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Boldness has power, genius and magic in it. Begin it now!

These famous words by Johann van Goethe, rung in my ear as I dove head first into the frigid Atlantic Ocean for my 42nd birthday Sunday. While the icey water stung my flesh and shocked my body I felt alive, vital and empowered!

My birthday polar plunge was a symbolic start to a personal challenge this year; be bold, dig deep and take inspired action!

Take away: When it comes to stepping up to a new challenge or an old obstacle this year, I invite you to lean in and take inspired action. When you do people, events and resources you never dreamed of will come your way.

What’s the point of being alive if we don’t at least try to do something remarkable? Be bold, dig deep and take the plunge!

 

Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, life coach, presenter, athlete and author. Check out his blog/vlog for more secrets to living a fit and happy life you love. http://erikhajer3.wpengine.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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Lost and Found on a Colorado Trail

 

This past weekend I participated in the Bear Creek 50K (31 Mile) Trail Run in Lakewood Colorado.

The event was an amazing and epic adventure in the Colorado mountains. I experienced euphoric highs and had to dig deeper then I ever had during intense lows. I was filled spiritually and challenged both mentally and physically. In short I lost myself and found myself on a Colorado Trail.

Here is what I discovered about ultra trail running and about life:

I (we) can do so much more then we think we can.

When I (we) stay open to possibility and simply begin, the how will be made clear.

When I (we) take a wrong turn (in my case running 4 extra miles) it is best to let it go, regroup, find your trail and carry on.

Having support is vital, in my case my friends Karen and Jonathan who lifted my spirits and supported me the last 6 miles.

Approaching an experience without expectation and judgment is a sure way to have fun, find your natural rhythm, and come alive.

When you reach for your potential your whole world exponentially expands.

Sharing enlivening experiences with others (in my case friends/tribe members Dustin, Bob, Rob, and John) creates bonds that can last a lifetime.

Take away: I invite you to dwell in possibility. Reach for your potential. Push your boundaries. Seek new challenges and shared experiences.

Wishing you magical moments and happy trails on your next adventure!

 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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