20 Ways to Fill Your Day with Gratitude

gratitude jarWe’ve heard it time and time again that gratitude can be a key to happiness. People who practice and express gratitude tend to be healthier physically and mentally, have more positive relationships with others, handle stress more easily, and find more opportunities leading to success.

If we know these benefits then why don’t we all practice gratitude more frequently?

Often people don’t know how or where to start. So let’s make it simple. (more…)

Thrive | Eat More Bacon | Define Your 2016

readingThis time of year we all tend to reflect a little. We try to take in life, to focus on the important things, to plan for a more successful and enjoyable future.

Last year we challenged you all to Thrive in 2015 in reference to the book written by Arianna Huffington in which she encourages us to re-evaluate our definition of success to include our well-being, sense of wonder, and capacity for compassion and giving.

Previously Jeff committed to eating more bacon simply because bacon is good and makes him happy. With simple pleasures come the best moments in life and these moments ultimately add up to happiness.

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The Seed

SeedPassion, purpose, happiness.

A sense of meaning in life and work.

Balance.

In some way we are all in search of these things. Both our personal and professional lives provide opportunities to explore these ideas that mean so much to our human experience. Yet, many of us struggle truly find things like passion, purpose, or balance. They are lost in the run around of business or the search and striving towards certain definitions of success. How do we find our purpose? How do we live our passions? (more…)

Did You Eat Your Frog Today?

eat frog

What if the first thing you did today was eat a live frog? How would the rest of your day go from there?

There’s an old saying that says if the first thing you do when you wake up is eat a live frog then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day.

With a variety of different responsibilities creeping up on us throughout the course of a day or week finding your frog and eating it first can help you become more productive and efficient.

This week we encourage you to prioritize and find your frog. Eat it first. We believe you’ll find the energy and momentum from completing this task will help carry you through the rest of your day.  (more…)

Grit From the Eyes of a Navy Seal

navyGrit and resilience are two key traits that determine the differences between success, mediocrity, and failure. We all face challenges in life and it is our reaction and response to adversity that ultimately determine the path we follow.

Eric Barker, author of the blog Barking Up the Wrong Treediscussed grit, resiliency, and persistence with a Navy seal. The following is what he found regarding surviving life’s toughest moments.

 Purpose & Meaning

Having a clear purpose and meaning puts things into focus and is essential when working through challenges. Intrinsic motivation is more valuable than extrinsic motivation.

Make it a Game

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Eat More Bacon

baconWith every new year comes a slew of new resolutions for personal improvement. Weight loss, time with friends, or quitting bad habits tend to make up a high number of these resolutions.

While some research shows that just 8% of people actually keep their resolutions, I’ve vowed to be stronger than that.

That’s why in 2015 I resolve to eat more bacon.  (more…)

Thrive in 2015

ThriveWith the holidays in full swing and the new year nearly upon us we are in the midst of the season for gratitude, giving, and self-reflection. Over the last month as we build our own goals and success metrics in preparation for 2015 we’ve been reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington as inspiration for our next steps.

Society sends a strong message relating to success on a constant basis. Historically money and power have been the main metrics used in judging success. Busy is good. Money is good. Titles are good.

But how does the societal definition of success really fit into a successful life?

Huffington recognized the need for this reflection when exhaustion caused her to collapse. The result was a broken cheekbone, gash on her face, and newfound outlook on the true meaning of success. (more…)

Choose Your Hard

Choose Your HardChoose Your Hard. This motto has become a rallying cry among the fitness community. But if you put weight loss aside for a moment you’ll see it applies to everything you do.

We all have choices to make on a daily basis. Quite frankly, more often than not we tend to choose the easiest less painful choice. Not only is it hard to make the choice that is best for us, but it’s also hard to live with the consequences. (more…)