Monthly Archives: January 2011

My Favorite Lessons from Alison Sweeney

Alison Sweeney – soap star extrordinaire – and awesome televsion host became a friend of mine when we met about four years ago on the set of The Biggest Loser

I decided to make her the topic of my blog this week because she truly is living proof that it takes hard work, determination and creativity but you really can “have it all.” 

When Ali speaks of setting and attaining your goals; you had better listen because she’s obviously doing something right. She is sort of a role model for me in many ways. So I thought this week it would be fun to share My Five Favorite Things I’ve Learned from Allison Sweeney:

1. There’s no such thing as luck. 
Some people may think that Ali has experienced a lot of luck in her career. But I have learned from her that there’s really no such thing as “luck”—it’s really about when opportunity and preparation meet. She focused early on what she wanted out of life and began preparing for it. Then when the door of opportunity opened, she was ready! I love that about her. And it’s a valuable lesson for all of us. You have to be prepared to receive all the things you dream of for yourself.

2. You have got to love what you do! 
If you do you will excel! She says she was born with the acting bug and it shows. The reason she has been a successful actress and host for so long is because she’s excellent at it! Find what you love to do and do it!

3. There’s no substitute for sincerity. 
When my husband Mike showed up on the set of The Biggest Loser a few years back he was a little star-struck to be meeting this Hollywood personality he’d seen on TV for years. We (the contestants) were in the middle of a photo shoot for Prevention magazine and I saw Ali walk up to Mike, wrap her arm around his, call him by name and ask about our son Noah. Wow! Talk about first impressions.

4. It’s not always as easy as it looks. 
In other words don’t assume because someone looks like being in shape is effortless that it is. Ali is a gorgeous soap star. But she’ll be the first to tell you that her weight is always something that she’s worked on. I remember when the cast of The Biggest Loser went to Jamaica together. My team woke up extra early to sneak into the gym and get a jumpstart on working out to beat out the competition. When we walked in—Alison Sweeney was already in there working out. She always looks healthy and fabulous but it doesn’t come without hard work. 

5. Balance is possible without sacrificing excellence. 
I don’t know many (if any) other moms that work two jobs like she does. And I went to both of her jobs in one day once. She works on the set of Days of Our Lives for hours and then sometimes in the same day has to be out until 4:00 in the morning monitoring a Biggest Loser challenge. And yet because of her strong work ethic and integrity she maintains excellence in all she does.

“To whom much is given, much is required.” That scripture comes from Luke 12:48 but I think it really applies to Ali. She’s been given so many incredible opportunities but she makes a conscientious choice to make the most of each of them. I want to live life in the same way!