About 4 years ago, I got in the best shape of my life, and I learned one of the most valuable lessons in my life.
I was fit, chiseled, with low body fat, dense muscle, and lots of energy. I was loving life.
There were two times in my life I've dedicated myself to getting in the best shape I could. For me, that meant strength, athleticism, cardiovascular health, and of course, the aesthetic.
I've always been an avid gym goer. I love it. But I don't always focus on having the most amazing psysique all the time. Other times, like right now, it's just about routine, staying fit, and getting my blood moving every day because I know that's healthy.
But there are times (twice in the past) where I was after the best shape ever. I was committed, and nothing got in my way.
I was stoked and feeling great all the time. Not just because of my fitness, but because of the commitment to myself, and the patience to carry out action day after day for many months.
This was not easy to do, but I proved to myself a very valuable thing. Something that I've learned to apply in all areas of life. And that is that with a vision, a plan, action, and most of all, time, you will be successful in accomplishing the thing you desire.
In other words, we need disciplined action with a plan, carried out over time, to attain successful results.
That was, and still is, a constant reminder to me in my life right now.
Whenever I think about an area I'm not doing as well in as I'd like, I ask myself:
Am I following the same rituals, doing the same things, as I did when I got a rockin' body?
If the answer is no, which it quite often is, I can hold myself just a bit more accountable.
It takes away any credible excuse from myself. It forces me to be honest with myself, to be real.
Even if I don't take action right away, eventually that question allows me to at least not be confused as to why I'm not where I want to be.
In a later post, I'll talk about ways to create that vision and take disciplined action over time.
Live with substance!