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I would be lying to you if I didn’t say the phrase “New Year New Me” or “This is MY Year” in years past.

When you get older, you start to realize how ridiculous that “New Year New Me” saying really is. How selfish and immature it has become. You can’t be this new person. You are who you are. Love yourself. You are not perfect. You might not have your dream job. You certainly don’t have the amount of money you want. You may not be in Hollywood love or even find someone good enough to date. You wish you could travel more. You wish your life was as exciting as everyone else’s on social media. You over think, over spend, over drink, and do it all over again the next weekend.

So this is YOUR YEAR! You will save more, do more, love more, compare less, care less, and be young, wild & free!

No…. in fact that’s what you did in 2014. and 2013, 2012, and all the way back to your 3 am pizza
57561-New-Year-New-Me days in college. Let’s get rid of this “New Me” mentality.

It is more important to share experiences with family and friends  than to share your stories to them.  Creating time for people is easier than finding time for them. Your family won’t live forever. Cherish the time spent with them because regardless of how many “New Me” characters you create, you are still that same son, daughter, brother or sister to someone.

Surround yourself with people who love you for who you are. Surround yourself with positivity, with energy, with optimism, passion, and love. You won’t need to create this new you. That energy will help shape a better version of you.

I can tell you now. Looking into my crystal ball that 2015 will bring you less time to travel. It will bring you more bills to pay, some disappointments and heartaches. It will leave you with decisions and crossroads. Face it, that is LIFE! Nobody, not even this “New You” can stop or hide from the struggles of life. All we can do is enjoy it. My crystal ball shows me that 2015 will have 365 days. I wish I could tell you that you will get to experience all 365 of them, but life isn’t guaranteed. Seize every day you can.

The next time you decided to create this new you. Take a look at everything you have accomplished, experienced, and lived through. Take a look at some of the challenges you will face. Ask yourself. Do you trust this “New You” to carry you through 2015? Or did your 2014 self do a pretty decent job getting you through the good times and bad. Build off of 2014. Look forward to the future, but most importantly enjoy the present.

Life is too short to keep creating a “New Me.”

Have a wonderful New Year Classmates! May 2015 bring you the best health, wealth, and luck one deserves.

-Professor Stern

Last night the Oakland Raiders won their first game in 368 days. While commentators make jokes, and non-fans laugh at the Raider Nation for celebrating, I looked at it differently.

A lot of us are on the Oakland Raiders. We are looking for that one big break. That one moment. That job, raise, or even love  life that we can celebrate. The difference between us and the Raiders? (Besides the 200 pounds of muscle and wild outfits) is PERSISTENCE.

They worked out every day for over a year. They went to practice day in and day out. They got beat up every Sunday, but they image KEPT SHOWING UP. Ignore the fact that it is their job, but see their struggle as a testament to passion. If you go back and look at their games, they didn’t just go through the motions and plays. They didn’t complain. They didn’t quit.

So many of us point fingers at our bosses, families, or society in general for our failure to win a game. We make excuses for why things aren’t going our way. The only way the Raiders won was by giving themselves a chance to win. By preparing themselves everyday. By showing up every Sunday WANTING to win.

We have to wake up everyday and want to WIN. We have to prepare for success. Today might be your day! Today might be the big break you have been waiting for, but breaks don’t just come from good plays on paper. They come from putting the plays into action.

Some of us have been waiting more than 368 days for that break, but you will be waiting a lot longer if you are trying to
win from the sidelines. This weekend, set your play into action. Look at your offense, not your defense. Be aggressive. & most of all… Play The Game! You didn’t buy a ticket to watch the game. You were put on this earth for a reason. Stop making excuses, and create a new play. If you are doing the same thing day in & day out and it is just not working, draw up a new one! You never know when that big play will happen, but it will only happen if you Go For It!!

It’s the 4th Quarter and the ball is in your hands… What Are You Going To Do?

-Professor Stern

 

 

Top 7 things I hate about Fitness. Now I use the term “hate” lightly here. I don’t hate anything. I just strongly dislike the following 7 things.

1) “there’s a new study…” There is ALWAYS a new study about some magic food or exercise to “burn fat.” A new study showed if you eat 100 apples a day, you will live to be 100 years old. Try it. Eat the CORE too!

2) Infomercials: This may come as a surprise, but I hate the stories on infomercials. Most of them are so exaggerated. You didn’t lose 90 pounds in 60 days. You lost 90 pounds in 3 sets of 60 days. I’m proud of you, but don’t deceive people.

3) “Crossfit” now don’t get all mad & defensive. What I mean is I hate the “oh my workout is better than yours.” The only reason crossfit is taking the heat here is because numerous crossfitters have tried to tell me “I don’t workout.”  Fact is you can dispute crossfit, HITT, Zumba, yoga as number one. It is a matter of opinion. Your workout is suppose to be about what you enjoy and what works for you.

