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This Nearly Killed Me…My Deepest Episode to Date

I’m about to go as DEEP as I’ve ever gone, publicly or privately. But I consider my podcast family, like family. And I appreciate you listening, caring, sharing, and then going and serving. You ready to dive in with me? Here. We. GO!!!

Like many of you, the pandemic nearly broke me. Now listen carefully, it almost BROKE me. While the stuff I’m about to share has been held extremely close to the cuff, God has told me to share it. All of it. Not the good stuff…the UGLY stuff. The tough stuff. The stuff that no one ever gets to know. WHY? Because as I’m being called to serve, save, and inspire more and more people, you need to know that I’ve been THERE. To that place that most people have been, but rarely like to discuss. And think that I’ve never tasted. #False 

Today, I discuss it. I share it. And I hope that it in some way inspires you to know that you’re not alone. In today’s episode, I share and discuss:

  • Why I’m nervous as heck to share what I’m about to share…and WHY I’m sharing it.
  • The TV Show STRONG. Why I did it and how it actually instilled a deeper desire to IMPACT even more.
  • My 2018 knee surgery, why a knee replacement at age 48, and how it gave me great hope.
  • 2019. Burnt out from my current day-to-day yet was ready to “go to another level.”
  • 2020. The pandemic hits and I was ALREADY burnt out going into the pandemic. The confusion, uncertainty, and trying times kept me up day and night as I felt God was using me in many ways to keep other people ALIVE during this time. Internally, I was dying.
  • My “Get Your Mind Right” book comes out on June 2, 2020, and why that was the “worst” day in the history of the world.
  • The “Good News Network” and how going live seven days a week for 91 straight days kept me alive during one of the toughest stretches of my life, despite having days literally two minutes before hitting the button I didn’t know if I could do it.
  • Politics and how I regret closing my gym down for as long as I did. My gut told me to stay open and not be carting EVERYTHING outside daily. #TrainWreck
  • My second knee replacement was on December 6, 2020. What happened, why I did it, and what it did to me. My body is now breaking.
  • Bringing Jeff Bristol in with me as a partner at FQ10 so that he could run the shop as my vision to “change the world” got bigger and bigger.
  • And six weeks later, my back went out. Like literally broke.
  • 5 very important life lessons from a year that was the toughest one of my life…and I didn’t even know it was about to get WORSE.

My friends, this was not an easy episode to share or get through. I still to this day shake my head and say, “What the heck happened in 2020?” But upon reflection, I realize that going through all this how much the human mind, body, and soul can literally take before being broken. My hope and intention are that by sharing you don’t wait to the point of being completely broken to do something about it. Sometimes life whoops you…and sometimes you whoop it. That’s all part of what makes it…LIFE. If today you are in a hole, know that you are not alone. I’ve been there. And if today, you are NOT in a hole, enjoy life to the fullest and drink from the cup of gratitude. But if and when you may find yourself down and out, know that I’ve been there and WILL be in the foxhole with you as well.

Thanks for listening. And thank you for sharing. I really want this message to get out there. There are a lot of people hurting. But many feel like they are alone. Or don’t want to share what’s happening on the “inside.” My sole purpose in sharing is to save one. I’m not sure who that ONE is today, but we need to proliferate this world with more good news, more motivation, and more inspiration. And sometimes that comes in the form of knowing “Man, I never knew Todd went through that. I gotta dig myself up and KEEP going. Whatever. It. Takes.” Hope it helps and again, thank you for listening and being part of my tribe. #WeGotThis

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Todd Durkin is one of the world’s leading coaches, trainers, and motivators. It’s no secret why some of the world’s top athletes have trained with him for nearly two decades. He’s a best-selling author, a motivational speaker, and founded the legendary Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA. He currently coaches fellow trainers, coaches, and life-transformers in his Todd Durkin Mastermind group. Here, he mentors and shares his 25-years of wisdom in the industry on business, leadership, marketing, training, and personal growth.

Todd was a coach on the NBC and Netflix show “STRONG.” He’s a previous Jack LaLanne Award winner and a 2-time Trainer of the Year. Todd and his wife Melanie head up the Durkin IMPACT Foundation (501-c-3) which has raised over $250,000 since it started in 2013. 100% of all proceeds go back to kids and families in need.

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