When it comes
to exercise or anything in life really; it’s not “if we will face adversity…
but “when” we will face adversity. Life has a funny way of challenging us
especially when it comes to our health and fitness. We all know someone that is
battling cancer or diabetes or obesity or maybe some other illness. And most of
us have been around someone that has tried to get fit, lose weight or run a
marathon or even a 5K. A lot of times they get injured in the process and quit.
Some people give up completely on reaching their goals and let their health
sink even lower.
Trials, disappointments, sadness, a state of hardship or affliction.
Sooner or later, we all go through some type adversity in
our lives. “It’s not that we get knocked down…..It’s how we react to falling
that really matters.” Do we get up and
go again. Or do we stay down and let the adversity define us.
I meet new people every day. When they discover that I own a
training facility, they want to talk fitness. I love talking about it, so I
don’t mind. A lot of times they have a really positive story to tell me about
their recent weight loss or their recent personal best in a road race. But
lately I’ve been hearing stories with more negative outcomes. It really gets me
down when people say “I’ve given up because I can’t do what I used to do. I
have this shoulder problem that won’t go away.”
We all go through dark times; sometimes it’s a business
failure, or maybe one of our children has fallen into the wrong crowd, maybe we
never recovered from a sports injury or an auto accident; and have let
ourselves spiral into a drug problem, alcoholism or an unhealthy lifestyle of
poor nutrition and inactivity.
I believe that these dark times are the times that we really
find out what we are made of; going face-to-face with some real adversity!!!
While playing college football and lifting weights
improperly, I suffered two ruptured discs in my lumbar spine. I was 21 years
old, had just finished my junior season at Murray State, made all conference
and honorable mention All-American. Instead of thinking about having a super
season and getting into an NFL camp, I found myself sitting in front of a
neurosurgeon facing back surgery. Unfortunately that surgery was unsuccessful
and a year later at age 22, I was having a second surgery. This was tragic for
me. I couldn’t ever play again. At that time like most college athletes, I
thought football was my life. Now it was gone.
I started a downward spiral, drank too much, and ate a lot of meds
trying to kill the pain.
Luckily I had good support from family, coaches and
teammates. I learned a great deal from sports, but the best thing it taught me
was how to be tough in the face of adversity. I convinced myself that I wasn’t
going to let this injury define me. I
started fighting back and exercising. I contacted an old coach that just
happened to be looking for a graduate assistant football coach. The job came
with low pay and lots of work but helped me get my life back on track. I overcame some real adversity at a time when
it would have been really easy to stay down. I went on to become the strength
coach and conditioning coach at the University of Tulsa and later to start my
own training company. Now I realize my calling is to inspire people to better
health and athletic performance in a safe yet effective way.
One of my favorite
quotes from a former President:
“Nothing in this world is
worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have
never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a
great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
So what about you?
What’s your story?
Haven’t lost the weight you gained after having children? Too stressed out over
work to get your workout in? Have an injury that you’re trying to overcome?
If you are facing
adversity in your life, maybe you need a nudge in the right direction. Try
these tips and get back on track!
your mind set; your thought process needs to change. Become a becoming
a victor, not a victim. No one can keep you down if you stand up for yourself!
decision to start a new journey. Get started!
coach. 6-weeks ago, I started swimming for cardio fitness because
running is too hard on my body. I needed a coach to correct my technique and
inspire me. I hired a coach and it worked. Today I swam 50 lengths in the pool
and I can’t wait to get back in the water!
afraid to seek professional counseling. Unlike talking with friends who
always seem to have an agenda, sometimes we need to talk with a professional. They
have the experience to help you through the really rough stuff!
day at a time….One hour at a time, one workout at a time, one healthy
meal at a time. It takes a lot of small changes to make a big difference in
buddy….someone that will be there with you, help keep you accountable.
listen to the crabs in your life; crabs don’t want their friends to be
successful for fear that it will make them look bad.
that thing that motivates you. I recently read a story about a lady
that hated working out all of her life until she started rowing at age 50, now
you can’t keep her out of the water! If it’s a gym that you’re looking for find
a place that cares about YOU and your success.
an inspirational book. It’s hard to find inspiration on TV. Pick up a
book about someone that inspires you and read it!
be afraid of failing. Behind every successful person are a few
failures! Go for it! What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll be back in the
same spot 6-months from now. You can start again!
Another one of my favorite
“You may encounter many
defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to
encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how
you can still come out of it.”
Live a life worth telling a story
about. Live the life that you dream about! Get your mind right and get after