With the first month of 2024 almost over, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on our goals and priorities and evaluate our current progress. You may either be excelling or require some extra support to give you a little boost. No matter where you are or what you need, this blog post – the last in my January series – is on self-EMPOWERMENT strategies which will provide the extra MO’tivation you need to stay on track in the direction of your goals starting now and throughout 2024.
My MO’tivation for writing my January blog series this year was to give you a source for MO’re purpose, guidance, and inspiration to help you MO’ve forward and create the change you want to manifest in 2024. I was inspired by my three power words for 2024 which are CARE, CHANGE, and POWER. In my first blog of the series, I reviewed and reminded us all of the foundational importance of finding and reflecting on our WHY and living in line with our WHY statement. In my second post, I wrote about self-care and the reasons self-care is important for supporting and sustaining our commitment to living our WHY. In my third post, I shared my tips for self-development (i.e., self-CHANGE) how this helps your growth, and why CHANGE is essential to help you realize your goals. In this final installment of my January 2024 blog series, as previously mentioned, I’ll provide tips on building and maintaining self-EMPOWERMENT in 2024.
What does self-EMPOWERMENT mean and why does it matter? The act of self-empowerment entails making purposeful decisions and assuming responsibility for your path. Self-empowerment includes making positive choices, taking action, and having confidence in your abilities to achieve your goals. When you become a self-empowered person, you recognize where you have strengths and what your opportunities for growth are, and actively look for ways to improve. Again, an important part of the process to building your self-EMPOWERMENT is continual learning which is something that I talked about in my third post in this series on self-development.
Below you will find four strategies I recommend for building your self-EMPOWERMENT.
Take actionable steps to build your confidence
Confidence and self-empowerment are closely intertwined. Although they are not the exact same, they build upon one another to assist you in advancing towards your goals. Confidence is an inner force that means you believe you can achieve your goals. Having confidence boosts self-empowerment and decisiveness, enabling you to make the changes you desire in life. Confidence is like a muscle, which I mean it requires time and dedicated practice and strategies to build and maintain. Since we are all unique, we will require different strategies to cultivate our confidence. Discover inspiration with my top tips from this blog I wrote to CREATE MO’RE CONFIDENCE IN BODY, MIND AND LIFE.
Looking for MO’re ways to to learn more and build your confidence and self-EMPOWERMENT? Check out the book THINK Yourself Successful which I co-authored with Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas and Tasha Hughes. This book will show you that you have the power to change and become whoever you aspire to be. This is a mindset shift that is critical for helping boost your confidence and self-empowerment.
Surround yourself with other Confident and Self-EMPOWERED People
Surrounding yourself with powerful peoples is a sure strategy to improving your own self-empowerment. We learn by doing and seeing others in action. This is why attending events, especially in-person ones, is extremely important. I am eagerly anticipating various events this year where I will have the opportunity to connect with truly self-empowered individuals. The canfitpro Global Conference in Trade Show every August in Toronto is the flagship event. I am in the process of building the curriculum and recruiting some incredible fitness professional from around the world who will be presenting at this year’s event. I can’t wait to see them all in action and the EMPOWERMENT that is going to emanate from this event!
I would also like to invite you to join me at the All Women L.E.A.D. International Women’s Day event in London, Ontario on March 4, 2024. The mission and work of the All Women L.E.A.D. Organization has inspired me greatly, which is why I feel so honored to be speaking at this event. The acronym L.E.A.D. Stands for Leverage, Empower, Achieve, Do. This organization has a reputation for establishing safe spaces where women can connect, learn, network, and develop together. Get ready for an unforgettable event, as Jully Black, the incredible Canadian R&B legend, takes the stage as the keynote speaker! Learn more and register here: https://allwomenlead.ca/#events
Stay tuned for my EMPOWERING conversation with the three co-founders of All Women L.E.A.D. – Melissa Maloney, Jennifer Slay and Courtney Hance – on my podcast “A MO’ment with MO” in February 2024.
If you’ve been following me, you’re aware of my strong belief in and advocacy for POWER Posing. The theory of POWER Posing is based on the research conducted by Dr. Amy Cuddy. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching Dr. Cuddy’s impactful TedTalk here on how your body language can change your life.
Feeling it and believing it is possible are one and the same. Power posing helps you build confidence in your body at a physical and psychological level. If you want to dive deeper into my thoughts on power posing, check out this post about POWER POSES TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE.
Do an Achievement Audit
Take a moment and reflect on all your accomplishments in the past years – last year, the year before, in the past decade. Is there something you’ve done that you’re particularly proud of? Reaffirming our power to make things happen can strengthen our belief/confidence in ourselves. Try this exercise. Set a timer for 3 minutes and write down as many of your accomplishments as you can think of. Pay attention to how your body feels as you jot down as many things you can think of that you’re proud of accomplishing. Once you get going, if you can go longer than 3 minutes, then of course go for it! This exercise is great and simple for enhancing self-empowerment and MO’tivation, helping you keep MO’ving forward and achieve MO’re.
