonds

Along with 6 grams of protein, a handful (1 ounce) of almonds contains almost 9 grams of healthy monounsaturated fat.

Oatmeal

You can thank the 4 grams of fiber in a 1-cup serving for this breakfast staple’s stick-to-your-ribs quality.

Salmon

A 3.5-ounce serving contains 22 grams of protein and is a top source of omega-3 fats.

 

Quinoa cooks up like any grain, but it contains the same type of muscle-building protein found in eggs and meat. For 10 ways to prepare quinoa, go to menshealth.com/quinoa.

 

Black Beans

All legumes provide a ton of nutrients, but black beans lead the pack with equal amounts of protein and fiber—15 grams in a cup. They’re a great addition to almost any salad.

Also make sure and check out Men’s Health for your Ipad….super cool to be able to have several magazines when you’re traveling on your device and not have to carry them all around with you…

Our Deepest Fear…

It’s been a little under a week, since we’ve returned from Journey to Leadership one of the most powerful trainings that I’ve ever attended…and I just wanted to share one of the poems that’s taught during the training. Below is the movie where I first heard this quote on…Akeelah & The Bee!
 
 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

10 Tips for Fall Fitness from Livestrong.com

I’ve recently started using an online website at www.livestrong.com in order to keep on top of my calorie intake, as well as my Blood Pressure stats, and it’s been working great.  It has tons of everyday restaurants and foods that anyone would eat and allows you to see how much fat/protein/carbs you’re having on a daily basis.  It also lets you put in your exercise routines and allows you to just track everything in a easy and convenient way.  I’ve also started enjoying the site so much that I started looking around at some of the articles and found this one interesting.  Feel free to check it out and add your own tips on how you’ve managed to stay fit throughout the summer/autumn and into the wintertime.  Have a great day and enjoy the article by Rian Landers.

Autumn is a transitional time of year. The leaves on the trees change, it becomes darker earlier, and the temperatures cool down. It is a favorite time of year for many people. However, these same changes can also lead to stress for individuals who tend to fall off the health and fitness wagon during the transition. There are many enjoyable opportunities to remain fit, or even begin a fitness program in the fall that can work for everyone. Planning for seasonal changes, finding support from group exercise and embracing events and activities that the season has to offer are key factors in staying fit through the transition.

Take Advantage of Autumn Activities

Autumn group events like pumpkin picking, corn mazes, haunted trails, and building leaf piles are active options that can also be fun bonding experiences for family and friends. Organize a weekend trip or local get together with an autumn theme and plan to be active.

Get Involved in Community Events

With the fall season comes many holiday themed local fun runs and events. Look in the newspaper for Halloween runs, turkey trots and reindeer romps. According to a 1991 summary report by ERIC Digest, a specific goal such as a race to train for increases adherence to an exercise program. Signing up with friends or family will hold you accountable for completing the training.

Head to the Trails

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year for getting outside. Grab a friend and find some local parks or trails to walk, run or ride a bike and take in the view of changing leaves.

Dress for the Weather

When weather gets cooler, it can deter people from going outside to workout. This problem can be mediated by wearing wind-shielding clothing and dressing in layers. Proper attire and accessories (hats, gloves, etc.) that cut down on bulk but still allow for warmth make outdoor fitness more enjoyable as the chill of fall approaches

Drink Water

Stay hydrated even when the temperatures cool down. People often feel less thirsty when it is not hot outside, but staying hydrated is just as important in the fall as it is when the sun a blazing down. When fall rolls around, remember to stay on top of your fluid intake to help with both exercise recovery and appetite control.

Drink Tea

Drink more tea to warm up for the cooler temperatures. Green tea and black tea contain antioxidants that help ward off diseases during flu season so you can remain healthy and active as the season shifts.

Avoid Holiday Candy

According to the National Institutes of Health, on average, non-obese adults gain about a pound a year around the holidays. In addition to creating unhealthy habits, accumulation of this weight over time can lead to obesity. Be sure to pack lots of healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day to help deter you from grazing on sweets that pop up in the office, at home or at holiday parties.

Turn Fall Chores into a Workout

Raking leaves or gardening can burn around 150 calories every 30 minutes. Turn these chores into a game by setting small, achievable goals to help pass time and burn away fat.

Exercise Early in the Day

Try to work out in the morning or during the day. With the time changing and it becoming darker earlier, it can feel as if it is later in the day than it really is. This can make people more tired than usual. Getting into a routine of working out early will guarantee the workout gets done and still allow time in the afternoons and evenings to relax.

Vary Activities

As the weather cools down and summer ends, it can become difficult to stay motivated. Trying a variety of different activities and varying workouts, will help keep a fresh spin on exercise and allow for confidence to build within a wide range of activities.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/98340-tips-fall-fitness/?utm_source=septembernewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=100928#ixzz10r7OM0YU