The Extra Mile Awaits

As I’m sitting down to type this morning, enjoying a hot cup of Marley’s Coffee Espresso (this shit is good, mon), the caffeine has me feeling enlightened.

I’d like to expose myself to you.

No, thankfully for you, there’s no NSFW photo of my genitalia attached.

But I want to expose the REAL ME for a change.

I routinely get up on my soap box, talking about my physical transformation, training and diet knowledge so you can apply the strategies in your own lives, and that’s all good, but just like your Facebook news feed needs a dose of reality, so does this blog.

People use social media to praise themselves, rarely pulling back the curtains to reveal the real, deep honest stuff they’re going through.

No one’s life is perfect.

Hell, I’m pretty happy now with a baby on the way, a wife that tolerates me and a house to move into in July (yes, I literally walked into the bank, unbuckled my belt and bent over), but tomorrow is another day and I’m certain there are challenges on the horizon.

Which is GOOD. That’s a sign I’m living, not simply existing.


News flash: I FAIL more than I SUCCEED.

And that’s why I’m (eventually) successful.

Failures and setbacks are an inevitable part of your journey, whatever goal you’ve set for yourself.

Those most successful among us have failed miserably at times throughout their lives. But they got back up and kept fighting.

Unfortunately, too often you see those failures as a dead end, when in fact they’re a roadblock testing you.

The universe wants to determine how BADLY you want whatever it is you’re after.

As Jeff Haden said, the extra mile is a lonely place. Most people who go there think “wait, no one else is here, WTF am I doing?” and leave, never to return.

But those who trudge through the obstacles and end up on the other side are successful business owners, fitness models who get paid to pose in magazines, CEOs, professional athletes and millionaires.

Truth is, if you’ve set a goal and failed, it’s because you didn’t do the work required.

I’ve been there.

My brothers and I started a food truck business, thinking we’d make a quick buck and flip it for profit down the road. But we weren’t willing to put in the work. None of us had a passion for food (error #1), nor the time (error #2) to make a serious go of it, and that was reflected in the business and end product. People know when you’re taking shortcuts.

Ask yourself, before you endeavour down a path toward that goal of yours, are you truly willing to put in the work to succeed? Is this something you want badly enough to see it through? Can you see yourself working every day towards this goal?

If the answer to all of the above is YES, then proceed.

But be warned:

Only unwavering passion, drive and an ample sprinkling of FOCUSED hard work will get you there.

P.S. I’ve now closed registration for my 12 week Online Coaching program this month, designed to help you take control of your fitness, setting you up with a success blueprint to follow for life.  Diet, training, supplementation and mindset are all included. If you’d like to get on the wait list for the next round of selections in May, you can fill out the application form risk-free here:

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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.