Hitting my Gym Goal, Applying the Same Principles I Apply in my Career

This morning, for the third straight year, I reached a personal annual gym record. It took every bit of 361 days, leaving me conscious it may never happen again, but today I’m proud to have reached the milestone. 15 years ago this week, someone made a comment about my weight; I had ignored it in pictures of myself for a while, telling myself it was a bad angle or the camera adds 10 pounds – whatever excuse I could make up. After that comment, I began a regimen of counting every calorie that crossed my lips and all of my workouts. I dropped 40 pounds within 6 months, 30 of which I’ve since replaced with muscle. There’s a reason diets and exercise programs fail – you will hit several brick walls, you’ll tell yourself you’ll make it up tomorrow, whatever – and then you don’t, and then you eventually stop. It’s how you plow through those things, maybe spicing up your diet with something new you enjoy or adding new things to your workout that will determine if you can keep going long-term. I’ve had many such roadblocks in 15 years.  Rather than tell yourself you’ll make it up tomorrow, just do your best with each decision and each day and be proud of the number – knowing it’s your best. The beauty of diet and exercise is it’s simple mathematics – calories burned versus calorie intake; sure, you need ample vitamins and minerals, but the guiding principle of my regiment isn’t rocket science.  There is absolutely no way I could have done it without my Fitbit workweek hustle buddies – that daily motivation to get up out of bed at 4 AM to go to the gym so I could compete and put my best number out there drove me for so long. Furthermore, when you work 50+ hours a week and come home to a family including 2 kids, you don’t get a moment without obligation… meaning I’m up at 4 AM each day to go to the gym, stream a program while I run and listen to music while I lift. It gives me a whole new way of looking at the day. I’m mentally recharged and refreshed, and I just feel good physically all day. I can also eat whatever I want without guilt.
You’ve got to have your own motivations. Mine started because I wanted to lose weight. Over the years, it has shifted to more of a mental mindset – my unplug time where I come up with my best ideas, and so I still look good at age 40 for my wife. 🙂
A gym goal is like any goal – you approach each new day making decisions. Make the decisions that will make you feel more whole, make you better able to live your best life, and will lead you closer to your goal – even if it’s very far away. All you can do in any day is the best you can do – make the best decisions you can, endure or pivot when you reach the hurdles or boredom and take every decision and day as it comes. Don’t look too far ahead, don’t dwell behind…. and YOU CAN AND WILL ACHIEVE WHATEVER YOU WANT.

About cvheady007

I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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