I traveled to Chicago recently and participated in a conference led by some of the nation’s most reputable personal trainers and fitness industry leaders where I did some training on functional movement, advanced workouts for fat loss and even a few words on customer service in our industry.
Occasionally when I visit events like this, I get overwhelmed at the amount of learning there is to be had, but also, who broad scope our industry has become. In most cases, and in this case, I’m THRILLED to report that Ellipse continues to be on target and even AHEAD of the GAME when it comes to current science being applied to our classes.
When we started Ellipse 10 years ago, a CLASSES ONLY fitness center wasn’t the norm. We wanted to get the RESULTS of personal trainers, BUT get those results in a group setting, so it was affordable to more of the general public. Well, 10 years later…WE NAILED IT!
We’ve touched SO many lives at Ellipse, it’s almost difficult to keep track! Strength training and cardio intervals have definitely changed the shape of 1000s of people! I try to save those emails, as they keep me going when the monotony of running a business becomes overwhelming. From Katie and Tiffany and others who have lost more than 100 pounds, to the hundreds who have lost in the 10-70 pound range—that’s a lot of emails! Of course, there’s always those who say—“it didn’t work for them” or they point the finger at a “poor support system at home” or a “Carb addiction” that keeps them from seeing the results they were hoping for, and believe me…I’ve been there! Trust me though, there’s a point in your life when you say…am I going to be a victim or a victor? In many cases, it’s usually the difference of a few choices and changes that yield dramatic results!
There’s a book called BEING FULFILLED by Jeffrey St. Laurent in which he states…
“Success is not a matter of circumstance; it is largely a matter of conscious choice.”
I think when you learn this you become the victor. Circumstances are external things like your weight, your friends, your job, etc. If you keep limiting what you can and cannot do by your circumstances, you become the victim.
Becoming a VICTOR means you adjust the circumstances and realize you’re limited only by your dreams and how hard you’re willing to work with the circumstance you’re in. Maybe, in fact, there are changes you need to make so that your dream can become a reality. Maybe waking an hour earlier, or starting a rule that you don’t eat out during the week will make a BIG IMPACT on your life.
The next time you find yourself making an excuse based on CIRCUMSTANCE, think about stepping up and making a CHOICE based on your goals. What’s the one thing you can do today that will make the biggest impact on your goals tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, and after a month of tomorrow’s? Focus your energy THERE and the rest will begin to take shape.