What we do day in and day out is what defines us.
One of our team goals is to recognize those who exemplify the spirit of what SELFignition is all about - igniting the fire within! When we are witness to it, we get to see everyday ordinary people achieving extraordinary things. We all have it in us. We just need to figure out how to create the spark. Kyle Oliveira has it!
When we see that flame burning in others, we want to recognize it, and we want to cheer it on! We have watched this young man illustrate that fire within over and over again.
I knew Kyle Oliveira before we personally met. He was the young sweaty fighter at Elite Performance who literally was kicking ass and taking names. His work ethic was one I admired from a far. I would watch this kid bust his butt everyday in the gym. No whining, no complaining and no drama. I liked that.
When we were formally introduced, it did not take long to realize that this kid had more than just fighting skills. I refer to him as a kid because he's young enough to be one of my own... Drive and determination separates the men from the boys. Kyle exemplified what it meant to be holding an internal debt of paying the price to be better than he was yesterday…This kid was a young man wise beyond his years.
Fast forward to now...Kyle is a young man who is determined and focused and here at SELFignition we want to help. This partnership is to help Kyle further his goals inside and out of the ring.
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a team of support players to help people realize their dreams and make them a reality. That is part of what we do. We create opportunities for people to create success in their lives. Blazing Trails is about new projects and new adventures. Our newest adventure is along side Kyle Oliveira. Maybe I should actually say in the ring instead…
So who is this guy?
He's been a boxer since the age of 13. His amateur highlight reel includes a record of 16-2. He has won the Golden Gloves, been a Provincial Champion and National competitor. He fought at World Championships in Kansas City. His goal as a professional fighter includes getting more fights under his belt and to be signed with the UFC or a top Boxing Promotor like Oscar Dela Hoya's "Golden Boy Promotions" or Bob Arums "Top Rank Promotions"
In support of breast cancer awareness Team Oliveira - Fight with Me to Find the Cure, will be fighting next month. Kyle, a junior lightweight (130 pounds) fighter will take on Toronto’s Stephen Zea in a six-round bout at High Stakes Havoc II on Oct. 22 at the Club Regent Casino and Event Centre here in Winnipeg.
What internal mechanisms does Kyle have that we can all learn from?
I asked Kyle some questions to share with all of you.
What are your top 5 daily habits that you feel have created success for you?
Besides my intense work ethic and training routine I truly believe these points have helped sharpen my mindset.
When asked where he draws his motivation from, Kyle was not a one-man show. He draws inspiration from his spirituality. He is motivated by inspiring people, he is driven by the dream to succeed.
If you could spend an afternoon with someone to be coached by, inspired by, who would that be?
Oh man! This is definitely not a one answer question, haha! I will try my best to not get carried away.
Mike Tyson, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, Warren Buffet, Robert Kiyosaki, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Sammie Henson, Jordan Burrows, Ray Lewis, Eminem. Okay I'll stop.
Powerful thoughts can sometimes be undone by outside negativity.
Ever had naysayers tell you what you want to achieve is unrealistic? How do you handle that?
Ever?... That's my life, especially when I was a young kid. The worst time to try and turn someone away from their dreams… But, this is expected when these people fail and give into society. Basically I would have more friends and family if I lost my confidence and success thus far but I am now older and wiser to be able to easily handle this situation. I do not associate myself with negative people that have been brainwashed by society because I know the difference between that and the universe therefore I tune out everything that is a negative factor and keep my circle small with zero stress in my life.
Do you see yourself as a roll model?
I do, having young kids look up to you is great, if I can make a positive change for kids to make a smarter choice in their life would be very satisfying, ultimately it's for the kids and the next upcoming generations. We all should be proper role models for. The bigger athlete I get I hope to be a greater role model and work with kids.
What is one area of your life that you want to be able to make a difference?
As much as I do already I want to push it further and keep educating myself in areas that will better my career.
What keeps you positive day in and day out?
I'm just a laid back guy with no stress, problems, or negativity in my life at this point. Ultimately my grand visions keep me highly motivated, positive things I surround myself with is an indescribable feeling that keeps me super happy, energized and focused.
Yogi Berra once said "If you don't know where you are going, you might end up someplace else."
This young man knows where he is going. Kyle exemplifies everything we strive for... Staying positive when life throws curve balls. Staying focused on the goal. Creating daily habits that create success. Filling the mind with affirmative thoughts. Paying the price everyday to become better than he was the day before. Having the mental toughness to grind in and out of the ring.
I often ask people who wants to be a high performer? The answer should be 'yes' from everyone! It doesn't need to be getting on stage, or getting in the ring. To me it means being a high performer as a spouse, a parent, in your workplace, within yourself.
Sometimes though, we just need someone in our corner.
You can see Kyle in action October 22, 2015
I love September.
Did you know that September is the second most popular time for goal setting and resolution making next to January?
It's a scheduled new beginning.
As students heading back to school, it is about new adventures, new courses, an opportunity to learn new things.
As teachers it is an opportunity to start again, start over, do it again and see continuous improvement.
As a coach, September is a time for new opponents, new teammates, and new goals.
As athletes, it is another re-start to the new season, rematches, and redemption from seasons past.
As a mother it means resetting routines, getting back on track and new goals.
Do you see a pattern?
New adventure. New courses. Learn new things. Start again. Start over. Do it again. Be better. New opponents. New teammates. New goals. Restart. Rematch. Redemption. Resetting routines. Getting back on track. New goals.
