Forge Mental Toughness & Live Life EVER FORWARD | with Military Veteran Chase Chewning

James Chase Chewning, an Army veteran, Chase is a Virginia Commonwealth University alum, graduating from their Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science undergraduate program in 2013. Having completed his MS in Health Promotion from American University in Washington, DC, he has a passion for serving entrepreneurs with a focus on comprehensive health.  He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife May and their dog, Nella.

Living a life of wellness has always been a part of him – since growing up eating fresh food from his grandparents’ garden, playing baseball throughout school and enjoying time in the mountains surrounding his family’s southwest VA home. After six years of active duty, Chase was medically discharged from the military due a string of injuries that ultimately required him to have bilateral reconstructive hip surgeries. After learning how to walk again, twice, exercise as medicine and healthy lifestyle modifications became his passion.

Chase has filled a variety of wellness roles since 2012; working in corporate fitness centers as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, coordinating employee wellness programs, training in public gyms, running boot camps as well as working alongside physicians in clinical environments helping patients with specific medical concerns such as diabetes, high cholesterol, physical limitations and disabilities, weight-loss and overall healthy lifestyle modification.

His family creed of “Ever Forward” is not only tattooed on his arm, but it is also what he instills in his clients. He strives to show his clients how to increase their physical and mental toughness.


Favorite Success Quote

Whether You Think You Can, or Think You Can’t Either Way You’re Right.  – Henry Ford


Key Points

1. Background Origins

In part one of this interview, Chase dives deep into the vault of his soul to pull out visceral imagery and share heart felt stories from past seasons of his life.  His transparency in sharing his story will move you.  Chase recollects his time in the military, becoming a Russian linguist, and how his story lead him to become an entrepreneur.

2. You Have To Attract The Right People

The first step to attracting the right people to collaborate with in business and life is to get comfortable with failing (but not complacent with it).  In order to get to a level that will make you more appealing to the right people, you will likely have multiple failures along the way.  Get used to it.  Keep going.  Failure is normal.  In fact, it’s important.  It molds your character.  It humbles you.  Start embracing it.  Instead of fighting it, tell yourself, “good”.  Know it will happen.  It is not “if” but “when” it happens.  Begin working on your inner man (or woman).  Journal your thoughts, listen to audiobooks, go to “Google University”, open yourself to the possibilities out there.  Keep showing up.  Eventually, you will attract the right people as they will see it is beneficial to collaborate with you and what you are building.  Do not waste your time offering “fake” value to people or businesses you want to connect with.  Instead, be valuable to them.


The Heart Healthy Hustle Round

Heart: What activity do you use to care for and strengthen your internal character?

Chase shares that it is important for him to take the proper time to journal his thoughts.  He also takes time for himself when necessary.

Health: How do you maintain your physical health and avoid burn out?

Make time for yourself when necessary.  It is important to schedule priorities to ensure you do them.  Make sure you get these done.

Hustle: What’s your main motivation for doing what you do?

Used to think it was about legacy, now it’s inspiring others to go about doing their life’s calling.  Chase strives to live as an example of someone who lives by giving it his all.

3. What do you think is holding most proactive individuals back from fully thriving and actually becoming the person they know they can be?

Just themselves.  Mitigate that fear of uncertainty by taking more action and avoiding overthinking.


4. How to show up regardless of cynicism given by people at higher levels… Your thoughts on leverage-preneuring?

Once you vet someone .. treat every person as if they are THE BEST guest you could have ever wanted to host (or connect and work with).



Influential Books

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday

The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win  by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


“The Park Bench Paradigm”

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self to do and not to do – Why?

“You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.  It truly is all about the process.  Let more people in.  Especially on the bad days.”


Connect with Chase Chewning

Podcast (over 600 FIVE STAR reviews): Ever Forward Radio


Instagram: @chase_chewning

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