I never saw myself as a “gym rat” or “fit person”. Actually, I used to be a miserable, overweight medical doctor that was constantly exhausted from the demands of my career and life.
For a while, I actually accepted that this is just how life is going to be – I was going to really enjoy my two weeks’ annual vacation, and then suffer through the other 50 weeks of the year because this is what was expected of me.
Looking back, that just seems like pretty crazy thinking! But at the time, I was just one of a number of frustrated, unpassionate doctors making the rounds in the hospital, going through the motions.
I looked at fit people with envy because they had the “time” to workout, eat healthy and look amazing. Obviously, they didn’t have a care in the world and wasn’t life so dandy for them.
I got to thinking – what did they have that I didn’t? Why was their life so “together”? Why did they not only look in shape and healthy, but happy too?
Then I made a decision that my life wasn’t good enough – it wasn’t good enough that everyone accepted the fact that exhaustion, frustration and unhappiness was a way of life.
My next decision was incredible, crazy and life changing: I quit medicine. And I went on a journey to find exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
It has been an incredible discovery, where I found myself working in the fast-paced, politically-fueled environment of health insurance, becoming a CrossFit junkie, and now offering wellness and life coaching to other professionals who also have reached the conclusion that enough is enough, and it’s time to take back their life and live with purpose.
So this picture below? My clinical self from years back would be so proud. I’ve built the life I’ve wanted to live – healthy, fit and happy – without anyone’s permission, while positively impacting others.
Are you holding back from really living your life because of self-imposed expectations or acceptance of the mundane?
Do any of these sound familiar:
-“Well, I’ll start working out when I have time.”
-“Yeah, I got to eat better, at some point.” -“I need to clear the clutter from my house, maybe in the new year…”
-“I want to read more, when I get more time and energy.”
-“When my life stops being so crazy then I will [insert goal].”
-“When the kids get older then I will [insert dream and whimsical sigh].”
-“I’ll write that book when…”
..The problem with the above?
You are allowing something else to dictate *your* life.
If we are the master of our souls, how do we captain our ship when we are slaves to our procrastination, our poor time management, our lack of motivation, our acceptance of the mundane..? ?
The ship (and therefore our life goals) probably will not get very far. Then we end up living an average life, feeling unfulfilled and frustrated.
And how do we change?
Well, we don’t – revert to the above scripts that constantly circle in our head, preventing us from taking action.
The only way to change?
The first step is to recognize those procrastinating limiting beliefs that are holding us back. We all have them:
-“I can’t do [insert goal] because of [excuse].” -“Other people can do [achievement] because they are not going through what I’m going through (special snowflake syndrome).”
Recognize how incredible you are.?
You are unique, no one else has gone through the life experiences you have. No one else thinks just like you. No one else has the exact knowledge base that you do.?
When you put this all together, you provide a unique experience to the world – helping others and providing huge value to everyone you encounter.
We all have that burning passion, that inner voice telling us that we are meant for more than this mundane life, more than what I am living right now.
You deserve better health, more happiness and an awesome life.
Once you believe that, you are ready to take action and conquer your goals.
Simple, but not easy!
Believing in ourselves allows us to keep taking action and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.?
Believing in yourself is one of the most powerful ways to start improving your life right now.
Don’t think you can lose 10 lbs? Prove to yourself you can – eat clean 80% of the time, exercise intensely 3 times per week, sleep at least 8 hours a night. Do this for 30 days and then see your progress – you’ll be astounded.
Simple, but not easy.
Don’t think you can make that speech in front of your coworkers? Prove to yourself you can – prepare like a mofo: Research, practice, and get feedback. Then watch yourself kill it on the day of your speech.
Little steps to prove to yourself how strong you are builds you up. Little steps along the way are all steps towards a better, stronger and healthier you.
Give yourself a chance – if anyone deserves it, you do!
Build the life you want, step by step, block by block, and don’t let anyone stand in your way.
You know the *perfect* vision of your ideal life – you don’t need anyone’s permission to make it happen.
(Don’t be that miserable person who is frustrated and unhappy – give yourself the go ahead to be authentic, in control and *amazing*!)