Do You Focus On What's Awful, or What's Awesome?

When it comes to your health and fitness, have you ever felt like you:

  • focus on what’s wrong or your "flaws"?
  • have to get to the gym because you've been "bad"?
  • obsess over the smallest deviation from you "plan"?

Unfortunately, this is all too common in the health and fitness industry. Now, it’s important to call out that if you have ever felt any of these, neither you nor anyone who may have made you feel that way are bad people.

Sometimes, we have a weird way of showing that we care. And as they say, the road to hell is often paved with the best of intentions.

What if, instead, you focused on this:

  • Find what’s fun and in your life, and move toward that.
  • View healthy food, fitness, and lifestyle habits as a journey to living your life with purpose and intention.
  • Get excited about playing, experimenting, and exploring. About feeling incredible in your body, not ashamed or exhausted.
  • That, my friends, is the difference between something that is based on awfulness and something based on awesomeness. I specialize in the latter thanks to the fine folks at Precision Nutrition. This article, nor much of the work I do, would be possible without their guidance, coaching, and mentorship.

You see, an awfulness-based approach is something you’d expect from a drill sergeant. It’s loud and aggressive. And while it has its place and can often work in the short-term, for what we’re doing, it rarely lasts.

An awesomeness-based approach is something you’d expect from a guide by your side on your journey to total wellness.

Even if you feel hesitant, I’ll grab your hand and together we can go for the ride. This is very different than me shoving you forward alone.

I’m proud to be a specialist in awesomeness-based coaching. Instead of focusing on what’s “wrong,” we spend the bulk of our time focusing on what’s “right.”

Things like your:

  • strengths
  • skills
  • capabilities
  • interests
  • accomplishments 

That is, what’s working, has worked, or might work for you and how can we find ways to do more of that?

This isn’t to say that we won’t spend time finding ways to do less of what isn’t working. After all, regardless of the feedback we get (did it work/not work) we have to find a way to use it.

But wouldn’t you rather spend your time playing, exploring, and experimenting in ways you enjoy?

Look, I’m good at what I do. I'm proud of the work I’ve put in so that I can be the change I wish to see in the world. But even though I’m good, I think you’re better.

I’d consider myself an expert in the field of practice-based food and fitness coaching. My specialty is breaking down the seemingly complex into something simple and actionable. But when it comes down to it, you’re the real expert. You’re with your body 24/7. Who is going to know you better than you?

I know that you have your own abilities and reasons for change. My job is to find and develop these. More importantly, my main goal is to help you learn to identify your own limiting factors, challenges, and obstacles and then propose your own solutions.

You don’t NEED me. You just need to learn a bit more about you so that you can show up and respond accordingly. That’s what I can help you do. Again, it comes back to focusing on what’s right instead of what’s wrong.

I can’t promise you 6-pack abs in 60 days or less nor do I want to. But what I can promise is that after working with me, your life will never be the same.

If ANY of this resonates with you, then what we do at Head Down Heart Up with the Perfect Fitness Framework might just be what you need. Keep us in mind the next time you think you might want a little awesomeness-based change in your life.

For now, if you know anyone who would benefit from reading this please consider sharing it with them. 

On your side,


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