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Thanksgiving and the Art of Being Thankful

Sharing the Gift of Gratitude with the Ones You Love

Being Thankful

Are you being thankful and living every day to its fullest?

This has been another challenging year when I find being thankful difficult. And yet, I’ve been given great opportunities to see the power of grace, gratitude, and thankfulness in action.  With the world seemingly in chaos with natural disasters, fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, the threats of nuclear war, an absurd government, as much “fake” news as actual information… We have all this craziness surrounding our everyday lives, and then there is life.  I am reminded this year, more than ever, how precious life really is.

My step-son has been battling lung cancer for the past year and a half.  As I write this, we are not sure how much time he has left.  By the time this posts he might still be here, or he might be gone.  But what I’ve seen unfold in what just might be the last few weeks of his life has been amazing!  You see, my step-son Logan believes in miracles.  He has fought through it all without complaint.  I’ve never heard a “why me?”  or even a second of sniveling because he hurts, feels like crap, can barely breathe, has difficulty speaking, chemo has kicked his butt twice… There have been surgeries, stem-cell therapy. They’ve tried almost everything!  Up until a week or two ago he was still going to the gym, playing golf, and even continued to play ice and roller hockey with his buddies.  Can you imagine playing hockey and sprinting up and down the ice post-chemo with only one working lung?  Now, as tumors have spread from his lung to his spine causing pain and paralysis, he’s still putting on a smile. He has more energy than the rest of us and eagerly and graciously wants to see and speak with everyone that is stopping by to show their support.  At any given moment, there are at least 10-40 friends and close family at the hospital – all packed into his room swapping stories, sharing laughs, and cherishing every minute we have to be together.  This is the art of being thankful in action.

I am thankful to have been gifted the opportunity to have Logan as a step-son.  I am filled with gratitude to see the army of “earth angels” that are surrounding him to show their support, love, and compassion.  Logan’s presence is a gift to us, and our presence is a gift to him.  The energy exchange is palpable.  And while there is sadness, it is still being overpowered by pure joy.

Why am I sharing this personal story?  Because it’s the best example I have right now of being thankful.  Sure, we give lip service to this idea on a regular basis.  But why wait until push comes to shove to live in gratitude and be filled with thankfulness?  Can you imagine what it would be like if this concept was a part of our actual being?  It is for some people.  Like Logan.  Every day is a miracle, and he exudes thankfulness from every fiber of his being.  And it’s reciprocated ten-fold by his close friends, their wives, mothers, and fathers. In fact, everyone who knows him.

We shouldn’t wait for big, life altering experiences to be thankful.  There is a lot of power in embracing the gift of gratitude for the little things in life, too.  A wet kiss from your puppy, watching a butterfly, the sun on your face, wind in your hair, listening to the birds sing, children on a playground, music, art, good food, friends, a restful night’s sleep, a funny joke, the purr of your cat, listening to a thunderstorm, learning something new…

My clients have expressed thanks over the years for things that Pilates has helped them achieve to enjoy a better quality of life: being able to get up off the toilet, being able to bend over and tie their shoes, the ability to balance on one leg to put their pants on, being able to more easily turn their head to check for cars for a lane change, walking without foot pain, using their arms without shoulder pain, being able to take a deep breath, being able to walk up and down stairs without fear of falling… and the list goes on.  None of these are earth-shattering challenges. But, to live and enjoy a healthy life, it’s the little things that sometimes make the biggest difference; we shouldn’t wait until we’ve lost it all to appreciate and be thankful for what we have.

Give yourself the gift of gratitude and appreciate how the power of being thankful for what you can do, the health you do have, and the support that surrounds you impacts your well-being. The mindset of being thankful can help carry you forward with grace and gratitude.

This Thanksgiving I encourage you to take a moment and reach out to people in your life that you are thankful for.  Perhaps you’re already close and see each other often.  Don’t take your time together for granted – tell them how special they are and how thankful you are that they are a part of your life.  Perhaps you have people in your life that you rarely see or visit with, but in some way, they have made a huge impact on your life.  Reach out.  Thinking about someone is nice, but sharing your heartfelt appreciation with them is better.  Maybe it’s just a note, phone call, text message, or email.  Create a quick video to send them to share your thoughts. Or maybe you are fortunate enough to get together for an old-fashioned face-to-face chat.  Cherish your friends, be grateful for your family, and give thanks for your mentors.

We’re on this planet together, let’s show each other how much we care.

