I became a personal trainer because from a young age exercise and nutrition gave me a feeling of confidence. Growing up I was insecure, shy and lost. I tried to mask these deficiencies with ego. I portrayed myself as knowing everything, when in reality I knew nothing. I was never the smartest kid, heck I had a speech impediment that followed me throughout my childhood. It wasn't like I couldn't speak or anything, it just made me self conscious about talking in front of others. I was always afraid of mispronouncing a word and embarrassing myself. As a matter of fact, in the 3rd grade, I got called on to read a chapter from my biology book. I remember my stomach sinking when my teacher called my name. I began to read, and everything was going well until I came across the word, “organism”. Instead of saying organism, I pronounced it as “orgasm”. I still remember the teacher’s blank stare on her face. Luckily, most of the kids had no idea what happened so it wasn't too embarrassing, but looking back, it is quite amusing hearing a little kid say the word orgasm.
Handstand: What is one thing you can not live without?
Friends and family. Since moving across the country I have realized the importance of relationships and how much I need them in my life. Be it with clients, friends or family, I thrive on human interaction. Humans are social creatures and it is in our nature to help and be around others. I need others in my life, I need people to rely on me and I need to rely on others.
We all know of someone who seems to accomplish anything, they seem to have an unlimited amount of willpower and a desire to achieve like no other. This person may be your friend, co-worker, or someone you follow on social media. However, they are no different than you and I. They have insecurities, doubts and fears. So what is there secret and why are they more motivated to succeed than others? I believe there superpower is their ability to stay focused on one goal at a time and there is research to back up this claim. Emily Balcetis a social psychologist from NYU recently gave a TED talk on motivation and how focusing on the finish line can improve your success with exercise.