Revving into high gear – I plunge head on into my fitness business…

Leigh Chmilar Motivation PotentialJust keep moving. Just keep moving forwards. That’s what I keep telling myself when fear takes over and tries to get me to back down.

I’m not afraid of change, in fact I’m constantly trying new things and changing routines in my life. I blogged about starting anew in January 2013, and really DID NOT forsee myself being where I am today. Two weeks ago I took the proverbial “plunge” and quit my stable, well-paying engineering career so I could devote 100% of my focus and energy into my passion: Fitness Training and Nutrition.

I wasn’t quite financially ready for it. Someone with a bit more thought and preparation may have stayed for another 6-8 months and built a nest egg before jumping ship. However, after 6 months of working long hours personal training, studying, teaching group fitness, on top of 40 hours per week was down right draining. I got to a point where the littlest challenge at work got me so frustrated, tired, sad. I felt beaten down for small reasons. My body ached when I got less than 7 hours of sleep, which was often. I realized quickly that I wouldn’t be able to continue that way for much longer.

The reality is that every person is different, and every person can take on a different level of stress and challenge, and for me, I couldn’t push any longer. I felt like I was in limbo, being pulled in two directions, but not progressing either way. So I followed my gut instinct when it told me: “now is the time…”.

I am scared about what the future holds, but in no way do I think I am unprepared to succeed. I recognize that the road ahead will likely be the hardest I’ve ever faced (and have no idea what that feels like), but I am willing to accept the challenge and put in everything I have to make it work. People say that building a successful business is one of the hardest things you will do, AND also the most rewarding. I am luckily not alone. I have a great support system of friends and family, and I am not starting from scratch. I work for an amazing company (Blitz Conditioning Inc) and am devoting myself fully to opening the Calgary chapter, creating a beautiful space for people to come and be motivated to improve their health.

I am scared…but in no way do I think I am unprepared to succeed

What keeps me focused is the acknowledgement that I am responsible for what happens in my life. I have a choice, whether or not to succeed. I choose to work hard, focus on my goals in the next 1, 3, 5 and 10 years. I choose to forgo a lot of things that aren’t important and will not support my ability to succeed. I choose to be in control of my life, my emotions, and my happiness.

Whatever you dream in life: know that you can make it happen. Humans are practically unlimited in their potential, and most of them never use more than 10% of that potential. It takes a shift in your attitude to take control of your life. Set yourself goals. Build a roadmap of how you will achieve those goals. Stay consistent in the activities that will bring you closer to your goal. You will succeed.

Stay tuned….big things are coming your way!

Lotsa Love,


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