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Monday Morning Mojo: Decisive

InteroMojo - 7 hours 49 min ago

Hmmm…should I do it or shouldn’t I?

I’m going to wait and think about it for a while before I make my decision…I need to get more information.

I will get back to you on it.

I will do it tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.

Yeah right…sure you will. Just like the 2,000 emails in your inbox you are going to reply to…right? Does this sound familiar? Does it sound like you?

Well, this is how most people make decisions. They don’t make them at all because they are risk averse. Afraid of making the wrong decision, afraid of change. They just wait and wait and wait and never actually decide to do anything. That is why they continue to get what they have always gotten in life and don’t get what it is they really want.

Not being decisive and making quick decisions is one of the biggest success killers in life and business because one of the most important components to getting what you want is making a lot of decisions quickly with very little information. It’s about going with your instinct. Successful people understand that to get what you want you must operate with a strong sense of urgency. Because to get what you want, especially in this day and age, you must accelerate in all aspects of your life, even if it means living with a few more ragged edges.

You have to be 100% focused on action.

Successful people don’t get bogged down in endless preparation and evaluation trying to get things perfect before making a decision. Of course making smart decisions and high quality is crucial, but it must come quickly. You can’t sacrifice speed. Learn to fail fast, fix it, and race on. This is how you create radical breakthroughs.

Not only does being decisive get you in action toward accomplishing your goals, but it gets it out of your head. Think how many unmade decisions you have floating around in your head right now that are taking up space and your time. Instead of making a decision and then actually doing something productive to accomplish your goals, you are debating all of those unmade decisions in your head all of the time whether you know it or not. Unmade decisions are the parking brake of life, let it go!

Imagine how much more productive and happy you would be if you would just make the commitment to be decisive and not waffle ever again.

Freedom.

Here is a great piece of advice someone gave me several years ago. Don’t go with your head and don’t go with your heart because more times than not they are in conflict with one another and you will never be able to make the decision. Go with your gut. Don’t over think it because your first instinct is almost always right. If it feels right just do it, and do it with focus and intensity. What does your gut tell you to do about each of those unmade decisions floating around in your head right now? Quit procrastinating. Just do it.

And yes if you think I am writing this to you, I am.

Make is a powerful week!!!!!

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Examine Regulatory Structure of Federal Wage and Hour Law

Education & the Workforce Committee - 19 hours 15 min ago

On Wednesday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), will hold a hearing entitled, “Improving the Federal Wage and Hour Regulatory Structure.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets forth federal wage and hour protections for public- and private-sector workers. The Department of Labor estimates more than 130 million workers are affected by the law. A patchwork of conflicting interpretations and a complex regulatory structure have created an environment of legal uncertainty among employers and employees. A report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found a significant increase in FLSA-related litigation. The GAO recommended the department develop a systematic approach to identifying areas of confusion and improve administrative guidance for employers and employees. 

Wednesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine the growth of FLSA-related litigation and current compliance assistance efforts. To learn more about the hearing, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

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WITNESS LIST

Ms. Judith Conti
Federal Advocacy Coordinator
National Employment Law Project
Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Paul DeCamp
Shareholder
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Nancy McKeague
Senior Vice President of Employer and Community Strategies, and Chief Human Resources Officer
Michigan Health and Hospital Association
Okemos, MI
**Testifying on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management**

Dr. Andrew Sherrill
Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Washington, D.C. 

 

President Signs Bipartisan, Bicameral Job Training Reform Agreement

Education & the Workforce Committee - 19 hours 15 min ago

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) released the following statement after President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

Today's achievement is the result of a lot of hard work and compromise by Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate. We rejected petty politics and put the best interests of working families first. Now we have a new law that will protect taxpayers and help put more Americans back to work. The American people deserve to see more of these bipartisan accomplishments. It is time to get back to work and find other areas of common ground that will help expand opportunity and prosperity for working families.

To learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, click here.

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Monday Morning Mojo: Decisive

InteroMojo - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:32pm

Hmmm…should I do it or shouldn’t I?

