7.5 Weeks to Competition: Living Simply.

IMG_3655I live a really simple life.  Yes my schedule is jam packed, I work about 65 hours a week, but at the end of it all I rarely get stressed out or burnt out.  The simplicity lies in that I work and live for three things: family, friends, and community.   My “why” in life is ultimately the desire to bring people together into these three networks and allow the three things to meld together.  Even the growth of our membership basis is done with the intent that we are building a greater and stronger community that is focused on supporting each other.  I strongly believe that the sense of community is what keeps most people coming back to Blitz.  We welcome everyone with open arms and encourage them to find their strengths and utilize them both in their own lives and also in the support of others.  My friends are both those within the community and those that I’ve known for longer than the existence of Blitz.  I’m always amazed at some of the friendships I am privileged to have even from kindergarden to now.  I both lean on these friendships and support them in times of happiness and  trials.  I love my family.  I owe everything I am to my parents and their strong spirit, guidance, and encouragement to me.  We’ve been through some tough times together and some joyous ones too.  My true desire is to honor my parents in affecting other people’s lives in as much as they have mine; that is greater than anything material I can give back to them.

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My simplicity lies in the following premise: if it doesn’t positively affect either family, friends, or community, I don’t do it.  If the activity or decision positively affects the three circles in any way then I do it with absolute passion and devotion.  So I look at things like charities that I’m involved in, the co-ownership of Blitz, personal training, creating business links, and of course bodybuilding as ways to connect and support these circles.  So instead of worrying about individual problems, I take steps back in my mind and ask how does this affect the greater ecosystem of my life, my family, my friends, my community?  I worry less about semantics because they’re the little things in life that are really not important at all.

Simplicity has allowed me to focus on training for this bodybuilding competition. I’ve zoned out most things that don’t affect the three big “why’s” in my life.  In the mix of my daily activities I only concern myself with relationships with others and training – whether that is working out or eating.  I even structured my less rigid eating day around my family dinners on Sundays so that I’m sure that I can eat with my family.  Believe it or not, finding the simplicity in life has actually allowed me to be the most relaxed I’ve been since Brett and myself started Blitz two years ago.  I rarely get stressed out about managing my schedule or tell people that I’m too busy to meet up.  It’s about scheduling and organization.  I have a belief that “too busy” is a lie, it’s simply that you don’t want it bad enough to reschedule things.  Hammering out 2-3 workouts a day requires discipline, effort, and focus.  Part of the focus is the ability to stop concentrating on what’s missing in life.  When people crave things they focus far too much on what they don’t have as opposed to what they do have.  If we simply focus on enjoying the moment we’re relaxed and our quality of life increases because of it.  Pursuing bodybuilding isn’t about giving up on things in life, it’s about increasing the experience.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t drive passionately towards a vision that I have for the company and for my life.  I just know that every turn on the road that we call life is a new experience that will eventually lead us to the outcome.

Try simplifying your life.  Pick the top three things that matter most to you and begin to purposefully go through your day focusing on these things.

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About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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