11 Things I Learned About Life From Boot Camp

1. Hard work pays off

Your parents said it, leaders of industry say it and you probably tell your children the same thing. Nothing in life worth working for comes easy.  Poor health and weight gain are easy, getting fit and back into shape aren’t…but are they ever worth it!

2. In everyone’s life, a little rain will fall

Even when things are at their best, there are going to be days when nothing works out right and everywhere you turn something else smacks you in the head.  Those are the times that the depth of your gut check gets you through.  Rain in boot camp means that your deep stability muscles really get their rip.  Deep strength gets you through the tough times.

3. Setting goals works

Simple, if you don’t know where you are going, how will you ever know if you get there?

4. You have to get your hands dirty to get what you want

Unless you are royalty, at some point in your life you are the one who has to make the difference, you have to do the work.  Sometimes that means getting into the trenches and sometimes that means getting dirty to ensure the job gets done.  People who are afraid to get dirty, usually won’t get what they want

5. The harder you work, the better the results

You can accelerate everything you do by working harder, doing more and being more consistent.

6. Good form is good business

Too many people get hurt in business or hurt others because they don’t use simple courtesy, decency and ethics.  All parts of ‘good form’. When you use bad form in boot camp, you can hurt your own body and in partner exercises the same can hold true.

7. If you do the same thing over and over you’ll never change

It’s been said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over the same way bit expecting different results.  Well, keep eating crap and sitting on your butt and wishing you were slimmer or healthier won’t make it so.  You actually have to change what your doing, to change your results.

8. You can’t measure success on a scale

We measure everything in life against someone or something else; like the neighbours new car or your peers latest trip.  There is no measurement of success there because everyone’s lives are different.  Its on a scale of what we have compared to what they have.  Too many people use the bathroom scale as the determination of their weight loss goals.  It is a scale to compare where you are to where you were but there is no measurement of fat loss, muscle gain, the way you look or the way you feel.

9. The power of many far exceeds the power of one

Everything is easier when you have more people involved in the process.  Problem solving, think tanks, and surveys…they all work better with more.  Support for one another, more fun and more engagement.

10. Just because you do it outdoors, you’re not an exhibitionist

Some people have told me that they would rather do it indoors because less people will see them.  Just because you are outside doing it, doesn’t mean anyone actually sees you or sees exactly what you are engaged in doing.  Doing something different, getting out of your routine or comfort zone is a good thing—makes you think in new ways and makes you work harder!

11. When you’re about to complain about something, look out, someone might just say; “Suck it up Buttercup”!!!

No matter where you are in life, you can almost guarantee that a person near you has had worse, been through more or experienced difficulties beyond your imagination.  Those are the people that will look at your problems, hear your complaints and say, “Suck it up Buttercup…it could always be worse.”




  1. AWESOME Carrie!! Great lessons to be learned! And don’t forget…

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again… So you can’t run the entire length of the track the first time out – that’s okay! Keep running a little further each time – even just one more step. Keep trying and eventually you’ll be running the entire track. Three push-ups at a time the first week – Four/Five/Six the next weeks. TRY!! No one makes it in life without failing now and then! The question is – are you going to fail and quit or are you going to try again!? Don’t forget about lesson 3!

    Always teaching us Carrie – nice to know you are still learning! 😀

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