Jan. 20 2016 12:12 AM

Introducing Walter Crockett, City Pulse fitness columnist

The new year is upon us, and many people are motivated to improve their health and their lives. How many of you resolved that this would be the year that you would improve your personal wellbeing? The statistics, unfortunately, are not in your favor. Studies suggest that over half of us will Mind & body wellness give up on our resolutions by February. But I am going to do my part to make sure this doesn’t happen to you. I am going to use this space to coach, motivate and give you a blueprint for lasting change. The Mind & Body walter crockett Symmetry program will guide you on your journey to creating your optimal life, or, as I like to call it, “unlocking the greatest you.”

After 14 years of helping thousands of people with their health, motivation, personal performance, well-being and self-image, I asked myself one very crucial question: What is true wellness? Many of us are healthy in different aspects of wellness. Some are healthy in mental focus and life direction. Others are healthy in physical fitness. My mission is to create a balance between mental and physical health. This is the key to behavioral change, happiness and vitality.

I have worked with several professionals who have directed their companies, firms and corporations to great success. These individuals have shown great mental focus, direction and intelligence in leading their businesses to success. But this often comes at the expense of their physical health. This directly affects their personal well-being. In the dynamics of wellness, would you consider this person successful?

I have also seen individuals get into their best physical shape but still feel something is missing in the puzzle of wellness. I truly believe that until you train the brain the way you train your body, you will never create your optimal life.

Many of us fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. A new year starts, and many repeat the pattern of over-promising and under-delivering. But I want to help you break the pattern. Let’s start a movement in our communities, in our families and, most important, in ourselves. Let this year be the start of something new and phenomenal. This year, you will raise the standards of what to expect from yourself. This year you will change your “I should do” to “I must do.” This year you will be healthier mentally and physically. This year you will believe in your possibilities.

So what do you believe? Do you believe that you have untapped potential? Do you believe that you can be healthier mentally and physically? What would happen if you elevated your life on both sides of wellness? Close your eyes and imagine this new you.

In my next column, I will tackle the hurdle of overcoming and changing your beliefs. I challenge you to step up and take control of your life and reach your peak performance. You deserve it, and the world deserves the best that you have to offer.

Remember: Peak performance starts in the mind and ends in the performance of the human body. This is such a powerful statement. This give us the power to create and change our health and lives. I’m looking forward to working with you on the journey to unlock the greatest you.

Walter Crockett is a certified personal trainer at the Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club and owner of Mind & Body Symmetry LLC. He has 14 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Contact him at mindbodysymmetry@gmail.com or find him online at mindbodysymmetry. fit.