That one step.

Chris Tse Blitz Conditioning One Step


It’s said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  Over the past year I have seen amazing transformations in our 90 Day Challenges and in our community, many people who have taken first steps. It’s inspiring to see these changes happen in real life after a person decides to make that one change.  I see on a daily basis, people who have placed their foot down in their lives and decided that they no longer want the easy way out; they chose to own their actions and their thoughts and take a part in controlling their destiny.  Whether it’s choosing to stop bad habits and take on healthier ones, or even remove themselves from depression and negative self-talk into a positive mental attitude these are real lives that have changed for the better.  I’m humbled to be a part of the journey with this Blitz Conditioning community and I feel like I’m on the pathway to living a fulfilling life through participating in these experiences.

What you may not be aware of is that everyone suffers from the same doubts and anxieties.  We all experience it: the negative thoughts in our head, the freezing fear that stops us dead in our tracks.  We see many positive points that come from the stories that we tell on our blogs but we can rarely capture the day-to-day struggles that we all face.  The reality is that every person’s beginnings are just as humble as everyone else.  We all struggle with the same things; even athletes will doubt themselves and their actions from time to time.  When a person has achieved something, people don’t realize that maintenance is as big of a battle as the win. The negative thoughts rise again.  We may become complacent after the win and revert back to old habits.  It is resilience and discipline that realizes the dreams and prevents self-sabotage.  It’s within the day-to-day struggle that we realize that we are our own worst enemy but, in the same breath, it is this internal conflict that allows us to conquer that enemy.

I have always looked at fitness not as the solution but as a weapon that can be used to defeat the old self.  I battle not for changes in waist size or on the scale, the battle happens in my mind.  This weapon carves out discipline in my live: the discipline of taking time out for myself, the discipline of healthy eating, the discipline of self-care, and the discipline of loving myself enough to change.   I hone my health and shape my future and that is the success.

A successful person acts in the now.  They make a conscious decision, in the present, to do what he or she is supposed to do to see success. Success is not a gift or a birthright; we make a decision each day to be successful.  We realize that effort is the ultimate tool that breaks down the old self in order to create a better person.  We need to be responsible and accountable every moment and make decisions to be successful.  We shape our success, we may not win every battle but we eventually we win the war.  We don’t have to be held hostage by the past, whether the past is positive or negative, we must act in the now.  In our day to day success we progressively create a blueprint for bigger success in the future.

As we carry on reading our fitness bloggers, realize that you have the same ability to succeed.  Begin changing your mindset and you’ll realize those goals: maybe it’s moving from sedentary behaviour to an active lifestyle, maybe it’s completing your first 5 km run, or maybe it’s competing in an Olympic lifting competition, the possibilities are endless and the world is at your grasp.  You just need to actively reach out and grab it!

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.


  1. Sean Sinfield says:

    Great post. It is the first step that we shoud rejoice as that step is the hardest to take. Once the first step has been taken we should remember why we took that step and let it carry us through the remainder of our personal journey.

    Again great post!

  2. I f*(king love this blog.

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