About four years ago my first son was born and around that same time I began to teach cycling classes at the local gym.  I had never instructed anything before, but wanted to share my love for exercise and get paid for it!  In all previous fitness classes, the instructors had quirky things that they would holler or a variety of prompts that they would encourage you with as the going got tough.

So naturally, I wanted my own motivational phrase to share with the class on the brink of exhaustion:


Powerful eh?  Well the truth is – I don’t say this very often, but the behavior that I embody and encourage does.

What’s the point, you ask?  It’s simple.  I need to check my behavior to gauge my belief.  If I wake up at 4:30 AM to cycle indoors with 20 other crazies with the belief that I will push my physical limits, then I actually have to push my physical limits when the opportunity is provided.  In this example my behavior is embodying my belief.

When my behavior does not align with my beliefs, then there’s a problem because a belief-check is needed.  Sometimes it’s as simple as checking your mindset.  Let’s take the cycling example.  When approaching my physical limits during a cycling class, I need to coach myself through the pain because I know it brings me growth & closer to my potential.  However when the workout gets tough and I avoid the physical pain by not working as hard, I have changed my mindset to retreat.

One approach demands success or else I’ve failed.  The other approach considers success an opportunity to stretch myself and take step closer to my potential.

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “If you are going to talk the talk, then you have to walk the walk.”   The question I repeat to myself each day is, “Are you walking the talk or just talking the walk?”