Do you have what it takes to be successful?

Do you have what it takes to be successful?

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Do you consider yourself successful? If not, you might after reading this article. You might be closer to success than you thought. Success is defined in all kinds of ways. You may want to be rich, famous or simply leave a positive mark on the world. The only definition that matters is your own.

It’s perfectly fine to go ahead and consider yourself successful right now. You don’t have to wait for your next promotion, or the building of your dream home, to be happy. Accept where you are and where you have come from. And most importantly, enjoy it. Even if you don’t consider yourself highly successful now, you’re on your way.

Here are 20 signs that you have what it takes to be highly successful:

1. You crave knowledge

You love to learn in one format or another. It could be books, audiobooks, podcasts or videos, but the point is: you crave knowledge. You’re not constantly making excuses for why you’re not reading as much as you should be. You’re getting it done.

2. You’re planning ahead

You may be saving for retirement or investing in your children’s education. In one way or another, you’re planning ahead. You may not feel wealthy right now, but you are well on your way to creating a legacy by making those small contributions.

3. You wake up early

You may not feel like you’re conquering the world when you slowly roll out of bed, but simply getting up early aligns your habits with many of the most successful people in the world. You understand the value of the early hours and you use them to your advantage.

4. You make friends easily

Success can’t be measured merely in terms of money. Many of the richest people in the world are often the most unhappy. Having friends and family that love you sets you apart from some of the people that you may think you want to be like. Social skills and networking are key in building a successful business and creating a successful life. If you’re good at making friends, you’re on your way to doing both.

5. You have good character

Your word means something. You understand how important it is to treat others with respect. Having good character and integrity sets you apart from others, whether you realize it or not. People do notice and it will take you far.

6. You have a burning desire to help people

Many multi-million dollar business ideas started as a desire to help others. If you hold on to that desire, it will take you far. Want to start your own business? Think about how you could best serve others and start doing it. Your desire to help and serve people will serve you well in the end.

7. You’ve failed and you’ve kept going

You may have heard the terms “fail forward” or “fail up”. Failing may suck, but some of the most famous and successful people have failed the most. If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to fail…a lot. If you’re not where you want to be right now, it may simply be because you haven’t failed enough…yet. That’s OK, you’re working on it.

8. You have self-discipline and self-control

Everyone has some self-discipline and we all want more, but just the fact that you realize the importance of it means you’re on the right track. Think of all the areas in your life that you practice self-discipline and self-control. Don’t be so hard on yourself, you may have more than you think.

9. You’re always getting better

You may not feel like it, but you are always getting better. If you don’t feel like you’re improving, just measure your progress backwards. Think about where you were a year ago or two or five. I bet you’re farther along than you thought. Self-improvement is something that builds up like a snowball rolling down a hill. A tiny snowball can create an avalanche if it keeps rolling. Keep learning, keep growing and keep improving.

10. You have a giving heart

Giving is one of the foundations of healthy finances and a healthy life. It’s not about who you’re giving to. If you’re giving at all, you’re on the right track. Consider the fact that non-profit organizations receive over a trillion dollars in revenue each year. Giving is kind of a big deal.

11. You’re motivated and driven

You have passion and desire to accomplish great things. You’re driven to do something big, even if you’re not sure what it is yet. If you don’t feel motivated about your work, you may need to change things up. Figure out where your drive is taking you and you will lead yourself to success.

12. You’re able to practice patience

Believe it or not, many of the most successful people are not very patient, although almost all of them admit the importance of it. Your patience will serve you well if you embrace it. It’s one of the most important values you can have.

13. You’re the person everyone wants to be around

You have a good outlook on life. You’re optimistic. We’ve all heard about the power of positive thinking, because it’s one of the most powerful traits you can have. Being optimistic not only makes people want to be around you, it also helps you to see the good in situations, which can often lead to your success.

14. You’re confident, but not too confident

Self-confidence sets you apart from many others who have no faith in their own potential. Believing you can achieve great things is the first step to actually achieving those things. Just don’t be over-confident…that’s annoying.

15. You have successful friends

You understand the importance of surrounding yourself with successful, like-minded people. Did you know that your income is usually the average of your five best friends’ incomes? If you surround yourself with people who earn more money than you, you’re likely to get there soon.

16. You’re able to let things go

You don’t hold grudges, because you know it affects you more than it affects them. If you plan to be successful, you know you can’t hold on to that junk that doesn’t matter. You’re an adult and you know how to move on. If someone wants to hold a grudge against you, that’s their problem.

17. You understand the power of “no”

You’re not afraid to say “no” to engagements, but more importantly, you understand that saying no to low priorities means you can say yes to higher priorities. Let’s be honest, saying yes or no comes down to your priorities. You can’t always say yes and you know that.

