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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Even before I became a triathlete, my philosophy on life was that when the going gets tough the tough TRI harder. As a business coach I get to see first-hand that when the going actually does gets tough, most people quit and bail out.  I’ve learned that the only difference between tri and triumph is a little umph!

Swimming AND biking AND running - a triathlon may seem overwhelming at first.   But, so is everything that can make you better, stronger, and more confident. Real life is overwhelming like starting a new business, leaving a job you hate, divorcing a spouse, or speaking in front of thousands of people. That's why people stay in their comfortable boxes, and wake up one day hating the life they created for themselves.

I have a very simple training plan that you can utilize to attack any project.  I hope you can see how easy it is to follow if you just get out of your own way.  This training plan can be used for any big day - whether it be an actual race, a launch of a new product, grand opening of a business, or achieving any goal you put in front of yourself.  Haven’t you wasted enough time?  Besides the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel, this training plan will get you into the best shape of your life, physically and mentally (win-win!). 

Step #1: Put A Date On The Calendar and START NOW

I know this sounds really simple - it is!  My friend asked me to be his swimmer in the biggest US triathlon, where I would have to swim a mile in open water.  I love a good challenge and wouldn't dare say no, so I agreed to swim with over 10,000 other swimmers in the race.  I hadn't swum a mile since high school – 25 years ago.  I circled the date on my calendar and worked backward from there – building up my training day by day and week by week.  On race day, I took a deep breath, forgot about the clock, and just focused on finishing—and I did.

Step #2: Do What You Can Do and Forget About Other People

Here's where it gets a little harder - comparing yourself to others and getting sucked into the competitive game of not measuring up.  I have four jobs (radio talk show host, motivational speaker, author, and business coach) - six if you include being a mother and a wife.  Most of my triathlete friends don't work as much and are single so they are constantly texting me asking me to join in on their morning runs, noon swims, and dinner bike rides.  I couldn’t attend many of these and thus didn’t train as hard as some others - on race day I had to quit competing with others, even though it was a race, and focus on competing with myself.  I dove into that water knowing I did all that I could.

Step #3: Your Body Won’t Go Where Your Mind Doesn’t Push It

Your thoughts are so powerful. If you know you deserve a better life or wish you were fitter you can achieve those wishes.  If you think you are being punished for something you've done in your past or you're destined to be overweight or obese, then you will never reach your goals.  You have to know what you think about, you bring about.  I don't expect any of you to jump into a lake today and swim a mile.  If that's a goal of yours then jump into a pool today and swim a lap.  Just take it from where you are today to what date you have, or should have, circled on your calendar and work back from there. You don't always get what you wish for, but you do get what you work for!

Step #4: Realize That Fear Is Optional  

This doesn't mean that you shouldn't entertain nervousness or anxiety; but I say recognize those emotions and put them to work for you.  Yes, you will be faced with what seem like insurmountable obstacles, but you can't lose heart because the path to success is filled with adversity.  It is the strong who will survive.  Stay strong, be humble, and learn to lean on others for support.  Most importantly get rid of negative, jealous people who want to kill your dreams and goals.  They are toxic and will try to break your will and spirit.  Never let them win.  

I'll be cheering for you at the finish line.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me. That's not true.

The truth is, words do MORE than break your bones. They break your heart.

Isn't it amazing how a few words can change everything? "I want a divorce."

What have you said that's been hurtful? What has your spouse said to you that broke your heart or poisoned your relationship?

In frustration or rage, people say the dumbest things and use the most obscene language. Even if you or your spouse didn't mean to say it, once it's said, the damage is done.

It's like tearing open a down-pillow in a wind storm. You desperately want to get the feathers back, but they're blowing in every direction. Like feathers of a pillow, hurtful words are irretrievable.

That's why it's so important for spouses to learn to control themselves and watch what they say.

You see, there's actually a MARITAL reason you have 2 ears and only 1 mouth. It's because you're supposed to LISTEN twice as much as you talk. Imagine how different your marriage would be if you and your spouse did that.  Why not start playing nice today?

Posted by: Tana AT 08:30 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, 18 July 2014

Here are 4 things that you can let go of that will make you a happier, more peaceful person by the time you hit the sack tonight:

1) Let go of the need to impress others. 

If you're a human being, chances are you care about what other people think of you. 

After all - we are naturally social creatures!

But if you find yourself spending too much of your time, money or energy trying to impress other people and get their approval, you're not being true to YOU.

There's no need to try and be something you're not, because who you are right now is FABULOUS!

Focus instead on living the most authentic version of yourself. 

When you fully embrace who you are and share it with others, you'll find that people will appreciate how REAL you are and will flock to you effortlessly. :)

2) Let go of the need to be right. 

Sometimes when we feel we've been mistreated or misunderstood by someone, we can get caught up into wanting that person to admit they've wronged us.

And we want an apology! 

Or at least acknowledgement that we are right and they're wrong. :)

The problem is that not all human beings see things from the same perspective. In your world, you're right… but in their world, so are they.

There are definitely times where an apology is necessary. 

But most other times, rather than allowing feelings of negativity to take root inside you and start spilling over into other areas of your life, it may be best to ask yourself this:

"Do I want to be right? Or do I want to be happy?"

Often it's just our ego that keeps us holding on to past resentments and upsets. Instead, consider letting go of the desire to be right and you'll find you'll instantly restore happiness and contentment in your life.

3) Let go of the desire to gossip. 

I've heard it said that gossip is just a cheap way to make yourself feel good, and I have to agree. 

We all know that gossiping about other people is… well, not so good. 

But when the people around you are doing it, it can be easy to slip into doing it, too!

Consider though that the quality of your life depends on the quality of the conversations you have.

If you want to live a more fulfilling life, start by embracing the power of your word. Your voice is powerful! And what you have to say makes a difference.

Be committed to having more positive conversations about things that matter… not people… and you'll be surprised how quickly you'll brighten your outlook on life.

4) Let go of the past. 

It's easy to dwell on the past, especially when the future is so unknown! 

Looking to the past can feel safe… we know what has happened and we know what we could do to change things… if only we had the chance. 

The truth is, though, that you never will have the chance to change the past. 

Not unless scientists finally invent a time machine. ;)

Your past has served its purpose - it's brought you to the place you are today and made you the person you are now. And who you are right now is absolutely perfect. 

Be grateful for your experiences, but know that NOW is all you have. So do your best to enjoy each moment. Give yourself the gift of being present!   To your everlasting happiness,

Posted by: Tana AT 09:23 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Are you an inventor or entrepreneur in the Des Moines area thinking about applying for Shark Tank on 7/14? Hire me today to learn the tips and tricks to capture the eye of the casting director, dazzle the panel, and be prepared to perfectly deliver your pitch and seize the one opportunity that could change your life forever! Call me today at 515-707-7580.

Posted by: Tana AT 04:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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