“I’ve worn all the hats…worked up the ranks…started with grassroots gorilla marketing…”
“Fitness is a conduit to a spiritual awakening…unity, diversity, acceptance, tolerance…” - Carol Scott
The Two Fit Crazies and a Microphone Podcast welcomes a true fitness professional and fitness legend by the name of Carol Scott. On today’s episode, Carol joins the Fit Crazies from her home in the Hamptons to shed some light on how she was able to climb the ranks in the fitness industry and found ECA, the East Coast Alliance, later known as ECA World Fitness Alliance. Carol also talks about how she created the East Coach Instructor Training School based on the growing need to train, certify, and place fitness professionals in positions where they could best serve others. In addition, Carol discusses the impact that athletics and strong mentors like former Olympian, WNBA star and now professional coach, Nancy Lieberman, had on developing her resilient mindset at an early age. Carol, who is not shy about being inspired by STAR TREK’s Captain Kirk and his ability to “boldly go where no one has gone before” has no plans on slowing down. Seeing fitness as “a conduit to spiritual awakenings, unity, diversity, acceptance, tolerance, citizenship,” Carol’s predictions for the future of the fitness industry and her plans to build the Fitness Instructor Guild are unparalleled.
Grab a pen and get ready to take some notes!
Stay Healthy and Stay Crazie!
Christine and Brian
Feeling down? More depressed and anxious? How can we not given the environment and times we live in right now?
I know you hear this a lot from me ... but I really feel strongly about it and I feel it is being exasperated by the pandemic .. and that's think less about yourself and more about others. There are many keys to happiness and one of them is connection. This has now become especially hard with the pandemic as we are forced into quarantine and limited in our social options. We NEED interaction, we need connection, we need other people. We are social creatures, we need our tribe. When we only focus on self help, self improvement, acquisition of material wealth and goods, we will not become happy. Those pathways actually lead to more depression and anxiety. Ir is when we step outside ourselves and engage and help others, we lift ourselves up and it actually makes us happier. The political divisiveness and the ways we use social media now, more as superficial P.R. pages showcasing a “look at me” mentality instead of genuine connection, has lead to an even greater contributor to alienation and pushes us away from each other, when really we need just the opposite. If we truly want to heal ourselves and our communities, we need to increase our focus outward. Not only for altruistic reasons, but for our own happiness and well being. So, if you are truly looking for self improvement and to increase your happiness? Then stop focusing on yourself and help someone else, engage and communicate, connect with others .. Use social media for conversation, connection, friendship, and helping others feel better and cope. Change your focus away from yourself and toward lifting someone up instead. Take the focus away from “ME” and put it to “WE”. The quickest way to feel good about your self is to focus on others. We thrive when we bond with others. We are a communal species and need interaction. The quickest way to feel better about yourself, is to help someone else. We need purpose, belonging, attachment and value. Start today and see if you don’t feel less anxious and alone. It works.
It’s late at night and the house is really quiet .. it’s in this space that my thoughts run through my head as I look to have some clarity, insight and revelations. Even better, is in the bath with the water as hot as I can stand it. I can go into a state of meditation and look into my soul. Try and understand yourself, look deep, ask why and don’t be afraid of what you find. There are demons in there and saints and we need to be able to see them both and not judge ourselves too harshly. When you can really know yourself, you will be liberated, free and knowing and it will give you power, confidence, strength, humility, empathy and compassion. We ALL have these demons and saints that live inside us. We just need to forgive ourselves and everyone else because they are natural and make us who we are, the bad and the good, the Ying and Yang sometimes it serves us well, other times, we make mistakes and pay the consequences. All of it shapes us into who we are and why. Forgive yourself, love yourself you are truly remarkable and deserving of respect. No one is any better than anyone else so be kind to others and demand others treat you well. You don’t even have to say anything, they will know .. they will feel it from you, emanating from your attitude and how you carry yourself. That was my secret, why no one ever messed with me and I was always treated with respect by all.. I believed and loved myself, I had confidence and self worth and it could be felt by others so they knew, they had to respect me too. It’s important. So work on it. T isn’t easy to stare yourself down, there are some pretty scary things we think about and have going on inside us. No worries though, it’s what we act on that counts. That is what will define you, your actions.
