Keep Pushing Forward!
ON THE BIKE AS I’M WRITING THIS. DAY 21 OF EXERCISE IS IN THE BOOKS! 10 DAYS LEFT FOR ME AND THEN THIS CHALLENGE IS COMPLETE!
So far since beginning this challenge of 30 days of exercise I’ve came across the following things in my life: upper back injury, lower back injury, some type of sickness (I’m on day 10), and (of course) quarantine from the Coronavirus. And I know that I’m not alone. It seems that any time I set a goal something pops up immediately to throw me off course. Things never work out like I had planned, but one thing I have become increasingly good at is the ability to be flexible and continuing to push forward against all odds. Nothing in life worth doing is easy. If it was easy, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great. Tom Hanks said something like that in the movie A League of Their Own. So throughout the month I’ve had a lot of these scenes and quotes floating through my brain. In addition to Tom Hanks,
- the message from Over the Top that “the world meets nobody half way.”
- the scene from Rocky Balboa that “it’s not about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
- the message from Og Mandino in his book The Greatest Salesman in the World — “I will persist until I succeed.”
- and countless others that come through my mind throughout the day that right now have escaped me (but I plan to add over the coming week).
All of us have our own story. So far this month I’ve heard of injuries, gym closings, and pneumonia just to name a few. All of us go through our own struggles and challenges. We must continue to push forward and make progress no matter what the obstacle.So many people start off ON FIRE! But soon after they lose focus and have to start over again. They go through periods of being extremely hot and extremely cold. In other words, they go through periods of intense focus and periods of no focus at all. It’s not about being on fire all the time that gets you to where you want to be. It’s about avoiding the periods of inactivity. You don’t have to crush it every single day. What you MUST do is stay in the game. I’m not exactly sure who said this or where I heard it … so I’m going to take this one for myself:
Mixing periods of intense fire with periods of lukewarm focus, day in and day out, will get you exactly where you want to be.– Bo Burkett, Fit.Life
Stay the course my friends, and keep training hard! But on the days you can’t train hard, make sure you are at least staying lukewarm.