Marc Hill: Fitness Enthusiast, Cos Player, Motivational Speaker, and Super Nerd

Marc Hill is a well rounded individual.  He has an amazing story that we dig deep into on this episode of the 127 Fit Podcast.  Topics that we cover during our conversation include:  Childhood, Marc’s 100 lb. weight loss journey, the importance of having purpose, fitness, cos playing, and of course, much more!  Marc is very candid and transparent during this interview.  There are a lot of powerful nuggets you will be able to take from Marc’s story and apply to your life.  Enjoy!

Marc’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/colorado_kratos/

127 Fit Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

Tyler Johnson: Founder of Elev8 Educ8 Rejuven8

Tyler Johnson is a Husband, Father, Coach, Mentor, Trainer, and Founder of Elev8 Educ8 Rejuven8.  Tyler and I have an awesome conversation covering a variety of topics.  Some of the topics we discussed included:  Family life, childhood experiences, finding purpose, the importance of athletics, leadership, and much more.  Tyler is full of fire and passion for life.  You will thoroughly enjoy this episode!

Tyler’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/elev8educ8rejuven8/

127 Fit Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

Each Day

Each day you choose who you will be. Each day you choose who you will become. How often do you hear people blaming others for their stupidity? It’s always someone else’s fault. There is no self-responsibility, no internal examination. People want to point the finger, people want to tear others down. It makes insecure people feel good about themselves, at least temporarily. I’m not interested in that life. I used to be that person. The person who was always tearing others down, in order to build my insecure self up. I am sure I have been guilty more often than not of pointing my finger at someone and trying to put the blame on them as well. But today, I am learning to live my life not focused on what everyone else is or isn’t doing, but focusing on what I am doing and need to do. I am learning, each day is an opportunity to grow. An opportunity to get better. I don’t need to blame others. How about I look in the mirror and find out what’s wrong with me, before I try to find out what’s wrong with someone else? I control who I am, who I will become. Why waste energy on that which I have no control over? Live. Listen. Learn. Love. Each and everyday.

One Step

One step. And then, another. And another. And another. One step in the right direction today. Day after day after day. That’s what it takes to get where you want to go. To accomplish great things, impossible things, lasting things, we need endurance. The majority of us, like to have what we want, right now, with no effort, no work, no waiting. Just give it to us, RIGHT NOW. Our culture promotes this lifestyle, glamorizes this lifestyle, but reality is quite different. Reality usually gives us something drastically different, packaged in the form of hard, laborious, and difficult. Why? Because the fact of the matter is, life isn’t easy. Good things, great things, impossible things, lasting things, valuable things, don’t come easy. That which is worthwhile, doesn’t come easy. Change in life, isn’t easy. Reaching/accomplishing your goals in life, isn’t easy. What we are taught in our society, what is modeled within our society, promoted, and sold, is a far cry from the true reality of life more often than not. We need to embrace the hard life, the hard way. We need to embrace the fact that we grow in the grind and the grit of life. We learn so much about ourselves within the grind and the grit. Focus on one step. One step today. One step at a time. One step in the right direction day after day after day. No matter how hard it gets, just simply keep stepping in the direction you know you are to step.

Rick Alexander: Author, Veteran, Athlete, Coach, Podcaster, and Entrepreneur

Rick Alexander is a man of many things.  Rick is a published author, Navy Veteran, athlete, endurance and mindset coach, podcast host (Lion Heart Radio), entrepreneur, and snowboarder.  Rick just recently moved to Colorado and I had the pleasure of catching up with him to discuss his life-story.  Rick and I cover a wide-array of topics which included:  Morning routine, favorite podcast, the importance of suffering, military experience, the importance of knowing who you are, and much more!  There are some valuable nuggets within this episode, you will not be disappointed!  Enjoy!

Rick’s Website:

https://rickalexander.com/

Rick’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/rickalexander_/

127 Fitness Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

Build

It is interesting how we live in a culture that wants everything, RIGHT NOW. There is no waiting, no patience, no discipline to deny the instant gratification that tugs at us so hard. Most people just give in, it’s a lot easier to do so. And we see the ramifications of the RIGHT NOW attitude all around us. Overweight adults, overweight youth, large increases in preventable disease, broken families due to divorce and children being born out of wedlock, increases in gun violence, the list goes on and on. It’s sick and pathetic. Great things, powerful things, lasting things, take time to create, to build. They take hard work, discipline, focus, drive, and passion. If you look no further then the house or building you are currently in, there was a process to building this structure, it took time. A plan was created, the foundation was laid, so on and so forth. Building something meaningful, impactful, and again, lasting, doesn’t and won’t happen over-night. You have to be willing to endure, suffer even. You have to be able to block out the noise, the doubters, the naysayers, the negativity that wants to destroy. You have to build no matter what, whatever it takes. In the end, the product, the outcome, the results, will be worth the toil and the labor.

No Expectation

We cannot control how other people are going to live their lives. We cannot control how other people will react, respond, and or receive that which we give them. We cannot control other people’s thoughts, feelings, emotions, actions, or their perception of who we are. We literally, have absolutely no control over another person. But, we absolutely DO have control over ourselves. We definitely have control over our reactions, responses, and how we receive that which is given to us. We definitely have control over our thoughts, feelings, emotions, actions, and how we perceive others. And we most definitely have control over how we serve and love!

I am a thinker. I think a lot. I ponder a lot. I analyze a lot. I reflect a lot. I try to interpret what others are putting out there, a lot. My mind is busy. My thoughts are constant. I have been going through a situation over the last several weeks to where my thoughts have been super focused in one area, and one direction. I have been trying to interpret things. Trying to figure things out, work things out within my mind in this specific area. Random things, random words, random thoughts, random phrases and random quotes present themselves to me in my mind, often. I don’t know what it is, but for me, words are beautiful, words are powerful, words have significant meaning, and words play a significant role within my life. Words, phrases, etc. help me to stay focused on living the life I desire to live. This morning, the phrase, “Serve and love with no expectation,” came to me. As I have been wrestling with constant thoughts over this specific situation/area that I previously made reference to, as I have been trying to figure this situation out through my thoughts, pondering, analyzing, reflecting, and interpreting, I have come to the realization, or probably more accurately stated, have been reminded, of the fact that I have NO control over someone else. I CANNOT control someone else’s life. But, once again, I CAN control my life! I CAN control how I serve and how I love those around me! We must serve and love with no expectation. Too often we serve and love in order to receive something in return. We do certain things in life, so that we get certain things back. We live life too often in expectation, that if we live a certain way, if we perform certain tasks/duties, if we jump through certain hoops, then we will get specific results. We live expecting. We live to receive back. True service, genuine love, does not expect anything in return. You serve because you want others to be blessed. You love because you want others to be blessed. Serving and loving in order to get something in return, is again, not true service, nor genuine love. These are simply selfish actions to fill some void or emptiness within our life. We must serve. We must love. We must serve one another. We must love one another. With no expectation. With no strings attached. With no expectancy of anything in return. We serve to serve. We love to love. In order to build others up, to bless others. In order to be the men and women, God created us to be, for His glory. Serve boldly today. Love boldly today. Live boldly today. It’s not about you, it’s about others, ALWAYS.