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An eagle is hands down one of the most powerful and feared birds in the sky. The golden eagle has a wingspan ranging from 72 to 84 inches and weighs 7 to 14 pounds. It feeds on rabbits, squirrels and hares, but has also been known to snatch up foxes, livestock, and even adult deer. However, there is the story of this one powerful eagle that admired a duck. He admired the duck so much he kept getting his feathers wet trying to be just like him.

One day an eagle spotted a duck gliding so gracefully and peacefully across a pond, that he said I want to be just like him. He watched closely, trying to see how the duck was gliding. He figured I soar so easily in the sky I’m sure gliding would be no problem. His first attempt was a complete failure. He got his feathers so wet it weighed him down. And in turn when he tried to fly again, he realized he couldn’t go as high as he normally would because of the wet feathers. Still, for almost a week he tried over and over to glide like a DUCK, never mastering the smooth gliding technique of the graceful duck.

Then one day this most feared bird approached the duck and stated, I’ve been watching you from high in the sky, and I just must ask how is it that you glide so smoothly across this pond with no effort? The Eagle said, every time I try to glide like you, my feathers get all wet. The duck obviously surprised that he had not been eaten alive answered that’s because you are only observing me from the sky, the real work is happening under the water. I may make gliding look easy however I’m working very hard to stay afloat.

As TFC approaches our 10-year anniversary I’ve received many calls from personal trainers to gym owners near and far, saying how have you lasted in this business so long. They lament, I can barely keep 5-10 clients and you have a packed gym. One stated, I literally went into business for myself because you made it look so fun and easy.

For the many entrepreneurs, business owners and even my clients on this weight loss journey, watching from the sky, who often get frustrated, I leave these few tips:

You don’t have to be the biggest or strongest to be admired. Even giants look up to someone.
Stop thinking you know it all. Ask questions so you won’t keep getting your feathers wet and letting situations weigh you down.
Be kind…not every person, thing or experience is out to hurt you. You will be surprised how much more willing people are to help when they feel your kindness.
When I say I eat, breathe and dream of TFC I’m very serious. I’m constantly seeking advice, learning new skills, taking courses and going to conferences so I can stay abreast of what’s happening in the health and fitness industry to expand my knowledge and improve myself.
Lastly, I make it look easy because I’m driven by my passion, not fame or money. And remember you’re on the outside looking in, there are a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go on behind the scenes that makes gliding look so easy.

No Mess!

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