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Hope is what keeps you going by pulling your dreams within reach. Many people are close to giving up hope and never achieving their health, wellness, and financial goals. But what if you could lose weight, get stronger, and start a career that you love?

My dream is to fulfill your dreams by inspiring you to improve your health through better nutrition and enhance your finances by starting a home-based business, allowing for fun challenges and residual income.

How would you like to change your life while assisting those around you? If you are serious and ready to commit, I will use my expertise as a professional health and wellness coach, along with my experience as a personal trainer, to help you reach for your goals. There are no limits to what you can achieve!

Every journey begins with a single step. Are you ready to take that step? Are you ready to change your life forever?

I am here for you! Together, we will!

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Three Reasons Why You Owe it to Yourself to Take on a New Career Challenge

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With a history in serving clients as both a personal and fitness coach, I have found that burnout is among one of the most common problems we face in life. Whether one has hit a plateau in his or her weight loss plan or has become exhausted with a career, it can be depressing to live with these challenges day in and day out. Fortunately, I have found that there is an easy way to break away from these roadblocks—you simply have to adopt a new perspective.

When it comes to experiencing frustration, disappointment or boredom in a career, chances are you are not on the right professional path; you should do what makes you happy, not just something that provides you with a paycheck to survive. As such, I would like to encourage everyone who is dissatisfied with their career to consider why they deserve making a change in where their professional development is headed. Here are three top reasons why:

  • You Deserve to Indulge Your Passions

If you are bored in your career, it is not because you are unskilled or apathetic about being a professional; you may just need to find a job that excites you. If you want to make a change in your career, think about the aspects of life that excite you the most. For instance, if you enjoy health and wellness, you may find that a career in nutrition or fitness is the right area for you. If you are a natural-born leader who likes to bring about positive change in other people’s lives, than you may benefit from looking for a job opportunity that involves management, interpersonal communication or creative input.

  • You Deserve Financial Freedom

Like I mentioned above, the need to receive a regular paycheck keeps many of us locked in jobs that we would not choose if there was no need for regular income. While it is unlikely that financial needs will disappear, making a career change can help you get on a path toward greater financial independence. Consider the skills you have and the skills you are not using and start looking at career opportunities that may pay you more to put them to use.

Breaking away from a job can be a scary experience, but if you have confidence and dedicate yourself toward a new financial goal, you will find motivation to push forward in your professional development. As you stay focused on new career goals and increase your earning potential, you may find that greater paychecks and financial stability arrive more quickly than you anticipated!

  • You Deserve to Be Happy

It seems that achieving a work-life balance is something that many people I know struggle with; some even think that such stability is a myth. It is true that our work lives have increasingly become a part of our personal lives, making it hard to define the line between them. As a result, individuals who are unhappy in their jobs are likely to be less happy at home and in their relationships. By making a career change and searching for new opportunities, you invest in improving your profession and your income. However, you also invest in your personal relationships and becoming the person you truly are.

Start a New Career Path with Me

If you believe you deserve all those things I just mentioned, you may be thinking, “Rachel, that sounds great, but there are no real opportunities out there to improve my career!” I hear this a lot, and I have found an excellent solution to help many professionals take on a new direction in how they live and work.

By joining my growing Isagenix team you will have the ability to earn extra income—possibly enough to break away from your full-time job and even gain greater financial independence. Those who work with me have found that they truly enjoy representing solutions that are aimed at improving the lives of others and advocate healthy living. As a result, my team members have said goodbye to financial pressure, stress and time constraints in their daily life to take part in a life-changing opportunity to build health and wealth.

If you want to learn more about this opportunity and how I can help you secure a path toward greater career independence, contact me today at rachel@wellnessridge.com or 704-819-3054.

Ways to Gain with the Summer 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge

Summer has only just begun, and I’m excited to get in the spirit of the season with another 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge. This popular initiative has helped many of my clients get on their way to achieving—or surpassing­—their weight loss goals, and now is your chance to get in on the action to get in shape, win cash prizes and develop a more balanced, healthier lifestyle. The challenge begins July 14—so get ready!

If you have been looking for motivation to start pursuing improved health and nutrition, here are a few ways this 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge can reset your intention:

  • Size Down for Swimsuit Season

Though 30 days may seem like a long time to adhere to a new routine, with focus the month will fly by. Since this challenge begins July 14, you can see dramatic improvements in your appearance by mid-August—a perfect time to rock a new and improved summer body!

