Inspiration vs. Motivation

March 4, 2010 - Leave a Response

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I’m not sure how many times someone has asked me where I get the motivation to keep on going and to have released so much excess body fat.  More than a couple, for sure.  My response is always the same.  Motivation is great to get you through a particularly tough moment in time.  I’ve heard it called temporary emotional fuel….temporary.   The problem comes in when we demand that our endeavors at self-improvement are propelled by nothing more than motivation and will power.  Eventually, it runs out.  It was never intended to last forever.  Motivation is something that comes from something external, like someone getting you pumped up to try harder or some event that you want to excel at or ages ago, perhaps a saber tooth tiger trying to eat you.  It works very well, but when you take away the external stimulus, the motivation usually wanes.

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A Secret Ingredient to Effortless Ease

February 18, 2010 - 4 Responses

Ever wonder why some people seem to get amazing things done with what seems like no effort at all?  Do you know anyone who day in and day out gets out there and does the things that perhaps we wish we were driven to do?  Maybe it’s exercise, hard work, dedication to practice or helping others.  Well, I have found there are many components that go into living an inspired life and achieving your goals with effortless ease, but there is one that in my mind sticks out head and shoulders above the rest.  To me, for this there is just no substitute for and it’s one of the main reasons I get up every morning…… Read the rest of this entry »

The Pendulum

February 8, 2010 - One Response

The Zen of pendulum swingingEver feel like you’re trying too hard but not sustaining the results you desire?  There’s a very good reason for that.  Quite often in life we tend to go all or nothing and thus goes the swinging of the pendulum.  I found in the past when I would try to “diet” that I would be so strict and exercise so intensely that after several weeks I would inevitably burn out and ultimately quit.  I would have drug my metabolism so low that when I reintroduced the no-so-healthy foods back into my life, I would gain all the weight right back and then some.  Now, as Forrest Gump says, “I am not a smart man….” but I do know this is no way to release weight. Read the rest of this entry »

One Brick at a Time

January 30, 2010 - Leave a Response

Often in life when we are presented with a large daunting task, it is easy to get so overwhelmed that we end up doing nothing.  I remember I felt a like this when I was very overweight.  It seemed to me that being a normal weight was so far away and so unrealistic that what good would making one good choice right now do.  Of course, this is thinking that will have to be overcome to ever accomplish the bigger things in life.

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The Truth about Will Smith

January 22, 2010 - 2 Responses

Now here’s a man, very accomplished and highly respected by anyone’s standards, who has figured some things out in life, at an early age.  Will Smith goes on to tell how to get what you want in life, be it physical, emotional or spiritual.  He unlocks the secrets to his success and exposes them for all to see.  Listen and learn.

The qualities spoken of resonate with the Six Simple Truths.  As Will puts it,

“The truth is the only thing that is ever going to be constant.”

He has guided his life with it and uses these principles to help mankind.

Will, the world is a better place for having you.  You are in inspirational leader.  My hat is off to you, sir.

Namaste,

Nealon Hightower

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Overeaters Anonymous Turns 50

January 19, 2010 - 4 Responses

It was 50 years ago today that Rozanne S. and two other women got together for the first time an started Overeater’s Anonymous.

Based on a traditional 12 step program like AA, OA utilizes the same steps but applies them to eating disorders, including overeating, anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.  One can go to the OA website and find a meeting almost anywhere, almost anytime and there will be an entire community of people there to assist you with similar type problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Compassion for Haiti

January 17, 2010 - Leave a Response

Part of our personal growth as human beings is to recognize and help those in need.  It can sometimes be easy to get wrapped up in our personal lives and our personal problems that they seem larger than life.  One never need look very far to see someone in greater need with larger problems.

As the death toll rises in Haiti and there are literally countless numbers of people who are in desperate need of help, it would do our entire planet well to take a moment to give what we can to help those in need.

The White House has set up a relief fund that makes it easy to contribute.  For more information, you may visit the White House online.

Below are some quick and easy ways they have set up to help.

Donate

Remember, part of your transformational journey is to give back to your fellow man.  I can think of no better time.

May the love in your heart light up the darkness.

Namaste,

Nealon Hightower

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Listen to Your Heart

January 7, 2010 - 2 Responses

What you want, wants you.

I believe there comes a time in everyone’s life when they become unclear on what to do next or where to begin or how to get what you want. I think what even more people question is, “What do I want?” And though these questions have been pondered by nearly everyone that has walked the earth, even to this day and age, with all the information at our fingertips and vast knowledge available to us, it would seem we are no closer to these answers than we’ve ever been.

There is a simple answer. Read the rest of this entry »

New Years Resolutions

December 30, 2009 - 4 Responses

Henry says, "Get to work on your intentions!"

For anyone interested in starting off the year with a bang, if you’re in the Atlanta area, come run with me on January 1st for the 2010 Resolution Run Event, 5k, 10k or 1 mile Run for Fun and Tiny Trot.

click here for directions

This is a first for me, to start my new year this way, but what have you got to lose?……right.

Ah yes, New Years and it’s resolutions are finally here again.  What’s it going to be this year?  I remember when I started my journey to physical well being, I came to a realization that I didn’t need another list of goals that I may or may not have reached.  What I needed was to set my intentions not on what I was going to do in January, but how I was going to live my life from this point forward.  And so, that is what I did.  I wrote down these six intentions that go along with the Six Simple Truths. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Great Life Lessons

December 28, 2009 - 2 Responses

My father and dear friend, Fred Hightower, Jr. passed last week after a two-year long bout with cancer.  We had a service for him at which I spoke to say a few words to honor his life.  There were many things that I learned from my father and he was my biggest fan and supporter for my book and my blog and my endeavors to help people live a healthier life.  I want to share briefly some of those things my father’s life taught me. Read the rest of this entry »