I’m going to wait and think about it for a while before I make my decision…I need to get more information.

I will get back to you on it.

I will do it tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.

Yeah right…sure you will. Just like the 2,000 emails in your inbox you are going to reply to…right?  Does this sound familiar?  Does it sound like you?

Well, this is how most people make decisions. They don’t make them at all because they are risk averse. Afraid of making the wrong decision, afraid of change. They just wait and wait and wait and never actually decide to do anything. That is why they continue to get what they have always gotten in life and don’t get what it is they really want.

Not being decisive and making quick decisions is one of the biggest success killers in life and business because one of the most important components to getting what you want is making a lot of decisions quickly with very little information. It’s about going with your instinct.  Successful people understand that to get what you want you must operate with a strong sense of urgency. Because to get what you want, especially in this day and age, you must accelerate in all aspects of your life, even if it means living with a few more ragged edges.

You have to be 100% focused on action.

Successful people don’t get bogged down in endless preparation and evaluation trying to get things perfect before making a decision. Of course making smart decisions and high quality is crucial, but it must come quickly.  You can’t sacrifice speed. Learn to fail fast, fix it, and race on. This is how you create radical breakthroughs.

Not only does being decisive get you in action toward accomplishing your goals, but it gets it out of your head.  Think how many unmade decisions you have floating around in your head right now that are taking up space and your time. Instead of making a decision and then actually doing something productive to accomplish your goals, you are debating all of those unmade decisions in your head all of the time whether you know it or not. Unmade decisions are the parking brake of life, let it go!

Imagine how much more productive and happy you would be if you would just make the commitment to be decisive and not waffle ever again.

Freedom.

Here is a great piece of advice someone gave me several years ago.  Don’t go with your head and don’t go with your heart because more times than not they are in conflict with one another and you will never be able to make the decision.

Go with your gut. Don’t over think it because your first instinct is almost always right. If it feels right just do it. and do it with focus and intensity. What does your gut tell you to do about each of those unmade decisions floating around in your head right now?  Quit procrastinating. Just do it.

And yes if you think I am writing this to you, I am.

Make is a powerful week!!!!!

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Weekend Wellness: Wind

InteroMojo - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:00am

As I was driving into work the other day, the wind had the flags flying at full extension. The trees were leaning a few degrees and there were leaves scattered everywhere.

As an outdoor enthusiast, wind is one element I have a hard time with. I’d rather hike, run, cycle, even water ski in the rain vs. the wind.

As I was noticing the wind, I recalled how many times I’ve been on my bike in some pretty serious weather finding these to be my most challenging rides. However, when you are on a bike, or out for a run and the wind kicks up, you have no choice other than persevering and finishing. You won’t change the wind, you can’t change that you are out in the elements and you certainly can’t quit (especially if you have no one to pick you up!) Part of the mistake is not looking at the weather report earlier and seeing what the wind conditions are…this could have avoided a lot of issues!

So in the moment…you accept it. That’s what you do, you recognize that you are in a tough moment, accept it safely and prevail. You put one leg in front of the other and eventually you get to your destination. One can also get strategic and head towards the hills to get out of the head wind. The key is “what can I do to reduce the pain as much as possible and make the event more enjoyable”?

I then thought about some of my clients who step on the scale or try on a pair of pants in the morning and they’ve gained a pound or their pants are tight. They let it ruin their whole day. They probably made some questionable choices the day or two before and are now feeling the results.

I have been there, I understand this thought process…but does it change the reality? No! They failed to look at the wind report, so to speak. Accept the reality and decide what can be done moving forward in a safe and healthy way so that the day is more enjoyable!

We fight things (I do too) that we can’t change. We resist the force of nature instead of seeing the realness of what we are in (or might have avoided). And you know what…all this does is cause us pain.

Next time you are going out in your “wind”, find a way to accept it, pedal on and find a way to detour a little so it don’t ruin your day; instead learn from it and look towards your destination.

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Cool Apps: Canva: It Was Made For Real Estate

InteroMojo - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:00am

This past May I introduced you to Canva, the pretty awesome site that gives you the tools to design beautiful eye catching web posts for facebook, pinterest, blogs, twitter and more.

