I’m at work right now with Brookings Best Personal Trainers at Powershop Gym helping clients achieve and work toward their goals and I wanted to write on this topic. This morning, we had one our newer clients lose 11 inches on their waist!! Wow, was she on top of the world! This got me thinking that everyone of our clients has the opportunity to achieve dramatic results, but what holds some back? Then, I thought about how today is Kelson’s 1 year birthday, and how that moment at 3:25am in an operating room changed my life FOREVER! He was a planned water birth, but problems arose that called for a general anesthetic C-section. He threw mom and dad into a whirlwind of unknown and prepared us for the hard decisions even before he was out of the womb. Such are kids 🙂 Ok, back to purpose I was talking about. He is my life’s purpose. I’ve wanted to be a father ever since high school…no I didn’t want a baby then, but I knew my ultimate goal was to be a father…someday. Well, that day came about 1 month after my 33rd birthday.
Powershop Gym and helping clients obtain results was a huge purpose of mine also. This is great, but it was a work purpose…but not my true life’s calling. Having a child has been an amazing and wild ride with bringing a child home that literally cried all day and wouldn’t sleep with a new set of parents that knew nothing. Doctors are amazing and helped figure out the crying was due to needing a very special formula, and that helped mom and dad’s sanity. Once that purpose, my son, came into this world, everything was different. He is the reason I exist. With this comes a great responsibility to try to be better for him. This purpose has caused me to strive to be more. Read better books, listen to good music all the time, be more patient (which isn’t easy for me), and don’t sweat the small stuff. I have done better but am far from perfect! It’s always a journey to strive to be better and to improve by small steps each and everyday.
This is the same with our clients that succeed the most. They have a purpose that keeps them moving forward by baby steps. It isn’t the leaps and bounds everyday…it’s the grinding out crawling or baby steps that add up over time. Slow and steady wins the race. Just like with Kelson. It’s been 1 year, and we have come so far! From a constant crying baby that wouldn’t sleep, to a wonderfully happy baby that is walking and has 10 teeth! This didn’t happen over night…and learning how to help him didn’t either. We grew slowly together, and we have taught each other a ton along the way. Our journey is not done…it never will be. But day by day, slowly and steadily, we will keep improving and be better then yesterday.
It was the purpose that caused me to change, and it was the purpose that helps my clients change also. Without it, we are floating along wishing and wanting for our goals but nothing to drive us there. The purpose is what drives us.
So I leave you with this….what is your purpose? Your purpose that will help drop that 5, 15, or 50+ pounds that you want to lose? The purpose that will help change whatever situation that you are unhappy with? Define it, latch on to it, and develop it. Life will never be the same again.
I had to include some shameless cute baby pics along with this :).
PS – My wife deserves HUGE credit! She endured 24 hours of labor and has been an amazing mother this last year. Kelson and I are lucky to have you in our lives. I can’t wait to see us both develop as we all grow together.
PSS – Kelson you are my life’s purpose. I pray that God will grant me the strength and knowledge to help lead and guide you into a productive, respectful, person of integrity. But to do this, I must grow also….day by day.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F. Kennedy
Yours in Health,
Eric Peterson, MS, CSCS