Thursday, September 19, 2013

What can you do "right now" to feel more empowered?

Question for Penny: I feel really down and out. I feel like I can do many things better but I don't even know how or where to begin. What is the first step I can take "right now" to start feeling more empowered? 

What you can do right now is to learn to FORGIVE yourself. Just know that all you can do is your best. And your best will be different all the time. Your best will be different when you're happy as oppose to when you're sad or angry. And THAT IS OKAY. There's nothing wrong with that. It is only your ego that wants to label things "wrong." So you beat yourself up as a result. How do you break this unrewarding, habitual way of being?

First, try to delve deeper and see past the ego. In this way you can get in touch with your higher self — the wiser self who knows better. This wiser self in you KNOWS you can only do your best based on your circumstances in each moment. And each moment is never the same so you can't always be exactly the same either. You have to flow with the situation. In other words, you have to flow with life. ACCEPT your best as it is in each moment. FORGIVE YOURSELF. When you forgive yourself, you stop fighting yourself. 

When you stop fighting yourself, there's no longer a fight to tend to. Without the fight, you will have more energy to see clearly and move forward in a more empowering direction. I challenge you to try it. Try it for at least one full day. Just do your best, and no matter what happens, FORGIVE yourself without judgment. See what happens...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What kind of excuses are you making today?

A workout is a workout no matter what. Whether it's 5 minutes or one hour, one body part or all your body parts, light movements or intense movements, a workout is a workout if you deliberately choose to move your body with intentions to make it better. 

So do not feel like it's not worth the time if it's a short workout. 5 minutes is better than zero minutes. Do not think that just because you can't walk, you can't workout; you could work your arms, or your back or maybe focus on abs. And believe it or not, every little bit counts in the long-term. 

What prompt me to say this today? Listen to this conversation (I've had to repeat many times before).

Client: I really wanted to workout yesterday but my legs are still sore from the workout the other day.

Me: Are your arms sore?

Client: No. Why?

Me: Well, if you really wanted to workout you could have worked your arms and do some light cardio. Maybe just do some push-ups till your arm and chest muscles burn.

Client: True. I could have done that. I don't know why I didn't think of it. Hmm... what if my arms were sore? Then I can't workout, right?

Me: There's always something you can do if you truly wanted to workout. If your legs were sore, you could have worked your abs, focused on core exercises. If your abs were sore, you could have worked your butt and calves. If your back was sore, focus on your chest.

There is always something you can do if you really wanted to do it. Unless you can honestly say that every single part of your body is sore, then YES, of course you should rest up and stretch!

Message of the Day:

Need some motivation? Click here.