Happy Healthy and Fit

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ignite Your Power: Smile and Shine

It has been said that there is no such thing as darkness, only lack of light. This makes sense when you think how the sun never really sets, sometimes we just can't see it.

However, we have confidence in knowing the sun is always there. When it does become visible, it brightens up the whole world and literally through photosynthesis has the ability to create abundant life. The beauty of nature is always there, we just need the light to expose it.

Inside each of lies our own sun or at least the same concept of light. Sometimes, we are so blocked and bogged down we cannot see our own potential. When we remove the clouds of fear, worry, jealousy, anger and doubt, we literally radiate light in much the same way as the sun.

Today, practice noticing what is standing in the way of you and your dreams. You may not be able to control the clouds in the sky, but you can control the clouds in your heart. Just for one day, practice being like the sun. Feel the flame inside of you, that deep desire, and then crank it up. You will notice the world blossom around you. Like plants grow toward the sun, you will become amazingly attractable.

Smile and shine. Expose the massive abundance of beauty in all those around you.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Falling is Learning

Fall down seven times, get up eight.
-Japanese Proverb

Life is about trial and error. It is about having the courage to stand up and experiencing the humility of falling down. The magic is finding the courage to stand up again and again.

Falling can be in the literal sense or falling from grace. Watching a child learn to walk illustrates the challenges of beginning something new. It is easy to understand that the child must become aware of how to balance on two feet. We later learn to ride a bicycle and balance on two wheels. Falling is widely accepted. There is no ego.

For some reason, we reach a certain age and think, upon the first try, we are supposed to know how to master things we have never experienced. We feel compelled to apologize for our shortcomings, response to losing a loved one, lack of balance or flexibility in a yoga class, lack of endurance in hiking a new mountain or lack of confidence when life changes and it's time to begin dating again.

Falling is learning. Learn to stand up. Just like that child learned to walk and later to run; the recipe translates into every area of your life. Find the courage to be Happy, Healthy and Fit. Embrace the humility each time you fall and life blesses you with a lesson. Find the courage again to keep on learning.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Feet First: Cause your Own Luck

Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances. Real men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This afternoon I went for a nice relaxing pedicure. When she was massaging my feet, she commented that I was lucky not have any calluses on my heels. I smiled and thought about being lucky.

Perhaps I am lucky to have the self awareness that my feet are a part of me. My feet are just as important as my face. Each night when I shower, I take a moment to honor them and give them a quick scrub with the pumice stone and then a nice finishing touch of foot cream.

It may be your face that you show to the world, but it's your feet that support you as long as you are on this earth. You too can be "lucky" and have smooth, non-callused feet. Just go ahead and cause them. Let them be the effect of a little tender loving care.

Being Happy Healthy and Fit means paying attention to your whole self. Let a pedicure be a relaxing treat, not your answer to every day maintenance. Don't wait until they no longer serve you to appreciate two of your best friends. Go ahead and give your feet a little love. They deserve to be lucky.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Truth: An Amazing Gift

"Don't be so thin skinned," my Dad used to love to say.

I'm sure this was always delivered after some attempt to make me better, mentally stronger and more resilient. You fall off the horse and you get back on. No questions asked. If you can't take the truth, how can you possibly make improvements? I am no stranger to personal development.

Kind words are seldom true and true words are seldom kind. I'm grateful that I wasn't raised with any delusions about the truth. The truth isn't personal; it just is. My Dad has no problem noticing when I have put on a few pounds or made a poor decision. I actually feel like the luckiest daughter alive. My Dad has the courage to tell me the truth.

I share this yoga photo with you because for over 3 years I was doing it incorrectly.... everyday. I thought that if I held my back leg with a towel, I could prevent my hand from slipping and work deeper into the beautiful dancer pose. It wasn't until I was practicing somewhere else that a teacher announced that the towel was a crutch and I would never develop the strength I was after if I kept using it. At the time I was humiliated. Today, I am grateful. However, I have also learned that as a yoga teacher, most people don't want to be corrected. They actually get offended. I just hope they don't tear their thin skin.

