How to Reach Your Next Level

It’s just SO easy to become complacent.

Before you know it, months (or years) go by and all of sudden you find yourself in a place that you never intended.

You find yourself less than your best.

You find yourself telling yourself that things need to change.

You find yourself wishing and hoping to make things better…and yet you wake up day after day, facing the same reality.

And I know from experience, that it doesn’t feel good.

When are you going to stop letting “good enough” be good enough for you?

What needs to happen to make you step up and start taking action on the things that you want for yourself?

What is your “next level”?

What does the next phase look like for you?

If you could snap your fingers and have the body and health that you dream of, what would it look like?

For real…stop right now and talk to yourself for a minute…

Why aren’t you reaching your next level?

Are you procrastinating? Are you afraid to take action?

Or, do you feel that taking action is more of a hassle than staying idle?

Listen up!

There is absolutely nothing standing in the way of your reaching your dreams.

I know that sounds incredibly idyllic and naïve…but it’s true.

If you truly wanted to reach those goals, you could. Right? You and I both know it. You know that if you really wanted to, you could reach those goals.  

So, why aren’t you?

Because listen…time is ticking…and the quality of your life depends on the decisions that you make today.

It’s not enough to simply wish for or “intend” your goals to come true. Setting high quality intentions is important for sure, but the only way that you’ll make things happen is to take action.

Check out this week’s new video…

Holly started Women’s Strength Nation to improve the ratio of women to men strength training around the world. You can Join the Movement by sharing your thoughts and questions below. Your thoughts and ideas may help another woman’s journey. Please join the conversation and leave a comment below!

Stay strong, friend. 

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10 replies
  1. Alix
    Alix says:

    Holly, I just love you and think you’re amazing. A couple of years ago I picked up Life to Get Lean off a book shelf and it changed my life. I was feeling strong and was starting to look amazing…and then stress got the best of me. I literally had to choose between sleep and working out because I was stretching myself so thin. I developed a rash all over my body and finally figured out that I have a gluten allergy. I get so irritated that I can’t eat gluten anymore that I find myself binging on it. I get tired and I eat everything I shouldn’t. I gained 30 pounds and my clothes literally don’t fit me anymore. The good news is that I’m starting to take control of my life. I dropped the two biggest stressors in my life because I realized how toxic they are, and come June, I will finally have time again. My greatest challenge is getting started. My diet needs to get in check and I need to start working out again. I’ll do well for a couple of days, and then I go back to bad habits.

    This video resonated with me. I’ve been reading every health (physical and mental) book I can get my hands on, but I’ve yet to really sit down and think about the tiny details in what I want. I have yet to come up with a firm game plan. I think that maybe I’m afraid to fail again? I remember what it felt like to be healthy, and I swore I would never go back…but then I did. Do you have any advice to someone who wants to get healthy so badly but constantly throws her goals out the window?

    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Alix,

      For starters, I just want to say how glad I am that my book was a huge factor in changing your life. That means so much to me. I think the first thing you should focus on is your diet since that seems to be a huge contributing factor to your skin irritation and weight gain. If you haven’t already, you can download my Macros101 guidebook (, which will help you choose the foods that are best for a balanced diet as well as help with meal prep that way you don’t feel tempted to reach for the bad foods. Once you have your diet down, then focus on getting back to the gym. Lift to Get Lean is perfect for getting back into shape! You can definitely do it! I’m rooting for you. Please feel free to reach out if you have any more questions.

      xo Holly

  2. Siobhan
    Siobhan says:

    I needed to read this today. I’m dealing with so much stress right now–bad job situation, recent family deaths, and my brother is serving in a potentially very dangerous situation with his military unit in the Middle East, to name a few things–and I’ve just been feeling stuck.

    I know this advice is meant to apply to fitness goals, but for me, it’s also an important reminder that each of us have the power to change our situations and lives.

    Thank you, Holly. Your emails and videos really do help, and I am truly grateful.

    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Siobhan,
      Thank you for sharing that with me. My advice can be applied to your fitness goals or life goals. We hold so much power over how we react to the situations that occur in our lives, and I’m glad you’re taking them and building up from them. Sending you lots of love and good vibes.

      xoxo Holly

  3. Shirley
    Shirley says:

    This one truly speaks to me. So looking forward to achieving my next level with your guidance.

    Can relate with Barbara on many of her points. Thank you Holly for helping those of us who are “of a certain age”. No one is catering to our market. Just because we have “wisdom” doesn’t mean we don’t want to feel strong, be healthy, and rock a bikini. (And let’s not forget the emotional side of fluctuating hormones or the absence of hormones).

    You are truly an inspiration who lives by example and shares your gift with anyone willing to listen.

    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Yes, Shirley!
      Everyone deserves to feel strong and healthy. Like you said, women “of a certain age” need a bit more guidance due to all the drastic hormonal changes. I’m just glad I am able to use my platform and reach out to those who are seeking the proper coaching for their lifestyle. You guys rock!

      xo Holly

  4. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    Hi Holly,
    Several months ago YOU inspired me to make big changes in my life. I was overweight, depressed, hot-flashy and sleep deprived. I was in pain every day from autoimmune disease. I felt defeated and believed feeling better and getting my old body back at 52 was a pipe dream. Then I found you. You gave me a glimmer of hope… I purchased Lift to Get Lean and I can’t believe how, in just a few months, my body has changed and how much better and stronger I feel. I look in the mirror and can’t believe what I see! Anyone can purchase a book or video and see some change, but you are truly brilliant at what you do. I’ve always been athletic, and I’m no stranger to the gym or weight room. But there’s something special about the way you incorporate science, education and life experience into your coaching and the way you designed the workouts…. as you say in the book, you’re “working magic behind the scenes”. So true!! I have turned so many friends and coworkers on to your blog, videos and book. You are BRILLIANT and a Godsend. And as always, you look VIBRANT, HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL!
    Thank you for what you do, and for changing my life!! XOXOXO

    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Barbara! This is so amazing to hear. Moments like this are why I dedicate my time to you all. Thank you so much for your kind words.

      xoxo Holly

  5. Keren
    Keren says:

    So sorry to tell you this…. I think that you look anorexic. Your face, and your body look too thin. I hope that you did not develope an eating disorder, and if you did, then my heart is with you, and please get the right kind of help. I understand about wanting to be thin and skinny with. Muscles, but that does not show fitness nor health for that matter. I am sorry if this seems unkind in any way, I am not intending to be unkind. Thanks, Keren

    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Keren! So nice to hear from you!!! And thank you deeply for your thoughtfulness and concern! In truth, if you have been reading my weekly emails and blogs, you’d know that I am actually at my all time best in every way! Last year I learned that many of my mood, energy and metabolic issues were coming from improper nutrition. I’ve made big changes, and it changed my life. I’m actually a heavier body weight because of muscle, and yes, am pretty lean. My energy is great, I eat between 1800-2400 calories per day and finally feel good and normal. It IS possible for someone to look lean with muscles AND be healthy and fit. My fitness is really good too right now. Although, a new puppy is kicking my butt this week! Again, thank you for your concern, but none needed – I’m super duper healthy and really happy! Hope that you’re well too!


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