Embrace Change

Embrace change

I was reading an article about change in Business Insider about one of my mentors, Sir Richard Branson who owns the iconic brand Virgin. This article and his quote inspired me to write about the importance for embracing change to have success in life. Here’s what Branson had to say about embracing change, “Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. A company that stands still will soon be forgotten. Trying to provoke positive change is a principle we’ve embedded across the Virgin family for more than four decades.”

To me embracing change in life, health and fitness is essential to growing as an individual and being a better person than who you were yesterday.  Change is not easy or natural. If change was easy then all the New Years resolutions to lose weight, drink less and have more fun would be simple to keep. Too often we  slip back into our old habits and comfort zones. Playing it safe and living beneath or ideal standards is more comfortable since we avoid fear and it allows us to live  without facing things that could potential hurt us or build us up.

1. Embrace Change To Grow

Without embracing change, we sometimes go through life without ever living up to our full potential our allowing ourselves to express who we really are. In order to grow you have to embrace change as an inevitable part of life, no matter how happy you are today, you have to embrace the change that is bound to happen with our without your approval. “The only thing constant is change.” Embracing change is key to your success and happiness.

2. Be Aware of Negative Habits 

Fear or pleasure are the two primary reasons we do or don’t do anything. Sometimes we change because we are attempting to rid negative habits or people from our lives because we have a fear that something bad may happen if we don’t decide to do make this change. The sooner you become aware that change is going to happen and become open to accepting it in your life sooner, the better off you will be. Are there things that you recognize as non-beneficial but you feel stuck in those actions? Think about your life and how you are progressing. Are things moving you away or toward your goals.

3. Make Change A Must Before It Makes You A Bust 

It’s always better to initiate change ourselves using free will than to let our life progress to a point when change affects you in a negative way. When you are consciously aware of change, it is much easier and has longer lasting effects.  Improve your standards, be fearless and have courage to step into new territory that will free you. One of my favorite books that I still read once in a while is by Dr Seuss “Oh The Places You’ll Go”. This book is a children’s book, but it’s appropriate for anyone to read if you’re having challenges embracing change.

One of my favorite books
Your attitude toward life is affected by your ability to embrace change. If change happens to you, rather than you influencing that change, you are much more likely to feel like you are being dragged through life. Embrace change with a calm and relaxed mind. Know where you are going and what you are setting out to accomplish.

4. You’re Not Alone 

Everyone has fears, insecurities and doubts that stop us from doing or being better. This uncertainty and fear is normal. It’s actually helpful. But what you have to do is learn to embrace it. There will never be a time where you are complete absent of these thoughts and emotions, you will just learn to manage these debilitating emotions and act in accordance anyway, regardless of whether you are scared shit less.

5. Get Over Yourself

Stop wallowing in self-pity and start doing something about what is eating you. It can act as a word of caution to someone who is too absorbed in his own self and fails to look beyond that limited perspective. I think it relates to an inflated sense of self-importance, whether positive or negative. It is counterproductive to change and it will keep you from ever moving forward. Never blame your surroundings for misfortune. Instead be grateful for all that you have now. Stay focused and set your sights higher standards for yourself. Strive to achieve greatness by surrounding yourself around greatness.  And stay focused because you will find that embracing change becomes easier and easier like doing a crunch becomes easier and easier with each passing day.

Wherever you are in life,or in your health and fitness take stock in the value that the journey. It takes time, dedication, persistence and consistency to accomplish anything worth having and holding onto.

Embrace change and change will embrace you.

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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MY JOURNEY OF RUNNING THE LA MARATHON 2017

LA Marathon 2017

Yesterday I ran the LA Marathon 2017 and I had never ran a marathon before. The longest distance that I ever ran was a 1/2 marathon about four years ago. And after that event I swore I would never do another 1/2 again or run a full marathon. I said my body was not the right fit for a full marathon because I  needed to be built differently, but now after completing the LA Marathon 2017, I actually know it was only my mind that wasn’t the right fit at the time.

You see I had so many barriers that I put up around running a full marathon.

