Monday, February 24, 2014

Life is what you make it!

A new LEVINE has been born!  Bobbi Jo Levine was born on February 11th, 2014.  This new little bundle of energy has engulfed my family's life.  Wow!  The impact a newborn can have on a family is amazing.  It's quite a miracle to witness a child being born into this Earth.  It makes you sit back and realize the awesomeness we have been blessed with in our world.  I want to personally thank everyone for the unbelievable messages, cards, gifts and support we have seen.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! 

I hope you enjoy today's message....

Life is completely what you make it. I have committed to inspiring others to help them live life to the ultimate fullest. It is my desire to teach and mold other people to live analogous to this way of living. As battling tough times and life obstacles is a grueling process, living life with optimism, strength and significance only makes for better days. We are so blessed to have the ability to go after our goals and be the person we have always wanted to become.  Focus on the things you can control, not the things that you cannot control. Be willing to push your boundaries. Spread and grow your brain by reading inspiring work. Your health is your wealth so you need to spend time charging it up and taking care of it. Feed your body the most quality nutrition. Your energy and vitality is controllable.

Here are three quotes with some words of optimism to help you live life to the fullest each day:

Quote #1: Determination is stronger than weakness. I was at mile 285 of my 300-mile run. My body was beyond tired. My mind was telling me to stop. The fatigue was deep. But my spirit told me to get up and finish the journey. We all have deep and strong determination inside of us. The question is, "Are we willing to use it?" See weakness is the easy way. Weakness sometimes feels good. Weakness is the easy route. But weakness will not lead us to our goals. Determination is sacrifice. Determination is surrendering the things that will not lead us to our ambitions. Determination is hard. But when you become a constant user of your determination, abundant and successful living will happen.

Quote #2: You cannot build success on a foundation of excuses. Taking full responsibility for your life is a big step. The minute you start to blame others is the minute you quickly go the wrong direction. Be accountable for the things you want, the goals you aspire to achieve and the person you wish to become. Eliminate every excuse. Superstars, world class leaders and successful entrepreneurs' understand that how you run your brain matters. Excuse making will just feed negative information into your brain. When you make excuses and blame others, there really is no way to cure the problem. When you take responsibility and discover the things that you can rearrange, solutions can now be found. Resolution can happen. No one is to blame. Personal accountability is taken from each individual. This should become a life mantra, "Don't make excuses; go out and make it happen."

Quote #3: You must first believe you can before you do. Creating a powerful personal belief system sets you up to achieve your highest aspirations. The impossible becomes possible. The unachievable becomes achievable. I can't turns into I can. Your personal limitations start to shatter and your altitude begins to grow. Pessimistic thinking does not lead people to high endeavors. Block out the noise of negativity and create a strong and positive mindset. Focus on the positives. Feed your brain encouraging thoughts. Believing is the first step to reaching ultimate success.

Before you move on to the next thing or drift your thoughts onward, right now, take a deep breath. In through the nose.......out through the through the nose........out through the mouth..........
Do this a few times. Relax your body.  Get calm.  Collect your thoughts. Visualize your next move. See triumph.  Breathe optimism. Release negative. Smile and live hard.  And be ready to make today and everyday count!

Stay focused and keep living,  


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Positive Thoughts lead to Positive Living

Belief…Confidence…I am possible…Life matters…Motivation…Courage…Exceptional.

See these words?  They echo positive thinking.  Today’s message is to flood inspiration into your mind to be a positive thinker.  Your thoughts can literally change the way you live your life.  You can become more, do more, achieve more, get in the best shape of your life, help more people and become exceptional, just by creating a habit of positive thinking.  Once this way of thinking is ingrained into your brain, you begin to instill deep beliefs that will guide you to creating strong values.  You build a confident and optimistic mind.  You find the good in all that you do.  You find resilience in the tough times.  We live in a society that is flooded with negativity.  This negative realm directs us off path of achieving our aspirations.  The positive thinker achieves the “impossible” and finds a way when there is no way.  I am a big believer that when you create a positive outlook on life and yourself, you produce the ability to accomplish almost anything you desire to achieve.  This concept of optimistic thinking takes consistent mental conditioning.  Our brain is a powerful muscle and building a strong belief system in our daily life and ourselves is possible.  But just like we need weight training to build stronger muscles in the body, we need mind conditioning to build a strong and positive brain.  Here are a few drills that you can begin to implement in to your day to condition your thoughts. 

1.     Start your day with something positive.  The best thing you can do when you first wake up is to fill your brain with positivity.  In the morning, our mind is fresh and ready to take on the day.  The worse thing you can do is watch or read about everything negative happening in our world.  This is a mistake many people make.  I encourage you to find an inspirational story or video that will set you up for a successful day.  Filling your mind with optimism is the first step of reprogramming this thought process.  Literally do this every morning.  Remember, “Vision without action is only a daydream”.  Make it a reality by following through. 
2.     Be aware of your thoughts.  “Change your thoughts and you change your world”.  When I work with people on their nutritional habits, the first thing I have them do is write down all of their food.  This is such a critical component as it creates awareness for the individual of what and how much is going into their body.  Let’s use the same strategy for our thoughts.  We must first be aware before we can make a change.  What is the first thought when you hit that alarm in the morning?  Is it, “Ugh, I just want to go back to sleep?”  Or  “Let’s take charge and create success today.”  What is the thought when you look in the mirror?  Is it, “I’m fat, I hate the way my body looks.” Or  “I am proud of the way my body looks.  I am working hard with my fitness and nutrition routine and I will continue to push myself.”  Get that thought in the head and quickly change if it is a negative one.  You will see the benefit it will have on your day-to-day life. 
3.     Eat healthy and workout.  Your body and mind work together.  Optimizing the significance of each day runs parallel with taking care of your body.  That is why eating high quality foods and daily exercise are a must.  When you feel good physically you will feel even better mentally.  You will be more apt to battle through tough times and hard days when you are physically strong and resilient.  Also, exercise releases dopamine and norepinephrine, which will give you a sense of confidence, esteem and the “I can take on the world” mentality. 
4.     Surround yourself with optimism.  You have to take a close look at everything in your life.  Who do you surround yourself with?  What music do you listen to?  What type of TV shows do you watch?  What do you put into your body?  Trying your best to eliminate negativity will set you up to think more positively.  Turn on the television right now and crime is happening, people are arguing over politics, TV shows are vulgar and offensive and it’s everywhere. This negativity can destroy any seed of hope that we may otherwise have in striving for our goals.  Do your best to put yourself in a position of consistent optimism.  Your mental state will become toxic if negativity is always in your life.  Exchanging negative thoughts and actions to positive ones will get you from being uninspired and de-motivated, to feeling uplifted, driven and determined for greater self growth. 

A happy and abundant life is completely in our hands.  The work must be done to create exceptional living.  You have the abilities.  You have the determination.  You have the will power.  You just have to put in the constant ACTION day in and day out to achieve great things.

To another great day, 

Stay Inspired!

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