Times are difficult for gym owners. 

Gyms need to be open to survive but it's risky for people to be around others who are working out. 

There is no easy answer.

Today I saw interviews with two gym owners. One owner lives in a town north of San Francisco and the other lives in Los Angeles.

The local gym owner has been on the local news many times demanding for permission to open his gym. He's very angry because he's struggling financially. He's filed lawsuits against the state, county, and his town. 

His focus is on blaming others. 

The Los Angeles gym owner is adapting. She knows these are trying times and she admits it will be a long time before things return to "normal". 

Her focus is on adapting her business. 

The interviewer even complimented her for being so positive. She's had many setbacks to her business and the future is uncertain. 

Today, the state shut down the gyms again and the commentator asked her how she felt about the shutdown. 

The gym owner smiled and said "I'm doing the best I can. It's not easy but I have to keep adapting my business as often as I have to. I will get through this."

Two very different mindsets. 

Your mindset and attitude can help you get through difficult times. 

I had three career resets since 2001. Successful careers wiped out and I had to start over again and again. 

Today, I was being interviewed by Nina Cooke. She's a mindset expert, and she asked me how my mindset helped me get through difficult times. 

Nobody ever asked me that question before and it hit me hard. 

I didn't know what to say as I searched for an answer. 

I'm still pondering her question hours later. 

I'm sure some of it has to do with the fact that I'm a personal development junkie. I have bookshelves full of Nightingale Conant programs. 

At one point, my wife Ellen asked me an interesting question.

"You've been listening to personal development programs for 25 years. Aren't you fixed yet?"

Personal development is a journey, not a destination. Continuous learning helped me get through some tough stretches in my life.

Listen to some Zig Ziglar, Oprah, or Tony Robbins and get inspired. 

Try it. You'll thank me later.

Stay safe!

About the author 

Ted Prodromou

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