I know what you’re thinking: it’s New Year’s resolutions time. For many, that means time to hit the gym or go on that diet – to shed those extra pounds that always seem to accumulate over the holidays. While it may be true that exercise will help with that, the “change” I am referring to in my title has nothing to do with your physical appearance.
In 2004, I was 34 years old. I had a 2 year old son, played baseball weekly, and worked out a couple of times a week at the local YMCA. In my mind, I was invincible! My wife – either out of concern or to disprove my “invincibility” – suggested I see a cardiologist. You see, I have a family history of heart problems.
In what I refer to as my “Before Steve” phase, I was 230 pounds – eating anything and everything I saw. CLICK HERE and HERE to see a few “before photos” if you don’t believe me. Today, at 192 pounds and a competitive triathlete (182 is my racing weight), I’m a new man.
Why? Back in 2004, the doctor I saw was kind enough to side with wife, and I decided to make some major lifestyle decisions – for me and my family. Being a “typical guy,” I needed goals; the more competitive, the better. A good friend dared me to do a triathlon, and even though I didn’t know how to swim at the time, I said “yes.” As you can see, I lived to tell about it. CLICK HERE and HERE for the proof.
In addition to becoming more physically fit, I gained from this experience what my client, Joe Mendels, pointed out to me recently in this NY Times article. The article, “How Exercise Changes Our DNA,” discusses how our genes are actually changed through exercise. We all know that we lose fat, improve our heart health and feel better by doing regular exercise, but when I started my lifestyle changes 10 years ago, I didn’t realize I was also affecting my body at the molecular level.
My experience with a more healthy lifestyle is one that anyone can have. It was simply about making better choices: choices about what I ate, choices about when I got up in the morning and when went to be bed at night, and choices about how I spent my time. The unexpected benefits of my choice to live a healthier lifestyle was better sleep, a better attitude, better self-esteem and ultimately better relationships with my family, friends and clients. I have become a more optimistic person, more hopeful, and more fun to be around (at least I think so). More often now, I see opportunities instead of challenges, and the potential in others as well as in myself.
I can honestly say that SRQ Wealth Management probably would not exist today if I had not made those changes back then. Story after story of CEO’s and top performers in business seem to reflect this, but until you live it, it’s hard to believe that good health will make you more successful.
So as you review your goals for the coming year and try to answer the question, “What do I really want in 2015?” if it is success, then I suggest you start with your health. If it is a better relationship with your family, start with your health. If it’s the best year of your life thus far, start with your health. It worked for me; and I know it will work for you too.
After reading this article, you will know that the best way to “get into your jeans,” in 2015 is to change your genes!
Best wishes for a successful and meaningful 2015- from all of us at SRQ Wealth Management!