138 – Are You on the Right Trail
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Highlights from today’s show…
- I am hiking in beautiful Yosemite National Park and I want to share it with you!
- I give a few new product recommendations that you won’t want to miss.
- Today, I tell you what is the most important thing in life. Is it what you think it is?
Welcome to episode #138 of The David Madow Lifestyle Show. This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. And even a lot more than that. I am standing outside of Yosemite National Park in the beautiful state of California. I am looking right at the river that flows through Yosemite, the Merced River and I am looking up at the mountains. It’s just gorgeous and beautiful. If that sounds redundant than I don’t care. There are no words. If you have never been to Yosemite, I am going to give my highest recommendation.
I wanted to share something with you from yesterday. As we were taking a hike, I started thinking. I learned a lot from the trail and it’s kind of a metaphor for life. I am 100% sure I am going to be able to help you with your life today on this episode. There’s no question in my mind so hang in there.
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But first, really quick before I get into it, I want to give a shout out. I want to give a shout out to my good friend Ed Margolin and his wife Merry. Yoko and I were fortunate enough to be able to stop off at their store called Encore Theatrical Supply Company on the way to Yosemite from San Francisco. If someone I know is on my travel route, I do anything I can to be able to stop off. Whether it be having a meal with them or a short visit. It was a short visit since we didn’t have a lot of time. By the way, their store was a really cool place. It had costumes, dance accessories, and shoes. I don’t know enough about dance to do the store justice but it was a really cool place. I could have spent an hour trying on all the different wigs they had. But we did get a lot of pictures and got to get some good hugs which was cool.
We did the Bay to Breakers race this past Sunday in San Francisco. It’s probably my favorite day of the year when Yoko and I fly to San Francisco and run this 12k foot race. It’s more of a party than a race because people are dressed up in costume and there are people running naked. Not me, I did not run naked. It’s an incredible experience. Last year for my 60th birthday we had a bunch of people that came out and celebrated with us. I also want to give a shout out to Jai who came all the way out from Australia last year to run this race with us and to hang out. So I would like to see if we can get some people together next year in 2017. Look at your calendar! This race is always run on the third Sunday of May each year. Put a hold on that weekend if you can and we will talk about that later.
One of my favorite parts of doing a race is several days before a major race they have a big expo. Vendors come in from all over the place and talk about their products. I like to see and try out all the cool products that are out there. That’s one of the ways that I learn about new things. And I want to give a shout out to my friend Chuck Gruber. And I am not sure if he is the owner or a manager but the company is reflectyourgear.com. I met Chuck about six months ago when I ran the Rock N Roll Marathon in Las Vegas, NV last year. What they do is that they have these strips of small material. You peel them off and put them on a backpack, your running shoes, your clothing, the back of your jacket or something like that and it reflects your stuff. It makes it so that no one is going to miss you. It makes it safer to be on the road after dark. It’s really cool. I got one or two of these last November from Chuck and I have it on my Camelbak. And a few days ago at the expo he gave me a few more. These things reflect really well. And I am going to give this company a really good recommendation. They are not expensive at all. Instead of spending a ton of money on reflective gear, buy a few of these strips and put them on your bike or shoes or whatever you may have. I don’t get paid a penny for this. I give my honest recommendation for products. I don’t recommend something that I don’t like. If I see something that I think is going to be really good for you then I talk about it. If I think a product is not good, no matter how much I get paid. So thanks Chuck! it was good seeing you again and I think your product does really well because it is a great little company.
I want to give a shout out to MRM Protein Powder. It is vegan protein powder and I have been using it and talking about it for a long time now. I have a big shake with this powder every day. And when I miss a day, I can really feel the difference. I feel like I am lacking some type of energy. They were also there at the expo and I also got to meet the guys that work at that company. They are just a great group of people. I love surrounding myself with good people. It just feel right. It feel right doing business with people that are in alignment with me and with you. Be sure to find MGM Protein Powder and many more on my Products page.
