Monday Mindset: The American Dream Story.. 🇺🇸
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” – Statue of Liberty 🇺🇸
This is one of my favorite quotes as we are a country made of hard-working immigrants and I am extremely proud of that. I am patriotic to the core, unapologetic about it and hope you are too, for good reason. 🇺🇸
I also hope you enjoyed the 4th of July and celebrated with your family! 🇺🇸
And like many of our ancestors migrating for a better life, my great grandparents on both sides escaped Communist Poland.
They came with the clothes on their backs, no money in their pockets, or the ability to speak a lick of English.
But with the American dream to escape oppression of communism/socialism and pursue capitalism (aka a selfless system which incentivizes production and where you must add value in others lives first in order to be successful) and FREEDOM that we have here in the USA!
This is what has made our country great! 🇺🇸
And yes, our country has its fair share of problems that need to be resolved.
But it always will. As our country consists of flawed humans.
But unlike the media wants you to believe, this is still the land of opportunity and we have it very, very good.
In fact, having lived in 3 continents and visited dozens of countries with many to go, I know first hand how great we have it. 🇺🇸
And while our freedoms have been recently tested which we need to continue to protect, the American dream is still alive and well for those who want to pursue it. The Founder and President of Fit Body Boot Camp, is living proof of that, having escaped Communist Russia for a better life.
And so am I.
And as my incredible team shared the news last week I was appointed “CEO” of Fit Body Boot Camp last week.
Truthfully, part of me is still in complete disbelief.
But the other part of me knows that this is just another American dream story of hard work, passion and freedom. 🇺🇸
So in today’s message I want to share with you the video (and letter that I read) of my “CEO acceptance speech” at our World Conference with nearly 400 attendees which closed the event.
For clarity, the message was directed at my HQ team initially, then our live audience.
And please know it is also very much directed at YOU as well.
As without YOU, without YOUR dedication to your health/fitness and without YOUR trust in our team, this wouldn’t be possible which I am extremely grateful for and completely see. I will always remember and value that. 🙏
So I hope you receive some inspiration and motivation from this perspective of a guy starting out life in a trailer, with an abusive & alcoholic father and with very humble beginnings (for American standards).
And that with incredibly hard work, some luck, an AMAZING team and clients like YOU, he has been able to achieve the “American Dream” which is what I want for you and us all! 🇺🇸
Monday Mindset – Michael Jordan’s fitness coach
This weekend was absolutely incredible!
We brought some of our leaders and coaches to Scottsdale Arizona to our 2021 Fit Body World Conference which was absolutely epic.
We had nearly 400 attendees and it was extremely inspiring getting together after having to miss last year’s conference.
There were some incredible speakers including the keynote and friend Tim Grover, who was the personal trainer and fitness coach to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Charles Barkley, and many other professional NBA legends.
Tim taught on developing a strong and winning mindset to ensure we can overcome adversity and support you, our clients, and the community at a higher level.
It was truly inspiring to see our team dive into the content with the goal of supporting you at a higher level.
And that’s my message today that I wanted to share.
As I was reminded that when the leader gets better, everyone gets better. And you are the leader of yourself and your family.
So today’s call to action is to take care of and continue to invest in yourself by moving and eating well consistently. Seek out inspirational content to learn from that will provide you knowledge and skill growth on a regular basis.
As when you do, that’s the biggest act of selflessness and where fulfillment resides as you are better equipped to help your loved ones.
Let’s make it a GREAT week!
PS it looks like my awesome team shared some news about my new role in our global franchise so will share more info with some takeaway value points for you next Monday ☺
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Monday Mindset: D Day
Yesterday was the 77th anniversary of the infamous D Day where allied troops from the US, Great Britain, and Canada stormed the beaches of Normandy France to overtake Adolf Hilter and his Nazi regime.
I can only imagine what it would have been like to be one of those soldiers who were ordered to invade on June 6, 1944.
I am sure nothing short of absolute hell.
And while that thought deeply moves me. It serves as a great reminder that freedom isn’t free.
It serves as a reminder that we must live our lives with passion and purpose. As there have been many that came before whose lives ended shortly to protect the freedoms we now enjoy.
