What's Your Purpose?

mindset Mar 08, 2021

As the media continues its around-the-clock coverage of the coronavirus, I wanted to give you continued reassurance to manage some of the anxiety you may feel.

If you wash your hands and do the things I teach daily (smart training, mindful nutrition, quality sleep, managing stress, etc.), you’ve already given your body an extra layer of protection.

Yes, it is a virus and, as such, must be treated with respect—but not with hysteria.

Remember your mental state affects your physical health.

If you are losing sleep or constantly worried, the stress lowers your ability to protect your body as the immune system is taxed.

You need to stay healthy now more than ever before.

And no matter what you’re going through, there’s someone going through worse.

Be grateful for for your life and look at the positives.

A few more thoughts.

What would happen if we were told to replace masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and social distancing with sleep, exercise, a healthy diet and immune system boosting support like zinc and vitamin D?

When will public health officials be pro diet and exercise?

"Gyms aren’t safe."

"Health and fitness isn’t essential.

"Don’t exercise.

"Lock yourself in close quarters.

"Get zero sunshine and wonder why you get sick."

Imagine a world where everyone exercised as religiously as they watch the news.

Here are some scary facts:

  1. 1.4 million fitness professionals have lost their jobs (44% of jobs in the industry).
  2. $20.4 billion in lost revenue through December 2020, that's a 58% decline from 2019.
  3. 17% of clubs permanently closed as of December 2020.
  4. According to a January survey, fewer than 50 percent of small gyms and fitness studios expect to survive through 2021 without federal support.
  5. According to data released by Yelp, gyms and fitness facilities currently face higher closure rates than nearly any other industry, including restaurants and bars.

And gyms accounted for less than 1% of the spread of COVID-19.

Research continues to show an important relationship between maximal exercise capacity and lower risk of complications due to viral infections.

The health benefits of exercise are well documented.

As our nation emerges from this pandemic, having access to the services health and fitness facilities provide will be more important than ever.

And outside of physical health, the benefits of training are paramount to your mental health.

Gyms that have survived are still not in the clear.

My sincere hope is that we don't destroy an industry that creates health and happiness in countless men and women over 40 years old.

Something else.

In every panic, the majority of people become victims.

But a select few keep calm and carry on.

What's Your Purpose?

With all of the negative talk on television, newspapers, and the internet, I've been thinking about life.

People are counting on you to lead by example.

I'd say your purpose is to be fulfilled, to be happy, and to play the infinite game.

The eternal game of getting better, living your life’s purpose, and leaving the world a better place than you found it.

Now, to bring all of that down to reality.

We often act like we’re playing a finite game, when in reality, this is an infinite game, a never-ending game.

Here’s what I mean.

A football game is a finite game.

There is strategy and performance that goes into the game, and at the end of the time a winner is determined based on the scoreboard.

But life is not like that, yet we make decisions like it is.

Consider the game of fitness, of health, of wellness.

In order to be at your best, to live the healthiest life, to be around for your friends and family as long as possible, I think we would all agree that working on your health and wellness is important.

In truth health and wellness is something that will always, in some capacity, need to be a part of your life.

It’s an infinite game. It never ends.

However, we often make decisions or tell ourselves stories based on it being a finite game. “Let me lose 20lbs and then I’ll be happy.”

“I’m going to do this 30-day cleanse and then I’ll be good.”

Those are all decisions, strategies, and beliefs for a finite game. Fitness is not a finite game.

I would argue there are very few things that are a finite game.

Let’s look at parenting…

How you do it, what it looks like, changes as the years go on, but you are constantly looking at becoming a better parent until the day you die.

What about personal development?

We are constantly looking at ways we can become better people, more kind to ourselves, better partners, better friends, or better co-workers.

It’s an infinite game.

What's the point?

Well, hopefully three things come from it…

  • You develop a life purpose that is more meaningful than any short-term goal ever could be.
  • You are forever intrinsically encouraged to get better, in all aspects of life.
  • You don’t make decisions that “win” the short-term, the finite game, but then might sacrifice the long-term chances of the infinite game.

Short term decisions, short cuts, quick fixes, in any area of life, are often associated with the mindset of, “If I just get here…”

But that’s not the mindset of the infinite game.

The infinite game is a game that never ends, it’s more about having a true purpose, a deep cause for yourself, and getting better in all aspects of life...

...every single day.

Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it.

Never tell yourself you missed your chance.

Never tell yourself that you aren’t good enough.

You can do it.

Whatever it is.

Be the prepared person, and you may actually end up getting leaner, stronger, and happier during this volatile time.

Training is cathartic. And you definitely need the stress relief right now.

Attitude is a choice.

Happiness is a choice.

Optimism is a choice.

Kindness is a choice.

Giving is a choice.

Respect is a choice.

Whatever choice you make makes you.

Choose wisely.

To your success,

Coach Joe

 


 

Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.

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