Eric Hinman is an entrepreneur on many fronts. He is currently a content creator and social media influencer. Eric is sponsored by and promotes brands such as, Vital Proteins, Lululemon, Optimum Nutrition, Rockin’ Protein, Saucony, YumButter, among many others. He also owns a couple of restaurants and a gym in his home state of New York. Eric is also an avid health and fitness enthusiast. He has competed in triathlon and currently trains in the functional fitness space. Eric has a wealth of experience as well as knowledge that he shares on this episode. This recording takes place outside of Wonder, in downtown Boulder, Colorado. It was a cloudy, chilly day, with a lot of car traffic and people passing buy during our interview, but we got it done!
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I want to live in a routine. I naturally want to live a life of comfort. Knowing always what is next. My mind wants routine. My mind fights to remain comfortable. The natural mind will do everything in its power to protect you, protect itself. To preserve. The natural mind will lead you astray. The natural mind will lead you to a dead-end. The natural mind will eventually destroy you. You control your mind. You fight your mind. If so, you WILL win.
What do I need, not, what do I want. What do others need, not, what do they want. This is all the difference. You live for needs, not wants. You live a life of delayed-gratification. You put the needs of others ahead of your own, sometimes, not all the time. You learn the art and beauty of self-discipline. You grow, mature, and become better. Doors of opportunity open. You are prepared, ready to walk through these doors, the open doors. You walk through, life unfolds, happenings occur. As it will, as it should. You are stepping into your calling, your destiny, the dreams planted deep within. You are becoming the individual you were created to become.
The greatest resistance in my life is fear. The greatest enemy in my life is fear. The greatest obstacle in my life is fear. The greatest opportunity for me each day, is overcoming my fear. Fear is real. Fear isn’t real. It all depends on how you perceive fear. How you accept fear into your life. How you respond to fear. Fear is natural. I don’t care who you are, how crazy or hard you think you are, you have fear. We all have fear. We all struggle with fears. Take a step back though, and think about the reality of fear. What is the reality of fear? Why do we fear? Why do we allow fear to hinder our lives? Why do we allow fear to prevent us from reaching our full human potential? Why do we allow fear to consume us? Why do we allow fear to destroy us? Fear can be overcome. How? Fear is simply a figment within our mind, within our imagination. Essentially, within our minds, we make fear up. We allow this figment to effect our being, our existence. We allow fear to grab ahold of our mind, heart, and soul. We allow fear to take root within us. And once we allow fear in, it is an absolute cancer. BUT, FEAR CAN BE DEFEATED! Fear is an invisible enemy that CAN BE CONQUERED! What does it take? It takes willingness. A willingness to let go. A willingness to let go of fear! Fear can become a comfort for some. A crutch. An excuse. People let fear be their reason they never become who they know they should be come. They are comfortable with underachieving, comfortable with a life unfulfilled, comfortable with a life wasted. Fear is the reason. Fear is the crutch. The excuse. You have to be willing. Willing to let go of the comfort, the crutch, the excuse. You have to be willing to step into the uncomfortable. Be willing to step into the unknown. Be willing to step into failure. Be willing to step into success. You have to be willing to fulfill your purpose, your destiny, your calling within this life. You have to be willing to let go of yourself. Your ego, your pride, your arrogance. Fear flees when an individual attacks. When an individual takes a stand. When an individual accepts humility and refuses to give in to their fear any longer. Fear is defeated, conquered when we let go, and leap into the fire.
Up ahead the road turns. Where does it turn to? That, I do not know. All I know is that I have to continue down this road. This is the road I have chosen to take. This is the less-traveled road. The road that most choose not to take. The exact reason I chose this specific road. I don’t want to travel down the road taken by most. I don’t want a road that is well lit, well marked, well worn. I want a road that is dark. A road unmarked, hardly traveled, full of potholes and speed bumps. I want a road that is unknown. Unfamiliar. Off the main drag. Wherever this road turns up ahead, it doesn’t matter to me. It is not about the end destination. For me, this road I am traveling down is about the process of learning along the way. When I don’t know exactly where I am going, when I don’t know exactly how I am going to get where I think I want to go, this challenges me. This tests me. This stretches me. This forces me to learn. This forces me to adjust. This forces me to rethink. This forces me to examine, ponder, question. This forces me to grow, mature, and let go of myself. I am thankful for this road. This road that I have chosen. No, this road isn’t for everyone. No, this road isn’t the easy way. And no, this road isn’t always enjoyable, but this road gives me peace, satisfaction, and at the end of each day, when it’s time to rest, traveling down this road is exactly the road I know I am suppose to be on. The road less-traveled. The difficult road. The uncomfortable road. The road unlike any other.
My fears want to hold me back. My anxiety wants to hold me back. My mind wants to hold me back. I want to give in. I want to let up. I want to be normal. But I can’t. And I won’t. I have to keep going. I have to press on. I have to live each day fully. I have to be a good steward of what has been given to me. I have to be an example, one to follow. A leader. A role model. I have to test myself. Challenge myself. Allow myself to experience uncomfortable. I have to overcome. Overcome the fears, the anxiety, the wandering mind. I have to overcome the pull to be satisfied, content, and complacent. I have to encourage and teach others. I have to practice what I preach.