23Nov, 2009

Markham Personal Trainer asks…How have you changed?

Hey there…how you doing? I hope you are doing awesome today.

change-1-269x300I got this idea from one of my business coaches and he asked the question, “How have you changed?”

I’m sitting in my office listening to the first Kings of Leon album (Because of the times….awesome album…I definitely recommend it) and contemplating life. Deep stuff I know. I guess this stuff happens when you are turning 30 years old in a week. Does your life flash between your eyes when that moment hits?

I have people in their 20’s saying to me…”Ewwww 30 years old…are you getting married yet?” and I have people in their 40’s saying to me…”Damn I wish I was 30 again…”  But to me it’s a little different…

I still live by the saying that, “You are only as old as you feel.” and physically I still feel like I’m 20 years old. Actually I know I’m in better shape now then I was when I was 20 years old.

Mentally and spiritually I’ve grown….to know that the more I know and understand…the more I don’t know and don’t understand

There is one thing that always remains the same for every birthday…..every single year I have changed. I have made it a point to improve my body, my situation, my business by even a small margin…every single year. When I look back at where I started I think…maaannnnnn I’ve grown up (ladies please don’t take me saying “man” in a deragotory way, that’s just the way I talk 🙂 )…

Back in high school I was the kid who pretty much failed at everything I didn’t care about. The only thing I got A’s in was gym class (go figure).

I sucked with authority figures and people telling me what to do (I am still like this…can’t shake bad habits I guess)

I was scared to take my shirt off in public or even in front of friends for fear of being ridiculed.

I went to college where I still didn’t know what I wanted to do and played basketball during every single break I had…sometimes when I was supposed to have class too 😛

Right before college I started working out and things were looking better for me…

I started to shed a little weight…get a little toned…gained a renewed confidence about myself that I was missing for so long. 

I went from a guy that looked like this…


To a guy that looks like this…


Then I got all OCD and worked out almost every single day I got a chance to. Working out and playing basketball were my vices.

After college I was working at a shady Bank where I sold high interest loans to people that didn’t need them…and I hated the feeling I had every single day.  I was like…this can’t be life….this can’t be what I’m going to do for the rest of my days….sitting in front of a desk, hating my job, browsing facebook at every chance I got, emailing my fellow coworkers complaining about how much we all hated our jobs…

I was sick of it….

I got so sick of it I had to make the decision…

That I was going to either do something I believed in/something that would benefit other peoples lives or travel the world and expand my life experiences…

It was at that point I chose to start a career in personal training where I would be helping people do the same thing I have done for myself…and getting paid for it.

Then everyone and their momma were telling me that I was making a bad decision. I was called everything from stupid to crazy to lazy. I loved it. When people tell me I can’t do something…it just sets something off in me. When that happen it’s like….ok now I’ve I gotta do it and prove them wrong.  It’s that whole not listening to authority thing…hard to shake 😉

To make a long story short…

I evolved from working for a corporate gym to starting an in-home personal training business that evolved into a women’s and corporate boot camp business and spreading my proven fat loss system throughout the GTA.

I’ve been in the newspaper, on TV and I even got a 1-800# now. 

Please don’t take this as bragging or trying to impress you. I really want to impress upon you that changes…massive changes can happen in your life.  If I can do it….you can do it for sure.  I’m not that guy that was born with great genetics or even overachieved when he was younger.  I was just average.  Or below average at that. 

It just started with a vision…

Change didn’t happen overnight that’s for sure. Sometimes I would sit alone wondering why everything was going so slow. I’m a little impatient so I always had to remind myself….

RunningShoesChange is a marathon. Not a sprint.

The changes you want to happen will take time. If you want to make change in your life it won’t happen over a month….it may not entirely happen over a year…it takes time.  You gotta be prepared for that.

I had those days where I would hit the gym and think…what am I doing this for?  Why am I here?  I am working out just to see the same body day after day.  Sometimes you don’t realize that every day that you work towards your goals you won’t see results right away.  And sometimes you do the wrong things and have to change course.

Hitting goals/making changes is like heat seeking missile.  The missile will dart around back and forth changing its course until it hits its target.  Change is exactly like that.  You have the goal in mind and you will try things that will work…and you will do things that won’t work…and everything success and failure brings you closer to your target/goal.

