One of my favorite quotes by a man I greatly admire goes like this…
“Serve a cause greater than yourself or you will lead a one-man army.” -- Richard Marcinko
A passage from a book of Scripture reads...“For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?”
All around us are incredible examples of service. Most acts of service are quiet, personal, and never make the headlines. Service from a parent to a child, a sister to a brother, a child to an aging parent or friend to a friend.
Even greater is the service to a stranger, because when we serve someone who we don’t know and with whom we have no relationship, we are no longer serving within the bonds of the relationship, we are serving within the bonds of humanity.
I get a chance to serve every time a patient walks into my office. It is an honor and a sacred trust that I take seriously.
I long for the day when I can serve as a doctor without having to charge for it.
Service uplifts us. It takes us out of ourselves and allows us to serve a cause greater than who we are. When we serve humanity in general, we find a greater sense of connection, a greater sense of identity and a greater sense of whole.
Service doesn’t have to be great or loud or noticed. Service allows the one who serves to forget themselves and to give of their best.
However and wherever you serve, always try to give the very best of yourself, knowing that you are made better by your service as much as the person whom you serve.
Look for opportunities to serve everywhere, and you will be amazed at the possibilities before you...and you will know peace.
It is amazing how transforming your life changes aspects of your life you did not expect. When I started losing weight my goal was to feel better about myself and to hopefully feel less of a fraud as a doctor.
Then when I started losing weight successfully, other avenues opened up.
New experiences that I had never had before, people coming into my life with different experiences, different stories, different opportunities.
I had another one of those recently. On my flight to McCall for lunch, I met a guy named Steven Conner. Along with his partner Dustyn Stevens, they have a created Forge Your Potential, an organization designed to motivate and inspire people to find the best that is in them and to fulfill their true potential.
Part of that organization is a podcast and, on our flight to McCall, I was invited to be a guest on their podcast.
The fact that anybody would want to interview me still makes me laugh. Seriously, why would you want to interview a guy like me?
However, I’m starting to be open to new experiences, new opportunities and new horizons. While I figured there was a good chance that I could make an idiot of myself, I decided to go for it.
I’m so glad I did.
Conner and Dustyn are really amazing people. Intelligent, thoughtful and with a desire to make a difference. If you haven’t checked out their podcast before it, I really recommend that you do. It’s hard hitting, insightful and raw blistering honesty. You can’t listen to what they do without feeling inspired.
In a world full of negativity that tells us that we can’t come Dustyn and Conner will make you believe that you can. And that belief is the most important thing you’ll ever belief.
I had a fantastic time recording this podcast because it felt like I was sitting amongst old friends, just talking about life, goals, dreams and forging your potential.
So the next time you feel the urge to enrich your mind, jump on over to Forge Your Potential and spend a few minutes becoming more than you thought you could be. Follow them on social media as well. You won't regret it and you'll come away inspired and motivated. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.
And if you're interested in the podcast we did together, you can find it here. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Yeah, the picture is slightly blurry, but my memory of this day is as sharp as ever.
This is Greg Plitt. Fitness model, author, motivational speaker, former army ranger. He acted, was on TV, and had an amazing life.
On June 8, 2013, Greg was part of the Bodybuilding.com Fitness Expo in Boise.
Although he was rushed, he spent a couple of minutes talking to me, and then was willing to be photographed with me.
For him, that was an everyday thing. For me, I hated being photographed. I hated how I looked, how I felt and who I was.
But he didn’t see me that way. He made me feel like I could be successful, could change my life. I told him that day that I was going to change. It took me longer than I hoped...but I made it.
But I made it too late.
Greg passed away in an accident on January 17, 2015. A life cut short.
If he were still here, I would find some way to meet him again, show him the picture of who I was, and who I am becoming. I would thank him for how he made me feel, and the hope he gave me. I would try to explain that the 2-3 minutes he spent with me touched my life deeply.
I would tell him that I had made good on what I told him I would do.
I would tell him that his example made a difference in my life.
And I think he would tell me that I had done well, and to go be something better, because he was all about becoming everything you can be.
When I started my weight loss journey in May 2016, I didn’t really have a time frame. I just knew that I wanted to lose weight and eventually get back to 180 pounds.
Around November I started realizing that I could achieve 100 pounds of weight loss in approximately 8 months and I got excited. What can I say, I like round numbers. :-)
So I set myself a goal of weighing 230 pounds on January 1 and by pushing myself really hard I managed to achieve it. It was amazing to realize I could do this.
