On Wednesday, I had a good run and indications are that as long as my meniscus keeps healing or doing whatever it is doing, that I will be able to keep making progress. With running, though, you don’t just keep going farther and faster. You need to have a pattern of training that looks like this image – improvement and then a period of recovery but without going back to the starting level and then improvement again and going beyond the level of the last peak in distance and/or quality.
When I got to the park where I usually stop to stretch and pray, I asked God whether I should go as long as Wednesday, farther or shorter, as I started out, Common Sense total me to run back home and stick to my (His) plan.
Today’s personal development came from a social media specialist, Mari Smith, and I really got some great tips to implement in my Facebook day.
The Scottish clergyman Peter Marshall said, “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”
The Diamonds that I am referring to, though, were not made under pressure, but instead came into being through love and compassion and being supportive and caring. Ayanna and George Penn saw a real opportunity to change people’s lives and have significance because of what they could and would do to improve a other people’s quality of life.
They worked with laser like focus on achieving the goal of first becoming Diamond Team Beachbody coaches and then 1 Star Diamond Team Beachbody coaches. Along the way, yes, they did experience contrary winds because not everyone realizes that they need to change or, in some cases, must change in order to be around for their children and grandchildren.
Along the way, they also lead other people to the Team Beachbody opportunity – people who had vision and passion and a genuine desire to help other people, who then in turn started helping more people.
At the center of influence in the waves of positive change that are occurring in their area of New York City are George and Ayanna – husband and wife, devoted parents and high achievers who determined that by helping other people, they would help their own family and they have done that together and so passionately.
Today is their day to celebrate two giant steps forward in the dream of financial independence for their family. I rejoice with them because I can’t imagine two more deserving people or a more deserving family.
It’s a banner day for my team of coaches, with two coaches, Ayanna and George Penn becoming 1 Star Diamond Coaches! I just posted in our Top Guns Facebook group that, “your team blows me away with your focus, determination and perseverance. It pays off!”
Like anything else in life, hard work pays off and when you add determination, perseverance and focusing on a goal, you will reach that goal.
Today is Body Gospel day and I did Strength & Spirit and before the workout, I commented in the SuperGym, “What a way to start the day – with a workout in which you pray!” Normally I listen to Donna Richardson Joyner as she leads the workout, but now I want to use the time while I am working out for personal development. Since I have downloaded hundreds and hundreds of audios from SUCCESS On Demand Digital in our Team Beachbody Coach office, it is really easy to just push “Shuffle” and I get something different for every workout.
In addition to personal development, I have also downloaded spiritual development audios from the archives of services at Calvary Albuquerque, and today, I got a dose of both.
From SUCCESS – Mike Vardy talks about being more productive and listening so it couldn’t come at a better time. It is from the SUCCESS Quick Tips series and he really has some great tips. You can listen to them by clicking here.
Grace and Carly were really sad when Awana ended and in order to give them something to do over the summer, I decided to start a MeetUp for Awana families and make it like an Awana summer fitness program. The cornerstone of the program is Body Gospel and the best way to get any Beachbody program is with a Challenge Pack – because you save money, get better results and faster and you get some added benefits like a free month of the Team Beachbody Club membership and free shipping.
Recently, Beachbody lowered the price on Body Gospel and they just today lowered the price on the Body Gospel Challenge Pack to reflect that lower price. I am thrilled because now I can offer it to the people who are coming to the workout tomorrow night as well as here on my blog to everyone else . On June 1st, I am entering The Beachbody Challenge again and doing Body Gospel. Friday, I am sending out invitations, so just in case you don’t get one, let me know and I will send you one!
Technology having a bit of a meltdown this morning was worth it. First, the Team Beachbody SuperGym wasn’t sharing workouts when I logged my run in and I had to manually share my run on Facebook and Twitter. Then I went to start my run and Nike+ locked and I couldn’t get it to unlock by “sliding up” and had to turn my phone off and back on and restart my workout. The great thing about that is that I had a whole new playlist when the phone came back on and the setbacks were all worth it.
