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This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the WELL Summit.  Nothing makes me happier and feel more alive, than being surrounded by like-minded individuals. We can learn so much from our peers and I wanted to share some truly inspiring and motivating quotes from this weekend.  Whether you apply these to your workouts, your business, or your everyday life, we can all improve ourselves by putting these into action!

"Don't be afraid to cultivate individuality through community"

"Life is tough, but you are tougher!"

"Stop comparing yourself to others.  Comparison is the thief of joy."

"Turn your struggle into your story"

"The one thing that separates all of us is action - Do Something!"

"If there's something in your life that's not serving you, let it go!"

"Vulnerability is a really beautiful thing"

"Failure doesn't exist.  It's immeasurable and only in the eye of the beholder"

"Do not talk yourself out of self exploration"

"Look inwards for the benchmark of your own success.  Stop looking outside and comparing yourself to others"

"Welcome fear and embrace it!"

"Fear is an indicator that you care so much about something it scares you.  Fear is precisely when you have to explore it head on"

"If you're waiting for fear to subside, you will never take leaps"

"Acknowledge that you had a hand in your success as much as you acknowledge that you had a hand in your failures"

"Honor that your path is different"

"Live passionately, beautifully, and thoughtfully everyday"

"Step into the power that you already possess.  No one has to give you permission but you"

"Social media is not the end goal, it's just a medium"

"You have to be your first cheerleader"

"Show up for yourself."



Find your Mantra

The saying goes, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going."  When the situation becomes difficult, the strong work harder to meet the challenge.  So how do you become "the strong?"  How do you become one of those people that will never quit, will work hard, persevere?

I often think about this as I'm working out.  When you're muscles are burning, your lungs are gasping for air, and you're really freaking tired, how do you push passed all of that and keep going? Nine times out of ten, it's a mental game.  Your muscles actually CAN keep going, it's your mind that needs the convincing.

So that being said, I've been trying to come up with a mantra or a quick saying, I can use on repeat, when "the going gets tough."  I tried several but they lacked meaning to me, and therefore, were ineffective.  I would say "keep going" but my mind quickly said, "nope, I don't want to."  Or  "you can do this," while thinking "I really don't think I can."

Then on my run last week, at mile 10, I was exhausted.  I thought to myself, "yes you are tired but you are LUCKY to be here, to feel this tired, to move the way do and to run!"  There are so many people far less fortunate.  

My mother passed away from breast cancer three years go, and she was my best friend.  She also is where I learned my passion for exercise.  She loved it!  That's when my meaningful (and effective) mantra finally occurred to me.  In that moment I thought, "do it for those who can't" and I persevered.  I finished the run feeling tired but so accomplished and above all else, fortunate.

I encourage all of you to find a mantra that means something to you.  What will keep you going when you really feel like you can't go anymore?