If you want to achieve your goals these three rules are the only rules to live by. All you gotta focus on is taking one small step forward every day towards your goals…every day. Even if it is the smallest inch.

Educate yourself and learn from what others have done to get to your goals faster. And once you hit those goals…set another one right away to prevent complacency.

Change course when the plan is not working. 

That’s the reason why you are reading this blog.  You are focused on your goals.  You know one little piece of information you could get from this blog could change you drastically.  I got a lot of respect for you because you will do what it takes to reach your goals.  That includes reading and researching what works. 

Man…if I saw you in person I would put my hand in a fist and give you a “dap” while I say, “Resssspect

This is a dap aka. Fist Bump

This is a dap aka. Fist Bump

I guess turning 30 (or any number that ends with a “0“) makes me get all introspective. I didn’t mean to get all woo-woo on you today. We all need to stop and realize all the successes we had in the pasts and all the changes we have made. Sometimes it takes a birthday to make you appreciate it.

How about you?  How have you changed? 

Leave a comment below and I’d love to hear your story.

Dan Go

Posted by Dan Go | in Markham Boot Camp | 13 Comments

Comments on “Markham Personal Trainer asks…How have you changed?” (13)

  1. sonia

    Hey Dan! Just wanted to say Good Job!!! I read your blogs all the time and forward lots of the information to my clients too (I’m a trainer too). Time for extra changes in my life!!! Which gym are you at??? I’ll be moving back to Ontario in the spring would love to join one of you bootcamps or go visit you gym at least 🙂

  2. Hey Sonia…thanks for the positive vibe! Every day is a new day you have to set goals and achieve them. Looking forward to seeing you in the spring! Gimme a holla when you get here go.personalfitness@gmail.com

  3. Wendy La!

    HI DAN!! I was ALWAYS curious as to how you were before because there’s just no way you’d really understand, right?? But I was wrong! I can’t believe you actually did it, so I’m definitely pumped that I can do it to! Like you said – success doesn’t come overnight, I’ll just keep working HARD! 🙂

  4. Beth

    Well Dan, I’ve been better. Broke my C-7 vertibrae on Sept 3 and have been wearing a rigid collar since then. Can’t do anything, drive, stand, work, sit for too long, read, lift anything! Boring. And, I’ve put some of my weigh back on. See my neurosurgeon next Wed and hopefully will get the collar off, but will need extensive physio therapy after that. Really miss exercising, but first things first. Must get better first, then start the battle of the bulge all over again.

  5. Hey Wendy! You are already working hard as it is! Changes will come slowly! Just focus on your goal and you’ll attain it. I’ll see you tonight!

  6. Hey Beth! Definitely get yourself better before starting a rigorous exercise program. That doesn’t mean that you can’t improve your eating habits. There are always other things we can focus on until you get your body right. Keep motivated and I hope to see you up and healthy soon!

  7. Amanda B

    Hey Dan,

    I have been battling my weight my whole life, it really takes changes always to improve not only on your body but your mind and spirit to reach your goals. You have an amazing program going, best workouts I have ever encountered, personal trainer after personal trainer, gym memberships , martial arts never really worked great you really kick our butts and it feels so awesome to really hurt after a workout. Its taken me just about 2 years to loose my weight but with your help we all can be healthy and strong women! I really appropriate you having this program and really caring! see you Thursday! have an awesome nite 🙂

  8. Audrey

    Hello Dan,
    I always read your emails and blogs. This one about change is very inspirational. Thanks for sharing. I am still on my journey and today I needed to read this.
    I wish you all the best in the coming year. You’re doing an awesome job.

  9. Hey Amanda,

    You definitely have come a long way….just looking at that before picture of you I’m amazed. I’m very happy you have joined up my boot camp and I look forward to pushing you to your limits and helping you reach your goals. See you tonight AB!

  10. Thanks Audrey! Every day is a new day to make the changes you want to make. I’m looking forward to hearing about your changes in the future!

  11. wonderful log you admit

  12. Keep working, nice job! This was the thing I needed to get.

  13. Awesome, glad I could help!


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