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Purpose is the fourth law of exercise.  We come together because we all have one thing in common—the desire to improve our lives. Exercising and eating right helps you feel better. When you feel better, you do more. When you do more, you meet other people. A healthy lifestyle gives us the energy to be better than before.

When we’re in a state of fear and anxiety, the people around us aren’t too thrilled either. If we have the energy to be kind, wise, and loving, we lift up everyone around us. The difference between these two states is CHOICE.

When you feel good, you act quite differently than when you feel overwhelmed and tired. The people around you don’t need be told what kind of mood you’re in. They know. Your behavior (good and bad) has tons of energy and power that affect everyone in your world. You are what you eat and what you do! If you eat junk and do nothing, friends and family will sink with you or abandon ship—not a terribly inspiring or productive outcome. If you choose to devote your time and energy to health and fitness with wisdom and courage, you become a beacon of energy so powerful, you could change the lives of thousands of people.

A healthy, fit body directly affects the mind and soul. The brain and body are one. The reason so many people reach for cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, and fast food is because it makes them feel good . . . for now. These short-term pleasures deliver myriad physiological and psychological disorders and diseases down the road. Short-term bouts of exercise, on the other hand, will guarantee the opposite result—a lifetime of good health, energy, self-reliance, and hope.

Having purpose takes the pressure off you and puts the focus on the people who need your help. The gift of giving is the greatest gift to receive. Discover what you love, learn how to do it well, and share it with others. It’s also important to recognize when friends and family are not ready for change. The worst kind of advice is the kind that was never asked for.

Purpose is the driving force that moves you from here to there. Your purpose for taking care of yourself is based on intention and resolution. If your intentions aren’t clear, strong, and true, the best food and supplements and perfect workouts won’t help you discover your purpose. What are your intentions? Do you want to find resolution? What is your $64,000 question? If it’s about looking hot for the weekend fitness camp, how will that hold up come Monday? Short-term goals are nice. It’s one way to stay in the game. But if you want to make a worldwide impact, then put your energy into the long-term goals.

Let’s share stories and share our journey so we can all benefit.  Speak your mind and share.  Give me your thoughts.

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