So exciting! But does any of this relate to you and your life?
It’s almost like once we leave the confines of the class room, our need for learning stops. Once we enter the work force, the focus is on professional development and the personal learning and growth takes a backseat.
Have we forgotten how to be learners for our own selves? Have we forgotten what it’s like to once again set a goal? Have we forgotten how to be improvement seekers in our own life?
Have you forgotten you?
How often have you personally wanted to make a change and didn't know where to start? Then this is something we can help you with! The thought of making changes in our lives is scary. We no longer have the caretakers of our youth to guide us. We may no longer have the mentors and coaches to lead us because we are suppose to be that for everyone else… If you have read my story, I was doing all the 'right' things and still did not feel like I was on the top of my game. What I have come to learn is that health is so much more than one aspect! People do not think what they eat is important. People add on more responsibilities to their lives and think that stress does not affect them. People think what they think. Maybe its time to stop listening to what other people think and take a look at why our program is so successful. I will give you a clue... Because commitment to your own health is a lifestyle. Its about habits. It's about choices. 90 days, just give me 90 days.
"Jodian, you've never struggled like me.."
It's not the struggles that define us, its how we deal with them and crush them so that we become who we want to be.
Maybe its time to allow us to be your mentors, your coaches, your biggest struggle crushers and your loudest cheerleaders! (or quiet cheerleaders if that's the way you roll)
An investment in your self has so many rewards. Our newest program provides the accountability and coaching that you are missing. Our relationship is what sets the foundation for your success. We help you put the pieces of the puzzle together!
If there has been no 'you' for a very long time then this is what we can do to change that and make September be about you again!
I am looking for people who have an open mind to the possibilities. I am looking for people who want to make positive changes in their lives. I am looking for people who are willing to did deep and create a new path for themselves.
Are you looking for a road map in any of the following areas?
1. Better health
2. More energy
3. Positive mindset
4. Less stress
5. Attitude of Abundance ( yes, it does exist)
6. Get out of your comfort zone
7. Bust through sugar cravings once and for all
8. Healthy Brain function
9. Healthy weight loss
10.Measurable improvements in athletic performance
Back 2 Basics Mind & Body
90 days of awesomeness includes:
90 days of programming to kickstart the foundation of wellness with our scientifically proven super foods nutrition program!
60 days of personal mindset work to help you reach past all the areas holding you back. Create those new habits so you can reach your goals!
30 days of our workout program included for free!
A private Facebook community of people who are there to cheer you on, lift you up when you might not be ready to cheer yourself on. A community of like-minded people all wanting something better in their lives!
Accountability calls to keep you focused on YOUR goals.
Recipes, meal planning ideas, workout videos for home or away, motivational nuggets, podcasts and so much more!
Here’s the special piece…
Incredible rebates and incentives offered to those who set their personal health goals and complete what they set out to do! Imagine being paid to feel better?!
I have had incredible growth in overcoming obstacles that get in my way.
I have learned the power of empowerment, support, hope and belief.
All these things reside in our minds first. So, Join me in our biggest project to date!
Winnipeg Free Press Article: Training Basket by Scott Billeck
Jodian Self isn't sure where her next adventure will take her.
So far, she's done pretty much everything under the sun. Football, rugby, mountain climbing, professional bodybuilding -- you name it, Self has likely tried it and, ultimately, succeeded in it. "I have what you would call an eclectic background in sports," Self said.
Self, a mother of two, taught physical education in the Winnipeg school system for 20 years. She left that a few years ago to pursue a life of helping others with their nutrition goals. "If you don't feed the body the right nutrition, you are never going to see the results you want," Self said.
That's what Self, 47, tells her clients as a part of her practice as a nutritionist. She targets three main areas: diet, stress and the heavy load people are under. "For some people, they go to the gym and they try so hard, but never get the results that they want," she said. "That's because they aren't dealing with all areas of nutrition."
"The proof is in the pudding. When you put 'super-foods' in your body, the body heals, the body grows and the body performs."
Self's latest foray has been in professional bodybuilding -- she just received her pro card in June at an all-natural event. She says it's easy to get into the mindset of a bodybuilder and tries to instruct her clients on how to do the same thing.
"When it comes to figure (bodybuilding) competing, I'm dialed in completely. I've set a goal," she said. "The reason I find it easy is because I tell myself it will be. When people say you have such a restrictive diet I say, 'No, I have a disciplined eating plan.'
"My thoughts, my habits are about creating an identity for success and that's what I continually do for my clients and myself. Being disciplined. Planning out what I want to do and then go do it. It's about creating success."
Self says she's not sure when she'll compete again. She wouldn't be who she is if she wasn't thinking about what's next. "I think I'm going to do some yoga and get on my bike again," Self said. "I think the next thing I delve into will be something a little more rugged and sweaty instead of something pretty and blingy, if that makes sense."
A bike circuit -- high-intensity interval training, where you're always throwing something else in such as mountain climbers, pushups, burpees so you're on the bike, off the bike.
Favourite workout song:
Anything by AC/DC.
Find something you enjoy, or find someone who is doing what you want to do and follow them. For someone at the gym not seeing the results, find someone who looks the way you want to.
What's in your fridge:
Lots of chicken breasts -- trays of it. Big container of brown rice and another of oatmeal. Once in a while there's a salad already made or quinoa already cooked.
Chocolate. If I was to have a desert, it would be chocolate something over pie or ice cream.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 5, 2015 D16