  1. I was too old. At 42 yr old why would I put my body through that kind of stress. I needed to preserve it were the conversations I would have with myself and even with client’s.
  2. In 2004 I had lower back surgery to repair a herniated disc so why would I stress that and risk injuring it again.
  3. If I couldn’t be the best or near the best then why would I even attempt doing it. When I ran the 1/2 marathon I competed with myself and finished in the top 3% of my age group and top 7% of the all racers. I killed it! It was amazing and I’m proud of myself for doing that, but it made me not want to do another race.
  4. It’s too long. I can’t imagine running for over 1 and 1/2 hours which is how long it took me to do the 1/2 marathon.
  5. I’m just not interested. I didn’t care if others did it. I didn’t see it as a big accomplishment. And I frankly, I kind of thought it was stupid to run that long. Why would anyone put their bodies through that.

But now I am on the other side. A part of an elite “club” of men, women, children, elders, handicap and the like who pushed their not only their bodies yesterday, but their minds through an experience that was life changing for me.

All different people of shapes, sizes, purposes, etc.

I didn’t train for months or even weeks, I signed up a week ago from today with one of my client’s who was already registered.  She had been kind of flailing in her own training and came into our Monday session with deep concern that she wasn’t ready. Listening to her concerns I asked her, “Do you want me to do this with you?” She said, “You would do that?!” I said, “Of course!” And so she pulled out her credit card and signed me up. I was registered for my first marathon!

I had a mixed bag of emotions from excitement to fear that I wasn’t going to be good enough to finish or that she would have to carry me to the finish line. But we both created an intention that we wouldn’t have any expectations on it. This was a huge lesson for me since as I stated earlier, one of my biggest barriers was that if I wasn’t the best, I wouldn’t do it. Our intention was as Nike says it best, “just do it”. Whether we walked/run, walked or ran, we would “just do it”. And so it went. However, I still had a competitive bug knawing at my psyche saying, “you have to run, you have be great”. During the week I started to run. I ran 3x over the 5 days including a 4 mile, 7 mile and 9 mile mile run that still did not add up to 26.2 miles and I started to get a bit concerned for myself, but I felt certain I would finish.

Other than running regime I quickly picked up, I got a massage, I soaked in a hot and cold tub, I stretched, did some yoga, core work and light bicycle to keep moving without over doing it. I wanted to get my body as balanced and as ready as possible with the limited time. Sunday morning I woke up at 5am feeling great mentally and physically and as ready as I ever could be to “just do” the LA Marathon 2017.

I put my running gear on, packed dates and bar in my pockets and a water for the ride to Dodger Stadium where the marathon would commence. The night before the marathon that I thought would really make this experience even more impactful. I decided to write down 5 things that no longer served me, my family or my life and to leave these qualities at the start of the marathon. And I also  wrote down 5 things that I was committed to being after completing the marathon which I would say out loud when I finished. This was an awesome exercise and I have embraced my new “BAD ASS” self!

I’m so happy I did it!

We finished the marathon in 4 hrs and 55 minutes which was a very respectable time considering we had very little time to prepare. I was more than satisfied and proud of myself.  In mile 23 and post marathon muscles soreness and cramping set in like I never experienced.  I was almost unable to walk and it felt like am going to feel when I am 100 years old. I committed myself to a proper recovery method like eating clean, soaking in hot and cold tub, massage, foam rolling, stretching and I getting to bed early for a great night sleep.

I woke up feeling amazing! I had the normal muscle soreness, but  my mood and energy was vibrating on a different level. I also couldn’t stop thinking of when and where I might embark on another outstanding experience like this one to prove that “I AM…A BAD ASS”.

Thank you Ruth for letting me join you on this extraordinary experience and being a great marathon running partner! I am honored and truly appreciative that we did it together!

We did it!

If you’ve run a marathon you know how I am feeling.  There are no words that can really do it justice! And for those who haven’t taken a chance by participating in an event that will challenge your mind and body, I say, “JUST DO IT!” The community, the support and the encouragement you get from others is truly what makes us human and our lives enriched. Thank you for all that came out to supply water, bars, snacks, gatorade, music, signs and encouragement! And you never know, you might find a “Star” in the crowd, Jay Leno was supporting the marathon on the corner of Santa Monica and Sepulveda. I said hello and he gave me a few quick words of encouragement. “Keep on moving!”

Keep on moving my friends and live the life you deserve!

