I Believe In Fitness

My Name is Patrick Burns, and I Believe in Fitness.

Imagine you were given the vehicle of your dreams – for free, but under one condition. You had to drive that vehicle everyday for the rest of your life, and you could never get a new or different one. You could only take care of and maintain that vehicle to ensure it runs for as long as you need it to. Would you take care of it? I’m sure you would. I’m sure you would keep that car in pristine condition. So why is your body any different?   It shouldn’t be. We only get one body, take care of it, appreciate it, and don’t take it for granted.

The title of this blog is the first line of the movie Pain & Gain. Now, if you’ve seen that movie, you know that it was… well… interesting. The movie starts good, but as it progresses, it gets a little strange. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was 18, about to graduate from high school with the world at my fingertips (or so I thought). I was lifting religiously and I was starting to gain a foundation of knowledge about the body, movements, and exercise – and people started to notice. I was passionate; there was no denying it.

Anyway, I saw the movie Pain & Gain with my dad soon after it came out. A personal trainer in Miami that was sick of living paycheck-to-paycheck and wanted more from life… Ok… I wanted to be a personal trainer though? ME? Living paycheck-to-paycheck? No way. I started thinking, what if? I mean, I definitely wanted to be a personal trainer, but for how long, and at what cost? I literally just wanted to help people get healthy and to never have to worry about money, was that too much to ask?

In the movie, Mark Wahlberg (Danny Lupo) attends a success seminar. That’s when we learn the difference between being a “Doer” and a “Don’ter” – one of things I will never forget. It’s pretty simple. Doers get stuff done. They chase success and create their own opportunities. Don’ters, on the other hand, well… Don’t. They settle for mediocrity and subside to the challenges of life.

If you know me, you know I am a very stubborn individual. I started thinking, innovating, and creating. I didn’t want to be Danny Lupo (obviously with higher moral standards, but I digress). I also didn’t want to “work for the man” my whole life. I did, however, know one thing; I had a passion that could not be ignored – Health and Exercise.

The movie Pain & Gain outlined 3 keys to be doing a “Doer” and finding success that I believe are applicable to all of us:

  1. Get a goal

  2. Get a plan

  3. Get up off your a**

Although parts of the movie were quite facetious and foolish, this is pretty freaking accurate.

  1. Get a Goal – The first step in achieving anything in life. Set a goal and appreciate the amount of work that needs to be done to reach that goal. Set small achievable goals – this will keep you progressing and feeling like the large, end goal isn’t out of reach.
  1. Get a plan – You will not reach your goals by randomly and sporadically performing actions that are in the general vicinity. Plan the path you are going to take, and pursue it. These actions must be purposely, systematic, and consistent. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
  1. Get up off your a** – Your goal and plans mean nothing if you don’t actually put in the work necessary to achieve those things. Don’t be lazy. If you want more out of life, then get you’re a** up and go get it! You can achieve anything with a little effort and determination.

So, regardless, whether you like or hate the movie Pain & Gain, I will leave you with this question. Which one are you – a Doer, or a Don’ter? Your time is valuable. Don’t let it go to waste.

My name is Patrick Burns, and I believe in fitness.

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