I’m bringing it back today because the site just released a great blog on how to use their pieces specifically for Real Estate. That’s right, this site was made just for you!

You have to check it out as they have some great suggestions on what to post, how to connect with your audience and make it worth your while.

Read the Blog HERE

 

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Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: Jack Welch

InteroMojo - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:00am

This week during my morning workouts, I’ve been listening to a great interview that Darren Hardy of SUCCESS Magazine did with Jack Welch earlier this year. It was featured in the magazine’s Change Maker issue that came out last month. I have always had a special place in my heart for Jack Welch because his first job at GE in 1960, was as a junior engineer in my hometown of Pittsfield, Mass., making $10,500 a year.

As Hardy says, Mr. Welch “isn’t a change maker because he took General Electric’s revenue from 25 billion to 130 billion, grew it’s income 10 fold and its market capitalization 30 fold under his 21 year leadership. He’s a change maker for how he’s done it.” He’s reinvented what the standard is for business everywhere. Even as a retired man, he still focuses on how he can change things through his various outlets.

In this particular interview, Welch outlines some of the tactics he’s developed throughout his career and features in his book, Winning (I’ll share more about that book next week). He also gives some great suggestions in finding success by looking outside the business for ideas, showing respect and caring for your people, and understanding that everyone is a mentor. All of these suggestions are great to keep in mind no matter what stage of business you’re at.

The part of this interview I love the most is where he talks about managers giving their team credit for their ideas. Jack says “managers grow from the reflective glory of what their people do. They will have no problem building great teams, hiring great people and the results will speak for themselves.”

There really is some great insight throughout the interview. If you’re interested in hearing the whole thing, you can subscribe to SUCCESS magazine HERE. You can also read the article that was included in last month’s issue to learn more about Jack Welch HERE. You’ll definitely walk away enriched.

 

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Get On Board

NAWBO National - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:07am

As a woman business owner, you can make some tremendous business and personal gains by serving on the board of an outside organization, even if you have an advisory board or board of directors you regularly interact with in your own business.

It can be a valuable leadership development tool that benefits you and your business. It can also greatly impact the organization, especially a non-profit, as it works to overcome a plateau or reach a new level of growth.

As NAWBO National installed our 2014-2015 Board of Directors last week (read about our new Board in this issue of NAWBO ONE), I’d like to encourage you to explore how board leadership like this can make a difference in your business and in a non-profit cause you’re passionate about.

At NAWBO, the passion, talent and expertise of the women business owners who comprise our National Board of Directors is critical to our organization’s success. We look to them to help further NAWBO’s mission, vision and strategy; to assess our organizational structure, policies and procedures; to review and approve budgets; to make recommendations on any major capital expenditures; to bring in new corporate partners and new members; to monitor performance; and to lend credibility to our organization as a result of their reputation in the business community.

On our board members’ part, they have the opportunity to meet other women business owners from across the U.S. with some incredible success stories and valuable ideas and insights. They get to see first-hand how a non-profit board works from a board member’s perspective, including politics, influence, consensus-building and, of course, decision-making. They also quickly understand that serving as a board member is about more than showing up at meetings. They are handpicked because of the unique talent and expertise they bring to the table, and we definitely capitalize on this during the time they serve.

As our new 2014-2015 Board sets out this next year to achieve great things, from rolling out a brand-new online mentoring program to our members, to growing our membership and member benefits to even greater levels, I hope you’ll consider how you might contribute to a cause you’re passionate about, whether that’s women business owners, education, breast cancer research, etc. Non-profits like NAWBO welcome your time, energy and intellect at the local and national level. Just ask your NAWBO chapter how you might help with an upcoming project or on a committee. I think you’ll be surprised by how much you get back when you give a little of yourself.

Meanwhile, I hope you’ll join me in extending congratulations and thanks to our new 2014-2015 Board Chair Darla Beggs and to our entire new Board of Directors!

