Has the financial crisis affected your personal priorities?

I am 6’ 5” and weigh 85 kilo (187 lbs).
I haven’t been in this good of shape since I was a senior in high school.
I will turn 40 in January.

A few weeks ago, I read in one of the financial newspapers about the large number of gyms in America and the UK which have closed over the year because of “massive” drops in membership.

Today, I heard that my gym, an international brand of gym in Dubai has lost 40% of its membership over the past year.

To be clear, the gym I go to in Dubai has no joining fee and costs only 90 dollars a month – yet, 40% of their clients canceled or did not renew their membership in 2010.

Apparently, people are cutting the gym because of the economy…


Personally, I used the global financial crisis as a way to cleanse myself of the excess in my life.

The easiness of life before the crisis had made me complacent.

Sometime in 2009 …

I woke up one morning and realized I had stopped climbing higher on my proverbial mountain.

Basically, my world had become soft and cushy … without realizing, I had stopped climbing, set up camp and just enjoyed the cushiness.

Like a teacher slapping the back of a day dreaming students head, the crisis knocked me from my comfortable perch…

Dickens put it best, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

For many years, the plague of “comfortable” and “easiness” ravaged the world — this plague, or shall we call it “cushiness” made the world soft.

It made me soft.

That morning, I revaluated my life — where I was as opposed to where I want to go; who I am as opposed to who I want to become.

I decided to do everything in my power to get rid of the “excess” and “fat” which clogged the path on my mountain.

My first step — I joined the gym.

How has the global financial crisis affected your personal priorities?

Instead of cutting out the gym membership – cut out the wine or alcohol, restaurants, and/or other superfulous expenses.

Cherish the opportunity of having less.

No matter where you’re from or how old you are — join the gym, exercise, get back in shape and start climbing again.


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