Every day you wake up is another opportunity to pursue your dreams and begin something new. So follow your heart and make great choices everyone – always – and no doubt heed the words of our President Barack Obama, “Choose to listen not to your doubts and fears, but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations.”
A special thanks to my photographer Dana Patrick for these amazing new pics. Have an awesome day, and whatever you do, remember to get your workout in!
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:
Created my unique style of Tola Yoga after 10 years of teaching 2k classes & 25k students,
Produced the original Reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous,
Celebrated 50 years of fitness – 40 years of weightlifting plus over 10 years of Yoga,
Celebrated 10 years as an Entertainer/Producer and Yoga Teacher (and Yogatainer),
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
Summer’s over and you’re back in the groove while sportively enjoying the August-like weather.
Now what? How about making the first day of Autumn a great time for a change. A simple change, one that involves deleting a bad habit from your daily repertoire. It doesn’t have to be a major lifestyle change, i.e., quit smoking cigarettes or partying every weekend. Although that would be awesome if you could – which you definitely can, no worries, just pick an easy one like replacing your lunchtime soda with water, or stop eating bread and butter before your meal.
Easier said then done, you might say, but that’s BS…because you can do anything you set your mind to. So make it a cleansing Fall everyone, and drop bad habits like acorns from an oak tree!
Tola Talks about Google’s Eric Schmidt saying “the internet will disappear“, former college athletes suing because they didn’t get educated, and it’s Fitness Friday so get clued-in with some proper gym etiquette. Plus, a celebrity shout-out to the star of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, Bradley Cooper. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. Social: @richtola
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.
Tola Talks about two new weight loss products plus reviews TIME magazine’s Top 10 Gadgets of 2014. Rich also gives a special RIP shout-out to his Aunt Joanie, who passed away peacefully last night. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. All social: @richtola
This episode is all about having success with two sides of the same coin: Making the Best of your two key Senses, sight and hearing, plus doing whatever you can to Learn from the Best. With a healthy dose of inspiration from a true hero and prolific author/activist, Hellen Keller.