The Key Secret to Success in School, Sports and Life

Every time I perform or speak at a DECA event, it reminds me of the days when I was a DECA member. The one thing that stands out to me still is that DECA members continue to be interested in growing and learning from their DECA involvement. It's no different than when I was a member. I still use some of the same skills I gained as a DECA member today.

For those of you who don’t know me, I have been performing and speaking for over 25 years as a stage hypnotist, motivational speaker and TV personality. The number one question I'm asked by students is how they can use my techniques in school, sports and in life. The real secret doesn't lie in the snap of a finger, a phrase, or a magic word. It is all about learning how to relieve, cope, and manage stress. 

It is fair to say that stress can be the element that holds us from our full potential.  Stress has an uncanny ability to consume a great deal of our time and once we let it in, it's difficult to get rid of. That's because stress brings with it a sense of urgency, which tells us that we must do something about it right now! But usually, we do the wrong thing—we allow stress to overtake us, pushing out all of our positive thoughts and paralyzing our ability to move past it. 

Most people in this situation believe they don't have time to relax—after all, one of their worries is that they don't have enough time at all! How will they ever manage to squeeze in another task? That attitude is precisely why we don't take time to fully relax, which is also precisely why we are so stressed all of the time!

If any of the above scenarios describes you, relaxation is not just another "to do" on your list, it's a must do! If you're overworked, overbooked, slammed, or even worried about an exam, it is critical that you take the time to relax, clear your mind, and energize. Just a few minutes of relaxation a day will change your mental outlook, rejuvenate your body and save you from hours of needless worry. I know this sounds simple but the fact is, it is simple and also very effective!

So, let's take a moment to relax. The simple and basic act of breathing is the most effective way to relax and de-stress.

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Find a quiet place with no interruptions. 
  2. Then, close your eyes and breathe in and breathe out. Intentionally tune out the world around you and stop the mental chatter and worry inside your head. Inhale, taking in slow, deep breaths. Feel the air as it relaxes you, sending you deeper into a state of relaxation with each new breath.
  3. Exhale slowly, envisioning all of the stress and worry leaving your body as you release the air. Let each deep breath cleanse your body of stress and anxiety.

As you begin to regularly relax, you'll begin to feel more productive, happier, and healthier. Practice this exercise every day, and soon stress will have less of an impact on you and those around you. I invite you to learn more about my motivational programs by visiting my website

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