2016 January

Never Give Up!

Giving Up quote

Hey Champions!

When you “throw in the towel” or give up, you are not only giving up on the situation, you are giving up on yourself. You deserve better than that. Don’t be that person that looks back in 20 years with regret, saying, “What if I had not given up…” Your life can go in whatever direction you wish. It all comes down to choices.

Giving Up picture

The key to being a champion is to never, under any circumstances, throw in the towel. Knowing when to walk away from a bad situation is not the same as giving up. For example, when I volunteered at the Women’s Shelter, I was surrounded by survivors of domestic abuse. Each one of these women had one thing in common. They all made the decision to want better for themselves They didn’t throw in the towel. They fought back by reclaiming their lives.

Victory picture

No one has ever won an election, a race, a contest, a game, a sporting event, a match, or even a spelling bee by giving up. The only guarantee with giving up is that your situation will remain the same. If you want things to change, you have to make the conscious decision to take action. No time is better than the present. You deserve victory!

Keep Breaking Barriers,

How to Make the Most of Your Tomorrow

Hey Champions!
What are you doing today to make the most of your tomorrow? We have all heard the saying, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Wouldn’t it make sense that if we want to enjoy a better tomorrow, then we should plan for it? Ask yourself what would you like to see tomorrow that you were missing today. For example, would you like to have more time for yourself because today was wrapped in work? Would a better tomorrow for you mean having a more productive day at work? Or would a better tomorrow involve spending more time with those you love? The list can go on and on but how do we accomplish creating a better tomorrow for ourselves?

Here are my top five methods of making the most of your tomorrow.

1) Visualize what you would like to do tomorrow.
2) Write down how you plan to spend tomorrow. By writing it down, you now make it tangible.
3) Dedicate a block of time to do what it is you want to do, whether it’s a few minutes or a whole day.
4) Gather the resources you need to do that activity.
5) Follow through. As Nike says, “Just do it.”

Sometimes, we get so caught up in life that we lose sight of the things that bring us the most joy. If you are not happy with the way things are going or how you find yourself spending your day, maybe it’s time for a change. Try something new. Shake up your routine. Find your passion. If you want a better tomorrow, it must start today.

Keep Breaking Barriers,

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution


Hey Champions!

Happy 2016! It’s a new year and everyone has made their resolutions. How are you doing with yours? Unfortunately, so many people fail at following through with their resolutions. The great success coach Tony Robbins says, “January 15 is the cut-off. Statistics show that 95% of the people that made a New Year’s Resolution have already broken it by today [January 15].” Why is this?

What happens after those first two weeks that cause so many of us to fall short? Is it the commitment that people struggle with? Is it the lack of belief that they can achieve the goals that they set for themselves? Or is it simply fear of failure because they have made the same resolution so many times before? So what can we do differently this time to see our goals come to fruition?

I had set a goal for myself three years ago to lose 70 lbs. At first, it seemed impossible. I had all the wrong eating habits. I can’t tell you how many people told me that my goal was too far out of reach. So there I was, 41 years old and 291 pounds. The first thing I did was I wrote down the weight I was gunning for, which was 220. The second thing I did was that I took that very piece of paper and stuck it in my wallet. Each time I felt myself slipping off track, I reached into my wallet and pulled out the piece of paper that read “220.”

Me at 290 lbs.

I remember a time when I was shopping at Whole Foods. When I went to pay for my groceries, the paper that read “220” fell out in front of the cashier. She picked it up and handed it to me. As she did, she asked, “Is that how much you weigh?” I smiled back and said, “Not yet.” From that moment I believed that if the cashier thought I weighed 220, why couldn’t I believe it? I suddenly felt like it was possible. Maybe it was because it was winter and I was wearing a large overcoat and she couldn’t determine my size, nevertheless, that confirmation from a stranger gave me the fuel I needed to continue. Now, there were two people that believed that I could be 220 pounds — the cashier and myself.

The next day, I enrolled at the YMCA and I began my exercise regimen that day. The pounds melted away slowly at first. I must admit that the diet was the most difficult part of my new lifestyle. But I stuck with it. Each time I found myself losing focus, I would reach into my wall and pulled out that note. I was instantly brought back to my center. Before I knew it, a year had passed. I was halfway to my goal of 220 pounds. I was 250 pounds and I felt better than I had in years. This only motivated me further. Where I worked, there was always an abundance of unhealthy foods like donuts. I found it easier to say no to the fatty and sugary foods. By the end of year 2, I had reached my goal of 220 pounds.

Me at 220 lbs.

I believe that had I put a time stamp on it, I might have given up. The lesson in this is to never give up. Sometimes, it may take a little longer than you would have liked, but does it really matter in the end if you reach your goal?

Here are my methods to successfully keeping a resolution or a goal.

1) Write your goal(s) down.
2) Commit wholeheartedly to your goal(s).
3) Don’t let not meeting a time-stamp or a deadline discourage you.
4) Keep going. NEVER give up.
5) Revisit your goal(s) to keep you on track.
6) Haters gonna hate. Don’t listen to the naysayers.
7) Believe, believe, believe in yourself!

Keep breaking barrriers!
John Couret