  • Motivate Yourself to Get Outdoors

While the 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge is aided by meal replacement and other natural health products by Isagenix, it is also amplified by my coaching to help you reach further to attain your goal. Many of my previous participants have not only embraced new dietary habits, but have pursued exciting ways to enjoy fitness. With summer making the outdoors a welcoming environment for recreational activities, the options to lose weight in the sun—such as swimming, hiking or outdoor yoga—are endless!

  • Develop a Greater Balance in Life

Since eating is something that we have to do every day, we forget that the dietary choices we make are just that—choices. The 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge follows a unique system to help participants pay more attention to what they are choosing for meals and learn what dietary choices are healthy. By following the structure provided by the challenge, many can discover how easy it is to plan healthy meals and fitness routines and still find time to enjoy every other part of life. Better yet, many of those who engage in improved diet and fitness will experience reduced stress and a higher quality of life.

How This Weight Loss Challenge is Different

The 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge is a very unique system that is very easy to start and follow. Here are a few ways this weight loss system is much different than others you may have tried:

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  • Starting is Easy and Affordable

Entering the challenge is free. You only have to purchase the 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System designed by Isagenix. This system replaces two meals a day, making it easier to plan your diet and avoid hunger throughout the day. Best of all, entering the challenge means you will have the benefit of my unique coaching solutions to help you make the most of this program and follow a routine that works for your goals.

  • All-Natural Solutions

Unlike many other weight loss products on the market, the 30-Day System used in this challenge is all organic and gluten-free. If you already have dietary restrictions or are aiming to adopt a less-processed diet, this system is a perfect way to start and get ahead!

  • Meal Coaching

As mentioned above, I will provide coaching to help you along the 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge. This includes helpful guidance on how to prepare your third meal of the day and make food choices that are aligned with your weight loss goals.

  • Cash Prizes

Of course, participating in the weight loss challenge provides the greatest reward there is: renewed health. However, to encourage a healthy spirit of competition, this challenge will offer cash prize rewards to those who excel and push the hardest to attain their weight loss goal.

For more information on how to sign up for the 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge, as well as insight on Isagenix products, please contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com. Remember, the start date is July 14, so act fast!

Youthful Summer Skin – How You Can Prevent Aging this Season

Summer is certainly a season that is associated with fun activities and healthy living, but it can also be a time when many of us reflect on body image and self-worth. As people dress down for the warm weather, we’re confronted with skimpy bikinis, smooth stomachs, bold muscles and youthful-looking tan skin. After a while, many middle-aged men and women may start to wonder: Have I lost my youth? Can I get it back? Can I stop aging?

If you’ve been worrying about aging and want to embrace greater steps to youth, the summer is the perfect time to start. Not only is this a season when you can enjoy outdoor fitness to get your body into better shape, but it’s also a time when you can relish in healthy, all-natural foods that can make for an improved diet. While these standard tips help improve the inside of our bodies, it is also important to take action to defend against aging and skin cancer through proper use of sunscreen.

Know Your Sunscreen

In the summer, many may feel pressured to amplify their tanning so that they can catch up with the other bronzed beauties on the beach. The desire to get out and enjoy the sun is great—as it is an important source of Vitamin D; not to mention that being outside is a perfect way to relax and manage stress. Still, there is such a thing as too much sun—in fact, recent reports have suggested that sunlight can produce effects in the brain that are similar to addiction.

With this in mind, balance is key, so laying out in the sun or repetitive tanning without use of proper skin protection can be extremely dangerous and is well-known to cause skin cancer and premature aging. Whenever you are out in the sun, whether you are tan or not, it is important to make sure you are wearing the proper amount of sunscreen with SPF protection. Typically, it is suggested that people wear at least 30 SPF with both UV-A and UV-B protection.

Here’s one infographic that highlights some updated sunscreen tips:

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Finding the Right Skin Products to Prevent Signs of Aging

While it is essential to understand the basics of proper sunscreen use, many may find that products available in the store are not the right fit for them. Whether they are too greasy, too irritating, smell bad or simply do not work—there are other options out there to not only defend against the sun, but also encourage a youthful appearance. Here are a few of my suggestions:

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Isa SunGuard is an amazing sunscreen that—unlike many other products on the market—is made from all-natural botanical ingredients. What is great about this product is that it is not only optimized to defend against UV-A and UV-B rays, but also utilizes dermatologically-tested elements to promote a more youthful look.

