Have you ever let your past experiences or past issues beat you down? Do you play the victim? Do you let those past experiences or issues define you? Listen, we all have choices. We all have the power and the ability to overcome obstacles. It's called CHOICES. Everyone has choices. You can choose to let all of these things get in the way of your success or you can choose to kick their ass.
Let me give you an example... Almost two years ago, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. As you can imagine there were a lot of Dr. Appts., hospital trips, ER visits... Of course her care took priority over anything else, that goes without saying. However... at that point I was at a great place in my health and fitness and my business was thriving. Over a few months I was so caught up in everything else going on I didn't realize what I was doing (or not doing) to myself. NOTHING. It didn't take me long to realize "oh man I'm out of shape, I feel awful". I knew why that was... I was eating out a lot and it wasn't always healthy options. I wasn't exercising at all. I wasn't sleeping well. I wasn't communicating with my team as often as I should have. Now in my mind I justified this. I said to myself "mom is priority, I'll worry about everything else when time allows". Guess what... 2 years later I'm still working at getting myself back to that healthier place. Anyone who is 40 knows it takes a lot longer.
The point of this story is that I let all of the awfulness going on in my life define me for almost 2 years. I made CHOICES to eat like crap and not exercise. As I look back was that really necessary? Until the very end I wasn't with my mom 24 hours a day. I could have found 30 minutes to go for a walk or do a quick workout. Afterall, I know how much better I would feel after. I chose to have french fries, burgers, pizza. Even eating out there are many other options of food that would have been much better options. I made all the choices. No one else.. ME! Am I beating myself up over it? Naaaa I'm picking myself up and moving forward. I played the victim of mom's illness and death long enough. I've expanded my business and starting a new workout program. I'm letting my past be my muscles and not my weakness anymore.