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Nov 13, 2023

If you feel like you’re in a rut or need a motivational pep talk, this episode is for you! Doug Bopst is an award-winning personal trainer, author, and speaker. However, his young adult life couldn’t have been more different than his current reality. Around his 21st birthday, Doug was detoxing from opiates in a jail cell after years of drug addiction. He turned to physical exercise as an outlet which ultimately catalyzed him to face his demons head-on and completely reinvent himself. Doug’s mission today is to inspire others to overcome adversity, break free from destructive addictions, and become the best version of themselves. 

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Here’s the juice:

  • How Doug’s crippling insecurities and need for acceptance led him to drugs

  • The moment that rock-bottomed him but ultimately turned his life around  

  • How negative habit stacking is just as much of a thing as positive habit stacking

  • What got him to start working out in jail (spoiler: he couldn’t do one pushup when he started)

  • Why reaching your “most successful” point is often your most unhappy one

  • How spirituality helped him drop his ego and allowed him to see the bigger picture

  • No one is coming to save you; you have to take ownership of your own life

  • The role of community when bettering yourself 

  • The concept of addiction transference – in his case, being addicted to drugs shifted to being addicted to validation

  • Why you have to determine an identity for yourself or you’ll become a chameleon, shaped by other people’s identities

  • When you’re not feeling confident in yourself and your own victories you’re unable to celebrate other people’s wins

  • What steps to take when you’ve hit rock bottom

  • The importance of working your adversity muscle. Pain is like an adaptogen, the more you face it the stronger and more resilient you become 

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