AgelessProtecting skin to prevent wrinkles and signs of aging is one thing, but treating existing lines is a whole different challenge. The Ageless Renewal Serum from Isagenix is one affordable product that can not only save many women from painful procedures to reduce wrinkles, but also develop a more youthful, natural look. This product utilizes an exceptional formula and ingredients designed to work with your body, giving your skin a chance to become firmer, more elastic and moisturized.

RejuviIf you are suffering from dry skin or flaking this summer, this Bamboo Exfoliating Polish is the best way to get a spa-like experience to rejuvenate your look at an affordable cost. Instead of turning to harsh methods to exfoliate your skin, this product is ideal for removing dead skin cells and keeping a smooth look intact.

To learn more about healthy aging solutions perfect for any time of the year, contact me directly at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com. If you are interested in helping others discover natural, healthy ways to age and restore youth, I am also available to discuss a unique career opportunity.

How Summer Travel Can Give You New Perspective in Health & Wellness

Vacation.rOn June 21, we will officially ring in a new season—summer. While summer is typically defined by its laidback and casual activities, many may find that this season can bring much unwanted stress. Whether you are sick of the heat or unsure of how to fill a daily schedule with kids fresh out of school, it is important to embrace this warm season for all its positive benefits. As a proponent of stress management—I believe that this season is particularly advantageous to the mind and body as it is a time when individuals are able travel and really enjoy themselves in a different setting.

Don’t Stress About Summer Vacation

Not every vacation can go smoothly, no matter how much you prepare the kids or lay out an itinerary. That said, the first rule of getting the most out of summer travel is to really let your hair down and enjoy every moment that is offered to you. If you keep this goal in mind, your upcoming vacations can really benefit your mental and physical health, such as by:

  • Getting Your Legs Moving

While a getaway should certainly have time for relaxing—such as on the beach or by the poolside—it is also a great opportunity for exploration. If you are traveling to a foreign location or busy city, you will find that there are many ways to see the sights on foot. Even if you do not have specific plans in place, getting out and walking with your loved ones or by yourself can stimulate every sense.

Many of us forget how essential walking is; we may become exhausted by endless commutes or try to cram fitness into a 30-minute treadmill session. However, walking and taking time to explore a new locale can provide a new perspective on how important it is to get out there and take on the unfamiliar. Apart from the mental clarity a long walk through a foreign locale can provide, the experience may even help you realize that walking is not such a chore—and may be a practice worth taking back home.

  • Indulge in Local Fare

When it comes to summer weight loss goals, many will delve into strict diets and come to lose an interest in exquisite food. However, when you are on vacation—it may not be the best thing to stick to a plain diet. Travelers who eat local cuisine and try foreign flavors will find that while they may be experiencing new foods, they are also avoiding convenient fast foods and processed goods.

The point of trying new foods that come fresh from a different area is gaining a better appreciation for healthy, natural and unprocessed foods. Those who take on the challenge of eating abroad may find that there are more healthy flavors out there than they have yet to enjoy at home.

  • Reconnect—Without Technology

Communication is what makes the human experience so unique; it is how we progress, how we share our thoughts and how we establish personal goals. While modern technology has certainly turned up the communication game, vacationing should be a time when individuals take a break from their computers, tablets and mobile devices.

If you are vacationing to visit relatives—reconnect with them and see where they are at in life; you may learn something. If you are on a family vacation, use the time to create memories with your children and spouse—it will help strengthen your support system that will last a lifetime. If you are traveling alone, you may find that engaging with locals is enlightening and a great way to get a perspective on a whole different way of life. Whatever you do on vacation, do not be afraid to talk; this communication is so important to discovering who we are as individuals and what we want to contribute to the greater global conversation.

Working with the Souvenirs You Bring Home From Vacation

Vacations may not always last forever, but the experience of getting away can leave a positive and lasting impact on all of us if we let it. I have found that in following the suggestions above and really getting to enjoy a vacation, there is immense opportunity to gain a better appreciation for myself and what I want to do with life.