I challenge you to reach out to 5 people who have made a positive impact on your life and share with them your gratitude for their love and support.  Let them know the role they’ve played and how important they are to you.  Put into practice the art of being thankful. It’s a beautiful thing.

Ready, Set, Go forth and Give the Gift of Thankfulness.

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(Logan Vinopal,  7-11-1988 to 10-28-2017)

Posted by administrator in Mind-Body Health, Motivation, Inspiration & Goal Setting.

Overcome the Fear of Failure & Strive for Success

Overcome fear of failureDon’t let the fear of failure sabotage your success

Are you ready to stop making excuses?  Is it time to get out of your own way and overcome the fear of failure to achieve success?  Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Or exhausted by the energy you’re wasting that doesn’t seem to be moving you in the right direction? Don’t lose hope, try applying these 6 simple strategies to overcome the fear of failure and strive for success.

Trust me… I’m right there with you on so many levels.  It’s funny how life keeps giving us the opportunity to improve and break through the barriers that have been holding us back.  I actually planned to write this 6 months ago, even made my outline, and somehow, it’s just today that I’m finally getting around to doing it.  Hmmm, guess this just shows that I’m human too!  And points out yet again that the topic of FEAR, and fear of failure is a biggie for me.

As I’m sharing my thoughts with you, I’m soaking in the success principles right along with you. Even though somewhere deep inside, we probably know exactly what we need to do to reach our goals, fear can sometimes block our progress.   Once we realize it’s happening, we’ve got a choice, let it stop us, or face our fears and do it anyway. 

Today, I’m in the zone of facing my fears, I hope you’ll join me and lets have a breakthrough on our journey to wellness success.

As I’m writing this I’m googling Thomas Edison. Seriously, if you need a swift kick in the butt, start reading some of Edison’s quotes!  Clearly to Edison, failure wasn’t failure, instead it was one step closer to a solution that worked.  It took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries to invent the light bulb.  Have you made 10,000 (or more) whole-hearted efforts to reach one of your goals?  And his comments when asked about the struggle to do it, “I never failed once.  It just happened to be a 2000 step process. I’ve found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  While I might be mashing a few quotes together, I’m hoping you get it.  Here’s another thought from Edison, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  And how about this little gem, “Vision without execution is hallucination.”

OK now, are you gaining a few insights into why (in the past), you haven’t quite achieved success?  Whether it’s on the health and fitness front, diet and nutrition, or life goals; did you try once or twice and give up?  Or just think about doing something but not take action?  We need to learn how to look at every possible roadblock as an opportunity to create a new way to move forward.  Just because the first thing we did, didn’t work as “planned” doesn’t mean there isn’t another way.  This happens to me all the time when my husband is helping me with a tech issue on my computer.  His way of navigating and mine are very different!  Granted some of his click paths are quicker, but mine work just as well.  Here’s the point, it doesn’t matter what path you take, as long as you’re clicking along.

Scenarios, Strategies, and Solutions.  I have a dear friend, Mike Rayburn, who is an amazing musician and motivational speaker.  He asks the question “What IF?” to his audiences.  And it’s a great question!  What IF you were healthier?  How would it look?  How would you feel?  What would you be able to do that you can’t do right now?  You can ask the question “What IF” and put anything that’s meaningful for your brain to explore, to look at scenarios, strategies, and solutions.

I like to think positively, but if you spun this question around and asked, “What if I had a major heart attack?” (Or experienced a serious injury, or accident.) What would my life be like?  How would it impact me physically, emotionally, financially?  How would it affect my family, my ability to work, play, and enjoy a healthy and active life?  This might not be a “What if” question for you, you may have already experienced something that landed you in a crappy-life scenario.  If so, how is it, and do you want to stay there?

You may discover that looking at things from a negative perspective and visualizing the possible not-so-pretty scenarios will motivate you to find better strategies and solutions to overcome the fear of failure and keep striving for success.

Open your brain to the possibility that you can always work to improve your life and circumstances.

Share your fears and develop a support system to help lift you up so you’re not “facing your fears” alone.  Of course we have to know who to blurt out this very sensitive personal information to, but even when we inadvertently express our fears to the wrong people, there is personal power in stating that we’re working thru a challenge, because it supports our brain power to work, think, and act differently. 

A year or two ago, I had the chance to spend a weekend at Banning Mills where they have the world’s longest zip line course.  Let me just express that I was not thrilled to go on this adventure.  I have an extreme fear of heights and lots of personal reasons to prefer keeping my feet on the ground instead of dangling from a little metal hook and steel cable 20-200+ feet in the air!  But I showed up, I suited up, and I survived.

