If you ever have the time or opportunity to google Peter Twist, I am sure you will learn that he is an influential man in the fitness and business world. He trains elite athletes like Trevor Linden as well as children. He has been a driving force in our industry for over 10 years. He has amazing credentials, but this is not why I write about him tonight.
On Saturday morning he presented Unlocking Your True Potential-Lessons Learned from Cancer and Relentlessly Breaking all the Rules to a packed room of over 600 fitness professionals. I have had the good fortune of attending his workout sessions in the past and you always leave feeling motivated and ready to conquer anything but on this morning it was a very personal side of Peter that took me by surprise.
It would take me far to many words to run through his presentation but it was in the small moments of silence and breaks to check his emotions when I was captured by his honesty and openness to share his year long, and of course life long battle with cancer. In his words and pictures he shared and allowed us to see a different side of him but also the true strength in the power of positive thinking and how it can get you through even the toughest of times. He played the pounding music he listened to each day as he parked at the cancer center which actually sent a message out challenging the cancer that was in his body.
He showed me that no matter what challenges you have in your life you MUST take them head on. Our time is now and we MUST life our PURPOSE each and everyday.
He gave us each a tennis ball on our chairs when we entered the room and handed out Sharpie's but did not tell us what they were for until the end of his presentation. It was our call to action. He asked us if we would live with purpose each & every day and we all shouted I WILL. Peter asked us to write I WILL on the tennis ball, which represented the size of the tumor that was found 2mm from his brain stem, and to sign our names on it as a contract to keep our commitment to him and to our lives.
On the walls of his training studio's read. “Life is short…LIVE EVERYDAY. Today I will GIVE everything I have, what I keep inside I will lose forever.”