 

—Billie Dragoo, NAWBO Past Chair and Interim CEO

 


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Committee Members Examine Efforts to Assist Missing and Exploited Children

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:00am

The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), today held a hearing entitled, “Protecting America’s Youth: An Update from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.” During the hearing, Mr. John Ryan, president and chief executive officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), discussed the center’s ongoing work to protect children and return victims to their families.

Mr. Ryan noted, “NCMEC’s success is a testament to Congress’ unwavering commitment to the work NCMEC does, and in particular to this committee’s support as we continue expanding our public-private partnerships to help protect children from abduction and exploitation and introduce new prevention initiatives to educate parents, teachers and communities on how to keep children safer.”

“The only way to describe the work of NCMEC’s staff is heroic,” said Rep. Rokita. “They are making a difference in the lives of countless children and families. Protecting children has been and must remain a national priority. Mr. Ryan and his staff are to be commended for their hard work and dedication.”

Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) echoed those sentiments: “The center and its staff provide an invaluable service to families each and every day. Despite its impressive achievements, we must do more to protect the nation's most vulnerable youth. Toward that end, I am hopeful we will move forward with bipartisan legislation to strengthen support for victims of youth sex trafficking. These efforts, as well as the continued work of NCMEC, will help provide vulnerable youth the assistance they desperately need.”

Throughout this morning’s hearing, members emphasized the need for continued congressional support of NCMEC and bipartisan efforts to  protect vulnerable youth:

Rep. Phil Roe (T-TN)

With our human trafficking bills that Congress passed in a bipartisan way just a few weeks ago, it really helped educate me about the enormity of this problem… if you’re not really paying attention, and if you don’t know what to pay attention to, someone could be right there in front of you, carrying on an apparently normal life and they’re not carrying on a normal life.

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)

As a U.S. Attorney, I had the opportunity to tour [NCMEC] and was very involved in our Internet crimes against children taskforce…thank you so much for your incredible help, I’m interested in learning whether there are any legal impediments that you have in working even closer with law enforcement.

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

One of our most crucial missions [is] keeping our children safe and I appreciate your work. I was pleased to learn of your initiative ‘Safe To Compete,’ which raises awareness of child athletes’ sexual abuse and provides training and preparedness opportunities.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

[NCMEC reauthorization] shows that when we find common ground in the House and the Senate, we can work together. Senator Leahy (R-VT) and I were the primary sponsors of your reauthorization, and I came to tour [NCMEC], which I recommend to all of my colleagues...The techniques you have to go through to find missing children is certainly a skill and an ability and something needed.

To learn more about today’s hearing, or to watch an archived webcast, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

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Rokita Statement: Hearing on "Protecting America’s Youth: An Update from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children"

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:00am

We are pleased to hear today from Mr. John Ryan, the president and chief executive officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or NCMEC. Mr. Ryan will give us an update on NCMEC’s important work and how a number of legislative changes enacted last year are enhancing the efforts of this organization.

At a ceremony opening the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, President Ronald Reagan said, “All Americans, and especially our youth, should have the right and the opportunity to walk our streets, to play and to grow and to live their lives without being at risk.” Spoken 30 years ago, President Reagan’s words are just as true now as they were back then.

If we are truly fighting for all people, so that they can build better lives for themselves and their families, one of the key things we must help them with is the safety of their children.

No child should be afraid to walk home from school, hang out with friends at the mall, or surf the Internet. Yet sadly we know that’s just not the case. Too often a predator is lurking in the shadows, ready to do harm. Each year thousands of children go missing or fall victim to sexual exploitation and other heinous crimes. As the father of two young boys, I cannot fathom the pain and suffering these families are forced to bear. No one can, but we can do something about it.

For 30 years a national public-private partnership has worked to protect children and safely return victims to their families. NCMEC is at this center of this vital effort. The organization provides services, resources, and other assistance to victims of abduction and sexual exploitation, as well as their families and those who serve them.