The Truth is an Amazing Gift. When you find someone comfortable and confident enough to give it to you, latch on, you may have just found a new best friend. And....if you are working on your yoga dancer pose, go ahead and drop the towel. Remember, practice only makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect.


Decide and Determine Your Destiny

It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
- Anthony Robbins

The word decide has it's roots in the Latin word meaning to cut off.

Do you know what stands in the way of your life of health, happiness and harmony?

When it comes to being Happy, Healthy and Fit, how often do you think that you should change your diet or talk about quitting a bad habit? Getting a new job? Quitting an old job? Starting a business, writing a book, eating better, watching less television, reading more books, being more creative in your relationships or exercising regularly?

It's one thing to think and talk about what you should do. It's another to make a decision. It is a decision not to light another cigarette, open another beer, buy another can of chewing tobacco. It's a decision to pick the apple or the cupcake. It's a decision to go to a job that doesn't bring you any joy. It's a decision to blame other people for your unhappiness or lack of fulfillment.

Once you decide to cut off the things that are sabotaging your happiness, you have opened space for your wish to come true. Although sometimes, it seems the hardest thing to do is to decide, stop and realize that physically it requires no work.

Stop Searching and Start Creating. We are each the Master of our own Destiny. As Eleanor Roosevelt says so eloquently, "It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."

Monday, April 12, 2010

Want success? Model it.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
-Jim Rohn

Commitment is what separates the Best from the Rest.

The difference between people that are successful and those who strive and never arrive is discipline. Finish what you start.

As a martial arts teacher, I have always asked students to begin with the end in mind. Then, I go on to tell them that the odds are not in their favor. 1 in 1000white belts make it to black belt. This isn't to be negative or discouraging. In fact, quite the opposite. Each time, I said this, it was my hope to spark a great desire deep inside their soul.

It has been studied and published in several books including Outliers and Talent is Overrated that the single biggest variable separating successful business people and professional athletes from the rest is their dedicated practice and commitment to excellence.

Want to be the best? Model success. Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes Perfect.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Find Peace: Practice Forgiveness

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

The act of forgiveness is one of the most personal, intimate experiences a person can have. It is one thing to simply say that you accept an apology and then suppress all the thoughts and feelings that surround the event. It's another thing when the apology never comes and you reconcile with yourself and say you have long since forgotten about the situation, person or event.

Part of being Happy, Healthy and Fit requires you to forgive anyone and everyone that has ever harmed you in anyway. Often times, we have buried these hurts so deep, we think they do not exist. In reality, they are festering beneath the surface, blocking true peace.

Close to six months ago, a very wise friend suggested that I spend some time in the cemetary and forgive all those who I needed to forgive. I must admit this was an interesting process and I highly recommend it. It was fairly easy to come up with some obvious people, like my parents, the people that had ripped me off in business and even the people who had posed as friends for their own personal gain. I thought my acts of forgiveness were done; little did I know they had just begun.

Yesterday, as I was walking into a Festival in Old Town Scottsdale, I realized that the man working security at the gate had at one time been a client of mine. Bob was a tremendous student of Kung Fu. He was an enthusiast, bought all the merchandise, attended seminars and brought friends to take class. When the going was good, it was good.

Along the way, Bob became offended when he couldn't advance as quickly as he would like. He left and took a following of my other clients to a competitor. As a business owner, this translated into financial devastation. This was 3 years ago. Less than one week after closing my martial arts school, I ran into Bob and in my heart I was able to forgive him. I didn't even have to say it. Bob couldn't look at me. I told him he looked great and that I barely recognized him with his new confidence. I gave him a hug. He actually said, "Randi, I want to thank you for everything you gave me."

