The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs
Family of seven, Three full time jobs… well, one full time job, full time school and nearly a full time schedule at a Therapy Clinic, an ADHD mind and a midlife career change to Marriage & Family Therapy. Wow you might be thinking, “a therapist with ADHD”, yah, never a dull moment in therapy. I love what I do, love my family. My life if full of adventure, twist and turns and I am honored to take this journey with my best friend and partner, my wife.
Over a year ago I posted “Fitting in Again: A guest post”. With the idea I would track and post my path back to a healthy, fit life amid a crazy and demanding schedule. Shortly after that post on November 11, 2012 I got a promotion at work. The promotion was a great opportunity but unknowingly my life was about to become unbelievably more difficult. It wasn’t unusual for me to work 70 hour weeks and get home at 3am. This was in addition to my school schedule. It was taking a toll on me physically and mentally. It had to stop. I need to take back control of my life again.
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
Honestly, there were times I felt like it didn’t matter anymore. I wanted to accept the idea that being healthy and fit isn’t possible while being a responsible parent, employee and student. It’s either or, right? I was close to giving in multiple times. Ahh… I would argue with myself, I’ll just wait till I am out of school, in my new career, when the kids are older, when I am retired! Seriously! These thoughts went through my head. But I have a feeling I am not alone, many of you know what it’s like to do everything right with little or NO results and often even experiencing negative results. It’s madding, I get it, I understand. But I know it’s possible and had to dive deep to find that motivation, drive and know how.
Hopefully, my experiences as a husband, father, student, crossfitter, psychotherapist dealing with everyday challenges helps motivate and provide solutions to your obstacles to finding a healthier, happier and fit life. What are the most difficult challenges you face in obtaining your goals?