18. You know you can’t do it alone

Successful people understand the value of asking for help. Whether it’s your marriage, other relationships or a business venture, you know that you need other people. Nobody succeeds alone and you know how to ask for help when you need it.

19. You know how to manage your time

You have your priorities and you make time for them. You know what you should be doing and you avoid what you shouldn’t be doing. You’ve developed rituals and routines that make your life more efficient and productive. Most importantly, you understand that if you can’t manage your time, you can’t manage anything.

20. You don’t criticize, condemn or complain

You know to avoid the three Cs. You’re only hurting yourself when you criticize, condemn or complain about others. There’s no room for it in your life. You understand the importance of building other people up and nurturing friendships.

You may not have all 20 of these things down yet, but you’re probably closer than you thought. Being highly successful is something that’s developed over a lifetime. You’re creating a successful life everyday. Just keep going.

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Yoga doesn’t care

Yoga only wants you to show up!Yoga isn’t about our lifestyle, our beliefs, our weight, our diet, our flexibility, how spiritual or enlightened we are—yoga is just about showing up and doing our dance on our mats.

Yoga doesn’t care what your hair looks like.

Yoga doesn’t care if you wear Lululemon or Spiritual Gangster.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are vegetarian, if you eat meat or know what Kombucha is.

Yoga doesn’t care when the last time you practiced was—yesterday, six months ago, never.

Yoga doesn’t care what kind of mat you have, brand new or eating away at itself.

Yoga doesn’t care if you show up cranky or exhausted.

Yoga doesn’t care what religion you believe in.

Yoga doesn’t care what color your skin is or what gender you choose to love.

Yoga doesn’t care if you wear mala beads.

Yoga doesn’t care what the tag on the back of your pants says.

Yoga doesn’t care if you don’t know what yoga means.

Yoga doesn’t care how much money you have, what house you live in, what car you drive.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are flexible.

Yoga doesn’t care if you fall over in Trikonasana.

Yoga doesn’t care if you fart during practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you ever make it into head stand.

Yoga doesn’t care if you feel uncomfortable saying Namaste and Om.

Yoga doesn’t care if you drink super food smoothies or drink coconut water.

Yoga doesn’t care if choose the back corner or the front row of the room to practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you stay to meditate.

Yoga doesn’t care if you can put your leg behind your head

Yoga doesn’t care if you know what Ujjayi breath is.

Yoga doesn’t care if you smoke cigarettes, and drink whisky.

Yoga doesn’t care if you have a man bun.

Yoga doesn’t care if your monkey mind takes over.

Yoga doesn’t care how old you are, the color of your hair doesn’t affect your practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you juice or cleanse.

Yoga doesn’t care if you shake the entire 90 minutes.

Yoga doesn’t care if you only feel comfortable doing yoga in Mexico.

Yoga doesn’t care if you spend the entire class in savasana.

Yoga doesn’t care what political party you vote for.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are single or divorced.

Yoga doesn’t care if you like Rumi.

Yoga doesn’t care if you like your teacher.

Yoga doesn’t care if you complete a 30 day challenge.

Yoga doesn’t care what version of wheel you go up into.

Yoga doesn’t care if you shop at whole foods.

Yoga doesn’t care if you remember to shave your armpits.

Yoga is just happy you show up.

via (32) Maria Gutierrez.

How to Write Brand Stories that Build Emotional Connections

How to Write Brand Stories that Build Emotional Connections

Stories matter in life and in marketing. The reason is simple. Great stories make people feel something, and those emotions create powerful connections between the audience, the characters within the stories and the storyteller.

Stories are the perfect catalyst to building brand loyalty and brand value. When you can develop an emotional connection between consumers and your brand, your brand’s power will grow exponentially.

Create Characters People Care About

Look to nonprofit organizations for great examples of showing rather than telling in brand stories. For example, rather than simply telling consumers there are people or animals in need, nonprofit organizations show them by using emotionally-charged and descriptive language. Remember the Sarah Mclachlan SPCA commercials? It’s nearly impossible to listen to those scripts and watch those ads without feeling something powerful.

Many brand stories feature brand mascots as the primary characters, but you don’t have to create brand characters like the Geico gecko or Flo from Progressive. Instead, you can use your audience’s buyer personas as characters to drive an even deeper relationship with your brand. When your target audience can relate to your consumers, their emotional connection to your brand grows organically.

