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2014 New Year

A new year is now upon us.  I always look forward to the New Year.  I see it as an opportunity to reflect on the year that was and think about what I’ve accomplished and the lessons I’ve learned and to keep moving forward.

For me, 2014 marks more than a new year.  It’s a new decade of my life.  A milestone.  I’ll be 50 in 2014.  So not only am I looking back at the year that was, I’m looking back at the last 10 years of my life.  As I look back and reflect, just like anyone else, I’ve had my share of struggles and triumphs both personally and professionally, but I persevered through it all.  The good, the bad and the ugly with a smile on my face, inner strength and determination.

Believe in yourself
One the biggest lessons I learned happened 10 years ago and still holds true.  It’s how I’ve been living the last 10 years of my life and will continue living the rest of my years.

As you embark on a new year, I want to impart this lesson on to you.

No matter what it is you want in life to fulfill your needs, wants, desires, dreams, goals, passions — whether it’s physical (health, fitness, weight loss), financial, relational, or spiritual, you will never achieve what it is you truly want for yourself if you don’t believe in yourself and don’t give up.

With all that I’ve achieved so far, no matter how difficult, I believe in myself and that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.  That mindset has enabled me to transform my body, do 2 figure competitions, quit my day job in Corporate America to pursue a fitness career, host an on line radio show, become an author, writer, entrepreneur, role model, provide service and value to my clients, as well as those who follow me, and so much more.

My 40’s was definitely a decade of major life transitions and leaps of faith and as I embark on my 50’s, I am already entering this new decade of my life, and the new year, with more transitions and leaps of faith.

I made certain promises to myself going into this new decade and I’ve recently achieved some of these promises.  In doing so, I look to the new year and next decade of my life with hope, promise, enthusiasm, excitement and joy.

I don’t worry about the what ifs, and take that leap of faith.  I turn obstacles into solutions and simply make shit happen

I’m able to do this, because I believe in myself and don’t allow fear or failure to get in my way.  To believe in yourself and pursue your hopes, dreams, goals and passions, even in the face of failure (and I promise you I have had my share of failures) takes courage, commitment and determination, even when those closest to you have advised.. “maybe you should throw in towel and look for a real job”.

Despite some deep, dark holes I’ve been in, I never gave up.  Wouldn’t give up.  I just kept chipping away knowing everything I was doing would come to fruition.  For me to go back the corporate world, have a desk job and live the 8-5 life would become a slow, painful death, and I vowed to NEVER go back to that life ever again.

Strength through transformation

In my 12 week fat loss program, Transformation Over 40, I talk about how my physical transformation was about much more than transforming my body.  It was an inside-out transformation.

When I transformed my body, I transformed my life.  When I look back at that initial transformation 10 years ago, I never dreamed I would be where I am now, the person I have become and the person I am becoming.

When you go through a physical transformation, going from flabby to fit, takes not just will power, determination, and commitment, but consistency.  Not giving up and throwing in the towel.  Sticking to your goals and staying the course.

These are characteristics and skills I learned and discovered about myself, from deep within, that you end up applying in other areas of your life to achieve all the great things you want for yourself.

When I transformed my body, I realized I had succeeded at the one thing that most people fail at, and if I can do this, there’s nothing I can’t achieve.

My wish for you

When you learn to believe in yourself, others will believe in you as well and they will champion your cause.  They will get caught up in your excitement and passion for what you believe in and they will rally behind you.

One of my favorite motivational speakers, Les Brown has a saying…. “You have greatness within you” and it’s true.  You do.  You just have to believe you do.  When you believe that, you will achieve greatness.

My wish for you in the New Year is to believe in yourself.

Before we turn the calendar to 2014, look back not just at the year that was, but look back on the last 5 – 10 years of your life.  Where have you been and where are you going?  What have you achieved and accomplished and how did you go about achieving your accomplishments?

Where have you failed and what will you do differently?  Are you where you want to be in your life and if not, where do you want to be?

Let go of excuses, be aware of those negative inner conversations you have with yourself that cause you self-sabotage.  Break free of all that holds you back.  As soon as you let go of negative forces (mindset, job, places, people),  good things will come your way.

I know this, because once I have let go of negative forces, something positive and better has filled the void and has gotten me 1 step closer to achieving what it is I wanted whether it was financial, relational or physical.

You really do have the power to create your destiny and the life you want to live in mind, body and spirit.  The first step to doing so, is simply to believe in yourself.

Wishing you all an EPIC new year and new beginning!

Shari Fitness
Author, Transformation Over 40

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