I have made it my life-long mission to help educate and inspire others to live the life of their dreams. Through sharing my stories of struggles and successes, I have been able to stay authentic and true to myself, while also helping others. While I have a business that is built on that foundation, I believe anyone can inspire at any stage in their life.
In America, we are conditioned to always be striving for the next “success,” This is usually a positive thing – it helps us stay disciplined in order to grow, keeps us focused, and ensures progress. There are times, however, that we can look at the wrong things and call them “successful.” While material possessions may symbolize someone’s status in terms of financial wealth, possessions can never symbolize one’s health.
One common definition of health is the absence of disease. I like to define health as a well-rounded balance of physical, emotional, mental and relational strength and endurance that is most often enjoyed. Why? In life, we will always have some kind of problems, troubles, things that just happen, and even medical issues.
I don’t believe in claiming or speaking disease or negativity into someone’s life, but we all know that sometimes disease is the manifestation of physical stress. We need to take time to slow down and balance ourselves. Health is a well-rounded balance.
Sometimes striving for success becomes very esoteric and ill defined. What is success anyways?
How would you define it?
To me, success is continuously becoming better and helping others get better too. Success to me means nothing if I am all alone, and don’t have a healthy balance in my body, mind, spirit and relationships. I have made it my duty to share stories (even taboo ones) of my real-life-experiences, not as a crutch, but as a tool for healing myself and helping others heal.
Whatever your story is, whether it be past abuse, homelessness, crime, drugs, jail, being in an unhealthy relationship, losing everything – your story is valuable. Your story is valuable to someone you may not even know. Maybe what you went through, someone else is currently going through and they need some hope that they`ll get beyond it. Maybe someone else went through it and let it destroy their life, but you’ve struggled to rise above. It’s your duty to share how you did it.
Everyone in this world needs hope. You are valuable and authentic.
For Part of my Story, Listen here: http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HV39Q95Q
We’ve all witnessed this. We’ve seen the athletes or celebrities with millions of dollars who are constantly in trouble with the law, in domestic partnerships disputes, or dead-beats to their children. We’ve witnessed some of the “most successful people” in the spotlight for their personal failure. Professionalism and personal character are tied together! Whatever is done in the dark will eventually come to light. If you are highly talented, but suck as a person – you will eventually lose your career position, and be left with yourself. If you are highly talented and have a good character, you will continue your wins even when you lose the game, a deal, or make a mistake. Someone who has good character can be respected; while someone without it is hard to respect them.
Get out today, and do something to help you build a better personality, better mentality, and in turn your behaviors will change. You will be one step closer to your success!
In America, we tend to think about being “healthy” in an external way. The reality is, health is also mental.
Too often we look at the outside of someone and deem them “healthy” when they may be physically or emotionally decaying inside. Hand-in-hand with physical health, is mental, spiritual and emotional health (to name a couple others). We have this unhealthy view of what health is. We tend to think people who are skinny are healthy. We also think those who carry an extra 20 pounds are unhealthy (not always), and we judge those who eat ice-cream, but glorify those who drink every weekend because their life is “care-free” and “fun.” We tell women who lift heavy weights that they’re “bulky” or “husky” instead of glorifying their strength. We crave social attention, and are addicted to our technology – phones, laptops, computers, etc. We even go as far as to call things “healthy addictions” (like working out ‘too much’). In America, we forget what our bodies really need, and over-stress ourselves into disease, anger, anxiety, and obesity.
Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight, and 40% are considered obese. There is new scientific research that claims that a calorie burned is a calorie burned, but a calorie consumed is NOT a calorie stored (Dr. Robert Lustig).
[box] “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself” -Henry Ford[/box]
1. REMEMBER YOUR BRAND. My brand is Inspired By Purpose – it’s self explanatory really – I am inspired and aim to inspire others because I know I have a purpose, and I help others find theirs. This means that everyone I choose to associate myself with must be someone who is inspiring, and someone who has a clearly defined purpose; when you know your purpose – you become passionate. It’s essential to only associate with individuals and companies who truly stand for their brand, and that your company has some sort of overlap with.
2. INTENTIONALLY SEEK RELATIONSHIPS WITH PURPOSE-DRIVEN INDIVIDUALS. Both in life, and in business, it is important that we seek out, cultivate, and flourish in relationships with others. Who we associate with can either make us or break us, and relationships with purpose-driven individuals can also help us drive forward with our purpose. Not only do purpose-driven people help us remember our “WHY” but they also help us generate ideas – one good idea breeds another, and another. When you cultivate these relationships, you can easily reach out for help, an opinion, council or just someone to relate to.
