If we are honest with ourselves, when we examine the patterns of our life and see the consistent inconsistency of our efforts to develop to our full potential and become the amazing person we are meant to be, there is one overriding reason that we fall short…


We leave ourselves escape hatches. They’re secret doors that take us to the dark tunnel that leads to the door hidden by vines at the base of the cliff.


I’m speaking metaphorically of course. But, we do this. When we finally screw up the courage to do something hard, something far outside our comfort zone, that tests our mettle and strains our willpower, we leave ourselves a way out. Just in case it gets too hard.


But, what if we didn’t? What if we truly COMMITTED and “burned the boats” so there was only one path to take… onward?


I’m a Tolkien fan. I’ve read the LOTR trilogy about 10 times. Of those amazing stories, the one that most resonates with me is the Battle of Helm’s Deep. Aragon and the entire surviving nation of Rohan retreat to their last bastion of hope, the fortress of Helm’s Deep. While its walls have never been breached, they also know that there’s no way out. By heading there, they decide that they will either fight it out to victory or die there. There’s no escape hatch.


I admit that’s a bit more dramatic than the circumstances of our everyday lives. Hopefully you’re not fighting for your life, surrounded by an army of savage orcs. But, it helps illustrate my point.


Whatever hard thing that we attempt, whether it’s losing 20 or 100 lbs, or moving on from a soul-sucking job to start the dream business that has filled our imagination for years, we will enjoy sustained success only when we fully and truthfully commit to it, regardless of how hard it will be to persist. When we allow ourselves an escape hatch we WILL use it. We have only to look at our past inconsistencies for proof.


I see MidStrong as kinda like Aragon. We’ll be there WITH you along the rough journey and we’ll be there FOR you when things get hard. Because, we want your life to be awesome and we don’t have an escape hatch.


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


Stronger than our excuses.


PS – Once you’ve come to the realization that you’re no longer willing to put up with your present circumstances and you’re finally and truthfully ready to pursue your ultimate potential, please know that you will have our fullest commitment to be there with you and for you. If you’re ready now, please take a moment to fill out this form which will let Julie and me know how committed you are to this. Takes less than 2 minutes to complete. We will be in touch personally within 24 hours.


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.