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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Life Lessons in Boot Camp

I really am going to get back to regular blogging soon - I promise! And I mean it! :)

A few quick announcements:

This Monday, May 14th we will be holding a ustream chat at 730pm PST.  I can't wait to chat with you all then.

It is time to start planning for the 2nd annual International Trash Pick Up Day.  I will be sending the announcement out within the next week.

On Wednesday May 23rd I will be a guest on the Dr. Laura Ciel radio show.  It airs 12-1pm PST and it is an internet radio show so everyone can listen.  I will send the link out as it gets closer.  I will definitely be mentioning Trash Day :)

Ok, now onto the blog...

Without a doubt my absolute favorite thing I get to do in my working world is my Zero Limits Boot Camp Retreats. 

When I say Boot Camp it is not the "Drop and give me 20 you maggot" kind that have been immortalized by Hollywood.  The Zero Limits Boot Camp (yes the one from the shirts) is a Boot Camp on life. 

In the Boot Camp clients spend a half day (approximately 6 hours) or a full day (approximately 12 hours) with me working on their life.  I enjoy this experience so much because I get to have a front row seat for watching a person go from a place of surrender - that life is not going to get any better - to a place of hope and possibility.  A place where anything in life is possible.  The people leave not only with this hope, but with the confidence and a set of tools to build the life they want.

I recently had a client visit me from New York to do an all day retreat.  The client had experienced several extremely challenging events in the last few years leaving them feeling lost and hopeless.

We spent an entire day together, from sunrise to sunset, working, talking, exercising, exploring, laughing, crying, and discovering.  As the day went on and the light returned to my client's eyes and the desire to live life returned into their heart, I was reminded of a few simple, yet important Little Facts About Life that I wanted to share with you all.

Little Fact About Life #1:  Smile - it is a personal choice, one we all have the ability to exercise.  A genuine smile carries an abundance of power.  Wield this power often.

Little Fact About Life #2: "This is it" Is only "It" for the moment.  Very soon the moment will pass and a new one will come that is full of opportunity and possibility.

Little Fact About Life #3: It is not anyone's job or responsibility to fix, save, or rescue you.  Your situation that You are currently in, in Your life is Yours to do with what you want.  The job falls solely on your more than capable shoulders.

Each client who participates in The Zero Limits Boot Camp comes with a different story.  While these stories are all unique to the person who is living them, there is consistently one common theme amongst the stories, that is the people who are living them, want to make a change.

When you have a want and desire to make a change, anything is possible.  My clients story that lead to our working together was that life had been so cruel and so unfair - that a lost job, a failed relationship, and an estranged family, had left life so empty and meaningless that there did not seem like there was a point to continuing on with it.  It was just to hard.

After our day together the story changed from one of loss and despair to one of hope and possibility.  The attitude changed from being a "victim and the world is against me" to one of being empowered and grateful to the lessons the world has provided.

We all have the power to make changes in our lives.  If you do not like the story you are living, YOU have the power to re-write it.  Utilize the 3 Little Facts About Life Above, and remember the most important Little Fact About Life... It is Meant to Be Lived.

Enjoy the pics,

Carpe Diem,



  1. I really enjoy reading your blogs. Glad to hear you will be writing more.

  2. I would love to spend an entire day with you jesse.....the blog is amazing as always....thank you honey :) love and hugs karri b from central calif

  3. Jesse, you are such an inspiration! I have to admit to you that I draw a lot of positive energy from your comments and experiences. I am a health and wellness professional and you are a constant source that is uplifting to me. You are always a source of strength that I turn to when the days are long and hard.

    Humbly Thankful for you,

  4. Jesse! :) Wonderful blog post! You are an amazing human being, what a big heart you have - thank you for sharing it & having such great devotion to what you do. Love the pics & positive re-enforcement. We all need it every day - no matter how positive we already may be.
    :) Kristine

  5. You guys are awesome! Thanks so much for all the kind words and feedback!

    It means a lot to me that you all get something from the blogs :)

    Carpe Diem,