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Increase your Self-EMPOWERMENT to Maintain Your MO’tivation and MO’mentum

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.

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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

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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.

To help you elevate your relationship building skills, so that you can connect and build a network check out the book and course I created with Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas called THINK Yourself a Relationships Pro.

Practice Feeling POWERful

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.

Final Thoughts

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!

Listen wherever you find your favourite podcasts, or visit:
amomentwithmo.mohagan.com.

Focus MO’re on Your Self-Development to Create Lasting CHANGE in 2024


Focus MO’re on Your Self-Development to create lasting CHANGE in 2024

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”— Gail Sheehy

There is no denying that a new year ushers in a time for change. The energy at New Year’s is so inspiring to get MO’ving and going after your BIG dreams and goals. Think about what it is you want to achieve this year and all the positive change you could create in your life and lives of others and imagine feel what it will be like once you achieve these dreams and goals. The purpose behind my mission and brand is to inspire positive change worldwide by helping MO’tivate and MO’ve you forward to achieve those goals, this MO’nth and throughout 2024.

Finding my word(s) to inspire and guide my goals and vision for the year is one of the ways I like to kick-start the New Year. My three words for 2024 are CARE, CHANGE, and POWER. They came to me all at once so without trying to over analyze as to why I saw all three at once, I’ve chosen all three for this year. For January 2024, I have created a blog series that draws inspiration from these words, aiming to inspire you to discover your own word(s) for creating desired change. My first blog post emphasized the importance of rediscovering and reigniting your WHY for a strong start to the new year. In my second blog post of this series, I discussed the significance of self-care in maintaining strong passion and MO’tivation throughout 2024. Now, based on my second key word CHANGE, I am going to focus in this blog on self-development or self-CHANGE.

One of my favourite and MO’st MO’tivating topics to discuss and reflect on is self-development. Self-development, stated differently, essentially means self-CHANGE. As we improve and develop ourselves — personally or professionally — we are changing ourselves. It takes courage to face and accept these changes, but this is vital because to create change in the world we have to go within first. Again, it all comes back to knowing your WHY and what is MO’tivating you to MO’ve forward in 2024.

Mo’s Top Tips for Self-Development to Create Change

Here are some of my top tips and strategies to help you embrace MO’re change in your life and encourage you to focus MO’re on your self-development:

Tip #1: Cultivate a Growth Mindset

Your attitude is crucial for self-development and personal improvement. The right mindset will set you up for success. If you want to accelerate your results and create positive change in your life, starting with a growth mindset is crucial. A growth mindset is the belief that skills and abilities can be changed and improved through time and effort. Adopting a growth mindset can improve your MO’tivation, productivity, and innovation and improve your capacity to achieve your goals (Dwek, 2016). It is no coincidence that the key word here is CHANGE. Embracing change and believing that change is a good thing and helps you grow.

Tip #2: Keep Learning MO’re

Learning is foundational to self-development. The act of learning brings about transformation. Your entire being changes when you acquire new knowledge. When you acquire new knowledge that is meaningful to you, and you can make use of that knowledge to create positive change to improve your life or the lives of others, that feeling of fulfillment is priceless. This is one reason that leaders are always learning.

In this day and age, there are countless ways to acquire knowledge and learn – any time and any place. Learning isn’t limited to sitting and reading book after book for hours on end. That kind of approach to learning can be enjoyable and fulfilling for some. For myself, I’ve always enjoyed listening to podcasts and audiobooks because I can learn on the MO’ve! Have you checked out my podcast A MO’ment with Mo yet? You can also learn by watching YouTube videos. Expand your knowledge today with the canfitpro YouTube Channel’s top webinars on health, nutrition, mental health, and wellness. Commit to daily learning and remember ‘less is MO’re’ when accumulated over time. Think of learning the same as exercise and aim to do daily acquiring 150 minutes a week (30 minutes daily) ☺️

Tip #3: Be Passionate and Persistent in Pursuit of your Goals

Frequently, the change we want to see does not come at the pace we want or expect it to. I’ve observed it throughout my time and experience in the fitness industry. Setting big and ambitious goals is commendable, but unrealistic timelines can lead to frustration and loss of faith – especially health and fitness or weight-loss goals. This is the point where your passion and persistence really matter. When you combine your passion and purpose, ignited by your WHY, it fuels your soul to pursue goals and bring about CHANGE. Persistence is the secret fuel that fuels the fire and drives you toward your goals and desired change. 

Tip #4: Follow Mo’s Circle of Change

I’ve always recognized the significance of change for self-development. That is why last year in my 2023 Guide to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. I created a system or framework that I called Mo’s Circle of Change to help us with steps to create change and help us all navigate change in our lives. If you want to create a lasting impact and bring about meaningful change in your life, follow these steps.

The first step is courage – being courageous is critical to taking steps to create change and helping us navigate change. If we want to change, we must have the courage to leave our comfort zone. Connections to others facilitate our ability to navigate change and make lasting changes in our lives. Social connection plays a vital role in our mental health and well-being, especially during difficult periods and life changes. Maintaining a connection helps us stay on our course of action so we make progress, our confidence increases. Confidence gives you courage, completing and recreating this cycle that helps you MO’ve forward and create more change in your life!

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Download last year’s guide to get MO’re ideas and inspiration to keep you MO’ving forward here.

Make your Self-Development Plan for 2024

So, what are your goals for self-development this year? Starting in 2024, how can you make a learning plan that will prepare and help you create the change you desire in 2024?

Let me share a few inspiring ideas with some self-development events that I have scheduled in my calendar. First, there’s the canfitpro ASPIRES Nutrition event happening on March 1, 2024. As I’ve said before, change starts from within and one of the best ways to create positive change in your overall health and well-being from the inside out and take CARE of yourself is by taking care of and learning more about how you can improve your nutritional habits and health. At the canfitpro ASPIRES Nutrition event we will learn from top experts about mindful eating, personalized nutrition tips and actionable strategies to improve for your health and nutrition.

Want to truly maximize your self-development this year? Then mark your calendars and join me for canfitpro’s Global Conference and Trade Show happening August 9-10, 2024! Registration for canfitpro Global is NOW OPEN and you can make the commitment by signing up for both today! This is Canada’s ultimate fitness education event for networking and self-development. 

You can also join me for Women Who Influence, an event that kicks off canfitpro Global which is dedicated to self-development and empowerment, on Thursday August 8, 2024!

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I hope you are enjoying my January 2024 Blog Series! In case you missed an earlier post, here is Post #1 WHAT IS YOUR WHY AND WHAT ARE YOUR WORDS FOR 2024? And Post #2 SELF-CARE IS THE SECRET TO KEEPING YOUR WHY ALIVE. Next week will be the final installment where we explore my final word POWER in which I am going to share some of my MO’st powerful strategies for self-empowerment!

Lean into 2024 with Curiosity and a Sense of Adventure

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!

Learn about the Air Canada Vacations Wellness Retreat here. (en Français)
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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).

Happy & Healthy Holidays to all.

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