I was looking at my timehop app earlier and realized that 1 year ago I went on a trip that completely changed the game for me. In two weeks I am headed to Cancun for the Beachbody Success Club trip with all my fellow coaches who are now some of my best friends. I am sure if you follow me on facebook, you are going to want to shank me in the upcoming weeks as I prepare to be on a beach, and get tan (sorry in advance). Last year at this time I was in a very different spot both in my business, and in my life. I was going on the Success Club trip, but I wasn't nearly as excited about it as I am now. Why? because it was taking me WAY outside of my comfort zone. I was someone who struggled with self-esteem, and social anxiety. I also had never met any of my teammates in person, and the only person I could find to come on the trip with me was more of an acquaintance than a close friend. From what I had seen on social media about my teammates, we were VERY different. All of these aspects together got my anxiety going. Not only did I not know these people who I felt all knew each other, but I had it in my head that I was NOT going to fit in with them. Although my anxiety was getting the best of me, there was no way I was missing that trip! I had earned it, and besides...Shaun T would be there!
At that point in my life I had grown tremendously as a person. I had made health and fitness a priority, and was starting to come out of my shell that I lived in for so long...too long. Although at that time I was a different person than I was the year prior, I am also a completely different person now than I was this time last year. Going on that trip, change my life.
When I got there, my fears were legit...I didn't really fit in. You know what? That didn't matter! When I arrived at the boat in Florida, I had no real vision of who I was, or what I was meant for in this life. I knew that I was being pulled toward my passion, but I couldn't quite figure out what it was exactly that I was suppose to be doing. I boarded the ship, and was instantly greeted by our CEO Carl Daikeler. From then on I could not stop smiling.
There were a couple of things that I learned from going on that trip. First, stepping out of your comfort zone leads to AMAZING things. Second, it doesn't matter if you 'fit in', it's not about fitting in, it's about being a REAL...GENUINE...PERSON. Third, I started to realize more concretely what my purpose was not only within Beachbody, but on this earth. I was meant to help others see that change IS possible, and that they can be happy in this life, if they make the changes necessary and work on it.
When I arrived home a year ago I wrote a blog post that goes further into detail what I discovered while being on that trip. If you would like to understand further, click here.
As for today, it is all about reflecting back on the past year. Before beachbody, taking ownership of my life, and realizing that it takes work to be who and what you want to be, I was stuck. I talked a lot of nonsense, but never did anything about it. I didn't like who I was as a person, where my life was headed, and gave up on my future. 3 years ago if I had reflected back on the previous year, there was no way that I would be able to look back and say I had grown. Now I can say that I have grown so much over one years time that I feel like a new person. What's my point? My point is that if you aren't happy where you are, CHANGE IT!
Every day I am reminded of why life is too damn short not to love every second of it. Today is the anniversary of my cousin Josephs death. He was 5 years old when he died of neuroblastoma. I remember realizing when he passed that he was an angel put here on earth to remind us to LIVE. Every single thing about him was special.
Are you happy where you are? with yourself? who you are? with what you are doing? with your health? weight? job? Do you appreciate the people in your life? wake up every morning grateful for what you have?
Think that is all bull? It's not! I use to think it was bull...it's not. When you have integrity, work hard toward goals, practice gratitude, and being present, it doesn't matter what is happening around you...you are still happy.
Today I want you to reflect on the past year. Have you grown as a person? Did you do what you said you were going to do? Or is it one year later, and you are in the same spot...stuck?
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