Live for your passions

It’s easy to figure out what you don’t like. Yet it is essential to also define and focus on what you do like and value.

You won’t get very far by simply avoiding and opposing whatever you find undesirable. Progress and fulfillment come not by living against, but by living for.

If there’s something that deeply troubles you, something you strongly dislike, you’re part of the way to discovering what you do like. Make the effort to replace that intense dislike with an even more intense positive desire.

When you fight against anything, you run the risk of making it much stronger. Instead of fighting against something, spend your time and energy living for a more positive alternative.

Don’t settle for a life lived in opposition. The way to make life less negative is to proactively make it more positive.

Live for what you truly love, value and appreciate. Fill your life with what you do like, and there will be no room left for what you don’t like.

— Ralph Marston


Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.