Are you free?

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I have been having amazing conversations with my friends about freedom.  What does it truly mean? And are we truly free?  This discussion brought me back to the time when I was working and living in Toronto.  Most would say I had a great job, a beautiful family, a wonderful home and the blessing of living in a beautiful area of the city.  On the outside things looked really good, on the inside however, I secretly felt anything but free.  

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Although I had built a career I once loved, I no longer felt passionate about what I did. The policies, paper work and demanding long hours had begun to take the joy out of the service delivery.  The daily two-hour commute, combined with the responsibilities that come with balancing family and a career had me feeling exhausted.  I felt immense pressure to please everyone, I was anything but free.  I hadn’t been on vacation in years and I had stopped doing many of the things I once loved to do.  I felt lost, stuck and frustrated. 

Are you free?  What does freedom truly mean? 

These are the two questions I have been exploring with my friends.  Surprisingly, most of us were unsure if we were truly free and admittedly too busy to actually really consider the concept of freedom.  The meaning of freedom, we decided, was to have the ability to be totally self-expressed in all areas of your life.  The real question then becomes, what does it take to be fully self-expressed?   

Health + Wealth = Freedom 

If you’ve seen some of my most recent Facebook posts, you may have noticed this simple equation.  The equation is based on two beliefs.  First, health is the foundation of any action.  It creates the fuel, energy and vitality for all things we do.  Think of someone who is suffering from any health challenge, they frequently lack energy and most often feel restricted. Their mind may be willing, but the weight of their health challenges decrease their confidence and belief in what their body is capable of.  They are not free or fully self-expressed.

SG3 Health is the foundation of any action.

Now think of someone who is challenged financially.  Although they may choose to not speak of, or pay attention to money, like their health, their access is once again restricted. They are now burdened with the worry and stress that is constantly present when any vital resource is restricted.  Once again, energy is restricted and their freedom to live a fully self-expressed life is limited.    

Having adequate money yet no time can also limit your self-expression and ultimately your freedom.  In today’s society we are quietly conditioned to live for tomorrow.  Many call it retirement.  Unfortunately, tomorrow is not promised.  Time is a valuable resource that cannot be replaced.  Sadly, many people miss opportunities to experience new levels of self-expression, by putting off until tomorrow what was only promised today.

SG5 Tomorrow is not promised.

As 2018 unfolds, I invite you to design a life that has you physically, emotionally and spiritually free.  My desire is to surround myself 10 like-minded individuals who have a burning desire to live life on their own terms. Individuals who want to take on their personal freedom and will challenge me to live in fun, play and limitless creation.  

If this is you, let me know.  I’m curious to hear what freedom looks like for you. 

 

Suzan Hart is an inspirational speaker, master trainer and author. Knowing that Health plus wealth creates freedom, Suzan’s mindset mastery teaches hardworking, result driven, busy professionals and entrepreneurs, who secretly feel isolated, overworked and underpaid, to honour their commitment to get fit, feel fabulous, and ultimately live a rich and fulfilled life. Suzan’s desire is for you to be unapologetically recognized for your value, financially rewarded for your brilliance, and celebrated for the fullest expression of yourself. Suzan Hart went from physically exhausted and financially upside down to become a Black Woman Millionaire. She is the creator of the Fit, Fab and Fulfilled program. To book Suzan to speak visit www.suzanhart.com.

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Success is a Faith Walk

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During my time in Phoenix I decided to hike the trails behind my condo. When I asked about the trail, the lovely woman at the front desk told me it would take about 2-3 hours to complete the hike. It was a beautiful day with a big blue sky, so I grabbed my gear, my water and went on my way.

The trail I chose was carved into the rocks and signpost where used to indicate the right direction. Look up the mountain, as I mentally prepared for my hike, I noticed that the trail was not visible. The view reminded me of something that I heard Jack Canfield say. According to Jack, when most people set out on any journey, they have a need to see the whole path before they begin. He likened it to getting in your car and expecting the headlights to light up the entire route for your five-hour trip. We know that doesn’t really happen. We accept that we will only see a few feet in front of us.

Are you willing to begin your journey without seeing the entire path?
Or do you wait, expecting someone to light the path for you?

Trusting that the path will be revealed, I began my journey. Once I got a few feet into my journey I began to see a trail was worn into the rocks. As I took each step, the trail became easier to find. The reality was, I had to take my first step and trust that my next step would be revealed. Similarly, I believe that entrepreneurship is a total faith walk. It is only when you risk taking your first step and remain in faith filled action, will your vision ever become a reality. You soon realize that you don’t have to know how to get to from point A to point B. All you need to know is how you are going to start. Each time you take action, that action actually reveals or causes your next action.

As my hike progressed, I noticed a few key things. First, I would follow a path that led me to a dead end! I would then turn around and I’d go back to the place where I made the incorrect choice. I would scout the area and notice another path leading in a different direction. Very similar in business and life, we may choose a wrong path. This is when many people become discouraged and quit. They believe their wrong choice represented a failure, rather than realizing that their first choice is rarely ever their last choice.
Success is a simple as turning around, looking for the lesson, and course correcting.

