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“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Freidrich Nietzsche

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“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Freidrich Nietzsche

I’m going to continue discussing the learning of the book I am reading by Victor Frankl. It is about his experience surviving the concentration camps during the Holocaust. He references the quote above by Nietzsche and it immediately reminded me of my thought process with my clients.

Piggy backing off my last Podcast, I stated that until you are ready, only then will you change. Diving further into this belief, I believe that the power of your why is what governs you to do what is necessary to effect change for the better in your life. With this said it normally resides in the pain of change is less than the pain you are experiencing or could experience in the future.

Take for example when I lost everything in 2008. I dove deep into the bottle to help eliminate the pains in my life and to help me cope and forget. There came a point though that the pain of waking up hung over, not having any money to buy food or gas, reaching a rock bottom, I finally had real and painful “why” to get my shit together. I had lost it all and the only left was my life. I was nowhere near where Mr. Frankl was in his journey, but for me it was my rock bottom. So, I chose to move my life forward.

My why has gotten me through many tumultuous and trying times as well. My ability to navigate through a very public (meaning Channel 13 news cycles) dissolved partnership early on with eVOLV and closing our first facility to reopen this one, then running a fitness business through COVID and surviving – I know my WHY is powerful.

This is true for you as well in regard to your fitness or your desired outcomes. If your why becomes strong enough to lose those pounds you have always wanted to, you will do it. If it is not powerful enough – you won’t. It’s that simple. It is all in your mindset. It’s shitty having to watch your calories. It’s shitty having to deal with me for an hour a day. It’s shitty to answer to someone about your failures/successes for your week. It’s shitty having to develop new healthy habits and break the old ones. It’s shitty trying to find your new supportive community. All of this is secondary if you really have changed your mindset and really have established a strong enough why!

Action items:

Think of your driving forces in life. What are they? Are they important enough to do whatever it takes to develop the habits that will get you there and curb the ones that don’t?

Are you worth it? Simply put?

I commend those who take the challenges in life and take the actions necessary to develop and grow! You are to be celebrated. It’s not easy! I out of everyone get it!

From my heart to yours – Start Strong, Stay Strong & Always Be eVOLV Strong!

Your Trainer – C.J.

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