Expect the Best

Believe and Expect the Best

Today, expect the best. So many people get down and undervalue the tremendous potential that is already within them because way too much time is being focused on their current circumstances.

It’s very easy to get caught up in our current circumstances, especially if we are not happy with where we currently are in life. However, focusing on our circumstances will always rob us of the greatness that is already within us.

When we focus on where we are and how much we are unsatisfied, we run into the trap of dwelling on the negative.

When we dwell on the negative, we start writing the wrong stories to ourselves. Instead of looking at all the opportunities in front of us, we are reminded of all the problems that consume us.

At the time, it’s difficult to see how this negatively impacts us. It robs us of our power and takes away our ability to move forward in life.

Faith is believing and seeing into the future even if your current circumstances are not so great. Faith pulls you into the direction of hope. Hope provides us with the strength to take action and develop a self-belief to conquer our minor frustrations and road blocks.

Choose today to expect the absolute best for your life. Focus on all the good that surrounds your life. I don’t care who you are or what you are experiencing, if you look long and hard enough you will eventually find some good that’s taking place in your life right this moment.

On this beautiful December day, activate your faith and hope. Put an end to your negative thoughts and start reminding yourself how special you truly are. As you begin to focus on how amazing and powerful you are, your current circumstances will never be able to hold you back.

Today, confidently move forward in the direction of your dreams. I’m extremely excited for you, because once you see past your current circumstances, wonderful and amazing things begin to happen. Breakthroughs come knocking.

20 Phenomenal Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela quotes

With the recent passing of the self-less and phenomenal leader Nelson Mandela, I thought it was only right to gather some of his amazing words and share them.

Very few people have had such an impact on the world as Nelson Mandela did. When looking back on the remarkable life he lived, it’s very easy to see what an incredible man he was. His legacy will forever stay alive.

Here are 20 phenomenal Nelson Mandela quotes:

1. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

2. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

3. There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

4. Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.

5. I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.

6. Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.

7. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

8. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

9. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

10. I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.

11. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

12. Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.

13. If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

14. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

15. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

16. There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.

17. Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?

18. We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

19. There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.

20. Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

3 Ways to Help You Maintain Healthy Habits This Holiday Season

healthy holidays

The time is here! Planning parties, shopping for loved ones, an abundance of amazing food, alcohol, and the constant never ending things to do before Christmas and New Years.

During this time of the year, the number one question that I always get asked is, “How can I keep my healthy habits during the holiday season?”

I personally believe if you are just “interested” in living a healthy lifestyle and working out, this time of the year will expose that. On the flip side, if you are fully committed, you will find a way and persevere despite all of the chaos.

Let’s face it, sticking to a workout regimen, eating healthy, and incorporating a healthy lifestyle is no easy task. It takes a conscious effort with a whole lot of self-discipline. Anything that requires great self-discipline usually takes us out of our comfort zone.

As soon as we leave our comfort zone, the excuses tend to pile up and the little voices in our head begin to give us every reason possible as to why we shouldn’t follow through any longer.

Then, add on everything else that comes along with this time of the year. Without a deliberate effort, chances of sticking to your workout regimen and eating healthy become that much more difficult. Now, this isn’t to say don’t enjoy yourself and devour all of the wonderful holiday food with family and friends, but the goal is to not fall completely off like what happens to so many.

I personally believe this is one of the greatest times of the year. Spending time with those we love dearly, eating our favorite dishes, and enjoying all of the holiday festivities that we still remember as a child. Also, this is the time to lay down a firm foundation for the upcoming year. To plan, organize, and set ourselves apart so we hit the ground running once 2014 rolls around.

Here are 3 ways to help you maintain healthy habits this holiday season.

1.) Write it down. Just as it’s vitally important to write down our goals, it’s as equally important to write down our health and fitness goals, especially during this time of the year. With all of the distractions looming, writing down that you want to still workout four days a week and stick to your eating plan five days a week or whatever it may be, increases your chances to actually do so. I write down on a note card and a post-it-note that I will keep to my six days a week training routine and continue eating healthy. This is a constant reminder for me to stick to the plan regardless of what distractions come my way.

2.) Accountability partner. This one can play to your advantage exceptionally well. Talk with a family member or friend who has the same drive as you to keep your healthy habits this holiday season and come up with a strategized plan.

It could be that you guys talk every day, once a week, or every weekend, whatever it is, accountability works! For example, there were times when I got hit with a countless amount of distractions and it kept getting harder and harder. After having an encouraging conversation with my accountability partner, I was quickly reminded that I’m in this for the long haul and must stick to the plan.

3.) What gets scheduled gets done. Just as you schedule doctor appointments, meetings, and important functions, schedule your work outs and plan out your eating routine. This won’t last as long as it sounds. I typically use Sunday night to reflect on the past week and schedule everything for the upcoming week.

If you look at my calendar on my phone, you will notice that Monday through Saturday every workout is scheduled at a specific time along with my eating regimen. This is a game changer.

I hope you enjoyed my 3 ways to help you keep your healthy habits this holiday season. The only thing that matters is that you are able to find something that works for you.

What works for me might not necessarily work the same for you. Play around with it and have some fun. I wish you and your loved ones a joyous, healthy, and happy holiday season.