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Submitted by Ana Caban on November 26, 2013 - 11:02 pm
Most of you know that I’m the mother of the sweetest boy in the world, Vincent. Not only is he sweet, but sometimes he amazes me with his deep thoughts. I mean seriously, Tony Robbins move over!
The other day he mentioned that he wanted a particular set of Legos. I told him that we’d have to check what age they were for, as some Legos are for older children. Vincent, as ambitious as he is, told me that it didn’t matter if they were for big kids, “you just have to believe in yourself”. I was taken aback and asked him to repeat himself. He expanded on the thought, providing me with an example of the power of self-belief. And because I thought you might get a kick out of this, (and also because I kind of couldn’t believe my ears), I recorded it for you. Here is what Vincent has to say about the power of belief in oneself…
Click here to listen to Vincent explain what can happen if you just Believe
Oh and by the way, please share your deep thoughts (comment below) on his philosophy. You may end up being the lucky winner of one of three pairs of yoga socks from Gaiam.
Submitted by Ana Caban on November 14, 2013 - 4:22 am
Check out my top ten fitness go-getters this year. Be inspired by these top tier fitness pros as they create their brands with passion and purpose.
1. Tamilee Webb
The fitness hall of famer for “Buns of Steel” is all over television and hitting exercise hard to help get your abs, buns and full body in shape this season. She’s also known to bring her cute dog into all of her workouts. For some fun that yields results, check out Tamilee Webb.
2. Jay Blanhnik
Jay has been all over the world and continues to share his expertise with fitness pros and all of his followers. You can find him on television shows galore and he works with fortune 500 companies to get their employees into shape.
3. Chris Powell
Chris Powell is the trainer and transformation specialist on ABC’s highly rated “Extreme Weight Loss” (formerly known as “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” which returned for a third season on May 28, 2013. We all know and love his show, his advice, and his willingness to go out there and powerhouse for all of you! Check out his website and newsletter for weekly inspirational tips and more.
This trainer is all about helping people stay fit, teaches them how to eat right, and advocates for feeling beautiful inside and out. Her Booty Barre classes are sought out by celebrities all over the world, and her website is to die for. She’s so interactive, by posting videos and little treats for her clients all the time.
Skip Jennings is the Transformational Coach to see. He and I work together on our radio show The Shift with Ana & Skip, and he is just the most loving person out there. His mind, body and spirit workout techniques, combined with meditation and mindfulness are the power combo you need. He also has some awesome freebies on his website available to all who visit, like his free 10 principles of transformation kit.
You may have seen her recently on the Today Show, but this woman has fun and results written all over her. She is the celebrity trainer with sass that knows nutrition and the body like no one else. Head to her website and pick up one of her printable exercise charts, like her Calendar Girl workout kit. Get fit with Christine Monday through Sunday!
All you Popsters out there know who she is. Cassey Ho is the most active trainer when it comes to interacting with her followers on a daily basis. She is the queen of social media and knows just what you all need. Join her newsletter, or peruse her site for free weekly workout videos, workout calendars and more.
8. Keli Roberts
This is the Aussie with the best workout philosophy. Kelli has worked with many A-list celebrities such as Cher, Julia Roberts, among others. She also instructs SpiroFit classes alongside me and let me tell you, that lady knows how to get that metabolism burning calories.
This dynamic women’s duo is known for the Beach Babe workouts and their free workout videos via Self Magazine and Women’s health. They give you top tips and inspiration to boot whenever they can. They’re young, hip and are so much fun to workout with!
10. Ashley Borden
We all want abs like this kick butt trainer. Ashley has so many wonderful programs and collaborations going on right now, that you need to check her out. At the moment she is working with LiveStrong to publish workout videos just for you. Get fit in no time with Ashley!
Submitted by Ana Caban on November 8, 2013 - 6:55 am
When was the last time you checked in with your body and mind?
Taking care of YOU, to some, may mean getting a full head to toe manicure and pedicure. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a spa-lover myself. But that’s just external. Taking care of yourself has to start from within; you need to work on yourself from the inside out. When you’re balanced from the inside, your outward appearance will reflect that. In order to have that healthy glow, you’ve got to remove the emotional blocks that aren’t allowing you to be happy and radiate your joy.
There are so many things in life that can be stressful and affect the way that you look and feel. It’s important to realize that some things are out of your control. As my son Vincent says, “Just take 5 slow breaths, in and out, like I do. You’ll feel better.” Stay positive and rest assured that this too shall pass. These simple tips have certainly helped me live happier and less stressful life:
A few things you can do each day to keep your mind and spirit together:
- As I mentioned above, make sure you take breathing breaks, just to check in with yourself. When things are stressful, take a moment to gauge the situation and how y
- ou are feeling. Take care of you first.
- Eat healthier foods. When you eat healthy, lean foods, your moods reflect how your body processes nutrition.
- Reward yourself. When something goes well and you have completed tasks that you set out to do, reward yourself. Go to a movie after work, or do something even simpler and get a manicure or pick-up a new lip gloss.
