You Can Break Through: An Evidence Based Argument

 

Coach Erik here: 

My offering today is a reminder that you have the power to live the happy, healthy and empowered life you deserve. You may be thinking, “Easy for you to say, you don’t have to deal with___.” Or “you haven’t had to go though___.” My response to that is, you’re right. I don’t know what you’re going through and I don’t know what you’ve been through. But I do know that there is something inside of you that is superior to your current circumstances. How do I know this for sure? I don’t. I believe it, but I don’t know it. YOU know this for sure. I submit that you already have the evidence, the “knowing” if you will, that you can breakthrough whatever it is that is holding you back.

I invite you to remember your power today by thinking of times when:

You met adversity head on and prevailed.

You thought you couldn’t do it and you discovered you could.

You were terrified but took action anyway.

You thought you couldn’t take another step and you did.

You thought the bottom would fall out and it didn’t.

You got knocked down and you decided to get back up.

You discovered you were more powerful then you thought you were.

Take away: Remember you have the power to breakthrough. Not because I say you can, but because YOU KNOW you can.

Live Fit and Be Well,

Coach Erik

About: Coach Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer and author who has helped thousands of people live the fit, vital, and empowered life they deserve. He holds a degree in exercise physiology and was named one of the top trainers of 2011 by Boston.com In addition to training “for life” Coach Erik is a 13-time marathon and 5-time Ironman triathlon finisher. 

www.coacherik.com 

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Sky Walk

Coach Erik here:

I recently witnessed a transformation I would like to share with you.

For my father’s 70th birthday, I invited him to overcome his visceral fear of heights by joining me on the Sky Walk located on the west rim of The Grand Canyon. The Sky Walk is a glass walkway that allows visitors to walk 300 feet off the ledge of the canyon (4,000 foot drop) with only a glass railing and floor (unnerving to even those who are comfortable with heights.) To make this happen my father had to take action in spite of immense fear. He had to have faith. He had to be willing to deal with the unknown. He had to believe that there was a power inside of him that was greater then the obstacle at hand. The look of empowerment in his eyes as a result of challenging (and overcoming) his fear was truly amazing!

Is there a fear that has limited you in the past? If the answer is yes I invite you to to consider this acronym: F.E.A.R = False Evidence Appearing Real. Is your fear real in the present moment? I invite you to consider this possibility: Overcoming fear is a result of creating new empowering evidence in the present moment that challenges your old limiting fear. How does one create new evidence? Step out on your “Sky Walk.” Gather new data. Take action!

Take away: There is a power inside of you that is greater then the obstacle/fear at hand. By taking a leap of faith and creating new empowering evidence in the present moment you can transform your life forever.

Live Fit and Be Well,

Coach Erik

 

About: Coach Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer and author who has helped thousands of people live the fit, vital, and empowered life they deserve. He holds a degree in exercise physiology and was named one of the top trainers of 2011 by Boston.com In addition to training “for life” Coach Erik is a 12-time marathon and 5-time Ironman triathlon finisher. 

If you liked this post you may enjoy Coach Erik’s other free posts, comments and exercise videos on his website. All can be found at: www.coacherik.com 

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Dirt Pile

 

Coach Erik here:

Have you ever been faced with a challenge that felt so overwhelming you didn’t know where to start? That was me last weekend when I faced down a pile of dirt (10 feet long and 6 feet high) that had to be removed from our back yard.

As I began the project it became increasingly clear that there were many life lessons to be learned/remembered from this massive pile of dirt.

My offering today is (what I believe) to be the five key “inner tools” needed to take on a massive dirt pile or any other challenge/goal you’re facing.

Key 1 Decide and Commit:

I had to decide I was going to remove this pile of dirt and fully commit to the project. The word decide means, “to cut off all other options.” When facing a challenge or embarking on a goal I invite you to decide and fully commit. Often the most challenging part of a goal/challenge is to decide. Remember not deciding is also a decision.

Key 2 Have a Compelling Why:

If your why for doing something is compelling enough the how will show up for you. I couldn’t stand having an eyesore of a dirt pile in front of my studio. As a result I focused all of my concentration and energy of moving it. I invite you to think about your “why.” Is it compelling enough to move you into inspired action?

Key 3 One “bucket” at a time: 

I invite you to focus on your next small step when facing a challenge/goal. If I had kept my focus on the entire pile I would have given up. Fight the urge to think of the whole project or end result. One baby step at a time. Forward momentum. Slow and steady wins YOUR race!

Key 4  Find Pleasure in the Process:

How does on find joy in a pile of dirt? I kept my mind on the challenge. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it. Also I thought of the fitness benefits of carrying hundreds of 50 lb. buckets across the lawn. I invite you to engage in the process. Get lost in the adventure/challenge. Prove to yourself that you can do it!

Key 5 Ask For Help:

There is nothing like support when you’re engaged in a challenge/goal. Ask for help. At my lowest point of overwhelm I asked my wife Theresa for help (in the form of a tribal scream at the pile.) She knew I needed a “you’re doing an amazing job” which got me over the hump. There is great power in receiving support. We all need a coach, friend, or significant other, to blow wind in our sails.

Take away: When facing a massive dirt pile or any other challenge/goal the four key “inner tools” are: Commit, have a compelling why, take it one “bucket” at a time, find pleasure in the process, ask for help.

Happy digging!

