I've gotten good feedback on this particular blog in other locations that I've blogged in the past... so, I thought I'd post it here on Chicago Now for the first time.  I hope you enjoy reading it as others have!  I surely enjoyed writing it.



There is no secret ingredient...

There is no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness.

the other day I re-watched KUNG FU PANDA. I originally went to see this
movie, frankly, because I love pandas and this movie starred a panda.
However, the movie has a deeper meaning that can be applied to so many
things, and not just to becoming a great ninja warrior.

Mr. Ping: The secret ingredient is... nothing!
Po: Huh?
Mr. Ping: You heard me. Nothing! There is no secret ingredient.
Po: Wait, wait... it's just plain old noodle soup? You don't add some kind of special sauce or something?
Mr. Ping: Don't have to. To make something special you just have to believe it's special.
Po: There is no secret ingredient...

That's right... there IS no secret ingredient.

can't tell you how many times I see people comment on other people who
have been successful. They comment about how that could never be them
because that person who IS successful contains special qualities that
helped them get that way. You know what, though? THERE IS NO SECRET
INGREDIENT! People are successful because of hard work and dedication.
People who achieve their dreams do not just sit back and wait for their
dreams to fall into their laps... they pursue them with never ending

In regards to fitness, some people may look at success
stories and think, "Well, they probably have their eating under
control. They are lucky because they don't get cravings like I do. That
could never be me." You know what, though? I haven't met a single
successful person who doesn't have weakness that they've had to
overcome to gain success. The key is identifying your weakness and then
planning on how you are going to overcome them. You CAN overcome your
weaknesses and achieve your wildest dreams!

Don't let fear of
inadequacy stop you from anything! Whether your dream is health,
fitness, prosperity, freedom... you CAN and WILL achieve it if you
believe in yourself and work for it!

You just need to believe that YOU ARE SPECIAL!

Say it to yourself... "I CAN, I WILL!"

blame your flaws or your genetics for any failures in life... instead,
if you fail, learn from it, and move on! Failures are GREAT tools for
teaching us in the areas that we need practice. We NEED failure in
order to grow! "Fail your way to success" (Les Brown)!

So, Dragon Warriors... are you going to succeed? I CAN, I WILL!

BE a Dragon Warrior in your own life, believe in yourself, and you ARE extraordinary!



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  • You're right. I had family last Sunday asking what my secret was. Nothing...just hard work, determination and discipline- lather, rinse, repeat.

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