Motivation & Inspiration
Things to motivate and inspire, chosen by Amanda Ollier and Julian Wolfendale
Having recently discovered the joy of taking regular exercise and thinking about what I eat, I wanted to share a video with you.
I haven’t done any real exercise since I left school and although I understood the theory and the potential health benefits, I’ve always managed to find a good reason why I couldn’t find the time, energy, money or motivation to start let alone stick at anything.
About 2 months ago, I got a text inviting me to a week’s trial at Milton Keynes Fit Body Bootcamp, so I thought I’d add that to my list of ‘tried that but it didn’t work for me’. Except that, I decided to really do it rather than just try this time and see once and for all if I could actually ‘do’ exercise.
I like to think about things, a lot, and whilst I may be guilty of over analysing on occasion, sometimes it pays me back with a light bulb moment. You know, those thoughts that pop into your head and suddenly something deeply buried makes sense and associated things fall into place. Well, I had a few of those!
I realised I have never been thin and happy at the same time. I have been really thin, too thin actually, and I have been ecstatically happy, but not simultaneously. This led onto a realisation that somewhere deep in my unconscious I have cultivated a very powerful limiting belief that I cannot be thin and happy. Tosh! Once I’d admitted this to myself I was able to set about creating a more empowering belief to replace it with.
I won’t go into my journey here, because the point of this post is to share with you, just one of the really useful tools I’ve enjoyed at bootcamp. The most joyous discovery that you dont’ have to deprive yourself and eat nothing, or calorie count or do any of those weird fad diets to look good – believe me I’ve tried them all – Cabbage soup, Atkins, colour coded days, Mao clinic and too many to even remember – and this video explains why I can eat snacks and meals all day long and still burn fat!
Check out this video and if you like it, there’s lot’s more info on the web site Major-Fitness.co.uk including nutritional plans, exercise hints and lots, lots more.
Over to the inspirational Helen Colby who will explain much better than I could. I can tell you that it works though
It’s been a busy few weeks for Julian and I. Finally, after a lot of tapping on the computer – and even more procrastinating on my part – we have both published our books. Actually, Julian released Damaged Goods a few weeks ago and has already had his first royalty cheque!
It’s a funny thing to accomplish a goal, particularly one you have held for so long (and if I’m honest so vaguely!) I think it’s been more of a belief for me that one day I would write a book, rather than a goal. It certainly hasn’t been a well formed NLP type goal anyway!
I was very excited yesterday to see that my first book The Self Help Bible – Volume 1 – About Self Esteem and How to be Confident (volume 1 – that pretty much obliges me to write some more now doesn’t it!) had gone live on Kindle, that started the day well.
Then, Julian sent me a picture of the paperback in his hand, the proof copy of which arrived while I was out, and my excitement increased. So, by the time I got a copy in my hands last night, I was well and truly ‘hyper’ as Julian says! It was a real buzz!
I have built it a website, introduced it to Twitter and Facebook, announced it to Google and everything else I could think of, so now my little book has to make it’s own way in the world, and much like a proud parent, I have to just wait and see if I’ve done a good enough job for it to survive in the real world.
I’m pretty good at seeing the good bits in life, so, I can say truthfully that today is my best sales day to date. It’s day one perhaps, but I have sold a couple, so I remain hopeful! I have the next 4 volumes part written and all planned, volume 1 has gone off to be reviewed and a couple of people have asked for a signed copy – how cool is that!
The books are very simple, like me – to the point, yep, also like me, and fun – I hope that’s like me too! It is my hope, that they will bring hope to others by showing how easy it can be to change your life, with a little guidance and some will.
As it says at the top of our blog, we firmly believe that with the right System and Mindset, if you are willing to put in some Activity (consistent Action) then success will be yours!
Watch this space!
We understand that you might not want to take our word for it, so how about Joseph McClendon III, one of Tony Robbins closest friends and peak performance coaches? As humans we’re programmed to trust people we know and figures of authority and they don’t come with much more authority than Joseph McClendon. So here is a great interview conducted by my friend and successful PR coach Maritza Duncan.
I have just spent an amazing weekend at ‘The Next Step’, a personal development seminar run by Joseph McClendon III in London. It’s the second time I’ve been and uses many of the principles I’ve learned during my studies of neuro sciences over the past few years, so I wasn’t sure if I’d get that much out of it this time.
One thing I do believe, is that you will only ever get out what you put in, so I went along with an open mind, ready to learn and as Joseph says ‘Play Full Out’.