Every individual should have the opportunity to travel and explore their individual freedoms, but those who feel restricted by health or their career may have a different take on this ability. If you are looking for a professional opportunity to not only gain more time to travel—but also travel with other likeminded professionals—my Isagenix team is growing every day. If you would like to learn about this exciting opportunity and how it can expand your mind and independence, please contact me today at rachel@wellnessridge.com or 704-819-3054.

Tips for Pushing through the Plateau

f837d8cd09aa67409f9ea3d42d9cf704Plateaus happen to everyone—no matter how hard one is working toward a goal. After all, what’s a “goal” if there wasn’t a challenge involved? While the obstacles preventing you from achieving a health, personal or financial goal can sometimes be overcome through strategic problem-solving, the plateau is a beast of an entirely different nature. A plateau, simply put, is when we find ourselves making progress and suddenly stop—we do not get any closer to our goal (it seems), but we are not slipping back either.

The problem with plateaus is that many people can interpret this stand-still as a point of failure; it may cause many to give up on chasing their dreams. I have found time and time again that with the proper coaching, positive thinking and stress management strategies, individuals can turn their plateau around into an uplifting situation.

Whether you are not getting that raise you’ve been working hard for or have stopped losing weight in a new fitness-diet regime—I have great news: you can push through the plateau. Here are a few tips to help you get there:

  • Have You Really Hit A Plateau?

One of the most common issues in reaching for a goal is feeling that a plateau is there but it actually isn’t. Simply put, we become used to the pace of progress that we are making.

For instance, an individual who is working toward a weight loss target may feel that while the scale isn’t shedding any numbers, that they are still burning fat; the fat is just turning into muscle. Others who are saving up money may feel that putting small deposits in their accounts is not getting them any closer to a financial objective; however, in truth, they are just getting used to the commitments they have established to achieve said goal.

Before you say you have hit a plateau or a dead end, double check with yourself and look at your progress from a different angle. You may discover that you haven’t plateaued, but have just become more comfortable in working your way toward a goal.

  • Crank It Up

In fitness for instance, you may find that increasing your level of workout difficulty is a way to feel like you are doing more. Others may find that adding more time to a workout is a great way to get over dead-end blues. If you’re working toward a financial goal, consider ways you can cut back on spending or contribute more toward your objective. If you are looking for a career change, start considering different options or put more passion into your work on a daily basis. If you notice yourself making the extra effort in any goal plan, you will feel that plateau starting to push forward.

  • Switch it Out

Weight loss plateaus can be some of the most challenging, as they usually correspond to a strategic plan that can get boring. If you have been following the same diet or same workout routine, consider ways you can spice it up and introduce something new to your plan.

Making a change to your goal plan does not have to be unhealthy; it could just mean making your progress more interesting. If you’re searching for a diverse array of diet products that can make your weight loss journey more interesting, Isagenix has a vast selection of healthy items and a great deal of tips to help you out.

  • Put Your Progress to Work

Many individuals will feel as though they have not achieved anything until they have reached the finish line. However, it is important to recognize any progress on your way to achieving a goal. For instance, if you have lost some weight on your journey to reach a target size, try rocking a new bathing suit or outfit that will accentuate your progress. Not only will this help you visualize your achievement, but also help keep you motivated to achieve more.

Another way to put your progress to work is to pass it on. Finding ways to support others who are also striving for similar goals can also help break up plateaus. Reaching out and offering advice are great ways to not only help others meet their objectives, but also reveal to yourself that you know what you are doing—and doing it well.

Getting Outside Help to Take Your Goal Plan to the Next Level

If you are searching for new inspiration to push through a particular plateau, I can help!

Those who are unhappy with a current weight loss regimen can discover new motivation through the highly successful Isagenix line of products. I can help you find the right selection of items to help you achieve your health and weight loss goals comfortably and in a healthy fashion.

If you are facing a different plateau—that of career—I am also extending an opportunity for those ready to advance their professional independence. Joining my growing team of successful Isagenix partners can help provide you with the resources, support and profession that can help you increase your income, represent a solid line of healthy products and make time for the things you love.

To get started with either of these solutions to break through your personal plateau, please contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com.

