Mike's Turning Point
Often, the turning point for someone to make the choice to get back to health comes at unexpected times. It also causes those around you – friends, family, co-workers – to feel a certain way.
There are many reasons why your circle, your community, might react in a less than positive way to your decision to better yourself. That is a reflection on them, not on you, though. Your job to yourself is to forge a path toward your goals, find a plan that works for you and stick to it. No matter what obstacles are thrown at you.
Even if those obstacles have eyes, ears and a nose - You know, a human.
That’s what Mike finally realized. He decided to stop the excuses he made to himself, made the changes and stuck with them. Even when his co-workers made fun of him for packing lunches, working out and missing happy hour:
Mike is out there on the road, making use of the 7 Pillars like a damn boss!
- Community (choosing not to hang out with those who would cause him to stray off the goal path)
- Nutrition (trading in fast food and truck stop food for healthier meals he plans and makes himself)
- Training (working out at 4 am EVERY DAY)
- Recovery (choosing to go back to the hotel to sleep rather than go out drinking)
- Mindfulness (trusting the process and getting himself to a good spot mentally and physically before changing his goal to building more muscle mass – bulking)
- Consistency (gym and nutrition every day, on the road, no excuses!)
THIS is how you change your health.
This is how you lose weight.
This is how you prioritize yourself so you can be the best you and be able to give your best to others when needed.
It’s no coincidence there are 7 Pillars and 7 days in a week. No days off!
There is nothing wrong with making yourself a priority. Your FIRST priority. And yes, that includes putting yourself above your family and friends, at least when it comes to your health. The old saying goes, “You cannot pour from an empty cup.” That never becomes more evident than when your health – both physical and mental – take a nosedive. Oftentimes, they go hand in hand. If your body and mind are drained, how can you give your best to anyone?
There is another old saying that goes, “My cup runneth over.” That’s when you have so much to give others because you are full up yourself. You are healthy, happy, and want to share that with the people around you, your community.
You control the contents of your cup. Keep it full.