Was driving to training the other day

Saw a young guy walk past an older guy

Older guy said something to him

Next thing the young guy sticks out his arm

And starts to help the older guy to cross the road

Made me smile

And then I thought about how many times I’ve needed help

And not asked for it



Because I thought I could do it myself

Or should do it myself

Or had to do it myself

But the truth is

Asking for help just makes things easier

I’ve done it numerous times this year

When I was setting up the fitness centre

When I busted my back ripping up the old carpet

When my marriage ended

When I didn’t know how to cope with so many members

When I realised I’d been living a ‘fake’ life for the last few years

When I let myself get out of shape

I turned to people who could help

And they all did

In fact, 1 year on

And I’m in the best shape mentally and physically I’ve ever been in

You might think you know what you should do

But isn’t it a better idea to ask someone who’s got the experience

And the knowledge

To help you move away from where you are right now

And towards a better place?

John ‘help I need somebody’ O’C

P.S. Got nothing to offer you today

So if you want, hit me up with an email ([email protected]) on what you are struggling with

And I’ll get back to asap

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About the author

John O'Connell is the Owner of SF Fitness Personal Fitness Centre in Rathfarnham. He's a 2 time international best selling author, has appeared on numerous TV programmes on RTE and TV3 and was named World Fitness Elite Trainer of the Year 2013.
John was also a member of the rehabilitation staff for the Heineken Cup winning Leinster squad of 2009. And he worked with the New Zealand All Blacks in 2004.

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