Coach Erik 

About: Coach Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer and author who has helped thousands of people live the fit, vital, and empowered life they deserve. He holds a degree in exercise physiology and was named one of the top trainers of 2011 by Boston.com In addition to training “for life” Coach Erik is a 12-time marathon and 5-time Ironman triathlon finisher. 

If you liked this post you may enjoy Coach Erik’s other free posts, comments and exercise videos on his website. All can be found at: www.coacherik.com 

 

 

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The Happiest Person I Know

 

This morning my wife showed me a Nordstrom Magazine clothing advertisement featuring a handsome young man with Down syndrome. The advertisement reminded me of one of my best friends, Fleming Fox, an extraordinary human being I would like to share with you.

Fleming was born with an extra 21st chromosome (Down Syndrome) however that has not stopped him from having an extraordinary life. Fleming lives on his own (staff supported community house), has a job he enjoys, friends, hobbies, etc.

The thing that jumps out about Fleming that I would like to share with you is his attitude. Fleming spreads love wherever he goes. Chances are if you meet Fleming you will get a hug, a smile, a high five, or a “have a great day!” Fleming is happy. I mean REALLY HAPPY. So happy that I had to ask him the other day, “what makes you so happy Fleming?” His answer blew me away. “Coach E I’m so happy because I love being alive. I don’t let little things bother me, and I am happy being me!”

I felt compelled to ask him about his disability, “Fleming it must be hard having a disability” Fleming replied, “Coach E I don’t like having downs syndrome, but I was born with it and there’s nothing I can do about it.” “I am happy anyway because I get to choose to be happy or sad.” “I choose to be happy!” “People sometimes look at me funny, but if I smile at them they smile back and know I’m a real person with feelings.”

To me Fleming embodies what it’s all about. Gratitude for life, spreading love, finding comfort in your own skin, letting go of that which you have no control, not sweating the small stuff, and playing your cards with grace, positivity and wonder.

Fleming is my hero. I believe is not disabled but uniquely abled. He holds a PhD in life. Fleming has inspired me to cease to “major in the minor” and be happy no reason.

I invite you to do the same.

Live Fit and Be Well,

Coach Erik 

About: Coach Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer and author who has helped thousands of people live the fit, vital, and empowered life they deserve. He holds a degree in exercise physiology and was named one of the top trainers of 2011 by Boston.com In addition to training “for life” Coach Erik is a 12-time marathon and 5-time Ironman triathlon finisher. 

If you liked this post you may enjoy Coach Erik’s other free posts, comments and exercise videos on his website. All can be found at: www.coacherik.com 

 

 

 

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What’s in Your Heart?

 What’s in Your Heart?

A few months ago I (along with 5 other teammates) took on an event called the Tough Mudder. The Tough Mudder consisted of 28 mental/physical obstacles over 10 miles on Mt. Snow in Vermont.

During the event I had a deeply inspiring experience I would like to share with you. I had learned before we started out on our four plus hour challenge that one of my teammates (and fellow tribe member) S.M had undergone open-heart surgery and was living with the constant reminder that she could have complications. While she was cleared for all activity you can imagine the courage it took to throw her hat in the ring for an event that would test even the most fit of hearts.

At one point during the event S.M and I got separated from our team during an under water obstacle. The challenge at hand was to swim under a large pipe fully submerging your face and body in a creek of thick mud and 35 degree water. I watched as other participants climbed over the obstacle instead of diving into the mud, fearful of the cold, being submerged and getting dirty. Without hesitation S.M dove head first under the pipe, emerging with mud and a huge smile plastered on her face. She could have easily gone over the pipe, no one would have known or cared.

I got to see into her heart that day. Instead of fear and limitation I found courage and possibility. Thank you S.M for reminding me of the power of taking action in spite of fear.

The take away message is this: When you face your next fitness/ life obstacle I invite you to look into your heart. Dive in. Get dirty. Take action in spite of fear. Find a way. Or you can always take the “safe” sure way.

We know what S.M will do.

Live Fit and Be Well,

Coach Erik

About: Coach Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer and author who has helped thousands of people live the fit, vital, and empowered life they deserve. He holds a degree in exercise physiology and was named one of the top trainers of 2011 by Boston.com In addition to training “for life” Coach Erik is a 12-time marathon and 5-time Ironman triathlon finisher. 

If you liked this post you may enjoy Coach Erik’s other free posts, comments and exercise videos on his website. All can be found at: www.coacherik.com 

 

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Putting it on the line


 

 What do you do when you put it all on the line and come up short?

 In 1998 I set a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. I trained relentlessly and came up short, 5 times in a row (often by minutes.)

 Finally it all came together in 2002 when I had my breakthrough race and won my ticket to Boston. To be honest I wanted to throw in the towel many times along the way, but something inside of me refused to give up.

Have you put yourself on the line lately and fallen short? Have you been afraid to put yourself on the line for fear of falling short? If the answer is yes, I invite you to consider this:

There is something inside of you that is more powerful then your current circumstances or past results. Take action in spite of fear. Learn from setbacks. Get back up when you fall down. Adapt and adjust. And never ever give up!

 You never know just how close you are to making your dream a reality!

 Live Fit and Be Well,

 Coach Erik    

About: Coach Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer and author who has helped thousands of people live the fit, vital, and empowered life they deserve. He holds a degree in exercise physiology and was named one of the top trainers of 2011 by Boston.com In addition to training “for life” Coach Erik is a 12-time marathon and 5-time Ironman triathlon finisher. 

If you liked this post you may enjoy Coach Erik’s other free posts, comments and exercise videos on his website. All can be found at: www.coacherik.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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