Why So Negative?

Banish NegativityThe world is full of challenges. So is your company and your job. The news is laden with ten negative stories to every one positive story.

One of my favorite affirmation from Huffington Post’s 35 life-changing affirmations is:

I am superior to negative thoughts

Read all 35 affirmations here.

Entertaining the negativity only fuels gloomy and despair.

Positivity can also spread like wildfire – if someone just creates that first spark though.

So TODAY, let’s go be:

  • Awesome
  • Fun-loving
  • Happy
  • Productive
  • Compassionate
  • Understanding
  • Forgiving

Lukas Graham says it best in his song 7 Years

I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
‘Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major

Have a good, great, terrific, outstanding, and amazing day!

-DJ

5 Lessons Learned from Working Out

5-lessons-learned-from-working-outOne year ago I started working out at the gym. A first for me… ever. I’m proud to say I’ve stuck with it all year.

Here’s what I’ve learned along the way:

Results Take Longer Than Expected

My first three months I focused on eating healthy eating, cardio and strength training. Initial results came fast, then became more difficult. The next nine months were a battle, but I stuck with it. I learned to measure success differently, beyond just weight loss. I measured success by lifting heavier weights, by doing more repetitions, and increasing cardio endurance.

Changing how I measured success enabled me to continue to see results.

It’s Still Not Easy

Waking up at 6 am is both a habit and a struggle. I often wake up sore and fatigued. I thought that would pass. It doesn’t. In the beginning, I was sore beyond imagination. Now it’s a good sore, but it’s soreness nonetheless. Furthermore, I’ve dealt with various injuries: plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and a sore shoulder rotator cuff. Muscles heal, injuries pass, but new ones arise.

Bottom line, it’s still not easy.

“Easy” was never the goal.

It’s a Journey, not a Destination

Every fitness goal achieved come with a deep sense of accomplishment. Which is not the same as feeling like I’ve “arrived”. There is almost more to achieve. While I focus on reaching milestones, I learned to enjoy the journal.

The destination is merely another level, that leads to a curve in the road and another challenge to conquer.

Support is Crucial

Surrounding myself with supportive people has been extremely beneficial. Alienate yourself from detractors and negative people.

Some days I couldn’t have done it without great friends and family cheering me on!

It all Depends on You

Yes, this seems contradictory to the Support point. While support is vital, your success is 100% dependent on you – your attitude, your drive, and your efforts.

It’s all on you!

– DJ

So What. Now What?

so-what-now-whatDriving into work last week I heard this quote from one of the local college football coaches.

So What. Now What?

Seems like a fitting phrase for many aspects of life – personal, professional, political. Life throws us curve balls (yes, I switched sports analogies). Things don’t always go as planned. More accurately, things rarely go as planned.

It’s not what happened (whether recent or past). It’s about what we do next that will determine our success.

Easy to say. Not always easy to do.

The past can only hold you back if you’re still clinging to it.

Learning to Skateboard

A lug nut snapped when changing a tire on one of my vehicles this week. So this morning at 8 a.m. I took it to get fixed. The repair shop said it would take about an hour. I considered, for a brief moment, sitting in the waiting room but based on the fairly dingy atmosphere I thought better of it.

So, I decided to go for a walk, after all, I could always use the extra exercise. As I was walking I saw an older gentleman probably 75-years-old or so on a skateboard. Slightly wobbly, but with both feet firmly planted on the board, he rode it down the street.  A guy, maybe thirty years younger, was holding the older man’s elbow to keep him from falling.

As my path crossed with theirs the older gentleman looked up at me with a big smile on his face and said “I’m learning”.

What a great attitude and a great example that we need to always be learning.

I wish I would have stopped to take a picture so you could see the smile and the enthusiasm on his face. A reminder that not only should we always be learning but we should do so with happiness and excitement.