“Your life will change in three days,” proclaims the headline to another seminar. I’ve seen it over and over again. “If you skate with me, you’ll do a Double Axel in a week!” Wow! I’d love to have that Double Axel pill along with the pill for a weight loss–30 lbs in less than a week! Wouldn’t that be nice? But then…. Who would you be, if every accomplishment came in a pill, with no effort, no struggle of any kind, no breakthrough….Share
Greatness begins with mastering the fundamentals. Every business must begin with building and then maintaining the foundationShare
Is there a “wrong way” to start skating or any other activity, such as new business or career? It depends on your goals. To find an answer to this question I invite you to watch Lessons From the Rink, 21 Days to Transformation. Here is Lesson 1.Share
Growing up in the Soviet Union was an interesting experience. Sometimes people are curious about it, especially when they hear my accent. After the usual, “Where are you from?” Comes the next question, “What was it like?”
It’s not easy to summarize 18 years of my life (ok, let’s say 12 conscious years) into a couple of minutes of the “window of opportunity” I have with their attention. (let’s face it, with all the technology, and an insane amount of information we are bombarded with constantly, people today have ADD, and are too interested in themselves to stay and listen to someone’s else’s old boring story, even if they’ve asked for it) I have to distill my story into something relevant and meaningful to them to keep their attention. Are you still here with me, or I’ve already lost you? 😉
Anyway, back to the story! Nothing mattered more in the ol’ lil USSR than the relationship and connection. Who you knew mattered more, than how much you’ve made. Although, it did matter how much you were willing to pay to the special person who had a connection to another special person, who had an access to the special product (like cheese, or meat, or toilet paper) you wanted to buy. Of course, not everyone was willing to participate in the behind-the-curtain economy, but then those who didn’t–wiped their butts with cut newspapers and ate bread, potatoes and macaroni-without-sauce most of the times. My mother, though, was determined to fare better than the rest, and we frequently had beef and chicken on our table, despite it’s obvious absence on the shelves of the supermarkets.
Unfortunately, I was too young to learn how exactly that system worked, and how my mother mastered the art of obtaining that, that wasn’t available to most. My mother was an expert!…..
Sometimes I think what would my mother do if she was still here in this dimension and needed to get more reviews for her book on the Amazon. How would she ask for it, or bribe? What would she offer in exchange, and how many reviews or FB likes would she collect as a result? It’s too bad I can no longer ask her, but the only thing I can do right now is to ask YOU “Would you be willing to go here and write a review for my book?” Of course I meant those of you who have read it! 🙂 Would you? Those of you who does write a review for me, I’d like to send you a small token of appreciation: a special report: Seven Tips To Stay Inspired Every Day of Your Life.
Thank you soooo much!!!! In gratitude with love! ❤
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It was a beautiful Tuesday morning when I opened my eyes to welcome a new, early April, day. Nothing was indicating that it will become a day of huge transformation. I had no plan. I just had a spontaneous thought, that it’s time I became a speaker. I knew for a while that I was being directed towards this path, but avoided making any steps in the direction of speaking. I played a safe-zone game — “I don’t know where to start,” “I don’t know how to do it…,” “I don’t have time…'” etc. I am sure, you could add a few more lines to this list.
That morning I was almost jolted by the voice, “Toastmasters!”
“Okaaaay…” I thought, and dragged my half-awake body to the computer to check on the local Toastmasters clubs. To tell you the truth, I’ve done that before several times. I even went to the meetings; twice, at two different clubs. My rate of going was once per year, hardly a serious attempt to become a speaker. This time something was different. I felt ready and committed! I now had a clear vision: “I am a speaker! I am a world class speaker!”
Google search showed a few results for my zip code, but only one on Tuesday afternoon. It was near my house, and I had just enough time to get ready and go check it out!
Now, a little disclosure and a side-note. Some of you know that I used to coach figure skating. Many of us, in skating and sports, are a little superstitious. I am not superstitious, but if there are signs, I follow 😉
Let me tell you about my little weakness: Tesla. A year ago in a “create-your-perfect-vision” game I saw it! — I am speaking around the world and driving Tesla. You may wonder why I am talking about Tesla. Tesla is my omen. If I see Tesla when I go somewhere, I believe something important will happen. That Tuesday morning I was escorted by Tesla behind me and lead by the one in front of me. That day I had a “convoy” of Teslas taking me to the Toastmasters Club 219. Coincidence? Sure! However, I have never before been escorted like this! I took it as a request from the Universe: “Join NOW! It’s time!”