I didn't need to see Bob to forgive him. He just served to remind me that maybe I was hanging on to some extra stuff I no longer need. Forgiveness is personal and intimate. Practice Forgiveness and Find Peace.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Get Rich: Find your Gifts and Give them Away!

The meaning of life is to find our inner gift. The purpose of life is to give those gifts away.

I am blessed with the opportunity to teach tai chi classes at the Golden Door Spa in Carefree, AZ. As one of only a few 5-Diamond resorts in the country, the main responsibility is to give the guests and members the experience of a lifetime, regardless of how they act.

This morning an elderly woman hobbled into my class. She was rigid, stubborn and angry. After 5 minutes, she announced that she was bored and wanted to do something else. For a moment, I was feeling judgemental and frustrated. Then a voice inside my head made me realize that someday my mother would be her age and shortly after I would be her age. Instead of impatience, I was overcome with great admiration. It takes courage to try something new.

Jean is 87. She turned out to be a wonderful student and teacher. I showered her with some words of encouragement and noticed that it was as if I was spraying WD40 directly onto her joints. She was softening and flowing. She was moving gracefully and in her eyes, I saw a young woman with passion and desire. She even started to laugh and by the time she left she was truly glowing and alive.

The fact that she received my gift with love and gratitude has affirmed my purpose. I made Jean's day and in turn she made mine. Life's greatest gifts don't always show up with a shiny bow. The real gift is in giving. Thank you Jean, you have made me a better teacher.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Open your Eyes to Fields of Gold

Have you ever noticed sometimes the whole world seems to be in such a hurry? It's easy to get caught up rushing from one activity to another. The biggest problem here is that this denies us the opportunity to truly enjoy the beauty in the present moment. Don't be so fixated on certain fields of gold that you entirely miss the abundance under your nose. Today find beauty in all things.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Limitations are so Limiting!

The Sky is the Limit!

Yesterday I received a nice message from Jack Canfield, CEO and Founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul. It was in response to my FaceBook Friend request. He nicely explained that FaceBook has limits and he has reached his capacity at 5000 friends. He then invited me to join his fan page.

Immediately, I was struck by the idea that Limitations are so often imposed by others, don't necesarily make sense and are extremely Limiting! Limitations are the obstacles that stand between us and our goals.

When it comes to being Happy, Healthy and Fit, don't let anything stand in your way. Often times, we are not even conscious of where the limiting thought process started. Was it your parents, a teacher or an off hand comment you heard as a child that stuck with you. Inside each of us are the super powers we need to expand as big as we can imagine.

So today, decide to reach for the sky, set your goals high and recognize when you feel resistance. Notice, is that coming from you? Who is stopping you? Limits are only imaginary walls designed to keep you small. Push past the resistance and Be the you that you were born to be! Does it appear a boulder is blocking your path? Behind it you may find a mountain. Persist and you will see the sky is the Limit!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Connect Your Dots with Gratitude

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder and CEO of Apple, Inc. once stated that we may not always understand what is happening exactly as it is happening. The important thing is that we are able to look back and connect the dots.

As an entrepreneur and student of life, this thought has kept me feeling secure inside my illusory kayak when I face turbulent waters. If you truly believe that the Universe wants what is highest and best for you ALL the time, then every challenge must be treated with an attitude of gratitude.

When things don't go the way that I would have liked or imagined, I have learned to surrender and smile and say out loud- "If that wasn't good enough for me, I am super excited to see what the Universe thinks is better!"

Thoughts are powerful. Your attitude is just an outward manifestation of your inner thoughts. It can be as easy as turning on a light switch. Just notice when your thoughts are not propelling you toward the life of your dreams and change them. It's that easy!

Perhaps when you look back and connect the dots, you will see that you had to have all those experiences so that you could truly appreciate abundance however it shows up for you. Today Practice being grateful for the experiences that make you who you are.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Practice Releasing: Even a Snake Knows When to Shed its Skin

Learn to release that which no longer serves you. Just as a snake sheds its skin and a tree drops its leaves, we must recognize when it's time to let go so we can continue to grow.