4) Gyms. I love em’ & I hate em’. The gym has becomeBroken-lift more of a social setting & a fashion runway. Trying to pick up a chick at the  squat bar is worse than the Applebee’s bar. No offense Applebee’s, I still love ya! Speaking of squat bar..

5) Instagram fitness “models.” Fact is, you are in yoga pants doing squats in the gym & recording yourself. Looking for likes or looking to give a professional fitness tip? I get it “sex sells,” but the incredible amount of female IG ‘celebrities’ is ridiculous. The caption will either be “I woke up like this” or she will inspire you with some motivation. She KNEW she looked good in skin tight spandex (add a great filter), but since she is spreading a positive message, it is socially acceptable.

6) The “healthy chocolate cake” By the time you read the ingredients and make it, you could have had a normal piece and burnt off the caloscreen-shot-2014-01-03-at-10-13-26-amries. All these healthy substitutes are ridiculous. You want a piece of cake? Enjoy a piece. You can’t tell me a “healthy” chocolate cake keeps that “healthy” label after you eat 5 pieces.

7) Day after Leg Day complaints. Great your sore. You should have stretched. Can’t walk? You worked out wrong because now yesterday’s workout hinders today’s

Why 7? Well to be honest, I was a fan of Miley’s 7 Things I Hate About You song back in the day. So if you don’t like the list, blame Miley.

Special shout out to our Veteran’s on this special day!

-Professor Stern

Growing up I was the kid in class who saved his homework passes for the end of the school year. Year after year I would earn these passes and save them for when it got warm out or for a special time, but year after year the passes went to waste. Simply because no assignment was worth “wasting” a pass on. I would just save them for the next time. I never learned my lesson until it was too late. Now I have homework passes that I have saved my whole life. 

You see most of us can learn from the homework pass because much like myself, I waited and waited for the perfect opportunity. I held on to my golden tickets just eager to cash them in at the right time. The right time never came. The perfect opportunity doesn’t knock either. We live life like this. We wait and wait and wait. We put off things till tomorrow. We make excuses or hold off on making a change. We say it is not the right time or we are too busy. Sorry to break the news but as busy as you are today, life will only get more complicated and tomorrow will have a to do list that is longer. If we look at life, not by years or months, but by weeks we will get a better understanding as to why it will never be a perfect time.

Monday comes and we complain  about Monday. The start of the week. Friday rolls around and we embrace the weekend. Sunday hits and we say we cant believe it is the end of the weekend. REPEAT. A week is gone, it turns into a month and into a year. We have weekly routines.

We have obligations and responsibilities to do on a daily basis, but when will you cash in that homework pass? When will you make a small change for yourself? When will you give yourself something different? No matter what the change is in your life, you have to make it. The opportunity is everyday. Quit making excuses. Quit saying tomorrow. Quit saving the homework pass because eventually the assignments will run out. Eventually the days will pass and you’ll be looking back reflecting and say to yourself. What was I waiting for? Just remember, when it is all said & done, you can’t say “I have a pass that gives me extra time.”
Today is the perfect day to ___________________. Go out and do it!

-Professor Stern

You get out what you put in. A simple mentality that can apply to almost anything. SO when it comes to college, and we put in on average 4 years of life and tens of thousands of dollars, how come we don’t get out what we really need??

I have spoken to thousands of students, past and present. No matter where they went to school or what their major was, there seemed to be one common complaint. College does not prepare you for the real life issues. Sure there are classes that touch on topics, but what really is a 401-k? What are property taxes? How do you even file your taxes? What is a deductible when it comes to insurance? How about out of network or in-network? What about a mortgage? Did you leave college confidently knowing about tax, title, and due at signing for your new car? How about shopping around for a credit card – which one is the best one for you? I won’t even mention the daily tasks like washing clothes, cooking, or cleaning. To think, “I have a bachelors degree that cost me $100,000, but I know hardly anything about those above topics.” is scary!

The point I am making is not to bash the education system, but I just want to raise a point. Maybe two semesters spent learning about western civilization or an entire semester on Beowulf could be left in the High School curriculum. Maybe a semester on theater, calculus, and one semester of a world language should really be reconsidered. There should be more of an emphasis on basic living. College was established to give us a higher education and prepare us for the real world. So why do all of these students, past and present, feel under-prepared?

I can say that EVERY college student has once experienced a class where they purchased a textbook, but never opened it. I used to blame the professor for wasting my money, but now I blame myself for wasting my money and my time. I should have opened that textbook and learned the material myself. I should have studied it and asked questions, but studying the course material is far different than not being educated about the real world. That textbook would have made me more of an expert about that particular class, but it would have not taught me about the heating or cooling in a new house, about 0% apr, or simply how EXPENSIVE being an adult really is.

 

-Professor Stern