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Sid’s Sense- What a 7-year-old Learned in Vegas

Shouldn't a 7-year-old be taught what NOT to do in Las Vegas?!

[If you read Part III of Sid’s Sense, you already know to beware of assumptions!]

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The Velvet Booth 

I learned powerful lessons in Vegas and it wasn’t how to shoot craps. I’m 7 years old. Too young to fully comprehend or appreciate the magnitude of these once in a lifetime experiences.  Nevertheless, the lessons remain with me to this day. Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Part III

Using weighted balls

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A weighted ball, from 2 to 8 pounds, is an excellent tool to make core strength training more challenging.  It adds weight to the exercise but also involves balance and coordination.  I suggest using a regular weighted ball with no handles except for the last exercise listed where I recommend a heavier ball with handles. Read more

America’s Mind Plague- Excuse Revolution!

Which plague is holding you back?

View Part I of this 2 part series, America’s Mind Plague- Excuses.

“I’m too busy.”

If being healthy is your priority, then time isn’t an issue. Time for other tasks is the challenge. If you don’t have time to work out, look at your priorities first before addressing anything else. Be honest. Only grief will come from a false priority list. Read more

Sid’s Sense- Let’s Make a Deal: The Empowered Negotiator

Negotiation is a process that requires a mindset, tools, and a defineable goal.

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The Mindset of the Negotiator  

The 3 key “negotions” (a term I coined to mean specific “emotions” in a negotiation):

Sincerity.  Nothing, I mean nothing, is more important in a negotiation than sincerity.  When you are sincere, you are believable.  You build trust.  You are not out to hurt or harm but to reach a goal.  You create an aura of team spirit with a win-win mentality.

Enthusiasm.  “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Act with enthusiasm.  Exude passion.  Show conviction.

Urgency.  Don’t waste time.  Strike while the iron is hot.  Urgency IS an emotion.  It is heard in your voice.  If you don’t think urgency affects outcomes, look at what happens after the 2 minute warning in a football game when the losing team is down by 2 points. Read more

America’s Mind Plague- Excuses

Your excuses are legitimate. Now let's go work out.

The number one reason we have an obesity epidemic is because we make excuses under the guise of being busy, flexible, in crisis, skeptical, cynical, physically unable, too old, and selfless.  Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Bunches of Crunches

Crunches have gotten a bad wrap, not all of which is deserved.

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Most trainers think crunches are a waste of time and have no functional benefit in our daily lives. They are correct. So why do I still do them? Read more

ABsolutely Core Crazed- Working Your Center

Core strength is the most important.

I am often asked how I work my core.  This is the area I feel most comfortable helping others.  This 6 part series is based solely on my personal experience and results that have worked best for me. Consult a professional trainer to modify these exercises to best suit you.

I read that you have to do 250,000 crunches to burn one pound of fat!  Remove a few zeros and you might struggle to lose a few ounces.  No wonder we give up before we start! Read more

Sid’s Sense- Persistence & Phone Power: The Magic Bullets

The shortest distance between two points is a phone line.

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You may want to take a seat for this one.  Two stories to demonstrate the magic bullets in action.  The first will amaze you.  The second will pause the action to illustrate specific techniques you can use to make the phone one of the most useful tools in your own life.

Sid makes a person-to-person call to the Pope in Rome

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Sid’s Sense- Getting Results

Success doesn't occur in a vacuum. To lead a FIT life, you must know how to handle people.

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Beware of the tyranny of assumptions  

How many legs on a table?  If you’re like most people, you immediately think four.  We make assumptions based on experience, perception, intuition, and signals.  Assumptions are useful and help us cut to the chase. Read more

The Enormous Power of Questions- Self Sabotage

You are your own worst enemy.

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Just as the right questions lead us to positive results, the wrong questions will lead you to inaction, steer you away from your goals, and destroy your self image.

Here are some good examples of self sabotage at work. Read more