A lot of people tend to ask me about the one on my neck. It says “Nothing Lasts Forever” and it is applicable to everything in life, especially the world of fitness. Another way of putting it is, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” That was too long to fit across my neck though.
Sometimes people misinterpret my “Nothing Lasts Forever” tattoo as a pessimistic or cynical statement but it is actually the opposite. It is a celebration of the present moment and a tribute to the beauty of the temporary nature of existence. I often joke that the tattoo is my homage to irony as well.
There is no finish line in fitness. It is an ongoing journey that must constantly be approached with modesty and an open mind. To paraphrase from Shunryu Suzuki, one of the great Zen masters of the 20th century, “In the mind of the beginner, there are many possibilities; in the mind of the expert, there are few.”
I think what Suzuki is saying here is that when we think we know everything, we look at the world through a narrower scope. We think we’ve seen it all and heard it all already, so we find a way to reject whatever isn’t within that small spectrum of vision. We lose the ability to learn and grow. We also can lose our appreciation for the beauty of simple every day things. It’s kind of like what we often call “taking things for granted,” which is something we all do too often (myself included).
Believe and Achieve
I believe in the power of positive thinking and I know that we all have the power to manifest our own destiny. Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s not as simple as that. There is a key step in between “believe” and “achieve” that sometimes gets overlooked: TAKE ACTION! You can’t just sit back and hope for good things, you have to go out there and work for them.
Now don’t start getting defensive over there. The idea that you (and only you) are responsible for your own circumstances is not something to be afraid of. It is actually an incredibly empowering concept once you put it into practice.
I got these tattoos on my wrists to remind myself and others that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and truly dedicate yourself. If you don’t get what you want, maybe you just didn’t really want it enough.
Be a Free Thinker
I don’t ever want my clients (or anyone else reading this) to follow my advice just because I am someone who is an authority figure. You should only do what makes sense to you. I want you to work out because it will make you feel better. Besides, I think we both know that you really shouldn’t need convincing. If you don’t want to be here, I’m not going to force you. Perhaps I might inspire you, but I’d never want to force you.
Each journey is unique and while the advice of someone with experience can be helpful, remember that no one else can do it for you. You must take personal accountability and deal with your life!