Was it the best day of my life – not really, but I did it.  Yes there were brief moments of fun, and a whole lot of moments of sheer terror.  While everybody else was laughing, chatting and zipping along, I was white-knuckled, gritting my teeth, taking lots of deep breaths, and 100% focused on every step I took between tree branches.  It might have been the longest day of my life.  Would I do it again?  Maybe…

The friends we went with were daredevil/adrenaline rush junkies.  When I commented that because of my life-long battle with depression and suicidal thoughts I could see no good reason to put myself at risk for actually “killing myself” because I work too hard on a daily basis to stay present and enjoy life.  My comment was an eye-opener for both of us.  I never really put into words why I don’t like high-speed, crazy, or dangerous activities so I got a better understanding of the choices I make with sports and recreational activities that are fun and meaningful to me. And my daredevil friends, who never gave a thought to why everybody wouldn’t want to be just like them, got to look at the world from a different perspective.  I got respect and admiration for showing up and playing, and that meant the world to me in emotional support for my moment of overcoming my little fear of heights and high-speed terror.  I believe that there is more support and assistance available to us than we probably realize.  Speak up and find out who is in your corner to help you get thru the sticky spots in life.

The power of positive thinking can go a very long way to helping us break thru barriers, overcome the fear of failure, and reach our goals.

Finish this sentence as many different ways as you can, with a positive word:

“I am _____________________.”

I am strong, I am thin, I am healthy, I am fit, I am capable, I am smart, I am creative, I am resourceful, I am beautiful, I am worthy…  What positive thoughts and words can you feed your brain to boost belief in yourself and your ability to take action to strive for success. 

Here’s a thought to spur you on — from the father of positive thinking, Norman Vincent Peale:

 “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” 

What do you want or need to change, to overcome your fears?

It’s time to take ACTION!  “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.  Inaction is not only the result, but the cause of fear.  Perhaps the action you take will be successful: perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.  But any action is better than no action at all.”  — Norman Vincent Peale.

To Summarize these 6 Simple Strategies to Overcome the Fear of Failure and Strive for Success

  1. Don’t let fear get in the way of looking for the next possible solution. Keep in mind the brilliant thoughts from Thomas Edison about failing your way to success! It’s important to keep failing forward until we achieve success.
  2. Remember that every roadblock is an opportunity to create a new way to move forward.
  3. “What IF?” Use your brain power to analyze scenarios, strategies, and solutions.
  4. Share your fears and develop a support system to help carry you forward.
  5. There is POWER in positive thinking! “Change your thoughts, and change your world.”  Norman Vincent Peale.
  6. Take ACTION. Action will build your confidence, and ensure that you are moving forward to overcome your fears and achieve success!

Posted by administrator in Motivation, Inspiration & Goal Setting.

Getting Fit Simply – Online Health Summit

Get FitDon’t Miss The FREE Getting Fit Simply Online Summit!

Discover top secrets to health & fitness and become strong & beautiful from the inside out & have the body you have always wanted by 21 experts in fitness, nutrition and motivation, including wellness success strategies from ME, Aliesa George and Centerworks®!

This Getting Fit Simply health summit, launching August 11th, 2014 is going to be inspiring and Super Informative!  It will give you access to top secrets, tips, and success strategies for fitness, exercise, nutrition, and more. Dispel some old fitness myths and increase your motivation to help jump start and stick with your Healthy, Fit, and Energetic Lifestyle.

The summit has been put together by my friend Isabella Palmgren, who is a fellow Pilates instructor and personal trainer.  She has gathered 21 international exerts in the field of Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, nutrition, wellness, hypnosis, motivation, and more to discuss and share tips on the topic of Getting Fit Simply!

During this online summit, you will get the chance to listen to top experts share their  Wellness tips and secrets, with each expert’s unique understanding of how to become Fit, Healthy and Happy, PLUS as an added bonus, you will get loads of FREE gifts from the experts.

Get ready to glean some great health tips and training tidbits for inspiration and motivation.  This is your invitation to join me and all the other experts as we reveal our TOP SECRETS you need to know to enjoy Wellness Success!

Click www.gettingfitsimply.com NOW to register for the FREE Getting Fit Simply summit.

I hope to see you at the Summit!

Posted by Aliesa George in Health, Motivation, Inspiration & Goal Setting, Uncategorized.

Pilates Quote: Balance

Balance of body and mind is a moving target. Sometimes we are on-balance, and sometimes being off-balance provides the power to shift, change, and become more aware of what it feels like to BE in balance. Our thoughts direct both movement and balance of the body, and mind. In what parts of your life, do you need to practice better balance?

