Happy New Year! For many of us, January marks the beginning of new goals that we set for ourselves. The start of the new calendar year also marks the countdown for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games happening this summer. Therefore, I thought I would set the year off on the right track for all of us by showcasing a mentor of mine, Chandra Crawford, who has excelled in achieving her goals as a Gold-Medal Canadian Olympian and Founder of the organization, “Fast and Female.” I’m excited that today Chandra is sharing her insights to help us all #fuelpersistence in our personal and professional goals. Chandra is a positive role model, who I am honoured to feature on Arianna’s Random Thoughts. With this interview, my hope is that Chandra will empower us all with some practical strategies for achieving our dreams.Read More
Today, Chris Guillebeau, the New York Times best-selling author of The $100 Startup, is sharing his record-worthy practice with all of us. During a lifetime of self-employment, Chris visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Each summer in Portland, Oregon, he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounges.Read More
Only you can become an expert at valuing yourself! What practices help you become your own personal best?
Valuing yourself is a process and requires practice. Earning it may not give you applause and acknowledgement from outsiders, but having healthy self-worth will provide you with the strong foundation to perform in other arenas.
You are special in your own right. Not for being your job title or for a role you play in your life, you are worthy for being YOU! You without the mask, without the titles, without the applause.Read More
Aloha! I’m back. Hope you all had a great couple of weeks. I had a refreshing vacation in Maui.
If you want to get inspired, you should visit the Hawaiian Islands. They have changed my life; they may change yours. We all have places that empower us. The Hawaiian Islands do this for me. Maui has a special place in my heart; it is where I originally came up with the idea for my blog. So, I thought I should use my holiday as a chance to reflect on my blog, past and present.Read More
Mara Glatzel is a self-love coach + author of the Body Loving Homework e-course. She works with women who are ready to create the lives they want — and deserve. Her blog — Medicinal Marzipan — has inspired thousands of women to heal their relationships with their bodies, and treat themselves with relentless compassion. Catch up with her on facebook, twitter, or join her body-loving mailing list for secret swapping and insider news.Read More
Last year, I went with an amazing friend to our local Lululemon store to browse their products, which we both love. While there, I saw vision boards on display which the staff had created. I thought the boards were really interesting, so my friend and I went up and looked at them closely. I have wanted to make a vision board ever since my hairdresser told me about it a few years ago. The boards on display were so beautiful that I was inspired to make a vision board myself, as I was just about to graduate and had so many dreams I wanted to pursue.Read More
Sharleen Hoar (Ph.D.) has been supporting elite and aspiring performers of all ages to achieve personal and performance excellence since 1996. She is a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and is the mental performance lead with the Canadian Sport Institute - Pacific working with Olympic and National team athletes, coaches, and sport science and medical professionals. Sharleen attended the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan American Games, and supported clients through three Olympic games including the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (Canada) and Sochi (Russia), respectively, and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).Read More
Today, Yvonne Young is sharing with us about perseverance.I first connected with her after I found her blog. I had posted about standing tall and was looking for others who had done the same. I can relate to her and am excited she has decided to participate in this series. So glad I connected with her :) Thanks Yvonne! You should check out her blog after you read her interview.Read More
Bestselling Amazon author, speaker, and poet, Heather Grace Stewart was born in Ottawa, ON, and currently lives near Montreal, QC with her husband, daughter, and three feline friends.
Heather wrote her first poem at age five, inspired by falling down a lot while trying to figure skate. ‘At the Arena’ was published in her school newsletter. From that moment on, she was hooked on writing.Read More
I'm delighted that Elaine is sharing with us her thoughts on perseverance. She has extensive experience in education and sport, which gives her great insight on these topics. Thank you so much, Elaine! I contacted her earlier this year, as I am interested in positive organizational climates and reducing bullying in sport. I suggest you check out the program after you read her interview below. The work being done is very well needed!Read More
Celenia Serrano works for a private consulting firm based in Toronto, ON. Her true passion lies in promoting gender equality in lesser developed countries and understanding the economical and social barriers to development. It is her mission to challenge the antiquated gender roles in her own culture and promote an equal partnership between males and females. When not at work, Celenia participates regularly in yoga, in playing music and in staying active with the many dogs and horses on the farm.Read More
I connected with Art Butcher a couple of months ago, and I am delighted that he agreed to write this post.Thank you, Art! Please check out his bio and the link to his website, which are included at the end of the post. Building on my post from yesterday about the importance of social support in goal setting, I think Art's post is a wonderful follow-up to the question. Read Art's guest post below!Read More
Have you ever felt like this?