Why Your Work May Be Hurting Your Health and How to Fix It

85998I’m quite familiar with the “daily grind” and the many negatives it can bring into life—it is part of the reason why I decided to build a career around the things I love to do, such as helping others achieve goals. If you are in a similar position and feel that your work situation is not the most positive, you shouldn’t have to accept that all work is a bad thing.

Our professional lives can be inspiring and inspire others—and even be incredibly enjoyable. However, to get to that point, it is essential to look at some of the factors that may be making a daily job unsatisfying.

Stress

Stress is something that is hard to escape—but you do not have to settle for it, especially at work. Whether you are finding yourself having to meet tight deadlines, achieve lofty quotas or are simply put through the ringer by your superiors—stressful elements of work are bound to come up. Stress is extremely bad for our health, especially when it is internalized; it is known to cause headaches, hypertension and even contribute to weight gain. While on-the-job stress is natural for most professionals, if you are experiencing anxiety in the office every day, then it may be worth examining the things that cause you stress and how you can resolve them.

Have a talk with your supervisor or your colleagues about the struggles you’re having. If you work in a supportive atmosphere, having open discussions about job pressures can be a great way to relieve the stress. If solutions to stress are not readily available at the office, it is worth pursuing other methods of stress management that can be employed throughout the day. Simply getting out for a walk, practicing yoga or meditating are all great ways to relieve stress. Changing diet—such as by starting the day off with an all-natural breakfast—can also keep stress at bay.

Long Hours

We are all familiar with the “9 to 5” lifestyle, but in the modern age many professionals are finding it hard to detach from work. Individuals who are trying to impress their bosses or take on extra responsibilities may be working extremely long hours that expand into the evening or weekends.

Although the American professional has become extremely adept at squeezing more work hours out of the day, the health consequences may not be worth this extra effort. Working long hours may cause individuals to lose sleep. Lack of proper sleep can harm the body’s immune system and make it difficult for us to restore health on a regular basis. Insufficient sleep on a long-term basis can create serious problems in daily attentiveness and performance. Harvard has even noted that lack of sleep can lead to severe driving accidents—equivalent to drunk driving.

Even if you are able to set aside enough time to sleep properly, it is important to establish a routine that allows for quality sleep. For instance, individuals who lie awake in bed worried about work aren’t really doing anything to improve their mental and physical health.

Disruptive Work-Life Balance

Similar to the trends noted above, work can creep into our personal lives—especially as we become more attached to mobile devices and are unable to break communication with our offices. Without a proper work-life balance, professionals miss out on the opportunity to truly relax after a day of hard work; this can make it difficult for individuals to focus on important relationships and health practices. For instance, individuals who spend more time at work may not foster great relationships with their spouses or children; some may also miss out on the opportunity to exercise on a regular basis.

Opting For Convenient Food

Food is the human source of power; there is no way of getting around that. However, many busy professionals may find that instead of taking time to eat healthy, fresh meals, it is much easier to opt for convenient fast food or processed meals. Individuals who work in offices that cater meals—think workplace pizza parties—may also find it difficult to stick to a healthy diet. There are numerous consequences to indulging in convenient foods on a regular basis, including poor mental health and weight gain.

Fortunately, there are many ways that busy professionals can make small changes to their dietary practices and meal planning to ensure that they eat healthy on a regular basis. While these changes may be hard to make at first, the effort will pay off in the long run, and potentially give you more energy to tackle work with confidence.

Getting Your Health and Independence Back

All of the issues mentioned above can be remedied through constructive lifestyle changes, if you are willing to make them. However, when a job is considered unhealthy on every level—some professionals may feel that they simply have no control over their lifestyle, their health and their financial independence.

If you are searching for a way to live life more comfortably and in a healthy fashion, I have many coaching solutions that can help you achieve success professionally and personally. Those who are ready to leave their unhealthy jobs behind and take on greater independence are invited to join my growing team of self-made professionals. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity to improve your health, lifestyle and independence, please contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com.

Questions to Ask Yourself to Set Goals for the Life You Want

GoalsettingEach day, my clients present me with the challenges they face in trying to reach their health or professional goals. These obstacles can often put progress at a standstill and many may become unmotivated to achieve what they set out for. While obstacles are likely to occur, one of the greatest ways to stay focused on goals is to make sure these objectives are actually geared toward the life you want.

Simply put, if you do not shape goals to achieve the life you wish to have, then you will never get to experience the full level of satisfaction in progressing your health, career and personal life.

