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End of the year letter from David: What did 2020 teach us?

2020 was supposed to be the year of clear vision, then something happened that no one could have seen coming: COVID-19. Had someone told me in January that later this year there would be a viral outbreak that had commorbidities of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and that in response government officials ordered fitness facilities to close, I would’ve thought it was a joke and waited for the punch line (the fact that strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores, dispensaries, and fast food restaurants were deemed essential is a pretty good punch line). Yet, here we are looking back on a year that none of us saw coming. I now understand that this was exactly the type of year necessary to achieve clarity. COVID applied stress to long held systems, habits, and beliefs, of individuals, businesses, and societies, and exposed those that had strong foundations and those that were built on sand. Or, as I have heard it put, “COVID-19 exposed ALL of our pre existing conditions, not just our physical ones.” Though stressful and frustrating, this year was an opportunity to truly achieve clear vision and the catalyst for necessary change. Each of our financial, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social habits and systems were put to the test and we were able to see which were able to withstand the stress and which needed to be adjusted.

What was 2020 like for you? Was it a confirmation that your house was in order or was it a realization that your foundation needed fixing? The saying, “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training (or foundations in this case)” applies perfectly here. Did you recognize the importance of your health and fitness and double down on taking care of your physical body or did you fall into eating too much, drinking too much, and watching too much Netflix? Did you recognize the importance of mental health and double down on on a plan that focused on gratefulness and having a positive mindset or did you fall into fear and self pity? Did you recognize the importance of social health and double down on engagement and building relationships or did you fall into spending too much time on social media in isolation? Did you recognize the need for personal growth and double down on getting your own house in order or did you fall into focusing on telling other people what to think, do, and who to vote for; ignoring the log in your own eye to focus on the speck in your neighbors? Did you recognize the need for forgiveness and the reality that stress makes people, as individuals, in business, and in politics, do and say things that are uncharacteristic of their nature?

2020 wasn’t the year of clear vision, it was the year necessary to achieve clear vision. Though the lessons were hard learned, we should be grateful for this past year and the opportunities for clarity that it has brought. I know I am and I hope that you are too. This is why I am excited to share with you my vivid vision for NBS Fitness. First, I want to share with you our foundation, our “why we do what we do”. I hope that it speaks to, inspires, and motivates you as much as it has myself and the rest of the team at NBS Fitness. We’re excited for this next year, what the future holds and we’re ready to begin the journey ahead. Join us.

“Health and fitness is vital for human flourishing. In order for people to realize their highest mental, emotional, spiritual, and social potential, their physical needs must be met first. The human soul suffers when the vessel in which it is housed is not maintained. Thus, the negative consequences of failure, for whatever reason, to develop the health and fitness of the human body are felt and seen in areas beyond just the physical, outward appearance and the affects extend beyond the individual into their friends, family, and society as a whole. Likewise, the positive impacts of actively pursuing individual health and fitness spread to those in our immediate social circle and beyond. Taking care of the body we have been given is the appropriate response to our gift of life and the proper stewardship of the vehicle through which we impact the world. To do so is good, it is valuable, and it is necessary…but it is not always easy. The mission of NBS Fitness is to provide people with the facility, the community, and guidance necessary to help people achieve their full physical potential and, in doing so, help them to flourish in other areas of their lives so that they may be impactful to those around them.”

Later this week I’ll share with you how this foundation impacts different areas of the business and where we’re going in the future. We’re excited for this next year, what the future holds and we’re ready to begin the journey ahead. Join us.

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