And that can never be taken for granted.
So if you didn’t take the opportunity this weekend, please take a moment to remember the fallen.
To acknowledge the incredible people who came before us and stormed the awful beaches that day. They did it for you and I and so that we could live a life of freedom and purpose.
So today’s call to action is for you to move your body. Eat good foods that will keep you nourished and healthy. Hydrate properly and get your sleep.
This focus on your health and fitness will be the foundation of the value you can offer the world.
As when you are in a good place of mind, body, and soul, you can be of service to others by paying it forward to make our world a better place.
If we do this, the lives lost will not be in vain. Rather, their legacy will live on.
But it’s up to you and I.
Let’s make this week count.
Monday Mindset: We Remember
Monday Mindset: Graduation Advice
It’s late spring and graduation season is in the air.
It’s so exciting to hear about the children of our client’s & community ready to finish off their last semester of schooling.
And then, are becoming ready to take that next step after graduation!
With that framework in mind, I watched a few commencement addresses on YouTube over the weekend.
And a quote from Denzel Washington addressing a graduation class some years ago, really struck me.
It actually inspired me so much that I wanted to pass along for you to get value!
“Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is 1 step closer to success.” – Denzel Washington
Monday Mindset: The Man in the Arena
I was sent the included gift a couple weeks ago from a dear friend and owner of Fresno Fit Body Boot Camp. She was appreciative of some support we provided her team and clients.
So today wanted to pass this gift on to you in the hope you also receive the benefit.
And as it turns out, this poem written by Theodore Roosevelt is my 2nd favorite of all time.
And it is especially relevant if you have ever led a company, a project, a family, a team, or a group of people at any time in your life.
As when you lead, criticism is a law of the universe and you will certainly need thick skin and tough mindset to navigate through it..
So digest it, and then please tuck this away and read it often.
Let’s have a great week!
Monday Mindset: A mother’s day lesson..
I hope you had a fantastic Mother’s day.
Mine was incredible as I was able to get a bunch of work done in the morning to help support our team.
And I then finished off with a dinner in San Clemente with my mother Donna, Tatiana, and sisters Emma’s fiancé Bobby & my nephew Ryder.
What a fun time to celebrate my sister’s first mothers day as a mom!
And while at dinner I couldn’t help thinking how life moves so fast…
In fact, it’s fleeting.
As I had a flashback to the first time I visited San Clemente where she lives. At that time, I was 20 years old back in January of 2003 on a road trip from Michigan where I grew up.
In all honesty, I had blown off my first week of classes to escape the cold..
And spent 7 days on the west coast with 3 other college friends with a mere $150 to my name.
This included spending a full day on the beach & camping in San Clemente.
We arrived in the first week of January and probably it was only 60 degrees at the beach.
But coming from negative temperatures and 1 foot of snow, it might as well have felt like 90 degrees.
And now fast forward and seemingly in a blink of an eye..
It’s already May of 2021 and my sister Emma lives in the very same beach town with her fiancé and first born child Ryder, my nephew.
And in the next blink, it will be 2040 and will wonder where the time went?
So is life.
And that’s also your message today.
Life comes fast and goes before you know it.
So stop focusing on the trivial many, and instead focus on the important few.
How to do this you might ask?
- If you don’t exercise or eat well consistently, start. Your health is all you truly have. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
- Only tolerate positive people and information in your life. As your input equals your output.
- Be kind and offer more grace than required to others. As everyone is going through a silent and private battle.
- Be stricter with yourself. Most people mask their problems and myself included. This is so they can avoid or justify them. It’s human nature but stop doing that.
- If you need to lose weight, be honest with yourself and act.
- If you need to get more fit, be honest with yourself and act.
- If you need better relationships, be honest with yourself and act.
After all, life is fleeting.
As it will pass you by if you don’t stop and focus on what really matters.
Let’s make it a GREAT WEEK!!!
PS And Happy Mother’s Day again for all you beautiful women in this world. As it wouldn’t be the same without your tenderness, care, and love. So, I am deeply grateful for that.