I hope you’ve learned and gained valuable insights from this post and my January 2024 blog series that will help you keep MO’ving toward your goals this year. In case you missed any of the earlier installments, here are the links to Blog #1, Blog #2, and Blog #3.
Stay tuned because the month is not over yet! Next week, I’ll be sharing a bonus post with a gift that will assist you in implementing the principles I’ve discussed this month, allowing you to continue MO’ving forward and creating meaningful change in your life in 2024.
Keep an Eye out for a New Mo’ment with Mo!
Join me for the next episode of A Mo’ment with Mo on Monday, January 29th! I’ll be speaking with the incredible power couple of Gerry Visca and Angela Kontgen!
December is a month that never fails to spark inspiration within me, and for various compelling reasons. As it marks my birthday month, it becomes a poignant period for introspection, prompting me to assess the facets of my year and the dynamics of my relationships with friends, family, colleagues, and the community. Beyond reflection, December serves as my launchpad for recalibrating goals, ensuring a head start for the upcoming year— a practice I highly advocate. Traditionally, I set objectives across four vital domains crucial for my well-being: health, career, relationships, and adventure. However, 2024 brings an exciting addition: a fifth goal—to embrace living more in the ‘MO’ment. The rapid passage of this year, coupled with retirements among work colleagues and my husband, has offered profound reflections and newfound insights.
Episode #13 of my podcast, showcasing the remarkable Canadian sport and fitness icon, Helen Vanderburg, seamlessly aligns with the core of my message. Helen stands as a living embodiment of a life woven with diverse experiences, achievements, and impactful contributions—a true exemplar of living one’s legacy, the central theme of this episode. Immerse yourself in Helen’s compelling stories and profound life lessons on leadership; they are bound to ignite inspiration. Tune in to our episode for an enriching experience, accessible right here.
Join me for a special (BONUS episode) of “A MO’ment with MO,” where I’m joined by two cherished friends and esteemed fitness industry colleagues, Loredana Wainwright and Nathalie Lacombe. Excitingly, we unveil one of my 2024 adventures—a not-to-be-missed, all-inclusive wellness retreat and adventure in Antigua this April. Immerse yourself in a week led by onsite wellness champions at the newly renovated Verandah Antigua. Explore the details of this unique retreat and view the activity calendar here for an unforgettable self-care experience. Thrilled to co-create this with our national airline, this is the 1st Air Canada Vacations Wellness Retreat of its kind. Join us for a journey to refresh, recharge, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit!
As we step into the final 31 days of 2023, I extend a heartfelt invitation for you to embrace your personal well-being and happiness. Take intentional moments each day, if possible, for self-care, or designate specific days each week to indulge in the gift of well-being. Remember, self-care is not selfish; it’s a unique gift only you can bestow upon yourself. Starting December 12th, join me for the “12 Days of Holiday Care,” where I’ll be sharing my favorite wellness practices and activities that contribute to my health and happiness throughout the holiday season and beyond. I’m thrilled to share these with you (and offer you over $500 in free gifts with purchase).
Please join me in helping to support an amazing organization that is near and dear to my heart…Nourish the Children!
Nourish the Children (NTC) is an initiative that applies business principles to address the problem of childhood hunger in a sustainable manner. The program begins with a highly nutritious food developed by Nu Skin’s nutritional scientists, known as VitaMeal.
Each bag of VitaMeal will feed one child a daily highly nutritious vegetarian and non-dairy meal for 30 days!
While the VitaMeal itself is very important in impacting the lives of children, the donations go beyond just the meal to impact the lives of many others. These meal donations create opportunities to improve lives through education, jobs, and teaching self-sufficiency.
My goal is to sell 61 bags of VitaMeal in honour of my birthday on December 10th!
I will be giving special recognition to every person who supports my fundraiser on my website and on my social media platforms AND on December 20th. I will draw 3 names from the list of donors and each will win a NuSkin gift pack valued at $50.00!
This program is so meaningful to me because we are at a critical moment. The United Nations reports that world hunger dramatically worsened since COVID-19 pandemic. The second UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) is to End Hunger and Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition. According to the UN Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022, there are 828 million people worldwide suffer from hunger and 2.3 billion people are moderately or severely food insecure. Children are especially vulnerable. Children who become malnourished suffer from wasting and their growth and development are stunted. In 2022, there were 149 million children under the age of 5 were affected by stunting. This will have serious ramifications for the rest of their lives. Taking action is needed now more than ever.
Here is a video about NuSkin’s Nourish the Children program that shows how the program is creating change and a turnaround to reach Sustainability Development Goal #2.
Children are the future, and this is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the world. Small movements and collective efforts add up and will help re-direct the trajectory of the future.
With combined action we can make a difference by paying it forward! I know I cannot do this alone and this is where I’m seeking your help.
I want to thank my husband who is my biggest supporter who is supporting my fundraiser 2023 is just around the corner. Let’s put MO’re ACTION behind our ATTITUDE to MO’ve the world forward together!