But once I reached my goal I realized there was something missing. I was still slowly losing weight, but I didn’t have the drive and the focus the same.
Because I didn’t have a goal.
Don’t worry, I still haven’t cheated or eaten anything that I haven’t planned to. I just haven’t been as mentally focused.
And it struck me again how important the mental focus aspect is.
So now I have a new goal. 130 pounds lost in one year.
My new goal is to weigh 200 pounds (or less) on May 1, 2017.
That would give me 130 pounds in a year. Not too shabby. :-)
To get there I’m going to have to change things up a little bit. Until now, exercise has never been a significant part of this program, but it is becoming so.
I’ve realized that I don’t just want to lose weight, I want to feel fit.
Growing up and always being overweight, fitness was always something that was a negative for me. But over the last few weeks I’ve started to become more and more interested in the idea of fitness, not as an aesthetic, but as a way of life.
Losing weight has made me realize that I can do more things. That my life is not limited. That I have wasted so much time not becoming all I can be, and I’m sick of that.
So now it’s time to strike out for a new destination. Now it’s time to become more, to do more, to serve more and to give more.
Fitness is now going to be a more significant part of my life. I’ve realized I can do this, and now I want it.
So here we go. I’m currently 226 pounds and there are approximately 12 weeks. So I have to lose approximately 2 pounds a week to get to my goal.
So bring it on.
Bring on the focus, bring on the drive, bring on the intensity. Bring on time in the gym, time spent in meditation. Bring on soreness, tiredness and achiness.
With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, there will be a lot of commercials. When you watch, ask yourself how many commercials you see for foods that are just carbohydrates, or at least high in carbohydrates.
Chips, pizza, beer, pasta, soda...
Then see if there are any medications for conditions caused by this type of eating such as, but not limited to:
When you fly a plane, if you try to climb too fast or you change your angle of attack (how aggressively the wing attacks the air) too suddenly, you create a stall. Depending upon your plane, you will get a nasty buzzing noise or the computer freaks out and starts yelling at you.
Unfortunately, stalls are also a part of weight loss, but they don’t come with a warning. They can happen after you try something specifically stupid, like pushing yourself too hard to hit a target. Possibly someone you know (or are reading about) has done this recently. Possibly someone who looks a lot like me.
Yes, I was stupid. In my race to make 230 lbs on January 1 (which I managed, which got me hundred pounds weight loss in eight months) I kind of pushed it a little hard. Unfortunately, the human body doesn’t play fair, and doesn’t give mulligans.
So I have spent the last two weeks at around 230 pounds. It’s frustrating to get on the scale and see that it really hasn’t moved, but I also realize that this is my body paying me back. I pushed hard for something, and I got it, but there is a cost with pushing that hard.
So I’m trying to be good, trying to stay hydrated and making sure I eat enough. It’s funny, in my ninth month of doing this, I am struggling to eat enough calories each day. Other than occasional psychological cravings for certain foods (Golden Double Stuf Oreos are particular repeat offender) I am really not interested in eating.
Part of that may be stress. Some of you may know, some of you may not, but I am no longer a part of the team at Price Chiropractic Center. I now have my own small practice which I am looking to expand. There is a lot of stress that comes with that, a lot of fear and a lot of action in spite of fear. Unfortunately, stress releases a lovely little hormone in our bodies called cortisol, and cortisol causes you to gain weight, or at least makes it very difficult to lose it.
So I realize between my shenanigans up to January 1, and the added stress load since December 30, weight loss for me right now is going to be a little bit difficult.
This is when the WHY is so important. Anyone who has heard me speak on weight loss will tell you that I have a firm belief that you need a WHY, as well as a HOW.
Whenever people ask me about weight loss, they invariably ask me how I did it. I always tell than that asking HOW is the wrong question. The most important question is WHY did I do it.
If you’re not motivated to lose weight, it doesn’t matter how you could lose weight, because you are not going to. You have to be motivated, you have to want it, and then you have to build that want, turning it into a desire, into a hunger, into a determination, and finally into an obsession.
You don’t lose 100 pounds of weight without getting determined. There have been many times in the last 8 ½ months where I could have failed. I haven’t. I have stayed on this new way of eating, even to the frustration of friends and family. And I stay on that because I have a very strong WHY.
So even in this stall, which is frustrating and probably a result of my going for it, I’m staying focused and determined.
Hopefully I’ll break through this stall soon, but if it lasts a while, so be it.