So how can you establish the life that will come from the hard work and dedication you put forth in making a lifestyle change? Here are a few questions that can help you better establish an image of what your life can be like:

Why Do I Want to Change?

Why you want to change something in your life—whether it be your personal health or professional success—is one of the most important factors in goal setting. Without a strong motivation to change, many will abandon goals without ever making any steady progress.

While many may want to make changes to improve their relationships with others or strengthen their home life, it is also important to consider how a transition will impact you, on your own. Diving deep to discover what you need to change about yourself and why you want to do so can be tough, but taking the time to consider these factors can make goal setting that much more effective.

What Isn’t Working?

For many individuals, goals can seem lofty and insurmountable—for instance those who aim to lose 100 pounds as a New Year’s resolution. To obtain these kinds of goals, many people will think they have to make dramatic changes that turn their lives upside-down and are ultimately too disruptive to adopt permanently. This is one reason many people end up giving up their weight loss resolutions before January has even ended.

In order to make goals more doable, it is sometimes better to step away from the big picture and assess the smaller things that are not working in life. Go through your daily routine and make a list of the parts of your life that are not working and which are. These lists can help you establish a piece-by-piece goal plan that presents objectives in a much more digestible fashion. In addition, by improving these less-desirable parts of life one step at a time, it is much easier to stay on a path toward progress without feeling like you are lost in the transition.

What Do I Really Enjoy Doing?

We all have our creature comforts—snacking on food, sleeping in, watching TV. While these activities can give us a break from life, they probably do not represent what gives us memorable satisfaction. In order to discover what you want your life to be like, it is essential to analyze the activities that really make a positive impression on us.

Some may find that being creative is what they enjoy, while others may discover they get true rewards from inspiring others. Whatever you enjoy doing—these talents and passions can be applied to the greater picture of whatever you want your life to be like. With a steady plan and coaching, you can be well on your way to doing the things you love to lead the life you want.

How Can I Find Support?

Setting goals may be tough, but setting plans in motion to make sure life changes happen is a completely different battle. I have found that having a strong support team, coach or mentor is one of the best ways to stay on the right track and work through problems when trying to reach for the lives we want.

As a business and personal fitness coach, I am here to help you figure out ways you can make changes in your life and get to where you want to be. Whether you are searching for financial independence or looking to embrace healthy living, I am happy to assist. Please contact me directly at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to learn more about the career opportunities and health solutions I have to offer.

Get Positive about Your Health – It Could Change Everything

r-POSITIVITY-AND-GOOD-HEALTH-large570When it comes to setting a new goal in health—such as in diet or fitness—many want to jump in and start pumping to achieve results. After all, losing weight or getting in shape means having to follow the “no pain, no gain” principle—right?

As a personal trainer, I have found that there is no substitute for making constructive changes in fitness and nutrition; however, I have also come to find that these shifts are not the only things that can help individuals achieve personal health goals. What may be the most important part of achieving a new health goal, living longer and generating greater happiness could all be in our minds.

I’m talking about positive thinking—the concept that as long as you can visualize the results you want to see, you can continue to push yourself through challenges and plateaus to lose weight and improve overall health. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few ways that thinking positively can boost your journey to the next level:

  • Optimize Health Goals with Optimism

When people desire to lose weight, they establish goals that are, more often than not, associated with poor self-image. Whether you loath your body and think you are stuck with it or constantly compare yourself to others in a negative fashion, this type of thinking can really set back your weight loss efforts.

As a result of being negative about weight loss, some individuals may slip back into unhealthy behaviors that are used to cope with mounting depression—such as by indulging in “comfort foods” that are far from nutritional.

Having optimism can help you see your body in a new light—and allow you to appreciate and love it no matter what state it is in. With this newfound self-love, many will find that they have a genuine desire to take care of their bodies and achieve new levels of health, not for others and not for society, but rather for themselves.

  • Research Shows Positive Thinking Has Long-Term Effects on Health

 Positive thinking can help clarify your goals and help you stay focused on losing weight, building muscle mass or simply staying energized. However, it is important to note that learning how to become more positive in general also carries long-term benefits on personal health.

