Posts by KeithW

How to Move On From a Bad Decision

They say that the more mistakes you make, the more successful you become. That might be true, but you must deal with your bad decisions effectively before you can move forward. There’s a process to making the most of your poor decisions. If you can benefit from your good decisions and your poor decisions, life is easy! Unfortunately, our natural instincts make it challenging to benefit from poor choices. We become upset, distract ourselves, withdraw, feel embarrassed, or give up altogether. When you can benefit from poor decisions, there are no poor decisions! Consider these strategies: Learn the lesson. Every bad decision has a lesson to teach. It can be painful to examine your poor choices. Do you know what’s even more painful? Making the same mistake again. Take a little time to figure out what you can learn from your unwise decision. Move on. There’s nothing to be gained by dwelling on your mistakes. A poor decision that you’ve never made before isn’t a bad thing. It’s just life. Take responsibility. You were part of the problem. There’s no getting around it. Taking responsibility allows you to retain control of the situation. You made the mess, so you can fix it. Talk it out. If you can’t let go of your mistake, spend some time talking with a loyal friend. An outsider often has a more reasonable perspective. Pick up the phone and give someone a call. Stay present. It’s easy to let your mind run wild after making a poor choice. There’s nothing to see there. It’s hard to stay in the present moment when things are going wrong all around you. Allowing your mind to wander is just a form of distraction. Pay attention to what is happening right now. Take preventative measures in the future. How can you prevent a similar occurrence in the future? Did you put yourself into a situation where no good option existed? Or did you merely make the wrong call? Remember what you still have. You may have lost your business or your partner, but that doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Take a moment to remind yourself of the wonderful things you still have. Forgive yourself. Everyone makes more than a few mistakes. Accept the consequences of your choice and move forward. It’s impossible to always make perfect decisions. Remember that your next good decision will feel that much better. A vacation only feels good because you contrast it with work. Spend six months in a Florida condo and see how excited you still are. Your bad decisions make your good decisions that much more enjoyable. You are not your decisions. You are separate from the choices you make. Bad choices don’t make you bad any more than good decisions make you good. Your decisions don’t define you. Bad decisions aren’t all that bad after all. In fact, you can benefit from all your previous bad choices right now. Make a list of every poor decision you’ve ever made. Now, go through the process of learning from each of them. What are the lessons you can learn? Imagine if you had done this same process after each mistake was made. Your life would be very different. Everyone makes bad decisions. The key is to make the most of them. Spend a few minutes each week reviewing your bad choices and learn from them. Most importantly, avoid repeating them. Move on from your bad decisions and benefit from them. Committed to your success, Coach Keith Inspire Personal...

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Understanding the Truth Behind the Five-Second Food Rule

The five-second rule has a simple premise. If a food item falls on the floor, then it can be eaten or used in cooking as long as it’s not on the floor for more than five seconds. However, research shows that this rule is not true and can be dangerous. The five-second rule isn’t safe advice to follow in the kitchen! Learn more about the real facts: What is the five-second rule? The five-second rule lets you eat food off the floor as long as it hasn’t been on the ground for more than five seconds. Many people use this rule as an excuse to pick up dirty food and keep eating it. A new study from the journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology shows that the five-second rule isn’t correct. Researchers studied food that had fallen on the floor and found that bacteria start to contaminate it the first second it lands. If you wait five seconds, you’re taking a risk of having food that makes you ill. Researchers studied food dropped on several different surfaces including carpet, tile, and wood. They learned that the type of surface the food lands on does make a difference. For example, there was less bacteria on food that landed on a carpet. Nevertheless, all the surfaces had bacteria that got on the food. Why is the five-second rule so common? It’s unclear who came up with the idea first, but the five-second rule appears to cross gender and race lines. The five-second rule is common among both women and men. Adults and children falsely believe they can eat food from the floor if it hasn’t been on the ground for a long time. These types of ideas tend to get spread in families and passed down from generation to generation. False beliefs and food myths are common, so this may explain why the five-second rule is so prevalent. Contamination risks to consider. It’s important to understand that bacteria live on all surfaces, including your kitchen or dining room floor. Contamination can occur on any surface. You can’t see the bacteria, but they’re living in your house. It’s dangerous to eat food that has landed on the floor since you clean your floors less often than your kitchen counters. Another reason why it’s risky to eat food that has landed on the floor is related to your shoes and feet. They track dirt and bacteria from outside into your home. Even if you forbid people from wearing shoes in the kitchen, their feet can carry bacteria from other rooms. Bacteria can cause upset stomachs and more serious illnesses. It takes less than a second for bacteria to start covering a piece of food that has landed on the floor. Safety precautions you can take. First and foremost, avoid using food that has fallen on the floor. Even if you think your floor is clean, you’re putting your health at risk by eating anything that falls on the floor. Another precaution is to keep food away from the floor by working on large, uncluttered kitchen counters. The five-second rule is a common misconception that is used by many households. You don’t want to risk your health or the health of your loved ones by following it. Instead, focus on keeping food off the floor and ensure it doesn’t get eaten if it falls. Committed to your success, Coach Keith Inspire Personal...

