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In one of my latest FB lives, I discuss the post-grad slump or in other words — the quarter-life crisis. What is the quarter-life crisis?

It’s that feeling when you feel trapped or you have the “is this it?” moment in your life as you enter the “real world.” Maybe you have anxiety about your career, unemployment, or college debt. It’s when you’ve run out of things to Google, because you’ve wasted so much time at work surfing the internet. It’s when you feel like you’re 99.9% sure that all your problems will be fixed with a road trip. It’s when your part-time gig as a bartender or barista has lasted over two years.

Watch the video below to learn why it’s important to get over this slump and how to overcome this period of your life.

 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you’re trying to improve your performance, we all will hit a wall at some point during our journey. I’ve personally rode the roller coaster of weight loss and it’s not fun. I’m sure many of you can resonate with that struggle of losing weight and gaining it all back.

When we hit that wall or undo all the good we’ve done, we start to question if what we are doing is even the right way to do it. Or our friends just say, “Come on, you can treat yourself just this one time. “Or we forget why we’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle and just stay in bed for 5 more minutes.

I had the honor of being a guest on a national conference call with hundreds of my partner company’s business partners to share my fitness journey. I talked about the three crucial puzzle pieces that most people are missing when they start chasing after their health goals.

1. You’re missing a coach.

Trying to tackle this journey on your own is one of the more difficult paths. You’re where you’re at because of the knowledge you possess or lack thereof.

This person can be someone you hire such as a personal trainer, or this can be a friend that is living the lifestyle you desire. They don’t have to be a complete expert on the subject of health, but they do need to be performing at a higher level than you. They are someone that has to know more than you and someone that you can go to when you have a question or get stuck.

2. You’re missing accountability partners.

Aside from your coach, you need a group of people to help keep you accountable. The accountability partners that work best are the ones that are on the journey WITH you. Having friends cheer for you on the sidelines is great, but there’s something to be said about the power of when you’re in the game with your friends.

I recommend daily check-ins with your accountability partners to discuss what went well, what didn’t, and provide daily encouragement so that you can push through this journey. The power of accountability partners isn’t what you get FROM them. As their partner, you have to keep them accountable and continue to push them forward. And in order for you to do that, you have to hold up your end of the deal first which causes you to take action too.

3. You don’t want it bad enough.

It doesn’t matter if you have the best coach and the best accountability partners. If you don’t want it bad enough for yourself, you’ll find an excuse. If you do want it bad enough, then you’ll find a way.

When you have the burning desire to succeed in taking control of your health, that’s when you’re willing to do whatever it takes. That’s how the consistency, good habits, sacrifices, and commitment all come into play on their own.

When times get tough where you want to give up, you’ll need to remember how bad you want it. You must remember your WHY. Why do you want to take control of your health? Is it to live your best life? Is it to be around as long as possible for your family? Is it to inspire others? Is it to prove to others that you can do it? Is it to prove to yourself that you can do it? Whatever your reason may be, it has to be strong enough to push you through the difficult times.

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.

~Eric Thomas

If you’re struggling with your fitness journey, look to fill these three missing puzzle pieces so that you can take your health to the next level.

There is one significant factor that is holding you back from achieving your next level of success in any area of your life. The culture of your environment can either push you towards your goal or pull you away from it. If you are in the same environment today as you were a year ago, chances are your life has not dramatically advanced forward.

Now you might be successful in your current context whether you hold a high position in your company or you just graduated at the top of your class, but you’ll never achieve past that level until you shift the culture around you. Would you agree that a high school freshman who hangs out with middle schoolers would not succeed as well as a high school freshman who hangs out with seniors at the top of their class? Of course! Although they still “advanced” to the next level, they won’t achieve at that level. So why wouldn’t this same concept apply to other aspects of life?

Someone who hangs out with friends that eat fast food all day and go out for drinks Thursday through Saturday is much less likely to be in great health than someone who hangs out with a group friends who have a health conscious culture. A college athlete who just got drafted to play professionally wouldn’t continue to practice with his or her college peers but instead practice with their new teammates to quickly pull his or herself up to the standard.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t remember where you came from, but in order to start living your ideal life, your current environment needs to become just a memory. Your past IS NOT your future. Your past environment is there for the times you return to share your story and to show others that they can achieve what you’ve achieved.

Shawn Stevenson, bestselling author & creator of The Model Health Show, and Eric Thomas, world renown motivational speaker, dives deeper into the topic of how your environment is the most influential factor in determining your success in the latest episode of podcast. Check out the video below to see them drop knowledge bombs that can take you to your next level!