How many Mondays have come and gone leaving you saying the same thing one week later, “I’ll start next Monday”?
Why do you justify your neglect to your temple?
If you look in the mirror and your body screams of omission, of no vacancy, I know how you feel. I also know, if you do feel like this, you are a decision away from change.
Over the last 24 years I’ve had various health problems both aesthetically and internally. After two knee surgeries, two dislocated elbows, broken hands, fingers, toes, four back surgeries and all the bumps and bruises in-between, I feel it. When I wake in the morning my body pops and cracks. I’m slow to rise, stiff, and often one to groan. On top of the daily physical pain, one year ago I was on the fast track to diabetes. Upon returning from my time on The Wheel, where I lost 27lbs in 19 days in Patagonia, I truly let myself go. I didn’t give a fuck about my health both in my fitness and my diet. I ate like shit to drown emotions of insecurity, anger, pain, and unresolved feelings. I would rebel against friends and family that would suggest treating my body with better care.
As the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.”
By tradition, you are probably reading this while at grandma’s house, that one weird aunt you don’t really know, or are traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving for the weekend. You took work off, drove hours back home from school, or have been planning this week for quite some time with precision and excitement. Whichever the case, by default, most of us use the holiday as a reason to come together as families. You post Facebook and Instagram photos expressing your gratitude for them during the holiday. If you don’t do this, I know I do.
You may say these things, hell, I say attractive things. But do you really mean them? Are you actually grateful or are you just saying it?
Gratitude: the state of being grateful.
*Warning: The language used in this blog may not be suitable for all people. If you are easily offended, this blog is not for you.
You’re probably asking yourself, “What does this guy know about slumps?”
Actually, a lot. Instead of diving into my personal sob story of pains, failures, and mishaps, I’m going to leave that for a later date and instead deliver the five things you should do that have been my savior in times of slump.
If 2017 was a year ridden with many character building lessons, I feel you. Maybe you recently broke up with your significant other, lost your job, had a tough year in school, got seriously injured, or, maybe you simply find yourself living the same redundant, purposeless life and are ready to give a fuck, or five, about your life and your happiness.
If you find yourself much like I have in recent dates, it’s time for change. If your bed sucks you in until 3pm, it’s time for change. If your body screams of neglect, it’s time. It’s time to give a fuck. Give a fuck about your life, your health, future, career, purpose, family, and anything else that pulls at your heart strings.
Each Monday morning for the next five weeks I am going to post a blog on what I feel you should give a fuck about if you truly seek transformation. I suggest each Monday that you reread the blog posts from the week(s) prior. This will be a great way to receive the most out of the content.
It’s time, let’s begin.
1. Wake the fuck up.
I’m not a professional blogger. I don’t have a college degree. My grammar and writing style may not suite your liking. I swear. I speak my mind. I’m just me. If you’re seeking the honest truth that often slaps you in the face and words that strike flame of emotion to get your ass up and make your dreams happen, this blog is for you.
Before I offer any words of advice or encouragement, I want to say thank you. The amount of support and love we have received thus far fuels us to keep going. I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to help and serve on a platform that promotes continual transformation. Gratitude is the coal to this locomotive and I promise you this train of positivity, hope, and empowerment isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Now that I have the privilege to provide you with products and content that have the ability to greatly serve you, I feel responsible to give you my truths. Understand my words precede action and although I may speak of a topic or experience in a specific way, it doesn’t mean my opinion is concrete fact.
My purpose is to offer a unique perspective opening the doors in your own mind to become more self-aware.
So, as I begin to open up and express myself on various topics from health, fitness, life, and love, know that you are my why. My purpose is greater than myself.
Join me on this journey.