If you’re happy on the inside tasks will become easier and your stress levels will go down. The second step to caring for yourself is to stay active. Exercise sends out positive messages (neural stimulators) to your brain that boost your moods and your immune system. Happy, active people get sick less than those who worry and stress. Little movements can go a long way during the day. Get up and stretch every hour, stay hydrated and be mindful of your body’s signals just in case you feel stiff and anxious.
Your body is your temple; treat it accordingly! When you take care of yourself, everything becomes easier. Make yourself number one when it comes to living your life. You’ll be a better friend, partner, colleague, etc.
Have you checked in with your body and mind lately?
Submitted by Ana Caban on October 16, 2013 - 10:53 pm
Right now, there might be a deep seeded feeling that you just can’t shake and you have no idea what it could be. If you spend enough time thinking about it, it may be your creativity dying inside and looking for a way to revive itself. Don’t let this happen to you. If you want to concentrate on making more money and being better at your job, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t allow your passions to overflow into them. Blending work with your passions can do amazing things for your business, your brand, and your whole outlook on your life. Never thought that play could find it’s way back into your life? It absolutely can, you just have to let it!
Let your passions lead you into that successful creative space. Your workspace will become a lot less stressful if you let your creative side take the reigns and stop living your life by default, but by design. When you think with your passions, you are giving yourself the room to breathe mentally. If you think about it, many of us spend 50+ hours a week working, which is more time than you spend at home with your family. Instead of coming home from work exhausted and emotionally drained, wouldn’t it be great to come home refreshed and full of the feeling of accomplishment?
Don’t be afraid of living outside of the box and being bold with your decisions. If you love what you’re doing and are passionate about your projects then everyone else will love them too. Passion projects can save your life. If you’ve been sitting on some out of the box ideas, now is the time to get to work and design your future.
Submitted by Ana Caban on September 25, 2013 - 8:40 am
“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” Maureen Dowd
I’ve been excited to write this article for weeks now, yet each time I sit down to write it I just end up with a bunch of ideas floating all over the page. Why? Because I could go on and on about why service professionals aren’t claiming their worth and how passionate I am about changing that. In an effort to spare you all of the details, I’ve distilled the chatter in my head down to the three major pitfalls that I see over and over again and three insider secrets to break the cycle and help you soar in business and life.
Most of us became Pilates instructors because we truly believe in Pilates and we have seen it change bodies and lives. However somewhere along the journey we stopped treating our businesses as such and began running them like charitable organizations or hobbies. The three major pitfalls that I see over and over again are that most Pilates instructors and many other wellness professionals, although offering an important and valued service, haven’t distinguished themselves from the rest of the herd, are afraid to ask for better compensation, and don’t take advantage of this amazing FREE vehicle that we call the Internet. Because of that, they remain frustrated and under-compensated, attracting less than ideal clients and remain relatively unknown. All of that can end, however. Read on for the first of my three insider secrets to help you soar this year.
Insider Secret #1 -The riches are in the niches
Ok, so you’re a Pilates Instructor. Well, if you live in Los Angeles, like me, you’re one of many. So the real question is “What sets you apart from the rest of the herd?” A great place to start is by looking at your current clientele. What is the common thread between the majority of your clients? Perhaps your clients are on a mission to lose weight, or maybe they come to you out of physical pain. You might draw a young crowd or an older one. Maybe you offer additional services, like wellness coaching, nutrition, massage, etc. Work with what you have. Look for a common thread and build on it. The key is to have a clear niche that is focused on solving a specific problem that people are motivated to pay for. You don’t need to serve everyone, (nor should you try to). You should only serve those who need exactly what you have to offer and have the resources to pay you fairly for it.
Once you’ve figured out your niche you can create your unique brand. I’ve branded myself a Shift Agent because I inspire women to shift their lives to live (what I have coined) La Buena Life. I’ve used my Latino heritage and passion for helping others to live healthy & wealthy lives to define my brand. As you might expect, I often sprinkle Spanish into my Pilates instruction, website, e-zine and more. (Sound loco? Perhaps it is, but it’s very “me.” No one else can do a better job of being me, than me. The key is to revel in your authentic self and share it with the world. Nowadays consumers are interested in transparency. The more real and transparent you can be, the better).
Another example is my colleague, Pilates instructor Cassie Ho, (www.blogilates.com), who features fitness, food and fun on her uber-popular blog, and web series BlogilatesTV. So what sets YOU apart? What are you passionate about? Perhaps you teach more modalities than just Pilates. Or maybe you make out-calls to clients. Maybe you attract a particular audience. Your job is not to work with everyone—in fact, that’s the opposite of what you should be doing.
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Bill Cosby
In order to be most successful, follow your passion, use your talents and be SPECIFIC about your ideal client. (By the way, your uniqueness might be something less obvious, such as your love for horses. Whatever it is, use it!)
Want more? And reveals her other two insider secrets in Just Because You’re a Service Professional Doesn’t Mean That It’s Charity Work, Part 2. Click here to access!
Want to learn more Insider Secrets about how to stop trading hours for dollars? Click here to gain instant access to Ana’s free video series on how to break out of the cycle of being a dollar per hour instructor and launch into the zone of making money 24/7!
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