By finding someone who inspires you to be your best.
By Robert Irvine

I’ve always believed that to get the most out of life we need to surround ourselves with people who are driven. People who, in the process of pushing themselves, in turn push us to be the best that we can be. It has been said that you are the sum total of the five people you spend the most time with. It is a theory grounded in a simple truth—that we are heavily influenced by our peers. I would take this theory one step further and say that the one person we spend the most time with is disproportionately influential to how we live our lives. That is why you might face no greater decision in your whole life than who you choose for a wife, husband, or partner.

To that end, my wife Gail is someone who inspires and drives me to be my best every single day. She is incredibly dynamic and lives every moment with powerful intention. It’s why she’s one of the best in her world at her profession. To be specific about just one of the ways she has influenced my life: her passion for physical fitness and nutrition is a major reason I was able to get into the shape of my life just as I was approaching the age of 50. Gail is meticulous with her diet and her attention to detail rubbed off on me in a major way.

I’ve always been a gym rat, but when we met I had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. By picking up many of her eating habits—more greens, less salt, less meat, fewer fried foods—I not only lowered my blood pressure and cholesterol, but dropped a lot of fat. So much so that I now have six-pack abs year-round.

The moral of this story: I don’t know that I ever would have achieved the kind of shape I am now known for if I had settled for a partner who wasn’t going to push me. The term power couple gets thrown around a lot to describe celebrities and powerful people in a relationship together, but I think that if you find a person who continually inspires you and pushes you to be your best, then you’ve formed a true power couple.

Yours in health,

Robert

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