2 Reasons You Should Definitely Make the Effort to Get in Shape
It’s 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning. It was a hectic week, topped off with a long and exciting Friday night. I’m just now getting in. Upon remembering all I have to do over the horribly short weekend, I panicked. I set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Guess what happens next?
Invariably, whenever I do that madness, I end up sleeping until 10, 11 or even 12 the next morning! Having given my body a most unrealistic goal, my brain and body then conspire to ignore my alarm and instead, have me sleep until they are good and ready to wake up.
I want to encourage you in relation to how you treat your body. Right now, your primary responsibility is not to make commitments about fitness that you are very likely to break like getting “a 6 pack,” or “a chiseled chest,” or “the most toned thighs ever!”
Here in Jamaica – well, they didn’t even bother run a poll. #Foregoneconclusion.
But…You Can Defy the Drab Prospects
It is against this bleak backdrop that I extend a most audacious challenge to you: How about we work to Make 2013 a Stand Out year – a year of uncommon exploits, never to be forgotten?
I have written 7 articles, challenging you to make serious commitments in 7 areas of your life this year.
These commitments, I am suggesting, will transform your life even in the midst of a turbulent year. Moreover, they will ensure that at the end of this horrible year, you are stronger, wiser and more ready than ever to take advantage of new opportunities.
Why You Should Care About “Bad Years”
Ever said, or heard a friend say, “Man, last year was just a really bad year for me personally”…?
I wrote this series because I believe, especially as young adults; neither you nor I can afford “bad years” in our lives.
And, with all the predictions in the world saying it will be ‘oh so bad’ socially, politically and economically – it’s clear to me, we must work double time to prevent the impact of it in our lives.
This Is Our Only Time
Bad years and hard times bring at least 3 things that do a lot more than make the present unpleasant – they attack the foundation of a great future.
We must be fanatical in our efforts not to have “bad years” as though they were like bad days. Two reasons:
1. We only have so many of these years to spare:
People like Dr. Meg Jay, author of The Defining Decade are correct – “Thirty is NOT the new Twenty.”
Those of us long past the age may feel a sting of regret in reading this but the jury is in: what we do in our twenties really does matter.
Life does not begin when we want it to; we only decide when we’ll come alive to life.
2. Bad years are horribly destructive to our future:
Because “bad years” bring three things:[pullquote align=”right”]At the end of a bad year, you may find yourself more aged but no more mature; older but not wiser; bigger but not stronger; a head and shoulder taller than everyone around you, but not an inch more elevated in their eyes and estimation.[/pullquote]
In the bad year – there is a deficit of positives. Less meaningful interactions, less things read, less feeding of your imagination, less exercise, less healthy habits, less activities that matter, less, less, less.
Slowly, over the course of the year, your mind and body alike become flabby. The networks you were building disperse. The fitness you had wanes, the strong positive resolves you had are weakened, the bright, colour dreams are noticeably dull.
A bad year in your 20s (any point of your life! But especially here) is not “just another bad year!”
At the end of a bad year, you may find yourself more aged but no more mature; older but not wiser; bigger but not stronger; a head and shoulder taller than everyone around you, but not an inch more elevated in their eyes and estimation.
Sadly many of us are still 13 going on 30.
I challenge you: Make this year different! Change the script. Read the series. Defy the odds.
Are you ready to face a New Year? How do you plan to meet it?
This is part 1 of a 7 part series “Make 2013 a Stand Out Year.”
Amazingly, you doing better things (stepping out, getting stronger and being progressive) will actually be annoying to some people. Having not gotten the memo that life has moved on, that tomorrow is already here, they will abuse you for being productive, for being diligent and most of all, for being different.
“Stop trying to be deep!” “Stop trying to be so smart.” “Why are you wasting your time reading that book – what’s in it for you?” I want to call you, today, in the face of all the abuse you will endure for “trying” to do productive things to Stand Up and Reject the Culture of the Common. Continue reading “Stop Trying to Be Deep”→