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Healthy Resilience

I’m reading a book called Linchpin by Seth Godin.  When I got to the section on resilience, it hit me that although he’s talking about business and being indispensable whether you’re an entrepreneur, artist or employee (the indispensible linchpin is an artist above all, in case you’re interested)…the message of resilience is highly relatable to your health and fitness.

Here’s the exerpt:


You will fail at this.  Often.

Why is that a problem? In fact, this is a boon. It’s a boon because when others fail to be remarkable or make a difference or share their art or have an impact, they will give up.  But you won’t, you’ll persist, pushing through the dip.  Which means that few people will walk in the door with your background, experience or persistence.

If our young men miscarry in their first enterprises they lose all heart.  If the young merchant fails, men say he is ruined.  If the finest genius studies at one of our colleges, and is not installed in an office within one year afterwards in the cities or suburbs of Boston or New York, it seems to his friends, and to himself that he is right in being disheartened, and in complaining the rest of his life.  A sturdy lad from New Hampshire or Vermont, who in turn tries all the professions, who teams it, farms it, peddles, keeps a school, preaches, edits a newspaper, goes to Congress, buys a township, and so forth, is worth a hundred of these city dolls.  He walks abreast with his days, and feels no shame in not “studying a profession” for he does not postone his life, but lives already.  He has not one chance, but a hundred chances.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson.

What does this have to do with your health and fitness?

So what? You’ve tried all the fad diets, the crazy workout DVDs, and every other gimmick out there.  You’ve read books, gone through “fitness phases” and you still don’t have the body or the overall health you want.  Guess what, you have your experience, you are resilient, deep down you obviously care and have the desire for it.

2011 is a new year, a great time to start over and get the right help.  Join the Fit, Healthy & Beautiful community.  Go to the top of the sidebar and sign up for the newsletter.  Have a specific question? Contact me and I’ll answer it.  Results are out there, and they have your name on them.  There’s no shame in trying, there’s only shame in quitting for good.  YOU. CAN. DO. THIS.

Healthy Resilience