13 Things 2013 Taught Me

2013 had lots of ups and downs in my life. I’m sure this is no different then how many people might look at the past twelve months. I know I’ve learned more about myself this past year, then in any of my previous 30 years on this earth. At 31, I’m seeing things in ways I never have and approaching life in an entirely new way.

2014 is going to be a special year for me. I’m marrying the love of my life and doing some things I’ve never done before.

Get comfortable, being uncomfortable. This has always been one of my favorite mottos to live by. There have been times I’ve lost sight of this and I plan on continuing this with newly found vigor in this new year.

With so much happening around me and some exciting things awaiting me, I now often have to remind myself to focus on being better, not perfect.

Better is what we all deserve in life.

The things I learned in 2013 made me a better person.

My 13 Things

13. I’m just starting to scratch the surface of what I have to offer the fitness industry. After a decade in this industry I now see my bigger purpose and I’m ready to take that next step.

12. Giving back and doing things for those in need is one of the most powerful actions we can take in life.

11. A good man doesn’t become complete until he has a great woman to share his life with. For me, that’s my soon-to-be wife, Lindsay. She completes me.

10. I need to share more of my knowledge with those who will benefit from it. This includes, writing, blogging, videos, programs and the like. Keeping it bottled up does no one any good, spreading this knowledge to those who can utilize it, is when the magic happens. I saw this on a bigger scale then I could ever imagine when I published The Natural Bodybuilding Bible and I’m excited for the future possibilities.

9. My “title” in this industry isn’t limited to one word and anyone who thinks of themselves as one thing is self-limiting their possibilities. I can consider myself a personal trainer, strength coach, lifestyle coach, nutritional consultant, body transformation coach, motivator, writer, author, bodybuilder, athlete, speaker, business owner, facility manager, and entrepreneur, to name a few.

8.  My impact in this industry only matters if I continue to help people find their love for fitness while working hard to create a healthy lifestyle.

7. Your real friends will be there when you need them the most.

6. I’m a professional natural bodybuilder that loves to train but is not married to one form. I learn from everyone whether I agree with their lifestyle, or their personal, political, religious choices and what not. This stretches far outside the walls of the fitness industry. If you can make me a better strength coach, trainer, nutrition coach, bodybuilder, weightlifter, powerlifter, writer, educator and person, then I’m listening.

5. Cherish your family, because you never know when life might change things.

4. Tell people you miss them. It’s ok to not want to be alone.

3. Love those who love you by showing them and telling them often.

2. Forgive those who have wronged you in any way. This will sting and it hurts but being the bigger person will help you move forward, even if things might never be the same.

1. Say you are sorry. It’s probably the toughest thing to say and yet we all make mistakes, even when making the right decision. No one is perfect and no one does and or says all the right things. And remember, when you say “I’m sorry” be sure you mean it in your heart.


Work Hard, Train Hard, Get Better,

Tyler English