“Always Rising” is a term that is very special to me and in a way I consider it the foundation to how I live my life. The idea came to me when I was 16 and was thinking about getting my first tattoo. As I contemplated what I wanted my tattoo to be, I knew it needed to have meaning behind it. So I thought to myself “what am I striving for?” This is a big life concept for a 16 year old but I have an amazing mother to thank for pushing me in all areas of life. (Special shout out to the woman who raised me, supported, pushed, and encouraged me to be the man I am today, thanks Mom).
I was always pushed to strive to be the best for myself and in everything I did. It was not necessarily the concept of “be the best overall”, but more about being your personal best and trying your hardest to reach your full potential. Essentially your best is always perfect because it’s all you can give.
So with “Always Rising” being the life slogan I chose, I decided to have a dragon flying upwards signifying the “always rising to be better” concept. It is a constant reminder to always strive for my best no matter what life brings my way. “Ashmeade Always Rising” was added to the tattoo, to finish it off.
I only have one life to live, so I push myself to do everything to the fullest and therefore receive ultimate fulfilment. My life currently consists of school, family, friends, the gym, work and most of all my Christian faith. I give all my heart into each of these areas of life because I know in doing so I will find fulfilment and untimely will be blessed. Over the last couple years, I have had amazing life opportunities and I truly thank God for them and His blessings in my life. I see how living my life to the fullest is honouring to God and biblically sounds which ultimately shows my appreciation for His blessings and guidance in my life. I’m not preaching that you have to be perfect in everything you do because that’s impossible but rather I am pushing you to try your best in everything you do. I see this concept as “if you do things half way, you get half the results but if you do everything 100%, you will get 100% results”.
I really see this concept applying to your efforts at the gym. Always push yourself and challenge your body. Be safe in what you do but give 100% to achieve maximum results. Figure out your goals for the day/week/month/year and work your hardest towards them! Trust me it will always pay off!
There are truly no short cuts in training.
Half the work = half the results
100% work = 100% results
Until next time
Dan has been a personal trainer since 2008.