By nature of my childhood upbringing, challenges my brothers and I faced after my parents got divorced, and overcoming a speech impediment that ignited a deep sense of insecurity, I am not supposed to be where I’m at today. Because of this speech impediment, I didn’t really feel like my voice was being heard. That’s a tough thing for a ten-year old kid. Later on in my life it became much more manageable, but much of the healing I believe came from “speaking” about the things I was passionate about like health and fitness.
Today, I operate a hybrid fitness and nutrition coaching business of one on one and online coaching. I’m a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and the owner of Adrian Ceja Coaching, LLC, and the creator of the Ceja Method. In almost 10 years of coaching, I believe taking care of our health is critical to living our best lives and accomplishing our dreams.
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
Adrian: I think our dreams change, evolve, and come in parts throughout our life. Someone influential to my life once said “the secret to living is giving.” So, my dream is to help more people improve their lives and see them soar. I see that happening today with my clients. But my ultimate dream would also be to do it on a larger speaking scale and help people transform through my speaking events and other online resources. This will help other people by equipping them to take action in their lives in a positive direction for good.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
Adrian: This partly goes back to my first answer. What is overcoming my own impediment, and I believe I’m here to use that as a testimony… that you can overcome whatever it is that’s holding you back. The voice I felt like I didn’t have is the very same voice I use today. From the outskirts, it doesn’t make sense for a kid with a speech impediment to speak on stages, but I’ve always preferred to hear the story of the overcomer. So, I’m hoping that would resonate with others.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
Adrian: I would have never thought that embarking on a coaching journey would force me to confront my own issues. It definitely built up this level of self-awareness, improved my mindset, and drove me to try to become the best version of myself- which was challenging. I had to deal with insecurity issues, thinking I wasn’t good enough, and also learning to operate as a business in order for me to grow so I can help more people. Well, I’m glad that the sharpening and refining experience happened, ha!
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
Adrian: I think I have the most supportive family, or at least they weren’t pushing me down and that felt like I had their support. I was fortunate to have that because I really think people need moral support when aiming for something bigger than themselves. It becomes somewhat of an anchor. Also, I’m big time passionate about what I do. That’s why my work doesn’t feel like work. I have my hard days, my long days, and my stressful days, but I still wouldn’t trade this for anything else because I know I’m building a brand that I believe in and making a difference. But hard days are unavoidable when doing anything great, right? So, family support and passion held me together and pushed me through the challenges.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream.
Adrian: Work on developing yourself daily to see that vision come to fruition. Live your dream.
KISH: How can our readers connect with you?
Adrian: Visit my website, www.official adrianceja.com. Connect with me via social media @officialadrianceja.