5 Game Changers
Every year I attend two fitness conferences to stay updated on the latest fitness trends and research. At every conference there is a keynote speaker. This year I was intrigued when I saw that it was Kathy Smith. Some of you might remember her (and her leotards) from her 1980’s aerobic videos. Kathy really is a fitness legend! She has sold over 16 million workout videos, which equates to over 500 million dollars in sales. And, she is still very relevant in the fitness industry today with her own app and podcast.
I was so blown away when she opened up about how she started in fitness. Simply put, she lost her father at age 17 from a heart attack and within 2 years, lost her mother and step- father in a horrible helicopter crash. Needless to say, at the age of 19, she was very lost and depressed. She found solace through running. And the healing benefits she found through running and her drive to better herself grew from there.
In her address she highlighted 5 “Game Changers” that will help you be successful. I wanted to share those with you and provide my own insight.
1. FIND YOUR PASSION
Find something that excites you and feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you and motivates you. Search and really reflect on WHY that is your passion. Answering that WHY question with help move you to the next level.
2. SHIFT YOUR MINDSET
Your mind is the key to success. Don’t let negative thoughts hold you back. We can be our own worst enemy when we pull ourselves down with a defeatist way of thinking. Find a way to clear those negative thoughts. The simple act of BREATHING is SO powerful to keep our focus and stay positive. Find a breathing technique (there are so many great apps that can guide you) that is right for you that will allow you to fill that head space with thoughts that lead you down the path of success.
3. LEAVE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
This is my favorite. We are so afraid to fail, look stupid, not be the best, etc. that we don’t try and ultimately don’t allow ourselves to grow. Do something everyday that scares you and don’t be afraid to fail! We can learn so much from failing. Michael Jordan did not make his high school basketball team! Guess what...the secret to victory is defeat! It drives us to work harder, learn, and develop calluses. And...maybe we need to develop multiple measurements for success! For instance, success is not just numbers going down on a scale. Success is building more lean muscle, building stamina, developing our athleticism, having the ability to move without pain etc. Lengthen that measuring stick for success!
4. THE POWER OF CHOICE
You always have a choice! You can prepare or procrastinate. You can move or sit. I loved this slide she presented:
Choices become actions.
Actions become habits.
Habits become character.
Your character is your destiny….choose wisely!
5. GIVE MORE THAN YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE
Just be a kind, loving, generous person!