Wow, what a powerful and unbelievable experience I just had in only three days! I attended my mentor’s, Todd Durkin’s, retreat in Beaver Creek, Co. on Sept. 10-13, and I fully believe it was God’s plan for me to meet the top fitness and health professionals from all over the world. The Lord also gave me this opportunity to reflect on my career and go deeper into my soul.
Todd has always had a way of bringing out the best in people, and he’s done nothing less with me. The theme of the retreat was “Dream and Do the Impossible” and Todd certainly made an impact on all who were there. We began the retreat by contemplating success and the drive to be the best you can be. We were told to dream big and enjoy the journey. We were also asked what the word “happy” meant to us and what makes us happy.
Well, here are a few things that sum all of this up for me:
Reflect on your “lily pads” (your stepping stones that have made you who you are today). Every night I ask God to show me my purpose and He has delivered, especially with this retreat.
During one of our many sessions, Todd encouraged us to take risks, but smart risks. He recounted a time when he trained in an ocean where hammerhead sharks roamed just a few days before and exclaimed, “If I would have died, I would have died doing what I loved.” We all laughed and he said he just wanted to live on the edge.
We also discussed whether or not opportunities meet your purpose. Never underestimate the power of a dream. You must overcome countless hurdles in order to achieve BIG things. Risk and opportunity come with great reward and sacrifice. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Take short-term pain for long-term gain. Your mindset matters, he reminded us. If you are not scared by what you are doing, then you are not walking in enough faith. What I do, I do with all my heart so I know I will be fully engaged.
Todd spoke to me personally about my dreams. “Look at what you have done, Ralph,” were his words. “Reject all the head trash. You were born to compete.”
We closed the retreat on how to make sure your dreams are bigger than your memories. I’m fulfilling God’s purpose for me. I am grateful for all the special people I have in my life: my family, friends, clients and colleagues. This retreat was exactly what I needed to see all I have been given and achieved.
So many of us live in fear. Fear is either going to paralyze you or it is going to motivate you. Make sure you always prepare for battle in these three ways:
How will I personally show more action? By letting my team know how much I care and share. I love everyone here at the Downtown Athletic Club and will continue to go above and beyond. My focus is not money, but to make our community better and serve those around me.
So what’s next? I am going to start working on a workout ebook. It never stops!
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