3. ALWAYS BE 110% ENGAGED AND PREPARED FOR A COFFEE MEETING. Set the time. Be on time. Dress nice. Comb your hair. Wear some heels. Bring a notepad and pen to jot down ideas. Be willing to fully engage in conversation (put your phone away)! It’s inevitable that when brilliant minds come together that there will be free-flowing ideas for your next blog post, collaboration, or big event – write it all down! Whether you’re the CEO of your company, or an intern hoping to learn, you must be fully engaged if you want to recruit talent, and find loyalty. Being 110% engaged shows the person sitting across from you that you’re willing to listen – not just talk, and that is a skill. Showcase your skills and be more productive by showing up prepared.
4. SMILE AND ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS. When you smile, you are inviting someone into your space. You’re more likely to have a positive conversation, and you help the other person be more open with you. In addition, make eye contact, nod while you’re listening, and be genuine. If you are meeting with someone you idolize or you see as an expert in your field, don’t forget to ask lots of questions, and jot the answers down! Treat the person you’re meeting with with the respect, engagement that they deserve for giving you their time. Most of all, have a good time and help your new colleague do the same.
5. GET INVOLVED. Spend time actively pursuing a common business goal, hobby or travel together. Book a motivational convention together, or better yet – set one up yourselves. Relationship-building tasks will help you go to a deeper level of trust, loyalty, extended networks and circles, and prime you for future opportunity. Don’t neglect getting involved in your local and national communities. At the end of the day – we’re all in it together.
One of the many classes offered is every Tuesday during the lunch hour. Channéll Holmgren teaches a “boot camp” at Wingfield Park from noon to 1 p.m.
“Shape Up Reno offers something for everyone,” says Addie Vivas, Recreation Assistant for the City of Reno. “From yoga to intense cardio, people can get out and enjoy a nice workout that is right for them.”
Teresa came to Sierra Strength and Speed through Motivate U in October 2013 – a program offered by Hometown Health. She has been struggling with an undiagnosed medical condition since May 2009.
As a result, physicians had her on more than 1,000 mg of medication daily. She experienced nearly 20lbs of weight gain in 3 short months. She was unable to drop the weight even after she was taken off the medication.
Her goal was to strengthen her body and lose some of the unwanted pounds, with the hope that some, or all, of her pain that comes with her condition would subside. Within 6 short weeks, she became reacquainted with her body and lost 3.5% body fat. Her transformation was due to 5 hours of weekly exercise and minimal changes to her diet.
Rashes & Swelling all over.
“I was told I had folliculitis, or inflammation
of the hair follicles. Even with my very limited medical expertise, I questioned T HAVE HAIR FOLLICLES ON MY PALMS OR THE I was given more steroids and Benadryl and sent on my way.”
While, she continues to struggle with her medical condition and pain, she continued on with us at SSS after her #MotivateU program ended. She currently attends circuit training classes 4 times per week and continues to see results. As of today, she is 3 pant sizes smaller!
From Teresa ~
I had an opportunity in October 2013, to join a wellness challenge through my employer. It was 6-week exercise challenge focused on diet, exercise and overall healthy living. I was selected to go to Sierra Strength and Speed. I was nervous and excited at the same time.
The first night, I had to do the preliminary tests, which included; push-ups, sit-ups, weight and body fat ups and 11 modified in one minute, 18 sit-ups in one minute, and body fat over 20%. I began the program and met some great people. I worked hard attending 5 to 6 classes per week and became reacquainted with my body. I won a fitbit for trainers pick of the week for working hard in class and that felt great. Everyday was a new challenge and I didn’t see many changes until I got on the scale.
I increased my pushups to 10 plus 13 modified in one minute, and 36 sit-ups in one minute, and a mile in 9 minutes and 21 seconds.
I lost 3.5% body fat and lost under a pound.
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Shape Up Reno is a free fitness series offered by the City of Reno and local partners. Fitness sessions last one hour.
As a Fitness Expert and Coach I am honored to be a part of the 3rd Annual Shape Up Reno Program in it’s the 3rd Operative Year. Each year Andy Bass, Recreation Manager of the City of Reno, has invited me to participate in this program to FIGHT OBESITY in our local community.
My passion is helping other succeed by providing the proper tools and resources for them. For many, cost is a huge factor when it comes to gym memberships or private training. Shape Up Reno has been one of the best programs I have been involved in.
Each week, I donate one hour of my time to help reduce costs for participants, and give back to the community. It is not only a great way to meet new people, but also an unconventional way to help inspire the city of Reno to get moving!
Reno is rated as the number one most alcoholic city in America. This is not surprising with the casino industry. With fast foods everywhere, casinos, alcohol, and sedentary lifestyles, I am to inspire others to get moving by showcasing our class in the park.
If you wish to attend, please feel free to contact me directly or contact The City of Reno. You may find other class information on The City of Reno Homepage.
Please call the City of Reno at (775) 334-2262 or Channéll Holmgren at (775) 400-8333 for more information.
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