Show Me Your Friends, and I’ll Show You Your Future: The 2017 Celebrate Life Ride


Special thanks to Dr. Jill Garripoli and Healthy Kids Pediatrics for co-sponsoring the annual #CelebrateLife Ride in New York City. It was a gorgeous outing that included 35 miles of fresh air, sunshine, and Grimaldi’s Pizza with some incredible entrepreneurs.  Shout out to Johnny V’arvolis for the awesome pic at the George Washington Bridge lighthouse!

Cheers,

Keep Good Company: A Delicious Lunch Surrounded by Success, Camaraderie, and Style

What lunch looks like when #caesarsentertainment is the host. Cheers to my new #meeting & #eventplanner friends from #texas & #missouri. It was a pleasure to meet you.

Continued success!

Marcello Pedalino on ‘Today In New York’ with Gus Rosendale on WNBC 4 – How To Wake Up Happy

Marcello Pedalino, Author of Celebrate Life, on ‘Today In New York’ with Gus Rosendale on WNBC 4 from MMP Entertainment: Marcello on Vimeo.

1) Be mindful the night before:

a) If you want to wake up happy, the best thing you can do is go to bed happy.  Now, that’s not always possible so the next best thing is to go to bed with some peace of mind.  Take a few minutes to debrief and decompress.  Acknowledge the day’s challenges and write down a few foundation solutions on a piece of paper.  The next morning you can refer to the notes and start your day with a plan.

b) Prep for the day ahead and think about what I call “The Fab 4” for your bedroom.  You want it to be clean, cool, quiet, and dark.

c) You also want to remove all distractions.  Unless you’re a doctor who needs to be on call or something of that nature, put your phone in the kitchen.   If your excuse is that you need an alarm clock, buy an alarm clock.

2) Don’t Hit Snooze:

a) Like the saying goes, “you snooze- you lose.” Don’t bother wasting your time by hitting snooze.  You’re just avoiding the inevitable.

b) If you need to hit the snooze button when you wake up, you probably went to bed too late.  Either that, or you need to make some significant lifestyle adjustments.

3) Avoid picking up your phone when you wake up:

Don’t tempt the social media Gods in the morning.  Their job is to put stuff on Facebook and Instagram that will make you want to sit there and scroll mindlessly for 35 minutes.  FYI They are really good at their job!  This includes politics, too.  If you are more focused on who is running the White House rather than who is running your own house when you open your eyes, you’re not going be as productive as you could be in the morning.

4)  Don’t watch TV:

Unless of course you are tuning in to Today In New York or The Today Show.  Those are both legal and recommended viewing. 🙂 Otherwise, turning on your TV is just as bad as surfing your social sites on your phone if you’re still under the covers.

5) Be grateful and be present:

a) For the first few minutes of your new day, practice some gratitude and introspection.  Start by thinking about a few things in your life that you are grateful for.   Then, visualize all the things you want to accomplish before you get back into bed tonight.  See it.  Believe it.  Go make it happen.

b) If you are fortunate enough to be waking up next to your true companion, let them know how much you love and appreciate them.

6) Fuel up and go:

a) Start the day off with a workout, shower, and a healthy breakfast.  This will give you the energy you need to take on the rest of the day.

b) Eventually, waking up happy will evolve into making sleep, nutrition, and exercise a priority and soon you’ll start waking up to the realization that your future can be better than you ever thought possible.

Cheers,

 

 

Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority. MarcelloPedalino.com

A Slice of Humble Pie: When the Motivator Needs Motivation

I was exhausted.  I was grumpy.  I was ready to quit.  After another 14-hour marathon study session in the kitchen, I called out to my wife who was in the living room and moaned, “have you ever spent the entire day studying like this?”  Without hesitation she yelled back , “yes honey, every day for four years while I was in medical school.”

Ouch.  A slice of humble pie served up hot and fresh.

Earning my CFT (Certified Fitness Trainer) credentials from ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association), was much harder than I thought it would be.  In addition to all the prerequisite quizzes that you have to pass just to unlock the rest of the course,  you have to read a 700-page book, write six essays, pass an intense final exam, and design a comprehensive 12-week health and wellness program for two unique individuals.   I’m grateful that I had an accountability partner on my side and I’m incredibly fortunate that my “study buddy” happened to be an award-winning pediatrician who actually enjoyed medical school and excels at continuing education.

There were several points along this journey where I thought to myself, “This is crazy.  I’m lying on the floor and whining like a little baby about not wanting to finish what I started.  I motivate people for a living! For the past twenty five years, I’ve motivated the young and old to get on the dance floor and celebrate life. For the past five, I’ve motivated the young and old to be more mindful and live a happier and healthier life. Why is this so freakin’ hard?”

Jill, with a healthy dose of both compassion and sarcasm, reminded me that many things we need to do for ourselves are incredibly challenging- but well worth it in the long run.  She essentially told me everything I needed to hear, not just what I wanted to hear.  Yes, the professional motivator got taken to school.  It was pretty impressive, actually.  At that moment, Jill helped reaffirm that sometimes we need to put our pride aside and seek inspiration from others when our own empowerment fuel tank is running low. 

Earning a few new letters after my name, which will help secure some future TV appearances for the book, was a bonus.  Being reminded that who you surround yourself with makes all the difference in this world… well, that was the lesson of the day.

Stay humble and stay hungry,

From Indy to Philly, The Celebrate Life Book Tour Continues…

Marcello Pedalino, Author of Celebrate Life on Good Day Philadelphia with Lauren Johnson FOX 29

The only thing better than getting asked to stick around after the commercial break was having my daughter invited to join us on the couch for the segment. It reminded me of when Johnny Carson would ask a comedian to join him next to Ed if Johnny liked his set. 🙂 Pretty cool.

It was a pleasure appearing on Good Day Philadelphia and chatting with Lauren about wellness, flexibility, success, & generosity. We riffed about the benefits of being your own boss, how things like sleep are non-negotiable, why you should travel, the true measure of success, and the benefits of being generous. Both Isabella and my wife, Jill, made cameos. They even asked Isabella what she liked most about Daddy. 🙂 It was a lovely way to start off a great week in Philly.

Onwards and upwards!

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