Understand the Complete Story Arc

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Your brand stories shouldn’t be stand-alone short stories. Instead, they should be part of a broader, long-term story arc. Create obstacles for your characters that your target audience can identify with, and motivate your audience to root for your characters as they get through those obstacles. If you tell the complete story in one shot, you lose the opportunity to build a long-term relationship with your audience. Instead, pique their interest but don’t provide resolution immediately. Leave them hanging with a promise of more just like the best fiction authors do at the end of each chapter.

Dos Equis does a fantastic job in not only creating a great back story for its main brand character but also in keeping its audience hanging. Where will the most interesting man in the world be next and what will he be doing? You’ll have to wait for the next commercial to find out.

Stay Consistent with Your Brand Promise

Confusion is the number one brand killer, so make sure your brand stories are always consistent with your brand promise and image. If your target audience doesn’t understand how your story relates to their perceptions of your brand and their expectations for it, they’ll turn away from your brand in search of another that does consistently meet their expectations.

Red Bull provides a great example of consistency in brand storytelling. The Red Bull brand image is one of adventure, extreme sports, and freedom. All of its marketing campaigns focus on a variety of characters living the Red Bull brand lifestyle. From its World of Red Bull commercial series to Felix Baumgartner’s 128,100 foot space jump, Red Bull elicits emotions in its audience through brand stories, drives emotional connections between the audience and the brand, and reinforces the relationship with its target audience in every interaction.

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Support grows for Kelowna yoga instructor injured in cycling crash

Support grows for Kelowna yoga instructor injured in cycling crash

It’s in you to give!

Global News

KELOWNA – Friends of a Kelowna cyclist seriously injured in a crash are rallying around her and showing their support.

Andy Hayden, who is in her 30s, was on her bicycle when she was hit by a five-ton water truck on Oct. 9 at the intersection of Pandosy Street  and Cadder Avenue.

She was dragged and pinned underneath the vehicle.

Hayden has since been moved to Vancouver General Hospital to begin her recovery.

The popular yoga instructor lost almost four litres of blood from the ordeal.

Feeling helpless and wanting to do something, friends are organizing a blood drive in Hayden’s name to raise awareness about the need to donate blood.

Krista Suchar is a friend who’s helping organize the blood drive.

She says the blood drive will start on Monday and take place at the Canadian Blood Services clinic on Dilworth Drive.

It will be at least a week…

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Marathon Season for up2wellbeing

Marathon Season for up2wellbeing

The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards), also known as the 26.2 distance, usually run as a road race.

The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides,  a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.

The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 500 marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes as larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.

For the 4th year in a row up2wellbeing has participated on the top North American Marathons, mainly New York, Boston, Chicago, this year we add Washington D.C and San Antonio. This represent a big deal for us, these types of events are not only energetic, full of opportunity, good vibes but they bring thousands of people to the city and to the Expos. Every Marathon is preceded by a 2 or 3 day expo, where the main sponsor of the race along with hundreds of exhibitors display and sell their products, from cheese strings to cars, from shoe laces to the most sophisticated pair or running shoes. The newest and more updated technology goes into these massive events. We? we sell “hydration” yeah we do, we educate people from all over the globe to learn how to PROPERLY HYDRATE their bodies. Not an easy task, but one hell of a fun one. Up2wellbeing helps out with mainly international runners, due to our dedicated staff capable of speaking other languages. As part of an overall “health approach” and multi levels of expertise and skills, we help sell hydration in a form of a tablet, that dilutes in water within seconds and provides runners with all the essential minerals needed to replenish or nourish their bodies, before or after training and races. We were just in #chicagomarathon past October 12th. Over 40000 thousand runners from all over the world gather there to participate in this event. The fastest runner Kenyan  Rita Jeptoo repeats a 2:24:36.

We also broke record sales at the NUUN booth. We had fun, we gave away over 1200 water bottles and sold over 2500 tubes of nuun hydration tablets.

We are off at the end of the month to Washington D.C and my favorite New York City Marathon.

This is one of the many services we offer @up2welbeing. Health=Sales=Results!  So stay tuned for our next event, stay informed, make people talk about your business or feel free to contact us, we can help.

Stay hydrated,

up2wellbeing team

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Twist and shout!

Twist and shout!

Always smart to educate ourselves. To learn something new. It’s like salad dressings you still eat veggies but the fact that the dressing changes makes them interesting. So twist and shout is today to me change, but again not to the essence but to the expansion of knowledge to have more to offer to my students and clients. A hint: TPI (Tilteist Performance Institute ) Golf Instructor.
Today’s world is moving so fast that when we need to do something, to improve on something or we decide to learn something new, we need to be associated with the best, we need to trust the people around us, we need to work with a team of individuals to be successful.
At up2wellbeing we offer you a knowledgeable group of experts to help you excel. We facilitate services to ease your path to wellness, health, recovery and self improvement.

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