We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Alexander and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I think it comes down to three questions, really: 1) is the effort worth the reward? 2) why are you working toward this goal? 3) are you satisfied with your effort?
Most of us have had the experience of trying something and failing, trying again and failing again. I think there comes a time when you’ve tried to achieve something enough times and failed that you start to ask yourself if it’s worth it, which is natural because we only have so much energy, time, and other resources to put into a task. The time spent working toward this goal might not be worth the financial hardship, the time away from family, the fatigue, etc., but if you’ve decided that it is indeed worth it, then move on to question number 2:
Why are you working toward this goal? In my eyes, this is the most important question but I put it second because I feel like a lot of us get started on goals without really asking ourselves why we want them, so we ask ourselves this question only after we’ve hit a wall and are tired and on the brink of giving up. Your “why” is going to determine how much energy you’ll have to keep pushing through adversity. It’s your constant reminder of the reason why accomplishing your goal is so vital. Your “why” can also tell you if the ends you’re trying to attain can be met via other means than the ones you’re currently using. If your “why” can be accomplished by way of a different route, why not try doing it that way?
The last question: Are you satisfied with your effort? Ultimately, we are likely going to be the people who judge ourselves most harshly and the people most excited about our victories. It’s important for us to ask ourselves if we can make peace with where we are and how much we tried. Your answer to this, along with the other two questions, will let you know whether to keep going or to give up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a personal trainer, I’m big on overall health and sustainability. I’m not one to suggest crash diets where my client is cutting an insane amounts of calories. I’m more for long term, sustainable results through building healthy habits and mindsets around health. I’ve been a personal trainer for about 4 1/2 years now. I’ve always been pretty active, having been an athlete when I was younger, but I really developed a passion for health while going through a health crisis myself and after closing down a previous business. I needed a fresh start and I figured I had always been an athlete and I enjoy helping people, so I thought why not try my hand at personal training? I worked at a few gyms/studios before eventually striking out on my own and that’s what eventually led me to starting my current fitness business. I now do private personal training around the Los Angeles area. I meet my clients at their houses/apartments or parks so it’s easy and convenient for them. I also do online training that can include online, live sessions, or just me providing my clients with workouts, nutritional guidance and access to me when they need it. That Other Fit Guy, my brand/business, is new. So there are definitely challenges such as marketing and client acquisition, but so far things are going pretty well and I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and help my clients to achieve their health and wellness goals.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, we’d hit some of the major tourist spots: Venice Beach, Griffith Park/Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, etc. Depending on the season, we’d maybe go to a Lakers or Clippers game or catch a baseball game at Dodger Stadium. And since nobody has been able to go to SoFi Stadium to watch the Rams play yet, that’d be an awesome new experience for both of us. My friends and I are pretty active, so we’d definitely go for a hike or two and hit the beach if it were warm out. While they were here I’d also take them out clubbing in Hollywood and maybe downtown. No vacation is complete without good food, so I’d take them to some of my favorite food spots: Road to Seoul – a great Korean barbecue spot in Ktown, El Cholo’s – a Mexican food place right down the street, and Plan Check – a diner in West LA. And if they didn’t enjoy the week, I know I would have! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to thank my sister, Danielle Alexander. She’s also an entrepreneur with her own event planning company in the Los Angeles area. She actually recommended me for this Shoutout and she’s always been a great help when I need a second opinion before making decisions related to my business. And of course I’d like to give credit and thanks to the rest of my family who have been supportive of my endeavors and my friends who have supported me as well.