I've written before about the idea of working towards a deeper understanding of yourself through introspection and such. And often I write about this with the goal of understanding what I, or we, are meant to do so that we can lead a happy, healthy life. The better an understanding of ourselves, the better our lives will be. Being in the fitness industry I get the opportunity to meet and talk to so many different people. Doing this allows me to connect with so many personalities, and hear how people chose to act in their lives based on how they've learned to think about themselves and other things. Now I know I am still "young", and I by no means have the world and people figured out. But I do know that I have learned a good bit about how to approach my own life and how I interact with others. And interestingly enough, it's pretty damn obvious.
I would venture a guess that every person who reads my blog has heard all those cliche lines about life. You know, finding the important things, its about love not money, treat others how you want to be treated, be true to yourself, and on and on and on. These concepts are used so commonly that they become the cliche. Have you ever tried to actually live your life like that? It's like eating healthy. Everyone with half a brain knows exactly what it means to eat healthily. But for some reason we all choose to ignore the obvious, come up with wild justifications for why we don't eat healthy, then bitch and moan when we feel like crap. You know exactly how to live a good, happy life, you choose to NOT do the things that would make your life easier and better, and then you complain all the time about how hard your life is. I do this all the time!
For the love of God, stop! Here's how I get myself back on track when I feel like I'm slipping in to self-pity and a crappy life. I ask:
What do you do? (Business/Career-Life) Well, I am a coach first and foremost. That is what is most important to me. I am lucky enough to run my coaching out of two gyms and I have a responsibility to run those gyms to the best of my ability, branding the name and personality I have created with the integrity that I have chosen to have. To assist in the continued growth of the brand, I am an athlete, adventurer, and writer. That is it.
I could write for days about all the little ins and outs of what makes me ME, but then I would get away from the core. And it is what is at the core that will always quickly bring me right back to feeling good about my life. I am not here to obsess over other companies and people and pick them apart and complain about how stupid they are (something I distract myself with when I'm slipping out of my good spot). I am not a big business owner, I am not a therapist, I am not a world-renown athlete, I am not a parent. I am not a LOT of things I sometimes distract myself with in my head. The second I lose track of what it is that I am, and the order of importance that I know works for me on who I am, then I lose track of my ability to be happy.
I have excitedly chosen a role for myself in this world. I know that role will change all the time, and I will add things to it, and take things away from it, and hell, maybe someday my role will completely and totally change. But right now, every time I start to slip out of it, even a little, I take a moment to remind myself exactly what my roll in this world is. Keep it simple and basic, then do whatever I can every day to DO THAT.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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