It’s been six months since that Tuesday April morning, and I am near a completion of my Competent Speaker certificate. I’ve been practicing relentlessly every single day! I’ve created many speaking opportunities for myself, took classes and attended workshops, and have been invited to speak at a few events. It was (is) most humbling to be recognized and supported by my fellow club members. Perhaps, people feel and connect to the passion I hold in my heart. I have a purpose! My life has a meaning! I LOVE what I do! I am contributing to the World as well as I can. Today, Toastmaster, an official magazine for Toastmasters International published a Member Moment about me and a couple of pearls of wisdom I could share with the world. Almost a whole page! Of course, I knew it was coming, just like I knew that one day my book, freshly printed, will arrive by my door. However, I must attest, anticipation and real experience are not the same thing! It was breathtaking!
I had no idea that there are 313,000 Toastmaster members in 126 countries around the globe, and I was chosen for a spotlight! Wow! Surprised? Not completely!
I coach my clients the power of living as a world-class citizen. That Tuesday morning I have decided that I am a world-class speaker. Being a world-class speaker comes with certain practices and responsibilities. Being a “world-class” isn’t about fame, success and money. It’s about discipline, commitment and inspiration. It’s about responsibility. Not one soul, except for you, knows that you are a “world-class.” However, I teach my clients, and I firmly believe this! one day you are bound to be recognized by the world as a world-class, if you consistently live as one. It cannot be any other way! I am very happy that this article has been published, and more people will become aware of the message I intend to share with the world. I am happy that I can tell my students and clients, “Look! Don’t worry about making it, or not making it! Focus on living as a world-class self one day at a time, fully-enjoying it! The day will come when the World will recognize you!” And just like that, Toastmasters International publishes this article as an affirmation to my beliefs, teachings, and a way of life….
If you click the link below you will be directed to the article. If you are interested to learn more about world-class living, and how you could step into Unstoppable YOU, check out the event page for the next event I hold. To see me in action–speaking, click here.Share
Yesterday one of my favorite actors–Robin Williams, took his life. For a moment, as I read the article, I sat motionless, dumbfounded. “Did it really happen? Why?” As I thought more deeply about this, I realized, as shocking as it is, that now he is just a number, a statistics. Almost 3000 people die daily of the suicides, and this number doesn’t include the ones who have attempted to take their lives, but didn’t succeed. Robin Williams is only different in that, that he is a celebrity. In a way, his act of willful departure from the physical world raised our awareness to a global problem we are facing. The daunting statistics is such that more people die of suicide than AIDS or even car accidents!!!
My dad was killed in a car accident. My mother was in the car with him, she survived. They had an argument, when their car lost control on the freeway. In a hushed voice my mother was contemplating with me if he orchestrated the whole thing. My dad was depressed, financially stressed, and over 50. The truth will never be found, but he certainly met the suicidal criteria…
Williams was suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, perhaps, he was just suffering. Period! While reading the article the following paragraph had drawn my attention:
“The actor spent time on a Hazelden campus in Oregon in 2006. He later explained that drinking had gradually become a problem again after 20 years of sobriety.
“You’re standing at a precipice and you look down, there’s a voice and it’s a little quiet voice that goes, ‘Jump,’” the “Mrs. Doubtfire” star told ABC News in October of that year. “The same voice that goes, ‘Just one.’ …
“The same voice that goes, ‘Just one.’…. It is this voice that sabotages everything! It is this voice that makes us procrastinate. It is this voice that makes us overeat. It is this voice that can turn sweet and kind to persuade you into it’s losing game. It is this voice that will criticise you to no end in the worst kind of way. It is this voice that we choose to believe and follow like puppets on the strings. It is this voice that would convince you to cut the strings and take your own life….
And now imagine you are no longer listening to this voice. You’ve learned to recognize it for what it is. You’ve learned to hear it and dismiss it. You’ve learned to master your game, and put this voice into the passenger’s seat! You’ve learned to take charge of your life!
I don’t want to sugarcoat anything. To win over voice takes practice, takes discipline! When I coach my clients, I share with them what it takes to develop that inner core, inner strength that will carry you through the most difficult situations. I ask my clients to recite this mantra ‘Your habits create YOU’, ‘Your habits create YOU’, ‘Your habits create YOU’. We create new habits, new rituals, new practice, new YOU. It has to become intentional, focused, directed, like a perfectly landscaped garden, that always needs to be maintained. You can’t walk away from it and hope it’ll stay perfect forever. Inevitably, abandoned, it will grow weeds.
What is your practice, ritual? Would love to hear your thoughts and comments. Please share below.Share