Whew…My Journey, 8 Months Later.
My Journey Starts And Ends With This Woman. Thanks Angela For Being AWESOME!
Okay, let’s look at my crazy Journey To 4.0 to date! By the way, If you are a regular reader, I had a crazy month of new projects and deadlines for the month of December that kept me from writing. Back to regularly scheduled programming.
- May of last year…(yes, around birthday time. Cliche!) I made a vow to change my life for the better. And I vowed that I was going to do it before my next birthday. The big one…40!
- How did I define better? Physically, I wanted to set myself up for the rest of my life as someone who was not only FIT, but HEALTHY. Emotionally, I wanted to make sure that I was stable. (This one is definitely funny to most people who know me) Stable when it came to highs and lows. At work that meant, less confrontation and more conversation. At home it meant, not arguing about the small things and not bringing work back into my personal relationship. For my family and friends, it meant more quality time.
- How was I going to accomplish this arduous task? First off, by tapping into my competitive spirit. I developed a plan that took advantage of my “Fighter’s Mentality”. This mentality was something that apparently was given to me at birth, but was developed over many years of athletics and a tough love environment. Two things, in my opinion, that help breed well-rounded citizens. So, I FOUGHT to become someone I would actually admire and look up to and hopefully this would create a chain reaction.
- Where am I at today? Physically, hands down, I am in the best shape of my life. I am back down to a 29 inch waistline, working out 6 nights a week at around 45 minutes per workout. Eating properly has not only helped me lose 15 pounds, it has helped me with my energy levels. I feel stronger and healthier now than I did during the many years that I trained in Muay Thai and mixed martial. This is just the beginning for me physically. Emotionally, I have really grown when it comes to conflict. At work, I have a high stress, deadline ridden job. This at times can cause confrontation within our team. In the past, I would frequently argue with members of my team when they would get defensive or express discontent about the amount of work we had. As a manager and leader, I knew I had to fix this problem. To date, I am proud to say that I have lessened conflict that comes from me personally in a major way. I will continue to work on being a calm leader in the coming months in hopes that it will help me grow as an individual as well. At home, I feel that Angela and I have a tremendously successful relationship. It has only gotten better since I started recognizing some little things that could cause unnecessary arguments. With family and friends, I am proud to say I have grown as well. I am taking the time out needed to develop healthier relationships. Life is good as I am lucky to have such a great group of family members and friends.
- But What Is All Of The Personal Growth About? I could just cruise through life not really paying attention to my footprint on this world. I choose not to do that! And I choose to be the best person I can be in hopes that it causes others to do the same. Your personal journey is YOURS of course. But in the spirit of unselfishness, you need to give back. Giving back means taking care of yourself so you can take care of your family, your friends, those in need and those who want more out of life.
So, now it is time to keep pushing to 4.0 or the new version of me. I hope I can help you define and develop the new version of you. It really is fantastic.
Thanks for reading.