Week 15/52: Sign your name on the dotted line

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“Bet you can’t jump off this bridge, grab that rope and swing across.”

The entire length of our hike, my two friends were egging each other on about feats that they thought the other couldn’t accomplish. (Never mind the potentially hazardous dare of touching what looked like a massively poisonous spider.)

But in all honesty, human nature responds and reacts to a challenge. Whether it’s a sports competition, an inter-office contest to surpass last month’s quota, or the challenge of completing a bootcamp, class, workout, or project. (Like, actually completing it from start to finish.)

A less quantifiable challenge for me was when I decided I wanted to leave my day job to pursue working from home full time. But I took the necessary steps over the course of a year to get to that position and was able to make it happen. (And now I have even more financial stability by broadening my client base and who I help with health and fitness which I couldn’t be more pleased with.)

But what about YOU? What are YOU challenging yourself to do at this point in time?

As you may (or may not) know, I have a 12 week program that I am coaching over 150 people with. Workouts, nutrition challenges, giveaways, and physical challenges all keep them accountable to the goal of completing the 12 weeks.

Other clients I am coaching through physique competitions…12 weeks at a time. Other clients I’m coaching through weight loss…just 10 pounds at a time.

There are many folks who internally commit to challenges, like New Year’s Resolutions joining a gym to lose some weight. But let’s face it, many times they are “committed” for a month or two and then fall off the wagon. But those that externally commit to something (a race, a competition, a sport, a bootcamp) are more successful in their results.  So why is it that when we “enter”these challenges (essentially signing your name on the dotted line for something), we become much more committed to the process? I’m sure there are psychological reasons as to why this happens. Perhaps it’s the accountability of knowing you need to work towards that. Or maybe it’s the mental aspect of finishing something you started. (That always feels good.)

Whatever the case is for you, I CHALLENGE you to sign your name on a dotted line and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. What’s your goal? What will help you attain that goal? And then sign your name to a dotted line. 

 

Need to drop 10+ pounds? I have a challenge for you.

Just need to up your workouts and have some accountability? I have a challenge for that too.

Want to compete in something (5k, charity deadlift event, Spartan race)? I can help you with that.

Do you know someone else who needs a challenge too? Do it with them.

 

CHALLENGE yourself. Commit to something. Contact me if you need help with your goals or your challenge.

Week 14/52: 4 life questions and 10 decision makers from Dave Tate

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A few years ago, I was at a crossroads in life. I had dreams I wanted to follow, but I had come to the realization that if I stayed on this path, I would never reach those dreams. So something had to change.

I reached out to one of my longtime mentors, Dave Tate, CEO and founder of Elitefts.com, and the process that ensued was a rather life-changing one.

The email exchange went something like this….

 

List the things you love about your life right now.
List the things you don’t like about your life now.
List the things you can’t stand about you current situation and current point in your life.
That alone set me up to ponder exactly what I love and don’t love. It also set me up for the following questions…
What would you classify as your top 5 highest values?
Name 5 people who have had the greatest impact on your life and describe why? What did they say or do? This could be either positive or negative.
After providing some answers to those 2 questions, he went on to say….
I think the most important things with any major decision is…
1. Is it a decision worth making?
2. The more “value based” your decision the easier you will sleep.
3. Understanding there is no right or wrong answer.
4. Getting as close as you can to knowing the risks and benefits – internally (your view)
5. Knowing # 4 from an external view – other peoples view who have you BEST interests in mind.
6. Creating a plan of action.
7. Having a back up plan
8. Trusting your gut
9. Knowing what you REALLY want out of life.
10. Knowing what you DON’T want in life.

 

So, I challenge you this week to go through these questions for your OWN life. Talk them over with a close friend or spouse and see if you are on the path to doing what it is you really want to do.

The last year and a half has led to the most amazing opportunities for me and my family. Because of this process and really honing in on my dreams, I have been able to quit my job and provide for my family by doing what I love and still make money.  And it’s all out of passion.