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The Differences Between Those That Succeed and Those That Fail

Success is a fascinating thing. There are good people with every possible advantage that struggle with success and life in general. It’s also easy to find people with no education, a poor attitude, and a lack of morality that seem to thrive. Both groups of people want to get ahead, but only one is successful. Why is that? Successful people, regardless of their advantages or disadvantages, have one thing in common: they consistently work at their goals. It’s necessary to do everything you can to be successful and take that attitude into the marketplace. You must be willing to compete, whether it be for a job or to see your business become successful. Add these behaviors to your life and create more success: Make use of what you have. This includes your capabilities, time, and other resources. There’s no reason to wait until you learn something new, save a certain amount of money, or make the right contacts. You can do those things on the side, but the bulk of your time should be spent on doing everything you can with what you currently possess. Read books that enable you to spend your time more productively. By learning more, you can correct your mistakes and use your time more wisely. The right book can teach you more discipline or how to better interact with others. Books give you access to the very best minds in the world, past and present. Every book you read can improve you in some way and enhance the way you spend your time. Commit to being your best. Most of us are either too lazy or too afraid to bring our best to each day. Discipline and courage are required if you want to consistently be successful at a high level. Make plans. Dreams are nice, but they’re just a starting point. You must convert your dreams into concrete plans, and then put everything you have into executing those plans. Building a life without a good plan is like trying to build a home without a good plan. Eventually you run into trouble and must use make-shift solutions just to keep it from falling apart. Plan your day, but not all of it. Ensure that you can hit the ground running, but leave yourself enough wiggle room to take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves along the way. The same goes for your week, month, and year. Have a good, solid outline for your time for at least the next year. View problems as challenges to be solved. Becoming successful requires dealing with a nearly endless stream of obstacles. View these obstacles as challenges that make you stronger, smarter, and more capable to handle the next challenge. The bigger the challenge you’re able to solve, the more successful you will become. Avoid distractions. Spend your time on the most important activities. If learning to play piano is a priority for you, spending time perfecting your photography skills, playing the guitar, and learning to oil paint ensures that you’ll never become the best pianist you can be. It’s easy to look around and see that the universe isn’t judging “good” people and “bad” people when it comes to success. You know plenty of awful people that are doing well, and plenty of wonderful people that are struggling. You must have a plan and put it into action each day. That is the ultimate determiner of success. Make a plan for your life today and live the life you want. Committed to your success, Coach...

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New Fitness Trends That Will Surprise You

