The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
If I could consider myself an expert in anything the first thing that comes to mind is quitting.
I’ve quit taekwondo, the trombone, the drums, piano, exercise, dieting, and tons more.
I justified it by saying that I was “testing” it.
Frankly, I am sick with the current state of my life. I am no where near where I want to be.
I am extremely disappointed in myself in the areas of spirituality, emotional maturity, and personal development.
However, I hit a turning point today.
It begins with an innocent excuse. Work was overwhelming so I’ll work out tomorrow. Tomorrow goes by and I’m “too tired.”
Naturally I didn’t have the grit to fight through the simple challenge.
It was hectic and I got out of work late. I didn’t work out and I said I would do it Saturday. On Saturday my wife and I got in a small argument and I said I would work out Sunday.
Sunday came around. I fumbled around and did nothing productive. I am sick of getting to that state. Yet that is where I seem to get myself consistently whenever I burn out or whatever other cheap excuse I can come up with.
Its going to stop today. I want to become the man I set out to be – the one that my family, friends, community, and the world deserve.
I don’t want my life to be a small blip on the radar. A life lived in selfishness. A waste.
I want to live a life that influences others to become the best they can. As Jesus Christ said to live life to the full. (John 10:10).
After getting off of work late… again. I went to push and challenge my body in the weight room.
Honestly, I hate exercise. I hate sweating and getting dirty.
My brother, Rex, believed and pushed me. I’ve never done a chin up or pull up in my life. I’ve always been a heavy boy.
I was actually able to bring myself half way up. To me that is progress. If I was in an action sequence with my life on the line. I wouldn’t be able to save myself let alone anyone else.
After some reflection here are the steps I think will help you transform into someone you want to be.
1) Define what you want – I want to have a six pack for once in my life and keep it as long as I can. Rex says with 6 months of following program I will be able to reverse 30 years of poor eating and laziness.
2) Get support – My brother Rex was there to help me for the first month. I typically give up after a week or two. Find a champion who will support you and push you.
3) Make the decision – Do you have the grit? Even when it is something stupid. Are willing to decide. The decision to change your life. The decision to make a difference. The courage to defeat your inner demon.
4) Set yourself up for success – Create an environment that will support you in your goal. I have to pack all of my workout clothes, supplements, water, and music the night before. Put all that stuff right next to the door- so when I leave I just know to take it with me.
I was able to exercise today.
I also want to become a better writer. Write 500 words a day. I’m doing that right now. Hard to do consistently, but I want to. It helps be reflect and analyze. It may help someone too.
I will become an expert at grit, perseverance, and passion. Those are qualities I admire and I want to have.
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