Do you ever feel like an outsider at your place of business? Something’s just not right? Maybe you don’t understand or feel like you fit in with the corporate culture of the brand? Are you struggling to understand their mission and point of view? Does your code of ethics differ from theirs? or your style? Or maybe your creativity is being stifled or you are not being recognized or promoted or you are not being offered opportunities or raises? Is there a clear path for advancement at your present place of employment? Are you receiving the compensation and benefits you need and want? These are all signs you may be in the wrong place!
Sometimes we think we align with a brand, or we want to; but we really don’t. That little nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach is your gut telling you that indeed, you are in the wrong place.
You shouldn’t feel like you are constantly swimming upstream, or being passed over. Your job, your career is where you spend a large part of your life and it should be a place you enjoy, you are passionate about, and you are successful at.
We have learned to ignore our gut. We don’t trust it when the little hairs on the back of our neck stand up. In reality, these are warnings, our subconscious acknowledging what our conscious doesn’t want to admit.
Pay attention and trust your gut, follow your heart! Don’t be afraid to leave a place or position that is making you unhappy or unfulfilled. Now, more than ever there are more choices to excel, thrive, and flourish. Your career should be a passion play, something that excites and inspires you. We don’t always know what that is, but we sure do know when it isn’t!
Start to listen to your inner voice, and face your fear. You are NOT STUCK! If a company or management doesn’t see your potential, move on! You are wasting their time and more importantly; yours.
Enjoying what you do and where is essential for your happiness and wellness! There ARE opportunities out there waiting for you. Sometimes you must leave a space to find a better one!
To help access whether you are in the right place, try answering the following questions?
1) Are you happy and excited to go to work?
2) Are you being compensated appropriately?
3) Are there clear pathways for advancement and growth?
4) Are you stimulated and being challenged?
5) Are there educational or training opportunities?
6) Are you being recognized and rewarded for your efforts?
7) What happens if you get sick or injured?
8) Do you have job security?
9) Is there flexibility in the workplace if you need time off or have a problem arise?
10) Is there someone who advocates for you?
11) Do you like and bond with your fellow employees and management?
12) Are you proud of where you work?
These are but a few essential questions you need to answer to begin to understand if the company you are with is the right choice for you. Health, wealth and happiness all go hand in hand and when you make a career choice, they all have to be taken into account.
People are unhappy, unfulfilled and lack purpose when they are not stimulated, part of something larger than themselves or when their needs are going unmet. If too many demands are placed on you without proper compensation or recognition, stress is the obvious outcome. Depression, stress, lower self esteem and boredom can set in when you are in the wrong place or position, creating an unhealthy and unwell environment.
I believe this is a situation possibly facing too many of us, and important enough to warrant more action than just this article.
I am currently putting together a first Conscious Body Consulting/ F.I.G. event: An “industry conversation”; a more in-depth, live event to address career options and opportunities that are available. The program will discuss and offer real suggestions and opportunities. We will discuss career, and job opportunities, what the workplace looks like, career moves, how to make more money, auxillary ancillary ways to increase your income and more! You will also be able to experience a handful of wellness modalities to recharge and restore your body, something every fitness and wellness professional needs to make time for and enjoy!
If this is of interest to you? Send me an email indicating your interest and I will send you an invite. If this is something you think would be good for someone you know? SHARE IT!
Send your email to : email@example.com and let’s spend some time and effort to get you working in the career of your dreams and feeling passionate and excited about going to work every day!
It's no secret that wellness is the new "Black". We are evolving as an industry and population and awakening to the facts that our health and well being are just as important as our body and profile. Stress and inflamation, lifestyle diseases, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, anxiety, and burn out are growing out of control. Our environment is under constant assault as is the food we buy and consume. Myths and misconceptions abound limiting people's ability to make healthy and educated decisions. F.I.G. takes a look at programs that aid us in providing a more holistic and sustainable model of wellness and fitness for us and our clients.
The next wave is coming and it is a more gentler and understanding approach to healing and building our bodies, mind, and soul. We want happier and healthier lives but we need the proper information and tools to make it happen. Meditation, recovery, stretching and flexibility, mindfulness and joy are all essential components along with proper and healthful nutrition and exercise. There has never been more variety and choice for this to happen. We intend to lead this wave like a world champion surfer!
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