I'm sure you're familiar with this quote …
Be the change you want to be …
Well this came to me this morning as I was swimming my laps in the pool. I reflected on when I joined the gym and started an exercise/weight lifting program. I didn't realize how mentally and physically challenged I was.
My intentions were focused and doable. I wanted to lose a substantial amount of weight that I was oblivious to gaining over the years.
It took WORK! It required me to get up early every morning, swim, lift weights and boy .. did I physically hurt. Then there were days I didn't feel like going in. Thinking I would work-out at home, I didn't. I imagined I did, but didn't.
I had participated in a weight loss challenge that required me to change my eating habits, and consume more water. Ok, all good. Did I do it 100%? No.
Because I wasn't commuted to the change I wanted to be. I was comfortable staying where I was.
Yet, there I was still going to the gym. Then I fell down my stairs at home. I tripped over our dog “Rex” who was running down the stairs at the same time I was … and KABOOM! I was home alone. I slayed on the floor for a while. My glasses broke, I ached and my legs we're hurting. I had a nice gash on my head. And I stayed home for a few days.
Comparing the aches and pains from falling down the stairs was really nothing compared to when I started lifting weights, swimming, walking, etc.. It took about two months to work out a pain in my hip and my calves – all from sitting at the computer in my home office. And I think when I did fall down the stairs because of all the working-out I did at the gym I was stronger and managed the fall better.
I'm telling you this because I had to LEARN to be the change I wanted to be, I had to physically change and come to terms with my emotional defiance to change … …
Joining the gym has been the best teacher – it's the catalyst that pushed me to change. When you want to change you have to implement an action plan that will push you to be the change you want to be…
Because of what I've experienced .. I now
- Manage my time better (I use a timer to keep me on track hourly)
- I do more
- I say “YES” to new experiences more than I ever have
- Waste less time
- Implement my ideas
- More confident
And I signed-up for a new work-out challenge that starts in June at the gym. I better prepared for it physically and emotionally. Something happens to you when you let go of personal beliefs that you hang on to, that keep you in the comfort zone.. keep you from elevating yourself to a new and improved you .. it's absolutely awesome.
So. My suggestion is if you want to be the change you dream of. Join a gym. Challenge yourself physically and mentally because the emotional challenges you experience come up in everything else you do.
Conquer the physical ones, you'll be amazed.
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