First up was “Go Fish – I Love To Tell The Story / Sweet Song Of Salvation” which was from a VBS CD from last year and I love that song. I’ve posted it below if you want to watch and listen.
Next up was the book summary of “Focal Point” by Brian Tracy which I downloaded from SUCCESS On Demand (we get it for just $1.00 a month as Team Beachbody Coaches). In SUCCESS it says, “Who doesn’t want to earn more money, take more time off, enjoy better relationships and live a more fulfilling life? That’s a lot for any book to promise, but it’s the premise of Brian Tracy’s best-selling book Focal Point. Will reading Tracy’s book instantly make you more successful? No. But applying what you learn from Focal Point very well could.” Click here if you want to listen to the summary.
After Brian Tracy, I listened to Jim Rohn talk about communication, which you can listen to by clicking here. Finally, and I didn’t finish it, Darren Hardy interviewed Maria Shriver and she talked about taking action and the importance of finding your voice. Just a great interview and if you click here, you can listen to it.
I could actually run the same route every day and never get bored because what I am listening to is what makes a good run great! Here’s the Go Fish video that I mentioned above…
Today was a great second day for the blog and I am thrilled that 30 people found it. I simply have to keep the content interesting, timely and relevant. What is one key to success, according to Henry Ford II?
“The first qualification for success in my view is a strong work ethic.”
I’ll close with that and call it a night. Tomorrow is another day and another gift to accomplish the most that we can with…
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I love to talk to people because when I do, I get to listen. After church on Saturday nights at Calvary Albuquerque, another couple and their daughter and Grace and Carly and I go out to the playground. Laura and Gilbert and I (and other parents and couples if they are out there) talk and the kids play and we do it year round. In Albuquerque we can do that!
Last Saturday was no exception and during the course of a conversation, Laura and I started talking about how I do my website and ecommerce. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met and a great mom, too, with two high school sons and a 9 year old daughter. It certainly wasn’t early on in our friendship, but I came to realize that she owns 3 businesses – GeeLoretta! (a high end fashion boutique), Arteriors (an interior design store) and Gilly Loco Salsa (with her brother). When she talks, I do most of the listening.
To make a long story short and spare you the stress causing (I didn’t let them become stress producing) details, in one long week last week, I totally transformed my presence on the Internet. Now, instead of relying on a static website, I have my new How To Get Fit With Rich blog that is dynamic and ever changing and updating. I no longer have a traditional ecommerce store, I no longer use merchant services and credit card processing and I am even dropping my Better Business Bureau membership with my A+ rating because Beachbody has an A+ rating and that is good enough for me.
In addition, I am no longer using .html to create my newsletter each week and laboring for hours. I am in fact, writing the entire newsletter as a blog post and using the blog to keep an archive of each week’s newsletter.
Because of one conversation on a playground, how I do business and how I do life have fundamentally changed. Besides saving a lot of money each money, I also have way more time to spend with all of you helping you reach your goals. I can dedicate more time to my Challenge Groups and can share more about the benefits of the healthy Team Beachbody lifestyle.
It took over 17 years on the web with Howtobefit.com and almost 6 1/2 years as a Team Beachbody Coach but only one conversation to make a quantum leap into the future of Team Howtobefit and this is Day One!
For some time, I’ve actually been struggling trying to get my strength workouts in each week. At the beginning of May, I started doing Body Gospel to coincide with the Fit Families For Christ Meet Up that I have started doing each week. It is the program that I want to use (along with Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club) for the members of the group and doing it my self was necessary to be able to share it with others.
But as I have been able to run more as my meniscus heals (through prayer and with the glucosamine, collagen type II, and MSM in Beachbody Joint Support), I have wanted to do Body Gospel less. But last night I had a prompting and it was that if I did Body Gospel first thing in the morning and every other morning without fail, then I would be able to get into the habit that I needed to form.
Instead of auto-scheduling the workouts in the SuperGym, I am going to manually put in that I am running every other day and doing the Body Gospel strength workouts every other day. When I get it done, I will post it on here.
So yesterday, I ran and today I did Body Gospel Power & Praise around 6:30 am MT and it was a great way to start my day. If you ever want to join me in the SuperGym, look for me around that time every day!