  If you’re trying to keep up with the latest fitness trends, then you may feel overwhelmed. It’s not easy to track all of the hottest fads in the exercise industry, but the following trends are worth following. The latest fitness trends may even give you a whole new way to look at exercise: Aerial exercises. One of the hottest trends in the industry is aerial exercises. They’re also called trapeze exercises and require that you go to a gym. If you’ve ever been to a performance of flying acrobats, you may be surprised to learn that you can study the same skills at a local gym and take classes. Aerial and trapeze classes will teach you the basics or advanced skills. The gyms are equipped with padded floors and have plenty of trainers, so you won’t get hurt. You’ll use bars, ropes, and scarves to fly through the air. This is a fun workout that actually burns a lot of calories and makes you use all of your muscles.  High altitude exercises. Being at a high altitude creates a unique exercise experience for your entire body. You may not be aware of the latest trend to use high altitudes to work out. If you don’t live in a high-altitude area such as Denver, then you’ll have to search for a specialty gym that offers this type of exercise. Specialty gyms that have high altitude workouts provide equipment and other items to change the oxygen levels. This gives your body the chance to exercise with less oxygen, so you build endurance. Parkour is a unique workout that is often compared to playing on the playground or a kid’s gym. Parkour is focused on having fun while you exercise. You get to run, jump, swing, and walk through different obstacles. You can jump over blocks or play on the monkey bars. This exercise trend reminds people of their younger days and makes them feel like kids again. Hot Pilates. This new trend refers to doing Pilates in a heated studio. Pilates is already an intense workout that uses special equipment to tone and move your muscles. However, the addition of heat makes it even more difficult. The heat is supposed to loosen your muscles. Hot Pilates is designed to burn calories while you tone your entire body. The goal is to look lean and lose fat. Custom online training. The growth of the internet has touched the fitness industry, and one of the hottest trends is custom online training. This type of training gives you access to one or more fitness experts who work with you on an individual level. They design and tweak your entire workout routine based on what you want to accomplish and what your body needs. You can sign up for daily or weekly sessions. The personal approach has been used in gyms before. Now, it’s moved online, so you don’t have to drive or walk to another location to get help. Online training gives you more control and lets you work out from your home. It also gives you more choices since you get to pick a trainer from a larger pool instead of the ones that are hired by your local gym. The fitness industry is constantly coming up with new ideas to make exercise more fun and unique. Consider adjusting your routine to incorporate one or more of these new trends. And if you currently don’t have an exercise regimen, these ideas provide you with the perfect opportunity to start a fun and healthy new hobby today! Committed to your success, Keith Wimsett...

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How to Achieve Huge Goals

Achieving a huge goal is similar to achieving smaller goals. However, you must be much more diligent and aware of any negative thoughts associated with your goal. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and lose all your momentum. Huge goals take more time and persistence. If you’re up for the challenge, there is no reason you can’t achieve a huge goal. Set a big goal and change your life quickly: Choose the right goal. A goal can be too big. If your goal exceeds your belief that you can be successful, you’re finished before you even get started. The biggest goal you can reasonably achieve is a goal that makes you think you can be successful if everything goes perfectly and you work hard. Anything beyond that may create too much internal resistance. Get clear on what success means. Some goals, like weight loss and income goals, are easy to measure. Other goals can be more challenging. Be sure you know how you’ll measure your success. Otherwise, you might be successful and not even know it. Create a plan. Develop a general plan that will ensure success. It can helpful to start at the end and work your way backwards. Work back until you have a step that you can do today. Create a detailed plan. Now that you have a general plan, create a detailed plan that will get you from one step to the next. Talk to experts and get the information you need to make an intelligent plan. Your local library is full of experts that provide free advice. Develop habits related to your action plan. Seek to develop habits that help you to reach your goals. For example, you might take a daily walk before breakfast if you’re trying to lose weight. Or your habit might be to skip breakfast! Review your results regularly. You can’t know how well or poorly you’re doing if you never check. Regularly review your progress and make the necessary adjustments along the way. This is an important step that many people skip. Check your attitude daily. Are you feeling doubtful, intimidated, or fearful? Are you procrastinating? It’s critically important to deal with negative feelings immediately. The amount of willpower anyone possesses is limited. You can’t push your way through negative emotions indefinitely. Find a mentor. Odds are, someone else has already accomplished your very goal. It only makes sense to take advantage of someone else’s knowledge and experience. Most people are happy to help. It never hurts to ask. If necessary, consider hiring a mentor/coach. It might be some of the best money you’ve ever spent. Visualize success. Spend a few minutes each night visualizing success. Imagine how you’ll feel when your goal is achieved. Where will you be? How will you feel? How will your life change? Make the experience as positive as you possibly can. If you rated the desirability of achieving your goal on a 1-10 scale, it had better be a 10! Big goals require an appropriate goal, a good plan, a mentor, and stamina. To achieve a big goal, you must be prepared to do things you’ve never done before. Are you willing to be more than you’ve demonstrated to this point? Set a big goal and get excited at the prospect of achieving success. Evaluate your progress and continue striving until you’ve reach your objective. Life is ticking by, so set a big goal and get started on the path to achieving it. Committed to your success, Keith Wimsett Inspire Personal...

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