Over the years that I have spent since my life changing event of blowing out my knee, and realizing what it means to truly be hurt and know your weaknesses. This event in my life taught me how much of a challenge it is to get back on your feet after life has knocked you down and knocked you out. The big question is, "Do you want it bad enough?" As Rocky said, "...But it aint about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward? That's how winning is done!" What does this mean to you? Obviously this saying applies to everyone and not just our clients. When things get hard, you have to keep moving forward. Another quote that applies here is, "What is the difference between an opportunity and an obstacle? Your attitude toward it." This is the epiphany I had when I was down. Surgery was done on my knee, the pain management, the atrophy, the inability to be an athlete (temporarily)... it really hits your psyche. As I moved through rehab, it hit. I was getting stronger again, this injury was NOT going to define me. Prior to having surgery, I was in college for Computer Networking Software Engineering. I realized that this wasn't for me when I realized what a great impact the physical therapy staff made on my life while they were helping me. Now, because of them, I pursued and completed an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, became a certified personal trainer, and a sports performance coach.
Why? Why did this event change my direction in life? While going through rehab, I realized just how powerful and rewarding it must be to help someone to reach their potential, and/or dig themselves out of a "hole" in life. To me, the best way to reward myself is by educating myself and providing the resources, knowledge, and motivation needed to help my clients reach their potential and their goals. There's nothing else that is more rewarding than helping a personal training client to look back at you and say, "It was hard, and I thought I would have given up by now, but because of you, I stuck with it and saw it through. Thank you." That moment when a client says something along those lines proves to you ten-times over that this is what it feels like to be rewarded by your work.
So I challenge you to think about this. What can you do to reward yourself in life?