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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Don’t Stop Dreaming

Don’t Stop Dreaming

Are you feeling stuck in a rut or feeling like you’ve given up on your dreams? You’re not alone. So many people today are feeling stuck. Their feeling stuck because they aren’t going to the gym or exercising regularly; they don’t optimal  health or fitness, and the culprit is because their vision is limited. They can’t see beyond their circumstances. They don’t see themselves accomplishing their dreams, being better than they are today or living healthier and fit. They just see more of the same because it’s what they are focused on. What you see in your mind is what you’re going to move toward.

The truth is, we all have vision. Every one of us has a picture in our mind of our self, our health, our fitness and our future. The question is, what does your picture look like? Do you see yourself rising higher, overcoming obstacles, living pain free, losing the extra weight, living an abundant life and having optimal health and fitness? Do you dare to dream beyond your circumstances?

Don’t stop dreaming! Today, why don’t you change your focus? Lift your eyes beyond your circumstances. Get a higher dream, a greater vision for your life, like running a marathon, hiking a mountain or surfing waves in Hawaii. See yourself already achieving whatever it is you desire. Spring time is here and with Spring comes the start of new life. There’s no better time my friend than right now to create the life that you deserve and live on purpose.

Here’s your homework:

Start a “Dream Journal” and for the next 21 days write down three dreams every day. Use a journal book or note application in your smart phone or even a blank sheet of paper will be satisfactory. Be as clear, specific and as bold as possible. The act of writing your dreams down will make them more feel realistic and attainable.  “A dream is a goal that isn’t written down.” Now your dreams will become your goals. Isn’t that exciting?! This exercise and process of writing your dreams each day will breathe life into you, stir up creativity and provide you with focus.

Here’s an example of my dream journal entry:

  1. I dream of being a NY Times best selling author by 2018.
  2. I dream of traveling the world promoting my book and motivating people to live healthy and fit lifestyles.
  3. I dream of getting paid $10,000 per speaking engagement.

These dreams may seem unrealistic to some and/or outrageous, but their my dreams and there isn’t anyone who can tell me they aren’t possible. And your dreams will be your dreams so don’t anyone ever tell you that you can’t do them. Could you imagine telling a child they couldn’t be a Doctor, nurse, teacher, fireman or mother? Of course not! It would be unimaginable to squash a child’s dreams! So why should we hold that same value for ourselves as adults. You have the choice my friend. “Don’t Stop Dreaming!”

Sweet dreams,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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Don’t Let Your Heredity Stop Your Destiny

“Don’t let your heredity stop your Destiny”

Have you heard someone and maybe even yourself say something like? “I am big boned so I won’t be able to lose the weight.” “My mother or father was heavy so this is just how it’s going to be for me.” “My mother died prematurely of cancer so I am no going to have a long life.” “My father and mother got divorced so I’m never going to be able to have a stable relationship.” Of course you have. It’s natural for people to try and predict or forecast their futures based on their family history and their heredity. But that doesn’t mean it has to be your destiny.

Recently I heard somebody say, “Don’t let your heredity stop your destiny.” In other words, don’t let the way somebody treated you or what they did or didn’t give you keep you from pressing forward and becoming all that you deserve to be. Your family who raised you may have had addictions, but that doesn’t have to be your future. You can be the one to break that negative cycle. Your parents may have had health issues or were overweight, but you don’t have to keep letting that curse be passed from generation to generation. You can be the one to say, “No more. This is a new day! I may have had an unfair past, but I’m not going to have an unfair future. I am not going to let my heredity stop my destiny.”

You can rewrite your story. Look at Oprah Winfrey for example. I had the privilege and honor to meet Oprah about a decade ago with my dear friend Colin Cowie http://www.colincowie.com at Sydney Poitier http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001627/ 80th birthday party here in Los Angeles. She radiated positivity, passion and love for life. Oprah grew up in a very poor and unstable home where her problems were compounded because she was sexually abused, starting at age nine, by men that others in her family trusted. We have all watched her battle with gain and loss for over 30 years. And in spite of all of these challenges she is arguably has become one of the most influential people in the world. I’m sure you’ve heard of “The Oprah Effect”, anything that she touches or endorses turns to gold or becomes a success. It’s true her influence expands worldwide.

My friend please take control of your life today and “Don’t Let Your Heredity Stop Your Destiny!” It’s never too late. I believe in you and know you’ve got what it takes to be your best self.

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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