I started on this path, by first creating a vision board to get a sense of what is important to me and what my goals are. A vision board is a visual display of the goals I would like to accomplish in my life. Vision boards are really fun to make. If you haven’t made one, you should give it a try! You can check out mine here.
Soon after, I realized I needed to write a personal mission statement. It took a bit longer than I had hoped, as I had many general ideas but needed to get specific.Read More
I am a strong believer that goals should be written down. It is easy to set a goal (i.e., have a mental plan), but I think it is more effective to have the goals some place where you can refer back to them in detail. I find if I have my goals written down somewhere, they provide me with a greater sense of accountability. Therefore, since spring is here and bathing suit season is just around the corner, I thought I would share a plan for getting back in shape. Since many think their stomach is their problem area, I thought I would focus on strengthening our cores. Check out the detailed plan below. You can use this template for detailing any goal you wish to achieve.Read More
In my personal life, I have been challenged with staying true to myself on many occasions and levels. “Staying True to Myself” means that I keep my values, beliefs, idiosynchasies, morals, etc. and do not change them for anyone else.
The world constantly wants to change you. However, you know what you want and need to be strong enough not to be swayed.
“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” – John Mason
I have written about this before for my post “Am I Really Free to Be Me?” where I discuss people’s comments about me.Read More
When I was a child, I was interviewed for the local television news. I was asked on air: "What my favourite activity was to do with my mom." I responded: "Cleaning my room."One of my personal goals for the coming year and beyond is to keep my bedroom clean. Perhaps "clean" is not the right word - I would prefer if it was tidy and organized. My New Year's resolution was to clear out the clutter. I know that is a general goal which needs to be made into a SMART goal. Therefore, I am breaking down my room into several ways I can tidy up my bedroom. I learned these from one of my best friends when she came to visit for my birthday; one of the gifts she gave me was to help organize my bedroom. She is the queen of organization, and we spent the day after my birthday planning, shopping, and organizing my room. Six of my biggest organizational weaknesses are:Read More
Happy New Year!!!! Welcome to 2012
I hope you all had a wonderful time of renewal, celebrating with your family and friends.
For my part, I had a really great time but must confess that the holidays went by far too quickly. It is a week-and-a-half of hanging out with family and friends and eating way too much. It is hard to see everyone, and I missed seeing some close friends this holiday. However, I had a lot of fun over the holidays and made plans for the new year.Read More
I went to watch this Improv music class at the beginning of the week with a friend of mine. A new friend was teaching the class, so he invited us to attend. The class had five students, who each played different instruments in this fourth-year class.
I was expecting to be blown away by their music and they did really well. The thing is, I wasn’t blown away by their performances. All the students were amazing musicians but they weren’t excellent. My definition of an excellent performer is someone who has the abilities but also has the mental drive to shine and take risks. It felt they were staying in the safe zone and not taking any risks.
One of the students even said they were insecure.Read More
Practice makes perfect, right? Or, if you keep training and improving, you will win medals, right? The common motivational advice from other athletes is: "Keep practicing and never give up!"
When I hear statements like these, it seems that athletics can be simplified into a formula. You train for this many hours (10,000 hours as said by Malcolm Gladwell) or repeat the motion 50,000 times, and you will excel at it. In many sports programs, the focus is on the physical and technical aspects. The athletes constantly train to improve their technique to become the best they can be. They go to practice and do drills to better their performance.Read More