Who I am and what I achieved is the result of having an understanding of what "success" means to me, a set of clear goals that will help me attain that vision and surrounding myself with people who challenge me to always be a better version of myself.
This journey, like most, has periods of perfection, setbacks and failure. What is most important is that at each point you take a moment to understand what attributed to that period so the lesson is not lost.
Before you can be anything to anyone you first need to be someone to yourself and that someone must have strength in mind, body and spirit. Attaining the best version of self allows me to be a better husband, father and professional.
This has not always been a philosophy that I embraced, but has recently become a disciplined practice in my daily choices.
In 2009 I participated in the employee health screen. The result of my employee health screen was alarming. It had indicated multiple factors that placed me at "high risk" for a significant health event within the next 5 years. At first, I rationalized the results from the health screen and classified my own well being as moderately healthy. After all, age was on my side.
The realization that my current state was an indicator of future health became my "case for change". On November 7, 2009 I stepped on the scale to establish my baseline and began my weekly accountability measure. On that day I weighed 260 lbs.
I proceeded to identify certain aspects of my day as a choice in the investment that I could make in my future. When was the last time you considered your health as being a critical factor to what your needs would be in planning for the future? I would challenge us to look at our daily choices as a personal investment to our future well being and our current ability to serve at our greatest potential.
These choices did not come easy given my lack of understanding. I was not looking for a trend, a quick fix or an infomercial solution. I was looking for a lifestyle. And that's where I was reintroduced to Danielle Korb and the philosophy she created with Sweat Training. Positive, supportive, high energy and intensity that encouraged my personal development. In the gym we added 40 lbs of muscle & leaned me out to 7% body fat taking me to 220 lbs, and what was achieved in the gym transcended to what I accomplished outside of the gym.
For me, these outcomes have contributed to my ability to function as a leader. More importantly, it has extended my role as a husband and father by many years to come. All as a result of the daily choices that can be made as an investment in your future well being.