Whether we realize it or not, we are all chasing happiness in one form or another. 

Think about this for a second…What are the most common New Year Resolutions?

  • “I want to lose weight.”
  • “I want to exercise more.”
  • “I want to save money.”

The list goes on and on but the thought process remains the same. We believe by achieving these goals we will become happier individuals. 

  • “I want to lose weight” because losing weight will make me happy.
  • “I want to exercise more” because it will give me more energy which will make me happier. 
  • “I want to save money” because if I have more money I will be happier. 

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but achieving these goals won’t make you happier, at least not for very long.

When we want something that we don’t currently have, we assume that getting it will make us much happier. But what we overlook is the fact that even if we get what we want more than anything in the world, at some point it will become our new normal. And something else will take place. This is why I’m a big believer in teaching people how to learn how to love the process of goal setting, from start to finish. Its the process of achieving something great that truly makes us happy, not the actual outcome. I believe that this process is what brings joy, not the actual outcome (goal). In actuality its the act of progress through discipline and mental toughness that brings us happiness. 

You may be asking yourself what do I do with that information?  As a gym owner, I do believe fitness is an amazing avenue for happiness. Not because I think having an 8pack will make you happy (that’s a cool thing to have), but because I believe the process of getting fitter produces happiness. The 8pack is just a physical manifestation of a solid process at work. 

As we journey together into the start of 2019 we are forced, whether we want to or not, to assess our happiness. I believe we must learn how to find joy in the daily, sometimes monotonous, work of making good decisions that produce positive outcomes. If that’s the case we might as well chose to be happy NOW by enjoying the process of becoming fitter and healthier human beings. 

-Mario Ashley, MBA
Naples Strength & Conditioning, Owner