I'm the middle of 3 boys, who are all about 2 years apart, so there was a lot of sports and testosterone racing through our house. I had always dreamed of being a professional athlete, but my level of athleticism peaked at about age 14. I graduated from the University of Houston back before Phi Slamma Jamma ruled the courts....and spent about 10 years working my way through life, until I decide to go to chiropractic school at Parker University back in 1992.
What inspired you to author this book?
it was something I had created for myself more than a dozen years ago, but
never did anything with it other than use it for myself. Than last year Authority
Magazine came along and interviewed me and asked if I could recommend 5
Tweaks for better health and fitness.
I thought awesome, unfortunately when the article ran it was in the first few months of COVID, so not to many people read the article.
Well about 8 months later they reached out to me and wanted to know if i had any thoughts on how to tie-in the whole body, mind and spirit aspect, for another interview.
So, I'm thinking......about My STEPS Program I had created years before....and how my accountability program encompasses the whole aspect of how to feed your body, mind and spirit. So, I sent them a couple of paragraphs, and a picture of the journaling page, which is pretty self-explanatory. Anyway, they came back and said, this is so cool and novel....let's talk about this.
So after I did my interview with them....I started thinking, I need to get serious about getting this book ready for actual consumption.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
Since the word STEPS is an acronym for Sleep, Think, Eat, Physical and Spirit.....I knew the title itself wasn't going to sell it, so I was hoping the visual image of those 5 footprints with the corresponding words...would help draw that extra second of interest. And, I'm also hoping the days of the week next to the footprints would imply this looks like a daily to-do list, to help me track and see if I’m feeding my body, my mind and my spirit on a daily basis.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
First, I have to give credit to my mom and dad, as they had a major influence on me and my brothers. Then I have to give credit to Dr. Monte Greenawalt, who was a major influencer in the chiropractic profession, who I happened to meet when i was working as a doorman in Los Angeles, years before I became a doctor. Anyway, it was of course happenstance, but he saw something in me years ago as I was pitching him on an invention I had come up with. Long story short, he didn’t buy or invest in my project, but he encouraged me in so many ways, especially in believing in myself.
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What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
biggest struggle was within myself...as I thought to myself, this is a
self-help, personal development book, which kind of goes in line with what I
have been doing for the past 25 years, but I was focused on health and fitness.
I thought to myself, I'm not a motivational speaker, I'm not a pastor...I'm a health and fitness guy, what credentials do I have - other than to say, I've read a lot of books.
And as I thought more about it, I realized what I had created was something new and different. I know in marketing, as well as in doctoring or health and fitness...KISS - Keep It Simple.
So, I finally came to terms that what I developed was an accountability program and personal tracker. I'm simply asking you the reader, if your daily habits and attitudes are feeding your body, mind and spirit for what you want out of life.
You can ask my wife and kids, I'm good at asking questions and trying to hold you accountable. So, when i finally realized that I don’t need to be a doctor, trainer, pastor or self-help guru to ask questions, I finally felt comfortable about having the credentials for what my book was about.
I'm simply asking did you eat healthy today? Did you get some physical exercise today? If you did, shade-in that action step, and get yourself some real feedback on your daily actions.
Did you feed both your conscious and subconscious mind positive thoughts today? Did you work on your spiritual muscles? If you did or didn’t – you at least now have some concrete numbers or feedback as to why you have or haven't reached your goal.
So, when I finally came to terms that I don’t need to be an expert to ask questions....I started feeling more comfortable with what i developed.
Tell your readers about your book.
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simple terms, it's an Accountability Journal and To-do list to help you track
and change your habits and attitudes for better health, wealth and happiness by
develop your body, mind and spirit.
Each day, simply shade-in the corresponding footstep for your actions. STEPS is an acronym for Sleep, Think, Eat, Physical and Spirit.
Let’s say you’re working on improving your level of health and fitness.
- Did you EAT health today? if yes, shade-in the letter E.
- Did you get some PHYSICAL exercise today? if yes, shade-in the P.
That’s pretty self-explanatory. I’m not trying to make it a diet or fitness book. We’re working on developing your habits and attitudes. It’s consistency! Next we ask.
- Did you THINK positive thoughts today? If you did, shade-in the T.
- Did you SLEEP with a Smile? Did you fall asleep with positive thoughts about tomorrow? If you did, shade-in the first S.
- Did you work on your Spiritual muscles today? If you did, shade-in the last S.
The whole process of shading-in your footsteps will take about 2 minutes.
But here’s the cool thing - that shading-in process is activating your Visual and Kinesthetic learning centers to help anchor those actions into you. By the end of the week, you will see a bunch of footsteps on that one page. You will visually see the progress you are making with your own two eyes, with all the footsteps being drawn. Not only that, you are the one physically drawing your own footprints in the sand, which further anchors those habits and attitudes.
Some days will be better than others.
The coolest part is that each week, you can quickly turn the page and see how good of a job you did. One week you may have taken 12 or fewer steps….the following week you took 24 or more steps.
The point I am trying to make is that as much as I love journaling….reviewing my journal doesn’t happen near enough because it is too time consuming.
But My STEPS program allows you to quickly look back a few weeks or months to see how good or bad of a job you’ve done. Just remember, your habits and attitudes will either help or hinder you? Do you need to improve your habits and attitudes to get the level of health, wealth and happiness you want?
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Who is your target audience, and why?
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What do you consider your greatest success in life?
That's a tough one, but not too tough....it has to be my wife and kids. I married later in life and started a family later in life, and so many of my friends always told me to enjoy the time with your kids, because the time flies by. So, i have tried the best I can to be a good husband and father.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
Another tough question. I have to say, it's the simple fact that my book is meshing or bringing a new twist on To-do lists and journaling. I'm taking a lot of the common sense principles that are shared by some of the more well-known speakers on this subject, and showing them how to tap into their visual and kinesthetic learning centers to help them bring about the change they want in their life.
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