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    February 2010

    The Simple Truths of Validation

    February 27, 2010 2409 Views

    Today, I received a letter from a Simple Truths customer. He told me about the near-death accident he had, and the long and difficult road he has traveled to recovery (I'd love to post more about his amazing story, but I'm waiting to hear back from him first). He wrote that our motivational material helped him through his trials, and that our Facebook group prompted him to inform us of how we helped him.

    It's strange how a moment of validation can turn a day around. I came across this funny and true video about this subject on YouTube:

    Today, our customer's letter brought a tear to my eye, and reminded me of the importance of encouraging others. He validated me and what I I would like to do that for you. Thank you for being a subscriber to our blog, and thank you for helping us reach others with our messages. Believe it or not, your stories of success are our inspiration!

    So, how has Simple Truths impacted your life? How do you validate others? How have you been validated?

    Quotes to Focus on Priorities

    February 26, 2010 3127 Views

    Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog!Today, we have some quotes for you to help with your priorities. These all come from Brian Tracy's book, Eat that Frog! Enjoy these quotes!

    "The first law of success is concentration-to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor the left."

    -William Mathews

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

    -Theodore Roosevelt

    "No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime."

    -James T. McCay

    "The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be."

    -Og Mandino

    "The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary."

    -Thomas Edison

    It's not about how you start...

    February 20, 2010 2126 Views

    To end this week in exercise motivation, I'd like to share a video I came across on YouTube. This athlete's story was featured in Finish Strong because of her miraculous victories over adversity in her life. Watch this video to make the story come to life:

    What adversities do you face? Have you overcome certain physical difficulties in your life?

    Kelly Olexa: Motivation is a Choice!

    February 19, 2010 3400 Views

    I met Kelly Olexa when we spoke at a social media conference. I was impressed by her success in social media, her outgoing personality, and her creatively unique style. Her dedication to motivating others to their peak level of performance (physically, socially, and otherwise), however, was what convinced me that she was one of a kind!

    That's why I was ecstatic when Kelly agreed to write a special post for our blog. If you enjoy this, check out her website:

    Motivation is a choice.

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    The #1 question I hear from my readers or from friends and colleagues, even family members is always about motivation. "How do you get motivated, Kelly?", or "How do you STAY motivated?" It is also the #1 excuse I hear for not starting a workout program or sticking to one.

    My original motivation to start working out was likely similar to most. I had gained a LOT of weight during college after moving to Florida, the land of sweet tea and lots of carbs! I discovered very quickly that my motivation would sometimes be lacking. Even now, I have many days where I just "don't feel like it" when it comes to my workouts. But, at that moment, I choose to change my attitude and create my own motivation.

    It is crucial for all of us to realize that motivation is a CHOICE. It is entirely up to US to motivate ourselves to do what it takes to reach our goals. Once you realize that your success or failure is entirely in YOUR hands, it should become easier to stop the excuses and start doing the work required to reach your goal.

    If you find yourself saying, "I just can't seem to get motivated!" or "I want to work out but I'm just not motivated." – do you realize how these statements suggest that the motivation factor is out of your control? It is as if motivation was a jar of pills sitting in your cabinet and someone stole it, so BAM, you don't have motivation anymore. So, obviously, you can't work out, right? Wrong.

    You have everything it takes to get motivated. Everything you need is in your mind, and you alone can influence that feeling of motivation. Start to look at motivation as a perpetual conversation with yourself. Seriously! Once you understand that there WILL be rough days, days when you are tired or upset, or stressed out, then you can anticipate that the "motivation conversation" is going to arise. When you are aware of these outside factors trying to impede your progress, you can address them head-on. Start to think about all of these conditions as the enemy that needs to be conquered. Each time the thoughts enter your head of "I'm so tired….I'm going to skip that gym class tonight.", immediately start that inner dialogue with yourself. "Wait a second. I'm not going to give in to this. I'll probably feel tired every day. Working out will make me feel better, and then tomorrow it will be that much easier to go back to the gym." Guess what? You just created your own motivation.

    Motivation changes as our lives change. You might start off a work-out program with the motivation of losing 10 pounds. After you are in the habit, you may meet new friends that are active in sports and ask you to join them. Suddenly, your motivation is to become a kick-butt soccer player, or a fantastic tennis player. Maybe you just had a baby and you begin being motivated by thoughts of getting that "body back" but after a few weeks, you are motivated by running. You decide to participate in marathons and THAT becomes your new motivation.

    You can also enhance your motivation by surrounding yourself with motivational people. Let me tell you, when I'm down, I reach out to my friends and they pull me out of the blues QUICKLY! I have a friend I met in a forum about 10 years ago and we stay in touch via text. I have fitness friends on Facebook and Twitter and in the blogosphere. They are such a blessing and we keep each other excited and motivated and accountable. If you can connect with like-minded, high energy people that have the same goals in mind, that will definitely help you succeed.

    I hope you can see that motivation truly is a choice. It is not something you can buy online for $19.99 that will ensure you can lose 20lbs in 2 weeks. Motivation is your inner voice and you alone can channel how effectively it will help you reach your goals. Motivation is not how you FEEL. Motivation is the attitude you choose to cultivate day in and day out.

    A favorite adage of mine is, "A Garden is Never Finished." Think about that and apply it to motivation. When it comes to getting healthy and working out, motivation is like a garden that needs to be tended. If you focus your attitude in the right way and take control of creating that motivation you WILL succeed.

    I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email me at: or find me on Twitter @kellyolexa.

    What's the point?

    February 17, 2010 2019 Views

    mouseliftingweights"It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor." -Marcus Tullius Cicero

    When discussing this week's theme of exercise, I became excited because working out is one of my passions. Before I started my job here at Simple Truths, I sold gym memberships at a major health club chain. I went into the job with the assumption that I would be selling memberships just like I had sold other products in the past. So, that's why I was so surprised when I was started talking with folks who were interested in joining the gym. To them, I was offering much more than a card to get in a building... I was offering a way for them to improve how they felt. Folks who suffered from diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other issues came into my office and opened up about the pain they felt in relation to their illness and their deep desire to do something about it. I also met athletes who were working toward mastery of their physical art, and needed a place equipped to take them there. Though I met many people while working, there were a handful that really stuck with it and transformed their lives through that gym...they were my inspiration for working!

    Now, it wasn't my job to simply "get the sale". It was my responsibility to help people know why they were coming, and how they were going to accomplish what they wanted to do! Today, I'd like to share a few questions that I asked everyone I met. Basic questions, but perfect for getting to the heart of the matter. I invite you to think through these:

    1. What do you want to do?

    What are your goals? How can you measure them? When do you want to accomplish them by?

    2. How are you going to complete your goals?

    What do you enjoy doing? What times are you going to exercise? Do you need a workout partner, or do you do better on your own?

    3. Why are your goals important to you?

    How long have you been thinking about working out? What changes have made you decide to work out?

    You wouldn't imagine some of the answers I heard from those three simple questions. Their answers helped me understand so much of where someone was coming from... and exactly how I could help them.

    So, what are some of your fitness goals? What motivates you? What events have caused you to step back and think, "I really need to make a change in my life"?

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