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I did not know what my life coach and trainer Rick Ivone had in store for me today. He met me with a smile and told me that I would be shown the difference between "good" and "great".
I was not sure what he had in mind but I did know that Rick hates the word "good". Words do have power and what I have learned over the past year is that the words we use impact our mindset, energy and trajectory in life.
Before I continue with my morning experience, let me give you some background information. In December 2009, I made a commitment to improve my physical health. Since starting PCG Digital Marketing in 2005, much of my day was behind a computer.
When I started my business, there were countless 18+ hour days behind my computer screen. I justified my lack of exercise by telling myself that I was building a business and that every moment I could work would make the business grow.
As I look back at how I was living I have the perspective of just how wrong that business plan was for my life. As a result of not moving my body, each year I gained a few pounds. It happened slowly.
I remember one day I did not like what I saw in the mirror as I got dressed in the morning. I had enough.
This brings me to this morning when Rick had me wear a 25 lb weighted vest for my one hour workout. It was not the 35 pounds that I lost but it was close and boy did that vest make a difference in how I felt.
Wearing the vest was an eye opening experience as I moved through my warmup and then on to my TRX training. The kicker at the end of my session was an uphill sprint in the street.
Rick timed me with the vest and then he took off the vest to see the difference in performance. With the 25 lb vest on, my sprint was 13 second. Then Rick told me to repeat the sprint without the vest. What a difference! I was able to cut 25% off my time!
He wanted to create a reference point on how much my body has changed and how much greater my life was by investing in my health. My life has been transformed and I have more energy to pursue my dreams.
Today made me think of how many people have bought into the lie that they don't need to invest in their health and that things are "good".
Once you experience "Great" you will understand why: Good is The Killer of Great.
If you never have experienced "Great" then you will have to trust me that it's worth the investment. Your investment will be repaid with more time, more energy, more clarity and more happiness. How does that sound as a plan for your life?