My days are filled with coaching, instructing and counseling my clients through all kinds of challenges. If I'm being honest, it can be very rewarding but also very frustrating at the same time. You see, there are people who truly are their own worst enemies.
Jeremiah 8:5 says "Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return"
Two of the most dangerous words are "good enough."
These words breed complacency.
Ever wake up feeling tired and unmotivated? Believe it or not, I do! One of the passages I NEED to read every morning to get my mind right is Philippians 2:3-5.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus"
Last Monday was one of those days. I woke up feeling tired and unmotivated. I was having a pity party because I expected it to be a long challenging day. (Insert sad violin music here.) How did I FLIP THE SWITCH? Read more here.
Turkey hunting isn't as easy as people might think since you see them all over the place. You have to wear a lot of camouflage and be really still since wild turkeys have great eye sight. With turkey hunting, you have to make a plan to try and put yourself in the best position for success. Many times it doesn't always work out.
If God were looking over your shoulder, would you be doing things differently?
Would you be going through the motions or are you consistently giving 100% in all you do?
Colossians 3:23 created a big shift in my mentality.
It never ceases to amaze me how we will meticulously take care of our automobiles but completely neglect our bodies.
Only to act surprised and shocked when our health takes a nosedive after years of filling our body with junk food while starving it of exercise and proper nutrition.
The body we have is the body we've earned.
Would you be surprised if your car quit running if you never changed the oil or took it in for a tune up?
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Revelations 3:15-16
A lot of people deceive themselves thinking they are hot in pursuit of their fitness goals, when really they are lukewarm.
They have convinced themselves they are 100% committed, but their deeds prove otherwise.
I remember when Tracy our manager, was first training with me. She kept getting frustrated about not losing weight. But every time I looked in her food log, it was filled with soda crackers and she was washing them down with TAB.
"So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." James 4:17
I work with a lot of people. So many of them know the right things to do, but they rarely do it. I hear it all the time - just like the scripture says.
I call it the "Should Syndrome."
Do you know the #1 way to smash a plateau?
The answer is really simple....GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY.
Having sat through hundreds of consultations with people who have hit plateaus, it has become very clear...
Most of the time the problem is not the plateau - it's you.
"The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." John 10:10
Life can steal your joy.
Age, injuries, stress, and mental health issues are all thieves of joy.
Your big "WHY" is important in EVERYTHING you do.
If it's not there, your motivation will only carry you so far. Eventually you will quit or backslide which leads to a mediocre life at best not the rich and satisfying life you deserve.
Here's a story of how knowing your "WHY" is essential if you want to see success.
In Numbers 25-31 we see fear preventing God's chosen people from entering the promised land.
Here's the story..
There are at least two significant moments where encouragement changed the course of my entire life.
"Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." James 4:14
Last week a former college football teammate of mine suddenly passed away.
It shook me pretty good since we are the same age. I will always remember him as one of the "studs" on our defense.
"And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?" Mark 8:36.
A few years ago an old school friend of mine retired from a successful military career.
He told me he wanted to something with "real meaning and purpose." He had been disciplined with his finances plus had his military pension so he told me he did not some "big fancy corporate job."
I remember how excited he was to start the second chapter of his life pursuing significance instead of success.
I have never driven a snow plow. But it seems obvious you can't do a good job plowing forward if you are looking out your rearview mirror. The lines would be all messed up and you would miss a lot of snow.
The same could be said if you are always living in the past and never focused on the present or future.
The other day I had an intense conversation with a close family member. Constant complaints and feeling sorry for self are on the forefront of their mind. It's always someone else's fault, excuse after excuse followed by blame after blame. They were acting as if they were "powerless" and playing the victim card. It was time for some tough love.
"Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them." Proverbs 26:12
This passage reminds me of one of my DIY projects that became an OMG project - all because of my foolishness.
Years ago I had a plumbing issue at one of my rental properties.
Since I had grown up working in a hardware store and have some basic plumbing knowledge, I thought "Why hire a plumber when I can fix this myself?"
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8
What have you been thinking on lately?
The sky falling?
Are these things making you excellent or stealing your joy?
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
This passage fuels me whenever I feel like quitting.
Being a type A fitness guy I set some aggressive fitness goals to end 2020 strong. I was on track to finish strong.
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap." Galatians 6:7
It has been widely reported that being obese or living an unhealthy lifestyle puts a person at a significantly higher risk for contracting COVID-19.
At this writing, over 1/3 of our population in the United States is considered obese. That to me is unacceptable. And more frustrating to me is that we have brought this on ourselves.