Second, I would get to places on the trail where the rocks seem to go straight up. I would look at the obstacle in front of me unsure I was able to successfully climb. I would then watch other hikers move down the mountain or someone pass me and climb with ease. Following their example, I would do exactly what they did. Once I got into action I realized it was actually quite simple, the obstacle looked bigger than it was. Isn’t that true in life? We spend too much time thinking about something we want to accomplish and we allow our fears and feeling of intimidation expand the obstacle, making it appear bigger and harder than it actually is. Yet once we get into action, we realize it was so much simpler than we thought it would be. The trick is not to diminish your success. It’s important we celebrate that we overcame our fears and risked taking action. By modeling others, in my case the hikers, I was able to succeed. No matter what your goal is, success is often available when we find someone to model.

Success always leaves clues!

As you stand at the base on life’s mountains, are you choosing to standing still afraid to take action because you don’t believe you have all the answers? Or are you willing to begin your journey and let your first step inform your next step? To choose success is to walk in faith. It is to trust that you have the brilliance inside you to figure out each step in your journey.

 

Suzan Hart is an inspirational speaker, master trainer and author. Knowing that Health plus wealth creates freedom, Suzan’s mindset mastery teaches hardworking, result driven, busy professionals and entrepreneurs, who secretly feel isolated, overworked and underpaid, to honour their commitment to get fit, feel fabulous, and ultimately live a rich and fulfilled life. Suzan’s desire is for you to be unapologetically recognized for your value, financially rewarded for your brilliance, and celebrated for the fullest expression of yourself. Suzan Hart went from physically exhausted and financially upside down to become a Black Woman Millionaire. She is the creator of the Fit, Fab and Fulfilled program. To book Suzan to speak visit www.suzanhart.com.

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What You Focus On You Find

It is the first few weeks in 2018 and I know many people are goal setting, particularly in the area of health.  As you set your goals, I would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about focus. Take a moment a consider these simple yet powerful statements.

  • What you focus on often seems real.
  • What you focus on you often find.
  • What you focus on you become.

 

As you take the time to set your health goals, where is your focus?  Are you focusing on what you don’t want or like? Or are you choosing to focus on your vision.  If you believe the above statements, your vision for your health must become your focus.  For many of us the concept of vision and health may not go together, but this year I am going to ask you to consider casting a health vision that has you focus only on what you want.

 

In memory of Winston Roberts

 

I wanted to take a moment and share a story in memory of my body building coach, who recently passed, Mr. Winston Roberts.  Winston had a profound impact on my life.  His teaching introduced me to a new level of personal mastery, and it laid the foundation for my conversation of self-love, self-respect and self-care.

 

Preparation for any contest consisted of long workouts, a strict diet, and frequent posing practices. My first posing practice took place in a dance studio with a wall of windows.  As I stood in the middle of the studio, I noticed that people from the gym were beginning to gather, peering through the window.  I was wearing little shorts and a tiny tank top.  To say I was self-conscious would be an understatement.  As I looked in mirror my mind began racing.  The voice in my head began to point out all the things I didn’t like about my physique.   My waist wasn’t not small enough!  My breasts were too big!  The voice in my head seemed to find every flaw.

 

What I was focusing on… I found.

 

As I stood deep in self-criticism, I remember Winston beginning to speak. He was also looking in the mirror but he focused on something different. He admired my broad shoulders. He complemented the shape and length of my legs. He saw all this potential, and was excited about the possibility of developing my shoulders and back.  This small change he said, would make my waist look smaller.  He saw beauty and possibility as he looked at my physique.  He saw thing I had never seen before.

 

That evening Winston’s words provoked many questions.  How could one person look in the mirror and see all this negativity?  How could another person look in the same mirror at the same person and see beauty and potential?  My search for answers began shifting my self-talk from constant criticism to a conversation of acceptance, self-love, and self-respect.

 

What you focus on you find.

 

As you write your goals, rather than focusing on what you don’t like, begin to look for your own unique beauty.   Create a vision for yourself and your health that inspires you.  Each time I have invited someone to do this simple exercise, they always discover features they didn’t know they had. Simple yet inspiring discoveries like definition in their biceps, or warm expressive eyes.  One client found she had beautiful and shapely calves. Others found they had broad shoulders and a strong, confident stance.

 

Health is not about changing you, it is about developing, accentuating and loving what’s already there. Health is creating habits and the mastery to become more of what is already beautiful about you.

 

As you set your goals, I invite you to cast a vision for yourself. What would you like to see in six months? Look at yourself and begin to see what’s possible.  Look for your potential. Look for the beauty and I guarantee you will find it.  I am forever grateful for the day I stood in the mirror with Mr. Winston Roberts.  He taught me what you focus on you will always find. More importantly, what you focus on you will most often become.

 

What you commit to finding on your health journey will determine who you become. If you are ready to learn the steps I took to develop my self-love, self-care and self-respect and truly focus on what’s possible… and achieve it, join me at the Fit Fab and Fulfilled Freedom Retreat. This is one week at a tropical location where we develop new rituals and routines designed to embrace your uniqueness and build a plan to achieve your goals. Enjoy the journey.

 

Suzan Hart is an inspirational speaker, master trainer and author. Knowing that Health plus wealth creates freedom, Suzan’s mindset mastery teaches hardworking, result driven, busy professionals and entrepreneurs, who secretly feel isolated, overworked and underpaid, to honour their commitment to get fit, feel fabulous, and ultimately live a rich and fulfilled life. Suzan’s desire is for you to be unapologetically recognized for your value, financially rewarded for your brilliance, and celebrated for the fullest expression of yourself. Suzan Hart went from physically exhausted and financially upside down to become a Black Woman Millionaire. She is the creator of the Fit, Fab and Fulfilled program. To book Suzan to speak visit www.suzanhart.com.

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