According to research highlighted by the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking is associated with longer lifespans, reduction of depression and stress, improved immunity, heightened coping skills and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Positivity Empowers Healthy Aging

 Aging can be one of the most distressing parts of life—and can even create sweeping feelings of depression in men and women. This depression can result in a greater lack of care for health—whether one indulges in unhealthy diets or abandons regular fitness. In turn, people who age with a negative outlook can end up introducing toxic elements and emotions to their bodies—increasing the possibility for shortened lifespan, stress and wrinkles.

However, a study conducted by the University College of London found that individuals who age with a positive outlook are often able to make more out of their lives. Therefore, the sooner you work to improve your outlook and embrace positive thoughts—the sooner you can improve your aging and the rest of your life!

How to Get Positive

Escaping negativity can be a tough journey for many. In serious cases, it may be necessary to consult with a trusted physician about mounting feelings of depression or anxiety. However, those who are simply struggling with adopting new techniques for positive thinking may want to consider different ways to boost their health.  Here are just a few ways you can get started:

  • Laugh More—Embed Humor into Your Daily Life
  • Socialize with Friends and Family
  • Practice Stress Management through Yoga and Meditation
  • Transition Away from Processed Foods that Can Augment Feelings of Depression and Stress
  • Get Active—Just a Brisk 30-Minute Walk is Known to Change One’s Frame of Mind
  • Work on Improving Communication with Friends, Family and Coworkers

As a professional who has shaped a career out of improving other’s lives—both in health and in business—I have discovered many unique solutions to help enhance positive thinking in my clients. If you are ready to approach a new fitness or business goal through the power of positive thinking—I am ready to assist. Please contact me today at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com.

How Your Thoughts Determine Your Career Success

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Many of us are familiar with some rendition of the popular quote from William Arthur Ward: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” These words may be hard to connect to—especially when our professional lives are rife with obstacles. However, this concept is incredibly powerful and only begins to touch on how the power of our thoughts can influence success in life.

Recognizing the Strength of the Mind

The human mind is incredibly powerful—so potent that scientists, philosophers and other researchers continue to be mystified by what the brain can do. There are many cases where positive thinking has promoted health—and even allowed individuals to overcome debilitating illnesses, such as cancer. In much the same way, our minds and thoughts can heavily influence our success and professional direction—it just takes practice.

Every part of setting and achieving goals requires intense input from the mind; we must think up a goal, plan out a strategy and contemplate our actions before we commit them. While that may seem easy, the human thought process can be easily swayed by negativity. Just think about it—how many times has your own self-doubt prevented you from even trying to reach a new goal in your career?

How Your Thoughts Can Create Career Success

The idea of gaining success through thought can sometimes be complicated—especially for those who are embarking on a new career path. Using our minds to deliver positive results takes many forms—and the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few ways you can start changing your thought process now to influence your personal success:

  • Positivity Produces Passion

“Do what you love and success will follow” is a common mantra followed by executives and other professionals all across the globe. It’s incredibly true. In fact, the success I enjoy today was sparked by getting in touch with my own thoughts and the work I would enjoy doing. With a passion for encouraging individuals to explore health and wellness on several levels, I have expanded into many exciting opportunities. Whether helping individuals find the health products they need to live better, improve stress management or receive life coaching, my work is defined by my passion.

If you have yet to discover what you enjoy most, it is important to start thinking positively. It can be challenging to inject optimism into our minds, but soon it becomes habit. As a result of being positive, anyone can get in touch with the values and skills they really appreciate in their life. These may be the key to unlocking a path to an exciting, rewarding and fulfilling career path.

  • Bad Things Happen—Don’t Dwell on Them

There are many obstacles that we will face in life—these are just part of living a rich existence. However, focusing on these hurdles can be extremely detrimental to our minds and how we find success. With positive thoughts, it can be much easier to face career challenges with confidence.

Whether you are afraid something bad will happen as you pursue success or have already encountered such obstacles along your career journey, it is essential to not dwell on these thoughts. These worries can grow exponentially and cloud judgment, making it much more difficult to get things done and focus on growth.

Mistakes happen. Accidents happen. Bad decisions can be made. But making the effort to not linger on these incidents can dramatically improve your outlook and how quickly you are able to “get back on the horse” in your career.