The center’s 24-hour Cyber Tipline has provided law enforcement with more than 2.3 million leads of suspected child sexual exploitation. On its own this would constitute a stellar record, but the tip line is only one part of a larger effort. The center also manages a national database on missing children, organizes case management teams to serve as a single point of contact for families, and offers training and technical assistance to law enforcement and professionals working in health care and the juvenile justice system.

These are just a few of the services and support provided each and every day. The only way to describe the work of NCMEC’s staff is heroic; they are making a difference in the lives of countless children and families. In fact, just this year, in partnership with the FBI and Department of Justice, NCMEC participated in Operation Cross Country VIII. This week-long national campaign led to the arrest of 281 child traffickers and the rescue of 168 children – besting its work from the prior year.

However, we all know that despite these achievements, more work needs to be done. To help support that effort, last year Congress passed the E. Clay Shaw, Jr. Missing Children’s Assistance Reauthorization Act. Enacted with overwhelming bipartisan support, the legislation extended our partnership with NCMEC while providing additional accountability and oversight protections. The law also includes reforms to encourage greater coordination between law enforcement, states, and schools.

As one of many partners, Congress cannot stop there. There is more that can and should be done on behalf of these vulnerable youth. Toward that end, a number of important legislative proposals were introduced that will help strengthen our commitment to youth who are victims of sex trafficking. While no legislation can provide a perfect solution, the bills put forward last week will move our country in the right direction.

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Noel Canning: A Triumph of Judicial Restraint Over Originalism

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:12am
In its late June decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously invalidated President Obama’s efforts to make three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.  The Court was sharply divided, however, on the rationale for its decision.  Five justices joined Justice Breyer’s majority opinion, which rejected the most sweeping challenges […]
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Monday Morning Mojo: Watch The Ball

InteroMojo - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:30am

Whenever I’m practicing baseball with my son, Nick, I always remind him to keep his eye on the ball. Of course, like any kid, he rolls his eyes and says “I know dad”…but he forgets unless I remind him, because I see it.

It’s the same in every sport… baseball, football, golf, tennis, soccer, etc…watching the ball is the key to success. If you take your eye off the ball in almost any sport you are doomed. I know it sounds so easy but we need to do it over and over again for days, weeks, months, throughout our career or we will overlook doing that one simple little thing in the most critical moment that will determine winning or losing…making the team or getting cut. You have to practice until it’s just instinctive and then you need to keep practicing it so you don’t lose the instinct. If you ever watch sports on TV and you see some world class athlete make an amazing play many times, you will hear the announcer say he/she never took their eye off the ball…its why they made the spectacular play. Hitting, kicking or catching the ball is the goal of an athlete.

So what does watching a ball have to do with us being successful in life/business? To accomplish our goals in life, business, or anyone of the areas of our F5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Finance) we have to do exactly the same thing an athlete does. Our goal may not be fielding, catching or hitting a ball, but whatever our goal is we need to keep our eye on it all of the time. We need to be constantly focused on it and have rituals we do daily, weekly, monthly, annually that help us to keep our eye on the ball (the goal). It’s not just an every now and then thing…it’s something we need to be doing all of the time. Because if we don’t, just like my son who plays baseball, you are going to whiff it and strike out.

Spend time daily reviewing you goals…make it a ritual. If you do, your chances of turning those goals into accomplishments increases exponentially. Now if you don’t have specific goals for your life, business, etc. take the time to create them. It is amazing to me how most people don’t really have any specific goals around what they want to accomplish…most just want things to get better but don’t really know what that means. Get specific…think about each one of the areas of your F5 and then write down one or two things in each one of those areas you want to accomplish and put a date on when to have it happen. Then review them daily, think about them constantly, share them with your family, share with your friends, make them the screen saver on your computer, put them on a sticky note that is on the mirror in your bathroom, etc. Do it and you will be amazed with what will happen. You will knock it out of the park!

