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At 40, This Women Was Overweight And Broke. But Pursing Fitness Goal Has Made Her Millions

At 40, This Women Was Overweight And Broke. But Pursing Fitness Goal Has Made Her Millions

It might not be easy to lose those extra pounds but it is not impossible. The excuses we give ourselves of busy schedule and not-that-fat rant are never ending. However, what if you lose everything else and just have yourself left to work on?

Natalie Jill, an entrepreneur who lost her marriage, house, and retirement at 40, had nothing left for herself. She was overweight and a mother of a new baby. She even had some serious debts to pay. She decided to not quit and lose her mind but instead she began to get back her life and has inspired many since then.

Who is Natalie Jill now?

She is now a popular online personality, fitness goal trainer, a licensed master sports nutritionist, and USA Today bestselling author. She owns Natalie Jill Fitness and helps others like her.

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Jill told Entrepreneur Network, “I can’t control anything else, but I can control my body. If I can just move every day, if I could just start eating better foods, I can control that — and everything else has to start getting better.”

She is an inspiration and motivation to many in the most simple and truest sense. The life lessons that can be learned from Jill will get your feet moving to make your life wonderful.

1. Be yourself.

Jill’s journey had not been easy. She learned her lessons the hard way. She got to work on her dreams when she almost lost everything. She decided to not lose herself in the process. She gained over 50 lbs while she was pregnant, and is now 60 lbs lighter. She did it by not starving herself or going on strict diet regimes but simply by listening to her body and requirements. Natalie Jill’s motto is straightforward: “Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Fit.”

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2. Face reality.

Natalie Jill’s world came crashing down after her divorce. She did not anymore have fancy big house and nice salary cheques to hide behind. She faced the bitter truth and started to fix things. She made a clear vision to get the negativity out of her life. Jill made sure to not try anything intense or fad. She provided herself time to work out things.

“I made this vision board and thought to myself, If I could just stare at this vision board a few times, maybe I can start to believe that this is who I can be and work toward it.”

3. Always learn.

The fitness trainer describes her rock-bottom phase as ultimatum time. She took up the challenge but kept a clear mind in learning things from scratch. Natalie Jill suffers from autoimmune disease that does not allow her to consume gluten so she made gluten-free diets. She also has back pains at times so her exercises and workout plans are designed to prevent them.

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Apart from learning from herself, she advises entrepreneurs to keep learning from everyone. She believes that by learning, you will know your strengths and something new that you can try out.

“Every entrepreneur out there — we leave trails of stuff. You can see what we did. We have products. We have blogs. We have videos. We leave all that information out there. Be a student!”

4. Share your story.

In hard times, we all think that we are the only one who is suffering such turmoil in life. When Jill started to work out and exercise to look her better self, she started to share her journey and diet plans over social media. Soon, she had a following and that is how Natalie Jill Fitness was born.

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She shared her story and efforts without adding anything fancy to it. Turned out that her fitness lessons and weight loss strategy does wonder to not only her but many others.

5. Don’t get offended.

There will be many instances when someone or the else will try to pull you down. Do not let your life and success be offended by those who just wish to play the blame game.

“Walking on eggshells and trying not to offend people does NOT work because those people who are constantly ‘offended’ are not ready to be their best selves…yet. They are still in the blame-game mentality and they feel it necessary to place blame outwardly onto others, instead of being real and looking at themselves.”

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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