Category Archives: Inspiration

If you want to change your life, take the shot

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I want to share a story from an experience my son learned through basketball. It’s a life lesson for all of us.

Dylan is a 10th-grader playing basketball for his high school team. A few weeks ago, his team was down by two points with time running out. He found the ball in his hands, behind the three-point line, with 5 seconds left on the clock.

Dylan glanced at the basket and chose to pass to his teammate. His teammate shot the ball and missed the bucket. My son’s team lost the game. No big deal, this is part of the experience in playing sports.

Afterward, we had an opportunity to discuss the game. I asked Dylan if his teammate had lost the game for missing the shot. Dylan’s reply, “No sir, not at all.” I then asked if his teammate made the shot, would he have won the game? Dylan’s reply “Absolutely.” I looked at Dylan and told him, “Take the shot”.

One shot doesn’t lose a game, but one shot can win a game.

That’s a lesson in life for all of us. We are all afraid to expose our weaknesses. Are there certain aspects of your life you want to change?

Are you a salesman and want to ask a client for their business? Take the shot. Is there a friend or family member where there is a conflict and a need to rekindle the relationship? Take the shot. Do you need to change your diet and start exercising? Take the shot.

Whatever you are dealing with in your lives — take the shot.

If you never take the shot, then nothing changes and life stays the same. If you take the shot, then it could be a life changer. Even if you miss the shot, you’ve accomplished so much more.  You now have the experience and confidence to take another shot.

Wayne Gretsky, famous hockey player, once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

So, as in basketball and in life, don’t hesitate. Take the shot and fulfill your dreams

Winning in life starts with winning attitude

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are you in need of a pay raise? Is there a specific job opening or a possible promotion within your company? Are there other people in your position applying for the same promotion and you need an edge?

If everyone is equal in production and work ethic, who would you hire? The person who dresses sloppy and is way overweight, or the person who possess physical fitness? Think about it. Who would you want representing your company?

Sloppy dress and out of shape bodies reflect lack of discipline and non-leadership skills. A physically fit person reflects strength, confidence and leadership. It might not be fair, but it’s reality. 

Where do you stand amongst your coworkers? Are you the person you would hire? 

Maybe, it’s time to make a change and do something about it. The one aspect in your life that you can change is you. 

Start by getting into better shape and stop making excuses, pointing fingers and complaining. Once you’re on the right path of improvement, the world will open up. I promise, lifting weights and doing cardio will build confidence and determination.

People want to be associated with winners and positive people. No one wants to socialize with whiny people, negative attitudes and complainers, except for other negative people. Notice, people who complain the most hang out with each other. Which crowd are you in?

Kick people with bad attitude to the curb, and only surround yourself with winners. Winners learn from each other, share great ideas and put them into action. That’s why they are on top of their game and keep getting pay raises and promotions. 

Get to work 15 minutes earlier than your supervisor, and stay 15 minutes after they leave. Volunteer for a small project to show dedication and worthiness. Your company will be impressed and give you more responsibility. 

I guarantee, your increased paycheck will come, and so will the promotions. 

Become that person you would hire, and have the incredible life you deserve.

Change your thinking, change your quality of life

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There are no limits on what you can do, except for the limits you place upon yourself.

You are truly an amazing and exceptional person, and can achieve anything you want, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. The important key is to start today and never give up.

I never thought a boy, who couldn’t make a grade higher than a C in English class, would become a columnist for a well-respected newspaper.

If you’re not satisfied with your current fitness state or life circumstances, then you must change your thinking. You must mentally train to visualize yourself as you desire to be.

When performing fitness exercises, do you visualize yourself as a professional athlete? For example — while running, what are your body mechanics? Are you running with slump shoulders, sloppy hands and feet? Or, do you visualize an Olympic athlete racing for a gold medal?

How do you walk around in daily life? Throw your shoulders back, walk with confidence, and give off the presence of the amazing person you truly are.

Take charge of your life. All successes and failures are completely in your control. Failures are learning steps towards success. It’s failures that make successes much more meaningful.

If losing weight and toning our bodies was easy, then we would all possess them. That’s why you get so much respect from others when they see your dedication to improve. It’s not easy, but the results are rewarding.

We all have an athlete within us. It’s up to you to have the discipline and desire to improve in every aspect of your life — be that physical, emotional, educational, or financial.

Today is that day you’ve been waiting for. Now, get up and scream, “Today, I’m going to kick bad habit’s butt!”

Your ideal weight is really a mental state

By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We are all hardest on ourselves in regards to body image.

We know our own bad habits, food choices and lack of exercise.

There is no secret, dieting is one of the most challenging components of losing weight.

Every day through advertisement, we are bombarded with unhealthy food choices.

So, we mentally tell ourselves, “I don’t want to be fat, I don’t want to eat fried foods, ice cream, burgers or chips.”

We repeat this in our minds over and over.

Well, guess what happens?

All you’ve accomplished is to think about being fat and eating unhealthy foods – so, you become overweight and out of shape.

You have to change the way you think and your approach to life.

Mentally see yourself as the perfect image desired.

If you have a picture of it, tape it on the bathroom mirror.

Now, visualize yourself repeatedly as that image and create the feeling of it.

Carry yourself throughout the day with confidence as if you already possess that desired image. You’ll be amazed how life will transpire. Remember, we all look different, and it’s wonderful.

Just imagine if we all looked and dressed the same — how boring.

Now, moving forward.

Ladies, whenever you undress, say the words, “These stretch marks are really beauty marks proving that I’m an amazing beautiful mother.”

For men, say “This hair loss and extra wrinkles on my face make me look wise, distinguished and handsome.”

And, for all of us, say, “There is no person in the entire world that looks like me, and I love me.”