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** TOMORROW: Subcommittee to Examine Efforts to Assist Missing and Exploited Children

Education & the Workforce Committee - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:00am

On Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled, "Protecting America’s Youth: An Update from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children." The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Since 1984, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has helped lead a coordinated national effort to assist children who are missing or victims of violent crimes. Authorized under the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, NCMEC has referred for investigation more than two million reports of crimes against children. In 2013, Congress reauthorized the law to ensure NCMEC continues its important work, while also strengthening taxpayer protections through enhanced accountability and oversight. Congress also included reforms to foster greater coordination between law enforcement and states, districts, and schools in their efforts to recover missing children, specifically those who are victims of child sex trafficking.

Tuesday’s hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine NCMEC’s ongoing work and implementation of recent legislative changes. To learn more about the hearing, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

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WITNESS LIST

Mr. John D. Ryan
President and CEO
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Alexandria, Virginia

Kline Statement on PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum

Education & the Workforce Committee - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:00am

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement after it was announced Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Director Josh Gotbaum would step down: 

Director Gotbaum is to be commended for his years of dedicated service and unwavering commitment to workers and retirees. His departure comes at a critical time for the agency and those who participate in the multiemployer pension system. I urge the president to move quickly to find a qualified nominee to lead this important agency, and wish Josh and his family the best. 

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Weekend Wellness: A New Body

InteroMojo - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 9:00am

When I was younger, I was much heavier and fairly sedentary. It took a long time to discover how much I love activity and it took even longer to get healthier and love nutritious foods. I look at this as a blessing. As I got healthier, I became more and more connected to what my body was able to be and do. That was new, fresh and exciting. Then about 3 1/2 years ago I broke my leg and needed to have surgery with some pretty titanium bling put in. As I was rehabilitating, I started to explore my body again with a new perspective. I became interested in what my “new” body was going to be able to do. Initially I wanted to just be back to where I was pre injury, but as I healed, I realized I had a different body! Not one better or worse, just different. That allowed my focus to be about my healing and what I was capable of vs. what I wasn’t capable of.  It was (oddly) exciting to test out my body’s abilities over the next several weeks/months even though a lot of the rehab was painful and I even had to learn how to walk again.

Here we are nearly 4 years later and I had another accident. This one was on the bike. Fortunately I don’t need surgery, but I do need to heal. My broken leg was much more debilitating, yet as I’ve been moving through my healing, I’m recalling some of what I experienced before. I’m rediscovering my body and what it can do. 2 1/2 weeks ago I had a lot of bruising, major shoulder pain and was careful with fast movement since I had a concussion. Now I’m about 90% better and healing much faster than expected. Every day I wake up with better movement. My body is different…so each movement I do, I “feel” and get excited when I can do something today that I couldn’t do yesterday. I take my time with movement and pay attention to how amazing our bodies (and minds) are. I’ve pumped my body full of nutrients which help in the process of eliminating inflammation and accelerating mending.

I’m sharing this, because it saddens me that I meet many who only live in what they used to be able to do and I know they can experience such a better way to live.

When their body doesn’t feel the same and say, their knees hurt, that’s the only thing they focus on rather than what the rest of their body is able to do and with proper attention and care, they might eliminate a lot of their pain.

I meet folks who have put on weight and focus with frustration on how their body felt 15 years ago vs the potential it has once they begin to take the weight off again. Each day!

I meet collegiate athletes who live in the hay day of fitness from decades ago and forget that their bodies are still able to do so much…just different abilities. Some in which they might enjoy more.

These people I mention are wonderful, but they get in their own way. They (WE) all forget that every day we have a new body. We have new cells, new tissue and if we choose, a new attitude! We have the power through lifestyle changes to actually make a younger body. We can get connected to how we feel in movement and forget about what “used” to be and begin with what we can control in our healing or as I like to call it “living”. Whether the healing/living is weight loss, weight/muscle gain, learning to ride a bike (carefully), yoga, walking or any sport, we can embrace the fact that we can create a better mobility and functional body and mind; even if it’s one tiny step at a time.

Think about all the movements you do in just one day and what you take for granted. Think about how precious each movement is and love what you already can do and what you might be able to accomplish if you take the time to explore your fresh, new body each day.

To me, that’s exciting. I love that as each year passes, I am still interested in what’s possible. You can too…live in the present, feel your new body and move whatever you have!

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