It feels so douchy and cringey to post this picture but for as long as I can remember, I’ve hated my body. It’s been a constant source of frustration, discomfort, and a never-ending inner dialogue of “not good enough.”
My belly is too big, my shoulders are not broad enough, my waist is not narrow enough, my biceps and triceps are not big enough, and my chest and back are not defined enough.
Is any of this the truth? Through my eyes and perspective, yes, and that is what creates our lived reality. I just know I’ve never liked my body, and no matter how much I exercised, how intentionally I ate, or what else I tried to transform my body, I felt like it never changed.
Finally, four months ago, I did what I advise others to do. I hired someone to support me.
If we can’t get a result or create the experience we desire on our own, it’s a massive missed opportunity not to hire someone to help us see our blind spots. I hired a coach, nutrition expert, and trainer to support me, Heather May Brown.
In 120 days and at 41 years old, these are the results. Honestly, I feel really proud of myself!
— but not just because of the external results.
I pushed through so much resistance and learned SO much.
Heather had me completely change how I saw eating and nourishing myself; I was surprised to find I was under-eating and over-exercising in ways that weren’t right for my body.
The hardest part was the first two months when Heather had me approach eating and working out in different ways that I didn’t like. I wanted to quit and go back to my old ways of doing things, but I stuck with it, ignored my doubts, and chose to trust the process.
It’s crazy how often we think we know best, doing things over and over, getting similar results, and then feeling upset and disappointed.
If we’re ready for real transformation, hiring coaches, trainers, consultants, or people from the outside that can see opportunities we can’t is a game-changer.
No matter the area of your life, here’s my recipe for success: Get support, commit, practice trust, get outside your comfort zone, and stay the course!
Opportunities to work with Alex, for you or the men in your lives!
1. The Torch: A Weekly Virtual Men’s Group & Community
This is a no-brainer, super low commitment way for any growth-minded men to dip their toe in (for just $50/month). Seriously, join us or get your partners, friends, brothers, fathers, etc. in here!!
For an hour every week (but with the expectation of joining at least 2 calls per month), men from all over the world who want to become better partners, fathers, leaders, or just better versions of themselves, connect in a safe space to share and unload their stresses, burdens, and challenges, without judgment or advice.
Alex and his business partner Bob share mini-lessons on empowering topics like mindset and healthy masculinity, and then hold space, celebrate honest sharing, and help the men to set intentions in their lives.
Additionally, all members get access to a private online community to share wins, give and get support and advice and build new relationships with other men.
Here is all of the info + the next steps to sign up; if not for you please share with the men in your life!
2. The Alchemy of Men Retreat - coming up June 7-11 in Fairview, Utah.
This is for the man who would likely never go on a retreat, but is interested in personal and professional growth, accomplishing business goals, becoming better partners and parents, and creating brotherhood with other growth-minded men.
For 4 days and 4 Nights, men will enjoy:
-Meals by a New York 5-Star Chef
-A 10,000 sq foot house with sauna, jacuzzi, and cold plunge
-Surrounded by nature
-Powerful work around creating peace, connection, purpose, and clarity in their lives
-Private Rooms, Shared Rooms, and even a Tent Option (for the Outdoorsman) are available, at a range of investment levels.
For more info checkout www.Alchemyofmenretreat.com
If you or the men in your life have questions about any of the above, just email Alex@thedreammason.com.
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