Let me talk to you about something I learned on the trail yesterday. Yoko and I were hiking in Yosemite. And at one point she went ahead to do her own thing. We kind of wanted to do our own thing and we go at our own pace sometimes. Which is fine because we respect each other’s own pace. She went ahead a little bit and I started doing some thinking. I started realizing that walking on the trail is similar to life. We are all on trails whether we are walking through the woods or not walking through the woods. It is the trail of life. And there are so many similarities that I started thinking about yesterday. On the trail you pretty much need to know where you’re going. If you don’t know where you are going in the woods, you will get lost, run out of food, get hungry, and maybe even become hypothermic or hyperthermic. Something is going to happen to you and it’s not going to be good. It has happened to me in the past on the trail, and it’s not pretty. I ended up in the hospital due to my lack of preparation on the trail. And life is the same way. I was thinking to myself as I was on the trail yesterday, that I was not on the right trail. Maybe even no trail. Growing up and through high school. I was just waking up everyday and I wasn’t going in any direction. And that can be dangerous. Just like being on the trail in the wilderness. If you’re not sure where you’re going. I had no direction and didn’t really know what I wanted to do even going to college. Thank God I did ok. But even through dental school, I think I had no real direction. I think I was “off” the trail so many times. And so many times I could have gotten injured or worse. I got married and you know my story about marriage. I had many many good years of marriage. But I think about half way through, I was way off trail. I certainly did not have a compass and I certainly didn’t have a map. If I kept going that direction on that trail, I would have suffered some type of horrible tragedy. I was totally 0n the wrong trail there. I finally realized that I needed to get off the trail and take some time. Then I got back on the trail with total direction. And I can honestly say that I am on the right trail. And I am on many different trails as you know, but every trail I take I feel is the right one. And if I am on a trail that doesn’t seem to be leading me to the right place, I just get off that trail and get on to the correct trail.
Right now, I am looking at these really cool mountains that are rising above the Merced River. There isn’t really a trail from what I can see. I don’t think that many people hike these mountains, they are kind of in the middle of nowhere. But as I look at these mountains, I am pretty sure I could climb to the top of these mountains. A lot of times when I am on a trail in the woods, it’s not only about looking at your compass or looking ahead, but it’s looking way way way ahead and trying on your mind to figure out how your are going to get to that point. And many times if you are a hiker or a backpacker, you know that the way to the top (or to your endpoint) is not necessarily a straight line. A lot of times if you go in a straight line you will reach a cliff or some obstacle that’s impossible to get around. A lot of times there are twists and curves on trails. Looking at this mountain, I kind of have an idea how I would do it. And it’s certainly not running straight up the mountain. That would be impossible. I’d probably go to the right and then maybe up the spine of this mountain and then I think I would get there. My point is that sometimes the path is not crystal clear and it’s not a straight line. I have had many detours in my trails through life and I am sure you have to. I have spoken to many of you and have gotten to know a lot of you personally. And I feel that many of you out there are not sure if you are on the right trail of life. You are working really hard. And that’s good that you are working hard, but life is not all about work work work. Make millions and millions and then once you make millions, make more. That’s not what life is about. I feel very strongly about this. I know many multi-millionaires that are just miserable in their lives. There’s nothing going on. Yeah, they have a family and they work every day. They bring home a ton of money. If I looked in their bank account, they probably have more zeros in their bank account than I would ever have in my entire life. But you know something? I will guarantee that I am having a much better time in my life. Right now, I am standing next to this river and I know it’s not crazy but most of the people I know are back home working. And let me make this very clear. I have nothing against work. Working is important and we need to work. I have my own business and I work really hard. But I have designed my life in such a way that I don’t have to be tied to the office five days a week from 9-5 and I look forward to the weekend and can’t wait to take my two or three days of vacation. No! I designed my life in such a way that I really enjoy every single day. It’s really nice and refreshing to kick back (and not have an internet connection). The sun is starting to come out and it is just beautiful. I am pretty darn sure that I have the path in my mind to get to the top. Thinking back, did I waste forty five years of my life not being on the right trail?! No, I don’t think so because you make mistakes and you are off trail but you learn from your mistakes. Many years ago I got off trail and ended up in the hospital dehydrated and I could have died. It’s not that I didn’t have water with me but I just didn’t understand that I needed to keep drinking and I got seriously dehydrated. Once you get dehydrated, you don’t feel like drinking or eating anything. It’s a horrible feeling. And you feel like your body seizes up and can’t do anything at all. That’s how I felt then. There were many times in my life when I probably could have ended up in the hospital. Like at one point when I didn’t have such a great relationship with my parents because I was trying to go with the “program” that I was supposed to be in. We could spend hours talking about my mistakes and the things that I went through. But the point is that I learned to get back on the right trail. So I want to end the show today by making sure you are on the right trail. You might not be there yet but are you headed in the right direction? Do you know how to get there? Do you know that there are going to be some obstacles and detours? Do you know how to prevent them? Do you know how to get around them? Think about it! I want you to do some soul searching. I love helping you live your best life ever! Since episode #1, I have said that this is the show that helps you live longer, stronger, healthier, and happier. And have you noticed that over the past several episodes we haven’t really been talking about exercise as much like how to get stronger or lose weight? We’ve been talking about happiness. From talking to you and people all over the world, I am finding out that happiness is the most important thing. In the end, I do believe that happiness is the most important thing! Please make sure you are on that trail and that you have direction!
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