Keep It In Perspective

keep it in perspectiveMany of you know that I have been out of town for the last 4 days on a retreat with the men from my church. This weekend really inspired me and put a lot of things into perspective and I wanted to share some thoughts that I had when it comes to your “obsession”, as the lazy folk would call it, with your health and fitness.


“Why” Do You Want to Make A Change?

I have actually talked about this before and you all should know the importance of having a “why” that has some serious emotional power behind it. If you want serious results, then you need some serious motivation that isnt going to crumble when things get ugly and difficult.

Here is a quick video I did about you “why” that you should watch if you havent seen it already:


Dont go from “committed” to “blindly committed”

Let me explain…

I know how easy it can be to get super passionate about the journey you are on. When you start to actually see your body changing and you start to actually feel better than you ever have in your entire life – you cant help but want to tell others and share your experience. Thats partly why I became a coach…So that I had an excuse to share my passion with a ton of people, lol!

But one of the mistakes that I made was letting my new found passion eclipse the most important things in life: My Savior, my wife, my kids, my family and friends…

I would constantly be on my phone or on the computer researching and seeking out info, or talking to others about fitness. Finally my wife actually had to confront me and tell me that it was becoming too much.

I realize how important our health and fitness is, believe me – but if its at the cost of your relationships, then its not worth it…period!

This verse from 1 Timothy 4:8 really convicted me when it came to my neglect of pursuing and deepening my relationship with Jesus,

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”


Fitness is important – but not to the extent that you neglect the MORE important things in life

I was reminded this weekend that God is so much bigger than my health, my dreams, my fears, etc…He has given me everlasting life and for me to put anything above him is sin…I had totally missed the bar and needed a readjustment.

Now I know that not everyone reading this believes in God or that Jesus is the only way to heaven, but you can still make application with my advice here:

Dont let your dedication to fitness overshadow your relationships! Its okay to make sacrifices and be 100% dedicated, just dont lose sight of what is truly important to you! No matter how healthy you keep yourself, the odds are still stacked against you – 100% of people who live on this earth die…And when that day comes, you wont be wishing that you were more fit. You will be thinking about those who matter most to you.

I am NOT telling you to skip workouts, or compromise your nutrition, but just keep your health and fitness in perspective. In the grand scheme of it all, PEOPLE are more important than being the only dude at the pool with a sixer.


Dont leave me hangin though…Let me know I am not the only one here who struggles with keeping things in perspective…Post your reply below and like if you have struggled staying focused on what really matters. I think everyone in RIPPEDCLUB could use some reassurance that they arent alone in this struggle!

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