Remember the last time you had a really good day, a day when you “felt your best”? What was that like?


Did you wake up feeling rested, loose and limber, mostly pain-free? Was your mind clear, free from brooding, worrisome thoughts? You felt strong, right? Like you could rip trees out of the ground. And you felt a welcome sense of peace cover you like a warm blanket on a chilly day.


Sounds almost magical, right??


How often do you feel like that? When was the last time? Imagine feeling that way every day, or at least most days!


The author of The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, asserts that we are the source of the capacity to feel peace, clarity, and joy, to feel “at our best”. We are also the source of the limiting beliefs and self-defeating behaviors that inhibit that happy state. 


I believe him. I’m proof.


For my part, as a father and husband, coach and business owner, I feel an obligation to be “at my best”, every day, or as often as I can control. I owe that to my family and our members. The alternative is ugly – a distracted, unpredictable, snarling, short-tempered, judgmental jerk – Angry Paulie. Nobody likes him.


So, I carefully and planfully engineer my days to create the conditions to be at “my best”. How, you ask??


Knowing me as well as you do, you can probably guess my formula… Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise, and Fun. Throughout all of that I weave Simplicity. Make it simple. Reduce everything to the easiest, most appealing, most automatic process as possible.


Now, I could write a book on each of these categories and we don’t have the space in this missive for much more. So, I’d like to encourage you to do two things…


First, read Dr. Hendricks’s book – The Big Leap.


Second, schedule 10 min of completely undistracted time and reflect on a time that you felt “at your best”. Allow yourself to relive that moment. Recall the conditions in your life that brought that enviable and elusive state about. Take the last few minutes imagining what it might be like to feel that way every day. This process is called visualization. It’s a powerfully effective tool to facilitate sustained change.


When I check in again, I’ll offer a few pearls that I’ve uncovered about each of the distinct categories I mentioned above.


Until then, here’s wishing you a moment of peace, clarity, strength, and the absence of pain and worry.


You can do this. Don’t settle. Join us.


Stronger than our excuses.


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Paul Reilly

Paul is the Owner and Founder of MidStrong. He created MidStrong in 2017 to train men and women in midlife who are busy with work and family to build muscle and burn fat so they can look and feel better than they did in their 20’s. MidStrong is making Functional Fitness training safe and fun, and inclusive. He and his wife, Julie also own and operate MidStrong locally, their bricks and mortar business, previously called ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. It is a boutique fitness center specializing in training folks in and around Westborough through the challenges of midlife for more than five years.