308. A Change in Body, Mind and Spirit Has to Start With a New Mindset
She was doing fine in her career in financial planning and banking, approaching middle age. But when her family moved to Florida, she realized she was at a crossroads. “I just was not happy with what I was doing.” She asked herself, “What am I doing now for free that I could turn into a viable career?”
Kathryn K. Samuels is a 47-year-old fitness professional who believes in total wellness – a balanced life addressing mind, body and spirit. She believes that total wellness is achieved through healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, meditation and reflection. Her method creates a positive attitude towards life and produces faith and confidence in oneself. Her new book is entitled, “Think and Grow Healthy.”
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“I was close to middle-age before I found out what I wanted to do! It’s a blessing, though, that I did find it and that I found the courage myself to do that. I was at a crossroads in my life when we moved to Florida. My husband was in the military. At that time, I was a financial planner and in banking. I just was not happy with what I was doing. I thought to myself, what is it that I would do for free—that I have done for free—that could produce an income? As I thought about it, I realized that I was always dragging friends and family members to the gym, talking to people about eating right, trying to teach them how to breathe when they ran. I responded to my own question, thinking, ‘Being a personal trainer and teaching people how to be healthy would be perfect.’ So then I just started studying for my certification to become a personal trainer. That’s where it all started.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
For Kathryn, the sure sign that she had made the right career choice came from her clients. “The most gratifying thing to me is when my clients come to me and tell me they have gotten off their cholesterol medication because of changing their mindset, exercising and eating right; or, that they’re not diabetic anymore, because if you’re a Type II diabetic you can reverse that condition as well. When they tell me they’re able to get off their heart medication, or they’re stronger and feel they have more energy. When those who first came to me with low self-esteem tell me that they have healthy self-esteem, and that they feel good about themselves, inside and out, that is the greatest feeling, to be able to help people to feel good about themselves in all aspects of their lives.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“You have to be able to change your mindset in order to meet your goals. It starts with positive thinking. For instance, in weight loss, a lot of people have the habit of saying, ‘I can’t lose weight,’ or phrases like that. You’re going to get what you focus on. So, if you’re focusing on the belief that you can’t lose weight, then you’re not gonna lose it. But if you start focusing on how you’re GOING to do it and HOW you’re going to go about it, then you will lose it, because of the way you’re thinking and the words you’re speaking.”
Steps to Success from Kathryn Samuels
1. Start paying attention to what you’re saying to yourself about making changes in your life. You may be sabotaging yourself.
2. Begin by working on your mindset, to develop ideas and beliefs that support you in reaching your goals.
3. Approach your health holistically, addressing mind, body and spirit.
4. Find people who will guide and support you in reaching your goals.
On Her Bookshelf
Think and Grow Healthy: The Key to Healthy Nutrition and Exercise Is Your Faith, by Kathryn Samuels
Beyond Positive Thinking: A No-Nonsense Formula for Getting the Results You Want, by Robert Anthony.
Connecting With Kathryn Samuels
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathryn.k.samuels and search in Facebook for
A New U- Total Wellness and Think N Grow Healthy- Total Wellness, Inc.
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