When it comes to being Happy, Healthy and Fit, the magic is in the holistic approach. It's more than just how you may appear on the outside or fit into your clothes, dig deeper.

Learning to let go is a process. Identify your dead skin or dead leaves. Find those things that are holding you back from experiencing the life you were meant to live. This could be anything from physical items such as: excess weight, extra clothes, old shoes, books, papers or furniture, etc. It can also be more of a mental weight: a business, relationship or obligation. Or, on a deeper emotional level, it could be worry, fear, anger, shame or guilt.

The Dalai Lama has said that before you can meditate, you need to clean your closet. Your environment is a reflection of your mind. Today, just take a moment and notice what you hang onto. Look in your trunk, check your closets and kitchen cabinets. Stuff stores energy and stagnant stuff causes stagnant energy. Start with the physical and then naturally you will shift into the mental and emotional.

Having a hard time letting go? Keep practicing. The less you allow your thing to hold you back, the freer you will be to reach your greatest potential!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Good Luck and Good Fortune

"What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."
- Napoleon Hill

Beliefs are nothing but thoughts and ideas that we think are true.

A few weeks ago, I was reminded of the powers we all possess inside our thought patterns. While attending the Scottsdale Art Festival, I was immediately drawn to the booth of Seung Lee Studio. His woodblock ink was so clean and balanced that when looking at his work, I experienced complete harmony.

His artistic statement reads: My work is significantly influenced by the poles of the ying and yang, the Asian positive and negative, and the interaction between humans and nature.

As a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kung Fu, I have been studying these concepts for years. I wanted to take this art work home. The timing was off. I knew I would be closing my business and his work was pricey. I walked around the show in search of something more affordable and the ultimately returned to his booth. I felt I must have something. It was going to be a life changing purchase.

When I zoned in on the one piece I liked, Seung Lee proceeded to tell me a story about how the two pieces went together in harmony. Good luck and Good Fortune. At this point in my life, I was not prepared to pay for one and now I knew I must have both. For Good Luck, without Good Fortune, wouldn't be enough and Good Fortune without Good Luck, may not be desirable.

Seung Lee, a deep soul, continued to tell me a story about the power of the mind and some miracles he created in his own life. I knew I needed to have these and with Good Luck and Good Fortune the money would come.

I charged the paintings, brought them home and hung them in my office. I smiled and felt fulfilled. Two weeks later, an unexpected check arrived in the mail. It was the exact amount to pay for both paintings.

Good Luck and Good Fortune are yours as soon as you Believe! I believe! I believe! I believe!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Let the Beauty out of your Beast!

There are no ugly people, only lazy people. Inside each of lies a delicate flower yearning to radiate beauty. However, sometimes, we simply forget. We can learn so much by observing a cactus in the spring.

The Spring is an amazing time to remember that with a bit of light and love, the dormant begin to blossom. If you do not feel that you are living as your highest and best self today, take some time and spend it in nature. Take a slow walk and notice the beauty blooming everywhere. This is especially powerful if you are lucky enough to live in the desert. From where it seems nothing may grow, comes the most magnificent colors.

Inside each of us is a delicate flower. It's that vulnerable part of us that we try to hide and cover up with our ego. Look inside and give yourself a chance. Remember like a seed blossoming, transformation takes time, belief, commitment and dedication, but the results will be undeniable.

Today, look deep inside yourself and see that beautiful flower. Say out loud, "I am Happy, Healthy and Fit."

Then begin to believe. Trust yourself and the process. You will be amazed. Do your work and consider, there are no ugly people, only lazy people. The whole world will see and treat you differently. Remember, it is difficult to get too close to a cactus, but a flower everyone enjoys, wants to be near and even photographs to capture that moment of beauty.

Today, practice being vulnerable and let the world see your true essence. Be a beautiful flower.