A Rally Cry… You Can Be Better

As 2010 winds down and I look towards 2011, I am excited about all the possibilities.  Today isn’t the day that I am going to reflect on the past year (I will do that at some other point), but if you are anything like me, sometimes you feel defeated.  Life is overwhelming and all we can do is catch our breath as another wave of responsibility crashes on top of us. (That might have been my best metaphor I have ever used 🙂  I am actually not sure if it is even a metaphor since grammar stuff isn’t my expertise)

Many times we question our abilities, or lack there of, and it puts us in such a hole, that it seems overwhelming to even climb out of.  The past couple years I have done so much introspective looking on myself and working on myself, that I have convinced myself that I am capable of doing anything I want, even if those around me doubt it.  Sure there are still times that doubt creeps in, but I refuse to let those thoughts take over.

Many times when I begin working with a client, I see more potential and positivity in them than they see in themselves.  I bear the role as their biggest cheerleader as they struggle to believe what they want is possible.  Having trained 1000’s of clients I can tell you that you are physically capable of FAR greater things than you ever imagined.  Don’t look at your past failures, or your lack of self belief.  Instead, live by the mantra, “Give it all you got and do your best.”

Check out this video and please respond to the question below.

I think the best part about this video was when the coach made the guy put on a blindfold.  That represented getting rid of the outside influences that could have affected his abilities to give it his all.  We need to sometimes ignore the advice of our loved ones and friends, or get rid of the memories of past results, or the visions of when you were at your best in the past.  All of these can be a crutch to breaking through to places where you had no idea you could go.  Places that you couldn’t even conceive.

Each of you reading this have a beautiful gift of leadership, and have the ability and responsibility to be the best for your family, friends, coworkers, and strangers.  You are capable of great things.  You have the responsibility to teach others the truth regarding getting healthier, because the last I checked our world is getting sicker and sicker.

What areas in your life haven’t you been giving your best?  What areas do you feel defeated in?  What areas are you committing to giving 100% in?  What in the past year have you given your best with, and what results have come out of it?


  1. Very inspirational! One of my favorite movies!

  2. Oh, Dustin! This is my favorite movie of all time! Very motivational and really gets you thinking about the way we think. Great Post!

    Sometimes I feel defeated in my parenting. My kids are growing into teenagers. It’s hard, but you can’t give up on them and you can’t give up on yourself.

  3. Your timing with this is perfect. And although I do love your workouts this is what keeps me coming back!
    Oh…and when are we going to get to that in class?!

  4. Love this video! So inspiring! Thanks so much, Dustin for posting this and congrats on your progress on accomplishing your goals. Can’t wait to hear how it goes in Vegas!

    The workouts I’ve experienced at Mamatone and Bootcamps have taught me I’m physically capable of more than I know. So did the 5K I ran earlier this fall. It’s an amazingly empowering feeling to know you’ve given your all to a goal and accomplished it!

    Now, I’d like to feel that empowered in my nutrition and what I put in my body – that has always been where I’ve felt defeated, but I’ve come to understand I’ve never given it 100% either.

    Today is the first day of a healthy lifestyle challenge me and 9 friends are starting. I already feel more committed than I ever have before, simply b/c I have friends supporting on me and counting on me. Can’t wait to go beyond my best! I’ll keep you updated…

  5. I feel defeated when giving in to my cravings. I have victory in controlling my serving sizes and how often I eat and being able to incorporate my cravings into my meals instead of eating between meals. Since January I have only over eaten twice (only real food, not junk) and plan to do it again for Christmas Dinner! I have committed to doing some form of exercise everyday and have had amazing results over the past 10 months. The one area I need to improve is doing more high intensity workouts in a week.

  6. Stacie Fredenburg says

    This scene is my favorite one from this movie and SO true….you can really do far more if you don’t let outside influences affect you.

  7. Dustin,
    You must have known that last night I was taking stock of my life this past year and was left with feelings of defeat despite little successes here and there. Your post today and the video are very timely. During the past 11 months, I have been consistent with working out 5-6 times per week except when I travel.I have seen good results on my strenght level, my shape, and my weight. The eating part steal defeats me. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities in my life, I turn to the foods I should not be eating. Raising 2 active teenage boys, managing a fulltime job, keeping up with a large family and community involvement remain a struggle. Last night for example, I grabbed a chocolate chip cookie at 10:15 at night. I knew it was bad for me, but it was very comforting.

    To answer the 3rd part of your question, I commit to giving my 100% best to better management of my nutrition and to finding cutting down external noise that keep me from focusing on which is fruitful and fulfilling.

    I wish you great success in Vegas. I look forward to the report when you get back.

  8. Kimberly Tolley says

    WOW – that is one of the best personal inspirational messages I’ve seen in a long time, and believe me I’ve been looking for them. THANK YOU for sharing and make sure you give it your all in Vegas. I know I’ll be cheering for you!

  9. Thanks so much for this great post and the inspiring movie clip. What movie is it from?
    In response to your questions,
    Area of my life I haven’t been giving my best: my home. I like to cultivate a warm, clean homey home. Good, planned meals, welcoming feel. The disaster of toys and debris and lack of kitchen organization in recent weeks just doesn’t feel good.
    Committed to 100%: I’ve been really committed to my workouts, and I feel great about them. I want to keep my intensity high these next couple months. My husband and I have both really focused on eating well and exercising this summer and fall, and it’s been fabulous to see results.

  10. While I do think that clip is very empowering and I understand the purpose of applying the blindfold, I’m not sure that a similar strategy would work for everyone. I personally thrive on markers and measurements. When I’m doing a 45-second sprint interval during a jog, for example, I’ll feel like I must stop because I can hardly breathe, but then I’ll glance at my watch and maybe see that I’ve only been sprinting for 30 seconds. Seeing that benchmark gives me the energy and motivation I need to complete the last 15 seconds. I felt the same way when I did my Groupon trial of boot camp. Whenever we were doing a really tough exercise and I was just about done for and ready to stop, Abby or Amber would yell out, “Twenty more seconds!” and I got re-energized immediately.

    So having a nebulous goal–such as “do your absolute best”–is not helpful for me personally, I don’t think. But having a concrete goal that I can measure and work toward is immensely helpful. I like to think in terms of logic and be able to really wrap my head around what I’m doing. Obviously, not everyone is this way, but I do think it’s good to be aware that different people seem to excel with different methods.

    Something else to keep in mind is that everyone’s “best” is different. I tend to always push myself in exercise to the point at which I feel like I’m going to die. This is not necessarily a great thing. People who are similar, I think, could push themselves to the point of serious injury if they were just told to keep going until they had nothing left. I mean, I know there have been several times while I’ve been working out that I’ve felt close to passing out just because I really needed to take a break but wasn’t letting myself do it. There is a healthy midpoint, I believe. 🙂

  11. The movie is called “Facing the Giants”.

  12. Dustin… amazing video. Wow. I keep walking around the house doing my work thinking to myself… “What if I could do more than I ever thought possible?” It’s a very exciting thought. Keep it coming Dustin… I am loving the motivation!!!


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