If success has eluded us, when we know we could be doing so much more, the time to reevaluate life is here. We must be honest with ourselves, the hard choices made, a plan with defined goals, yet with the flexibility needed in the real world should be thought out. Change begins when we recognize that must master ourselves, holding in check our desires, passion, and excesses.
Every action will have a reaction, we may not see it for years, but there will be one. That is why the choices we make every day are so important, even those we deem small. A prime example is food, many of us do not give a second thought to what we put into our body. It matters, we will see the obvious, which is weight gain, the part we do not see until we are in trouble is our health. Nothing will taste as good as healthy feels.
We close out another year and usher in a new decade. All of us tend to make resolutions on New Year’s day and yet how many of us follow through? We often give up within a month, why? Change is hard, leaving our comfort zone is not easy, does it mean we do not want to improve our lives? We all have dreams and aspirations, but are we willing to put in the work that it will take to reach them? If we want something bad enough, we will make the time, find the funds, be consistent and throw away the excuses.
There are a few simple rules in life. One of those is you get out of life what you put into it.If you look back throughout your life history you will come to the same conclusion.
Take stock of your life today. Are you reaping the benefits of years of work put towards a goal? Or have you been coasting, putting off the work? Are you letting your circumstances dictate your schedule, or are you making your goals a priority with your time?
So you want to write a book? I hear this a lot. What is stopping you from writing? Common answers: no time, no money, I don’t know how or I do not have the education.
You want to write? Then you must write. Everyday you write so you get better. Writing is like a muscle and you have to use it in order for it to work properly. You have to become a wordsmith, a person who is constantly working on their writing so that they become more proficient.
Writing has got to be one of the cheapest hobbies around, because all you need is some blank paper and a writing instrument. I have a friend, Matthew, who has written six books – good books – in eight years. Three have been published and the others are in various stages. He has written screenplays and edited other people’s work, all while holding down a full-time job.
He is married with a child, is active politically and he never went to school to be a writer. He just does it, day after day, until it becomes second nature.
I train a number people in all shapes and sizes in the art of boxing. One group really stands out – the fighters in Rock Steady Boxing Minooka. They all have Parkinson’s disease. It has been over a year since I first watched Leslie Stahl from 60 Minutes do a story on Rock Steady Boxing. Leslie’s husband has Parkinson’s and he started training at Rock Steady Boxing. The difference in his life has been huge. Before the video segment was even over I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I went to the Rock Steady Boxing headquarters and took a weekend seminar on working with Parkinson’s patients. It change my life. I realized that everything I had learned and trained over the years could actually be used to help others fight back against a debilitating disease.
My first Parkinson’s fighter has been training with me for almost one year, three times each week. His wife is his “Cornerman” and she trains with him every workout too. They have stuck with it and pushed themselves. They have missed very few workouts in the entire year. All of their progress has been amazing. It has improved their strength, balance, coordination, footwork, speed, form, posture, health and cardio. Why? They show up even when they do not feel like it. They show up when they are tired or have other things to do. It is important to them. This is the same for all of us, no matter what age or fitness level. If you put in the time, you will see results.
If you wish to improve your body, you have to do the work. Any magic plan that promises fitness with no work is a lie.
Have you ever noticed that when you really wanted to do something, you found the time? When you really do not want to do something, or it is not a priority, something will always come up. If you are just doing something for money or just doing enough to get it over with – it shows. Quality in = quality out. Mediocre in leads to the predictable outcome.
The ability to get good at anything takes a lot of work, but to do so as a full grown adult is rare. It is not because we can’t, but because we are not willing to invest the time or go through the hardship of change. We have, to be honest, harsh and merciless with ourselves and most people are too sensitive get a lot better at anything. If you never intend to work hard, then anything you wish to do well – will be impossible.
This extends to living a Christian life. If all you ever do is go to church once a week and sit through a sermon, do you really feel you are giving God his worth? We are all sinners and not one of us is perfect. It is a constant battle to live a life that honors God. If you work on every day, you will see change. If you continue to just show up weekly at a service what can you really expect?
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.