If you really want to do something in this life, you will find the time. It all comes down to priorities. I learned this early on in life.
I decided as a kid that I wanted to learn and become as good as I possibly could at martial arts like Jiu Jitsu, boxing, and kickboxing. I made time for my training every day, and some days I would do two-a-days. My passion has not waned for it, even now, four decades later.
It affected my life outside of the gym. I stopped going out late at night so that I would be in better mental shape when I trained. I ate right, so I could physically train at my best. I went out of my way to find the best people in the area, trying different gyms, meeting new people who were also passionate about martial arts. I surrounded myself with people who would help me improve. Many people never want to challenge themselves, so they only train with people on the same level. To learn you must move outside your comfort zone.
When I made the decision to grow closer to God, that became a new priority in my life, and I had to make time for it. Before I started attending church, I used to spend my Sundays either prospecting for gold or hiking in the mountains and deserts around southern California. Once I started attending church, that was no longer an option. I knew the church was more important to my spiritual growth. I decided that I also needed to join a Bible study, to learn from others who could teach me more about the Bible. I dedicated another night of the week to those classes.
There are lots of ways to make more time for your priorities. When we moved from Los Angeles to Illinois we decided we were not going to have cable anymore. I thought I would miss it a little – I liked getting the UFC fights and watching certain shows. Instead, I learned that I had wasted a lot of time on that distraction, and could make better use of my time. Now I have time to read more books than I used to. I take my dogs on more walks than I used to. I get more done each day and I sleep better. It’s amazing what I have time for now that I got rid of the extra nonsense.
What are your priorities? What will you accomplish if you use your time for what is most important to you? As a trainer and an athlete, I encourage you to try hitting the gym instead of watching sports on television, and you will be surprised at the benefits that come your way physically and mentally. As a Christian, I encourage you to invest in your spiritual life in the Bible and at church.
1 Timothy 4:8
For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.