My Thoughts on Life, Success, Hard Work and Fake People

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Are you a poser, or are you putting in the work to get better? I see people wearing their trendy yoga pants, Under Armour gear, expensive gym shoes, Fitbits, drinking protein shakes, popping supplements, following the next diet craze – and the list goes on… But, what good is all that?

The problem is that a large majority of these people think that looking or acting the part is enough to achieve success. Maybe it’s subconscious and they don’t even realize it. Posers may have good intentions, but that’s flat out not good enough to meet your fitness, success, financial and life goals.

It’s the people willing to endure pain, struggle, challenges and ridicule that succeed in life. I’m talking about mental and physical pain. Once you have your mind right, there’s no stopping you. You will learn to revel in the pain! With pain, there is growth.

The point of this rant is to get you to take a step back for a moment and think about your intentions in life. Are you working toward your goals and dreams, or are you simply posing like you are? Be honest with yourself.

I’ve been there. Plenty of times in my life, I’ve fallen short, been lazy, given up, and taken the easy way out.  Think about it. Life flies by in the blink of an eye — it’s not just cliche. Wasting it away is damn shame, and you will regret it at some point. Before you know it, you’re 35 years old, 45, 60… You don’t realize it until it’s too late.

Embrace life and work hard to live the most fulfilling and memorable life possible. You get one chance at it.  Too many people coast through life and then wake up one day and finally realize, where did the time go?

Every person has a unique destiny in life. The difficult part is finding out what you destiny is, and then taking the steps to follow it. Only you can determine your destiny – and the process of getting there is riddled with haters, negative people, challenges, and failure. You will likely reach the bottom before you reach the top.

What does this have to do with health and fitness?!

…More than you may know. It’s like a circle. When you work hard to improve health and fitness, it will naturally improve your mental state. It’s incredible the effect a high-intensity workout has on your day! You feel better, you look better, your creativity is enhanced, and you have a feeling of accomplishment.

As your physical self improves, your mental state improves. From there, improvements in other areas of your life will naturally occur. For example, you may finally have the confidence to go after that promotion at work. Or maybe you finally get the balls to end the rat race and chase after your dream of opening a small business.

When you succeed at meeting your fitness goals, it has a positive ripple effect on every aspect of your life. I’ve noticed this in myself time and time again. I’m far more successful and happy in life when I’m putting in the time and work in the gym, on the track, on the bike or playing sports. I firmly believe exercise is the best medicine there is.

Unfortunately, not everyone holds the same belief. Too many people go the easy route to “get their mind right.” Popping a pill won’t work in the long term, and who wants to live life like a zombie? Again, we’re back to the premise that life is short; wasting it by always taking the easy route is god damn shame.

I’ve learned over time that the easy way is usually not the best way. The easy way is the lazy way. Laziness is a disease that affects so many people, and worst of all, kids are lazier than ever.

One of the most dangerous addictions in our society today is “screen addiction.” Between phones, TVs, tablets and video games – kids end up spending the majority of their day plopped on a couch and/or staring at a five-inch screen for hours on end.

It’s beyond sad to see kids in school that are severely obese, even being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in grade school. The combination between electronic devices and junk food is one that has caused health issues at epidemic proportion. I just wish more parents could recognize this and take the steps necessary to remedy it. Shoving a phone or tablet in your child’s lap every time they cry in the car or at the store is not an effective means of parenting!

It’s pretty easy to see who the posers are in life. From a physical standpoint, it’s not hard at all. That may seem judgmental, and maybe you’re right. However, saying it’s acceptable to be overweight, eat like a cow, spend six hours a day on Facebook or Instagram, or sit on your ass all day is totally irresponsible. People are dying earlier than they need to. The health crisis needs to be addressed – not by “fat shaming” those who are struggling – but things must be said. Avoiding the issue is not the answer.

Everyone needs support in life. Encourage each other. Sometimes I don’t have the support I need in life to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s incredibly difficult trying to do it on your own. If you have little or no support in life, I urge you to utilize the endless resources online to keep your motivation up, to educate yourself, and to connect with like-minded people. The Internet can be a powerful and useful tool when used properly.

I urge you to live life to the fullest. It all starts with living a healthy life. When you go to the gym, you may not be the strongest, thinnest or fittest. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t be the hardest working motherfucker in the room! Effort is something that comes from within. You are in complete control of your effort level, and that’s a powerful thing!

Instead of walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes, how about doing 15 or 20 minutes of sprints? Push yourself to work harder and challenge yourself to get better every time you exercise. It doesn’t matter if you have the latest fitness gear or if you have access to any gym equipment at all. You could literally jog in place and get an exceptional workout! It’s all in the effort you put into it. Likewise, choose a salad next time you’re at McDonald’s instead of a Big Mac and large fries.

Small steps completed little by little is where you will find success on a micro and macro level, and that’s how the cycle of positivity in your life will begin to show itself.

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