Day 17: Working Out – The Ultimate Trojan Horse For Personal Development

Happy New Year!!!! It’s officially day one. People are waking from their alcohol induced slumber, wondering who in the hell that random person was that they kissed on the stroke of midnight. Most people wake with ambitions and the energy to make massive shifts in their life. Improve my relationships, check! Make lots of money, check! Lose that extra weight, double check!

Most New Year’s resolutions last about a week. For that week the gyms are packed with fresh, sweaty faces slogging away at their ambitions for this to be THE YEAR.

I did New Year’s a little different. I didn’t need someone to kiss at midnight and I chose to usher in the new year as symbolically as possible, with a clean heart and body and mind, because that is what I want in 2020.

I didn’t wait for the new year to get to work on my goals, however. That was too far away for me and seemed like an excuse to be lazy. A few months ago I realized that I wanted a completely different life. I was unhappy in my relationships, my job, my house, my body, my mind…. there wasn’t a lot appealing about my existence (in my mind anyways). I went through one of Mike Kemski’s challenges (more info here) and he has you focus on a goal, big or small, just pick something. For me, the “easiest” thing was to work on my body. I knew from past experience I could drop weight pretty quickly so I would see results fast. And results are what we need to keep motivation high. I literally couldn’t even imagine tackling any of the other aspirations in my life because they seemed too big, but ten minutes of weights a day, hell yeah, I could do that.

In October I joined a gym. The workouts were high intensity and never the same. It was challenging and fun and I did start to see results. My body dropped weight, I put on muscle. But the most unexpected byproducts were the changes I saw in my energy and confidence.

I’m not gonna lie, working out SUCKED at first. I was tired and out of shape. I barely had enough energy to make it through my day without a nap and if I had the chance to take one, I would. I also had to get up at 4 AM to make it to the gym with enough time before work because I knew myself well enough to know that if I waited to exercise until after I would never go. I went because I was at a point in my life where something HAD to change. I am also not one of those people that can just log hours on a treadmill, I had to find a workout that was engaging and challenging enough to help boost motivation.

The point of all that is to say, as I have said just about every post, in some iteration or another… you have to be willing to put in the work if you want transformation. In any area of life the steps are the same, goal, effort, fail, succeed. I made a goal – improve my energy/fitness, I put in the effort… and I failed…. miserably some days, but then I started to see success.

Now when I look at myself I see a chick who is strong. I see someone who does a sport that not a ton of women do. This gives me tremendous confidence and pride. Confidence increases my energy, not just in me having more to give but it has also raised my vibration and allowed me to attract new people in my life. I made friends, I expanded my awareness, I now have opportunities and resources that I didn’t before. I also took that confidence and dared to apply it to other areas of my life. I am more constant at work, I have started to not just see, but value the qualities that I have and that I bring to my job. I have also dared to look beyond my current position and consider other business opportunities that can create the freedom that I want in life.

In short, elevating just my physical energy, also elevated my mental and emotional as well. It was simple to do. It was low stress and low risk. All it took was a little bit of effort.

I would challenge anyone that is looking for life transformation to start here. Sweat a little, move your body. Get that stagnant energy shifting and pretty soon a whole host of other things will start to change, and all of those goals that seemed super overwhelming will become smaller, more manageable obstacles on the path to the life you want. ❤ ❤

** Mike is starting another challenge on January 6th. This will likely be the last one he does in person (which is invaluable, as he spends a ton of time addressing individual questions and situations) and will probably be the last one done at a discounted, intro rate. Again, I am not a promoter, but Mike’s principles work and have helped me to change my life in SO MANY ways and it just keeps getting better the more I apply them. If you want to check him out you can find him on Facebook. Or the link with more info and to sign up for his challenge is:

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