As I sit and write this, it is the end of December 2016 and I am seeing many post on social media about what people are planning for the coming year.

I have a question…

How different is your life now compared with ten years ago?

Most people over estimate what can be achieved in a year and under estimate what can be done in a decade.

10 years ago I was an obese, depressed and addicted couch potato with an ever growing list of illnesses. If you had told me then that I could turn my life around and reinvent myself as an ultra-marathon runner I’d have told you that was impossible.

I struggled to walk up a set of stairs back then and the only thing I ran was a bath.

I would never have believed that I could go on to become an award winning international speaker and content creator, sharing my experience of recovery to help and inspire others.

It has been an incredible decade and looking back I realise now that 2006 was actually the year my transformation started.

Normally I say it was 2009 because that is when I first saw the nutritionist that helped me make the initial changes to the way I eat. The bit I’d failed to recognise was that one of my lowest ever points with my depression came in 2006 and it was the acceptance that I needed help that started the slow process of both mental and physical recovery.

I didn’t know how to turn my life around, but I knew I had to.

The last 10 years have more things to be grateful for than I could possibly list here. This includes getting my health back, my marriage with my wife, the birth of my second child, successes in my career (and then a complete career change), launching new businesses, raising thousands of pounds for charity, running over 63 miles in a single day, completing my first triathlon, speaking at TEDx, having over 2 million views on my websites, running my Natural Juice Junkie retreats and helping many thousands of people across the world.

There is no way I could ever have known that the chain of events that started in 2006 were going to lead here.

In 2005 at his Stanford Commencement Address, Steve Jobs said:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.”

My life in 2016 is so much better than I ever could’ve imagined back in 2006. In fact, in 2006 I believed I would most likely be dead by the time I was 40 years old. As I write this I am 41.

My advice for the future? Follow your gut.

 

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