Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The 10 Things I Am Most Grateful For

I went to the gym this morning. Third day in a row, and I felt... feel... really great. Tomorrow I do an at-home workout with a Beachbody DVD.

Confidence has crept back in to this fiendish mind of mine. Success is coming. When? I have no idea. I put it out into the Universe. I have placed it in God's hands, and now I am taking the ride. There are all sorts of detours along the way, but it's coming.

Some may say that it is already here, and until I recognize what I have, I won't get much further than where I am right now. So it's time to appreciate- My Life!

One of the Affirmations from The Secret's daily teaching app inspired me to recognize that gratitude and appreciation is important for success to jump-off.

"Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things."

Here are the ten things I Am most grateful for-

  1. My loving wife and family
  2. An awesome apartment
  3. My health
  4. My internal strength
  5. My financial status
  6. My job (employment)
  7. My education
  8. My determination
  9. My wellness company
  10. My friends and relatives
I Am grateful for my inventory of achievements!

Affirmation for Empowerment

This is an affirmation that I was blessed with, over ten years ago. It is from the spiritual leader Iyanla Vanzant

I just recently found it on on old CD-Rom. It helped me for years, and I'm about to begin reflecting on it again. 

This is the first time I've shared it with anyone...

Affirmation for Empowerment

There is a universal power seeking an outlet through me.
The instrument of universal power is my mind.
Today, I believe in the power. I believe the power is right where I Am.
I understand this is a power for good. I realize the power flows through me as my divine right.
Today, I accept the presence of this power.
Today, I believe the power is operating in all of my life’s affairs.
Today, I acknowledge that there is a divine power instructing me in all that I do.
Today, I affirm divine power as the active presence of joy and happiness in my life.
Today, I deliberately turn from everything that is confusing and denies the reality of God’s power in, as and through me.
Today, I know that every atom, every cell, every tissue, every organ in my body is brought into divine health and harmony.
Today, I know that every shadow of doubt, worry, and fear is dispelled and I Am quickened with the power of the living spirit in me.
Today, I Am graced with the presence of spirit. Today, I Am blessed with the love of spirit.
Today, I Am strong in the glory of spirit. Today, I know I Am the power and glory through which spirit is working.
Today, I affirm that the living spirit within me now breathes newness into my being.
I Am filled with good.  I Am filled with light. I Am filled with faith.
I Am filled with the truth of my being, which is enduring, dynamic, and devine.
Thank You Spirit! Thank You Spirit! Thank You Spirit!
Let it be so! And So It Is!

- Iyanla Vanzant

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Where the "F" is My Happy Place?

That's a pretty provocative title. But, I'm serious. WTF- Where is it?

I'm supposed to be the one helping others feel better about who they are and what they need to do to get there. It's always much easier to preach it then to live it.

We all struggle with getting and maintaining a happy interior and exterior. We all get the blues, we all have great moments when we cant help but crack up because something is so hilarious. It's like a pendulum sometimes, and I wish more than anything I could tie a string around the happy side and just stay there. But that ain't gonna happen (hate to sound so pessimistic), but I have to continue reaching for it and working at it.

  A special... and exhausting moment  
For me, like many others, happiness is an everyday struggle. Exercise makes me feel better, completing projects make me feel better, and reflecting on the positive things in my life often gets me through the struggles.

Unfortunately, sometimes as a PROUD dad, I don't find the time to workout the way I would like to. Then there are those major projects that I just can't complete... and of course I get frustrated (and at times may shed a tear). That makes it harder to look at the positive past and envision a successful future.

"You're not ready for success!" I hear in my head. "You won't succeed at anything."

In those moments, it's like nothing works and feels like I will never gain more than what I currently have.

I've been dealing with that damn voice for as long as I can remember, and some days it's a bitch to fight, so I crawl into a little corner and think about how "horrible" my childhood was and how I will not be able to provide for my family because I'm a "loser".

So what I have to do is PRAY, talk to people, read books, and recreate my immediate world around me. On the walls in my office I have framed many of my accomplishments, awards and pics of the fam.

They help me fight The Voice. But, I'm not gonna lie, it's still a struggle.

And I must say... I'm in that struggle right now. So again I ask, WHERE THE "F" is my happy place?


K.Mike, the Trainer

Mind Ur Trainer - The Beginning?!

No, I'm not re-jumpstarting my blog... again. I'm just taking it in a new direction. My direction.

For the past few years, I've been forcing myself to write what I think the public wants to read... what sells... and what would make me some money. And how far have I gotten? Well, I have 5 followers, nothing has sold, and I've made zero dollars through this medium.

I'm not angry, frustrated or upset. I'm just doing some self-reflection and accepting that for some time now, this blog, which is about me, is not mine. It's just another person out here in cyberspace trying to use popular key words and labels to draw in readers, hoping for a loyal following.

Someone recently asked me who I am and what I do. I told them that I was a psychotherapist, fitness trainer and Beachbody Coach- thinking that it would immediately peak his interest. The combination is awesome! Well, at least I thought so.

He said that I didn't answer his question. I was stumped! I thought I was very straight forward.

His response threw me off my game and he had to explain what he wanted to hear me say- You ARE a person whose profession IS to help other people feel better about themselves.

Uh, duh!

He explained that my titles didn't define me. They were just titles. They don't fully tell people who I am or what I do or why they should "chose" me.

So now, this blog has become my journey. I will write when I want to write. I will tell what I want to tell, and my hope is that this blog... my journey, will help others start (or continue) on the road towards internal and external happiness.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Healthy New Years Resolution

I downloaded this video from an organization that supports nutrition and health. We have already reached the month of February and we are still going strong (or may need a pick-me-up) towards our goals.