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The Power of One

Never underestimate the power of your thoughts, and without question, never ever underestimate The Power of One.

For the third time in 20 years I’m reading Bryce Courtenay’s , The Power of One. An amazing tale of a young boy’s travels and heartfelt metamorphosis – not to mention his spiritual influence on everyone he meets – that’s “part Charles Dickens, part Horatio Alger”, as described by the Raleigh News & Observer. More specifically, this magical journey filled with heartache and pure elation inspires anyone really listening to its deep-rooted message…to always listen to yourself and believe in the power of one:  one idea, one heart, one mind, one plan, one determination.

Before I leave you with a paragraph from the novel that rings true no matter what your occupation or calling, take time to reflect on 2016 and set your thoughts on an even better 2017! Mine was quite amazing, with several milestones that set the course for my one idea:

  1. Created my unique style of Tola Yoga after 10 years of teaching 2k classes & 25k students,
  2. Produced the original Reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous,
  3. Celebrated 50 years of fitness – 40 years of weightlifting plus over 10 years of Yoga,
  4. Celebrated 10 years as an Entertainer/Producer and Yoga Teacher (and Yogatainer),
  5. Lived in three amazing cities: Chicago, Las Vegas and Seattle (love it here!)

And whatever your goals are for the New Year, remember to respect yourself with a daily fitness program. And just like young Peekay says, dare your courage to follow your thoughts:

“The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete; the body is simply the means it uses to run faster or longer, jump higher, shoot straighter, kick better, swim harder, hit further, or box better. Hoppie’s dictum to me, “First with the head and then with the heart,” was more than simply mixing brains with guts. It meant thinking well beyond the powers of normal concentration and then daring your courage to follow your thoughts.”

Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone! Peace – R

Tola Talks Alaska Goes to Pot & the ‘Kingsman’

Tola Talks a reversal of fortune with the Get Your S#!T Together Award, because Alaska has its S#!T together as the 3rd state in the US to legalize marijuana. Plus, check-out Tola’s Top 10 Reasons to Go to the Movies. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks and all Social: @richtola

Tola Talks Top 10 Ways to Workout with a Stool

Tola Talks about the best exercises you can do using a stool…with clips from his Stay Zen web series on exactly how to do them. So don’t be a stooly and check-out the Top 10 Ways to Workout with a Stool. Plus special shout-outs to Lady Gaga and all the Fifty Shades fans.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. Social: @richtola

Tola Talks Psychopaths, Bodies in Suitcases & The Godfather

Tola Talks about the new Justin Bieber video, the suitcase in San Francisco carrying body parts, the cheating Jockey using an electric shock device, and it’s Throwback Thursday so Rich takes us back to the highlights of 1973 – including the great racehorse Secretariat & The Godfather.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks

Tola Talks Zipper Medians & Top 10 Quotes by Pope Francis

Tola Talks about the New England Patriots Vince Wilfork lending a helping hand, shark attacks in Australia and zipper medians on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. On Top 10 Tuesday, Rich also gives us the the Top 10 Quotes by Pope Francis.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. All social: @richtola

Tola Talks 2014 & the Top 10 Movies of the Year

Tola Talks about Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, the US Congress and raising the minimum wage, shark attacks in Australia, teenagers crashing in older and smaller cars, and a 1967 Ford Mustang recovered after being stolen 28 years ago. On Top 10 Tuesday, Rich also gives us his Top 10 Movies of the Year. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. Follow on all Social: @richtola

Tola Talks Free Cuba, US Army Blimps & TBT 2012

Tola Talks about hacker terrorists and the canceling of comedy, The Interview, US Army blimps over Washington, DC, and President Obama opening relations with Cuba. On Throwback Thursday, Rich also takes us a short ways back to 2012. Weekdays: youtube.com/tolatalks.