In one weekend I have moved more, remembered more and learned more than in the last year. I smashed a wooden board with my bear hands on Saturday, which you can see below and have set myself the most amazing targets to achieve this year. AND most importantly of all I have the mindset and the system I need to get them and I am ready to put in the activity I need to. With these three things in place I cannot fail but to find SUCCESS!
The weekend has given me loads of inspiration for the Personal Development Programme Julian and I are creating at the moment which we will tell you more about soon…..
Do you believe you can achieve what you want with the right mindset?
Success is that elusive thing that we all search for, in one form or another, at some point in our lives. Early on, we might measure success in terms of being popular in the playground, or top of the class. Later, we might have a hobby or sport we want to excel at. We might think we are successful if we have an attractive partner or lots of friends, material possessions or money in the bank. We might measure our own success through the results of others, like our children for example, or people that we help, teach and interact with.
However we measure success, the point is that we do all measure it and we strive to be successful in at least one area of our lives. You could even argue the point that people who really mess up in some way are actually successful. If you consider success to be the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted, as defined in some dictionaries and they set out to fail, then in doing so they are successful – almost like anti-success!
So how can you ensure success, or at least give yourself the very best chance? After much study and deliberation, I would like to offer you a three step formula for success, giving you the three key elements you need to create your own success.
The first thing you need in order to be successful is the right mindset…
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One of our goals for 2011, is to have a best selling ebook and we are in the process of writing one on self development now.
We are covering lots of areas, with an NLP (neuro linguistic programming) bias, because that’s our field of expertise. Some of the topics we are covering include:
- What your unconscious mind is and how it works for you
- How your mindset determines your perception, communication and results
- Where your beliefs, self esteem, values and attitudes come from
- What they do for you and how you change them if they are no longer helpful to you
- General personal development and mindset improvement techniques
To make sure its relevant for today and offers really great value, we were wondering, if there was any question that you could ask on that subject, what would it be?
We’d really appreciate your help with this, either by commenting here or in an email if you prefer (email@example.com) obviously any comments we receive will remain anonymous.
Once completed, the book will be available to buy and for you to sell and make some money from as an affiliate product in Clickbank.
Thanks in advance,
Amanda and Julian
I was looking through some old pictures today. One of them is of a pretty young girl aged around 13. She is leaning back in the sunshine, laughing and she looks happy, as every 13 year old should.
I know that this girl had a hard time in the years that followed this photograph and ended up addicted to drugs, in jail and with serious long term health conditions to contend with as a result. I know that to this day she suffers because of the immediate repercussions and as a result of the prejudices of other people.
What first struck me as I looked at this picture, was that at the time it was taken, she had her whole life ahead of her. She could have been, had or done anything she wanted with the right tools and guidance and it made me feel sad for her and the things she has missed out on.
Then the real penny dropped. This girl is no different to any of us on any given day. The point we are at is a result of the sum of all our days, thoughts and actions to date. Where we go from here is up to us, we have the power to choose our future in every instant.
New Year is traditionally a time for thinking about rebirth and yet we can do this any day we wish. Why don’t you think today about where you want to be tomorrow, next week, next year? Don’t let the past be an excuse to avoid the brilliant future you could choose to have. Imagine being able to meet yourself as a child, wouldn’t you want to know that this child was going to have a wonderful life thanks to you? Whilst we are all a day older than we were yesterday, today is still the day it always was and will be. What better time to decide to start a bright new tomorrow than today?
Did you know it’s impossible to feel bad if you smile?
Even if your smile is merely a forced upward movement of the corner of your lips, you will feel better. Honest!
There are scientific reasons for it. The muscles that are moved when you smile, exert pressure on your brain, which triggers a release of the happy hormone, Serotonin, which in turn induces a chemical feeling of well being. It won’t solve all your problems, but feeling better has to be a good start surely! Next time you are in a temper, feeling frustrated or sad, give it a try. Put a big smile on your face, the bigger and sillier the better, and notice the feeling of well being that it brings with it. Catching sight of yourself doing it is often enough to make you laugh out loud, by which point you’ve really broken into the cycle of whatever you were feeling, only moments before.
The most important thing in this exercise, is the fact that you are putting yourself back in control of your emotions. Rather than allowing which ever negative emotion was over taking you to dictate your behaviour, you are interrupting the pattern and giving yourself enough time to decide, how you want to feel.
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Did you realise that everything you believe is only true for you because you decided it is? You have effectively built your life around a set of rules, given to you by someone else, which you at some point decided to accept as your own – often without even questioning!
There are things so very dear to you, that were I to suggest they may not be true to everyone; you may well take offence at my statement. Obviously my intent in writing this article is not to offend anyone, I would however like to make you think a little today.
Where Did Your Beliefs Come From?