  • Think About It, Talk About It

Business success is highly dependent on smooth communication and the support we receive from our colleagues. Fortunately, conversation is often influenced by the thoughts that are already on our minds; therefore, if one is thinking positively and focused on career goals, these concepts will naturally flow into discussions.

Talking about our goals and plans with others not only helps keep positive thoughts at the forefront of our minds, but they can also inspire others to join the effort. For instance, if you are thinking about starting a new business, talking about it with others can be a great way to instantly connect to individuals who share a similar interest or may want to help in the journey. If nothing more, connecting with like-minded individuals can be an exceptional strategy to build a support network.

Start Thinking, Start Doing

If you are already thinking positively or know that you want to change your frame of mind, you do not have to do it alone. As a trainer and life coach, I have helped many individuals explore their thoughts to deliver positive results in both health and business. If you are looking for guidance and an opportunity to turn your goals into reality, contact me today at rachel@wellnessridge.com to learn about the unique solutions that I have discovered through my own journey.

Why it Helps to Have Support When You’re Building Success and Where You Can Find It

Building Success

Throughout my upward journey, I have come to recognize an important fact: I would not have come as far as I have if it were not for the support I have received from colleagues, friends and family. Support is such a crucial element to success, no matter what goal one is aiming for.

Whether you are striving to lose weight, restore health or explore options for financial independence, there is a lot of pressure to face when trying to achieve a goal. When it comes to professional success, support is something that is often overlook. Many think: Why would someone who is aiming for independence need the help of others? However, there are many ways having a source of support—such as a team of peers, a mentor, partner or a coach—can help one’s professional dreams become a reality.

If you are a professional looking to launch the next phase of your career or take the next step in a new direction, here are a few reasons why you should not travel the roads alone:

  • Support is a Sounding Board

When you are trying to establish success, you will have a lot of ideas running in your head. Those ideas won’t stop when you reach your definition of “success” either. In fact, you may have more of them.

Ideas are a great thing, especially when you are trying to make your success a personal journey. However, these concepts are only brought to reality through careful deliberation and strategy. As such, it really helps to have others on your side who understand where you are coming from and what your goals are to provide advice on whatever ideas or struggles you are facing.

Having support on hand means being able to put your ideas to the test before you act on them and to express problems before deciding on a solution. While those who provide support do not always have to approve of what is going through your mind, these individuals are instrumental to helping you better think of how certain steps in your career will reflect in both the short and long term.

  • Support Provides Inspiration

While friends and family are always a great source of support, it helps to have those who are working toward similar goals, or working in a similar industry, to be in your corner. Like-minded individuals do not just provide greater insight on what you may be struggling with, but they may also provide inspiration.

When you are slowing down and getting into the groove, a colleague’s new initiative could be just what is needed to motivate you to pick up the pace again. Likewise, a mentor’s career path could illustrate the opportunity you have to succeed, showing that success is possible with hard work and determination.

Simply surrounding yourself with positive people working toward similar goals is a great way to stay focused and keep thought processes flowing. How those who support you solve their own problems is a real opportunity to learn from them and apply similar principles to your own professional challenges.

  • Support is Great to Give

One of the most positive aspects of having supporters at your side is that this relationship does not always have to follow a one-way street. While mentors and colleagues can help you brave career challenges, they may also come to you for support.

Having others come to you is an honor in itself, but helping them solve problems and work through ideas can be incredibly rewarding to your own goals. In many cases, helping others in your support circle can make it easier to solve your own problems. Since many of us will miss out on important details when trying to work through career challenges, navigating others is a great way to recognize similar struggles in your peers. By providing them support, you, in turn, provide support back to yourself.

Finding Support for the Future

Far too often, people believe that success is something they must achieve on their own—something that is only possible when adhering to the concept of a “dog eat dog” world.

Fortunately, I have found that success is even greater when goals are not worked at alone, but worked on with the support of others. In fact, it has been the cornerstone of building my success through my efforts with Isagenix.

Guided by the help provided by my own team and mentor, I have been able to expand my reach and change many lives by providing reliable, health-related solutions. I have learned from my peers and been able to pass on knowledge to others. I have found greater confidence through their positive criticism and problem solving.

If you’re looking for a mentor and a strong support group of like-minded individuals, my team is growing. Aiming to help others amplify their success, I invite you to contact me at rachel@wellnessridge.com or 704-819-3054 about the opportunities you have to change your life and change the world.