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0004: Be Thankful

Dec 23, 2020



Respond to life with gratitude, no matter the occurrence!

We aren't the best version of ourselves everyday, but the least we can do is find 3 things to be thankful for.

It's not normal to respond to stress or negativity with thankfulness, but why not try?

You can always be thankful. This mental reset and support is available to anyone that needs it.

Prioritize your energy, thank the people that support you and want you to win. It's even more cherishable when sharing this sensation with others.

Life may not be pleasant right now, but you can still move and grow out of situations.

The situation may seem dark and progress seems unrealistic, but remember this is just one part of your life! Hold onto hope!

What makes you passionate? Can you use this passion to serve others? Where there is a will, there is a way.

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Hey everyone, Mike DeMora here, founder of the NCEP. The National College of Exercise Professionals. Today, I want to just talk a little bit about being thankful. You know, anybody who's signed up for our email list and have really been following me for awhile know that this has been a really rough year, you know, 2020, typically you've got some ups and downs and 2020 has really given me a lot of downs, so to speak. And, uh, people have always asked, like, how do you bounce back from that? What is it that you do? You never really seem like you're down. You never really seem like it's taking effect. And now I wanted to share with you something, you know, one of my mentors always told me that, you know, when you're feeling down and you got an issue and, and just things don't look right to just stop and be thankful.

And I looked at him kind of like he was crazy. You know, I looked at him, what do you mean if, if things aren't going right, what is it that I have to be thankful? And then he stopped and just looked at me. Really? You don't have anything to be thankful for? And so I've really taken that to heart. And so every day when I wake up, before I get out of bed, I just sit there. And I think of three things that I'm really thankful for. I try to make really quiet. I try to sit there and just be so thankful, get into that whole mode of being thankful. And then the next step is take what's bothering you, take whatever the negative is, take, whatever you think is a problem and try to find the silver lining. What is it about the issue that you cannot actually take away as a positive? That you could be thankful for.

And once again, people look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them this, but everything has a silver lining. Even if it's just a lesson learned that you don't ever want to feel again, at least then you know that you've built up some, for lack of better terms, immunity to it. Or that you've been able to see how you got through it, but be thankful! Be thankful! Find three things that you're absolutely thankful for. And the other thing is it should be more about people than things. You know, they always say that when you leave this planet, you don't really get to leave with your things. All that you're left with are the memories. All that's left on this planet are the memories and the relationships that you've made. And so, I just suggest that you really tell the people that you care about, how much you care about them.

Be thankful that they're in your lives. Be thankful that they're someone who can really change your world. Sometimes I know that I'm, I'm definitely guilty of this. I don't let the people that I love that I, I don't let them know as often as I should. I'm not as thankful to them as I should be. And my whole thought about next year, and actually from here on end is to really do that, and actually want to take a step and say, I'm thankful for you. If you're watching this video and you follow NCEP, have anything to do with our story or struggle or our work that we do. I just want to say, thank you. I want to say thank you. And if you know anybody, who's going through a tough time or they're looking to see what they can do with their lives. Um, I know that I struggled early on with trying to find out what I wanted to do with my own life.


20 some odd years ago. If you don't know my story, I'll give you a really quick recap. I moved out to LA with nothing, with a hundred dollars in my pocket and what I could fit in my little tiny car. And I came out to LA thinking I was going to be this movie star and this professional kickboxer, and things were going great. I met up with a personal trainer. Now it wasn't even my trainer, but he was a personal trainer inside of the gym. And he suggested some moves to make me more flexible for my kickboxing career. Within an instant, I was injured, and my entire career was gone. I could barely move. I could barely walk. I, I, I was done. I didn't have anything. I was homeless. I was living in my car. I eventually got a place that I could park my car. And then I, I slept in the garage where I parked my car.

I'm not telling you this to feel bad for me. I'm telling you this because no matter where you are, there's hope! Be thankful! Look at where you're at and decide what it is that you want to do. You know, I got this calling that I wanted to serve. I wanted to serve others. And oddly enough, my whole thought was, what happened to me? I took it as my mission, because I didn't want it to happen to anyone else. So I actually became a personal trainer and I was servicing clients every day and I was feeling great, and I realized I couldn't service enough people. So what I wanted to do is teach more and more and more. I just felt this, this passion that I needed to help more people. And so through a couple of steps, we founded the NCEP and now I've served thousands and thousands and thousands of trainers who are now themselves serving thousands and thousands of clients.

And it's fulfilled me and fulfilled my passion. And I just urge you to do the same. I urge you to stop and be thankful. I urge you to stop and think about what it is that you really want to do and how you can serve others. And if you decide somewhere down the line, that being a trainer is what it is that you want to do, and that's your calling. Then give us a call, and become a trainer. And we will take you step by step so that you can be the best trainer you can be and serve as many people as you can. So I wanted to wish you another, happy holidays, and we will get back to you next week. Take care. God bless, talk to you soon.