Posted by Aliesa George in Quotes.

Pilates Quote: Poor Posture Habits

Do you have good posture, or poor posture habits? How fine is your spine? Do you stand and sit tall with everything in line? Or do aches and pains cause you to be out of line?

Practice ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips, good abdominal support, with well-balanced natural curves of the spine. Keep your shoulders relaxed with a long tall neck…and BREATHE!

Your office chair, your couch, the seat in your car… at the dining room table, sitting in a pew at church – anywhere you are stay consciously aware of YOU, your body, how you sit, stand, and move.   Your posture habits will either set you up for good health or injury! Pay attention and practice good posture for better whole-body health.

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Take the Centerworks® quick Posture Quiz Now…

Posted by Aliesa George in Posture Improvement, Quotes.

Pilates Quote: Good Posture

Good Posture, something we know we really should work on, but seemingly insignificant to pay attention to until our body hurts.  Why isn’t it possible to just have perfect posture?  Because maintaining good posture takes effort.  We have to maintain balanced muscle development to support our bones and our bodies for better body alignment.  Without using our muscles to fight gravity, gravity will win every single second of the day!  You have to think and stay conscious of your posture and movement habits to maintain good posture.

Moving with grace and ease should not just be reserved for dancers.  Every BODY can thrive, stand tall, and enjoy effortless movement when good posture and balanced body development is focused on for during every exercise and activity throughout your day.

*** Take this quick Posture Quiz and see where you rate for Good Posture.

Posted by Aliesa George in Posture Improvement, Quotes.

Pilates Quote: Preventative Medicine

Preventative medicine isn’t just pills and potions.  There are many things we can do to ensure good health.  It starts with learning how to listen to the body and take care of our daily needs.  Eating healthy foods, getting enough rest, and daily exercise can go a long way to preventing illness and injury to enjoy a happy, healthy, and active life.

Joseph Pilates philosophies for health improvement cover much more than just physical exercise.  A holistic approach to good health means one should pay attention to everything they do as our choices affect our outcomes.   “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” was Benjamin Franklin’s famous saying which holds true here too.  It’s easier to stay healthy, than to get your good health back.  Make wise choices with everything you do to help maintain your good health.

*** So you’re making great health choices…but what are you doing for your feet?  Good health starts from the ground up!  Want to fine-tune your fitness, improve your posture for better body alignment to keep your muscles working well.  Don’t forget about your feet!  Click here to get access to a free video with Foot Fitness Exercise Tips.

Posted by Aliesa George in Foot Care & Foot Fitness, Quotes.

Pilates Quote: Functional Movement

Hard work doesn’t always have to be hard…  By training efficient functional movement habits, so that all muscles are properly developed and working harmoniously together, tasks or “work” that once seemed difficult can become effortless.

Are you ready to enjoy a little more pleasure in your life?  Do Pilates, it makes everything better…  but especially your brain-body connection.  Develop your muscles in the right way so that everything you do for work and play can be fun, efficient, and easy.

***Get started on the road to balanced muscle development with a quick posture check.  See where you rate with this quick Posture Quiz to stay strong, fit, flexible, and injury-free.

Posted by Aliesa George in Functional Movement, Quotes.

Pilates Quote: Contrology

Contrology is such a cool word and aptly describes the power and benefits of the Pilates Method.

Who doesn’t want to enjoy the benefits of complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit?  And what better way to connect mind, body, and spirit than through movement.

Using the Pilates system, and doing the exercises on the Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, Barrels, and Mat you too can put your brain and body into action to achieve length, strength, flexibility, and develop your mind and body with Contrology.

***Want to learn more…  Start enjoying the whole-body benefits of Pilates.  Get your copy of Return to Life through Contrology now.

Posted by Aliesa George in Quotes.

Pilates Quote

This Pilates quote is one of many powerful phrases or “words of wisdom” that Joseph Pilates shared in his book Return to Life.  It’s an interesting concept to contemplate.

So, just curious… who is in charge of your body?  Does your body easily and willingly do anything you ask?  How much effort to you put into the practice of using your mind to control your muscles?  Gaining control over your WILL to move muscle is not just about what’s happening during your workouts… it applies to everything you want to accomplish in life!

Do you ACT or React to what is happening in your life?  What WILL you do and is your body, mind, and spirit willing to execute?   You are the master of your Universe.  Use your WILL to power your performance, and take charge of your movement, health, and life.

Posted by Aliesa George in Quotes.