Recently I was thinking about a time when my mentor and baseball coach sat me down in a hotel room in Canada. And no, it was not a warm and fuzzy conversation. I can remember like yesterday he said, “Tom, sit down, we need to talk. When I put you in the game as my pitcher I will never settle for anything less than your absolute best. Is that understood? I chose you to go into the game because I see that you’ve got what it takes. As a result, I expect every single pitch you throw to be the best you’ve got. Don’t pace yourself. Throw every pitch like it’s your last. Now do I make myself clear?” My response was, “Yes sir, Coach, I hear you loud and clear.” And from that moment on I gave my absolute best.
Sometimes we need to hear the truth. Don’t we? (By the way, this pep talk is for me as much as it is for you as we begin this New Year.)
So here goes: I want to personally challenge you to sit down long enough to think about the person you are now. Concerning your health and fitness goals, what do you really want to achieve? What is it that you’d like to see happen?
Maybe you would like to lose 15-20 pounds and be able to keep it off. Or perhaps you’d like to be able to have more endurance throughout the day on the job and be able to return home from work with plenty of energy for your family. Maybe you have beautiful clothes hanging in your closet that you can’t fit into anymore. Maybe you have that monumental class reunion coming up and would like to watch their jaws drop when you walk in the room.
Whatever your motivation there is no better time to embrace a healthy lifestyle than now. Only one person is accountable for making the necessary changes, and that someone is you!
Have you ever wondered why change is so hard? It’s because if we are really honest we don’t like change when it affects us! All too often we can become set in our ways refusing to make the changes that would make for a better life.
NEWSFLASH! It is time for a change. And it is time to quit making excuses!
We are the master of excuses. We whine, “After all, it’s not my fault.” Then before we know it we begin to play the role of the victim. As long as this is our mode of thinking, then positive change will not come.
Change begins with accepting responsibility. We hold the power in our own hands. Stop making excuses and convincing yourself that you are genetically predisposed to being overweight. This is just an excuse. Though in some rare instances obesity can be a genetic situation, most of the time it is a matter of poor daily habits. Instead of a genetic problem, it’s a generation of poor choices. This is the time for taking control of our lives and accepting responsibility for our shortcomings, instead of making lame excuses.
Slow down. Think about your situation for a moment. Take responsibility. Stop blaming. Aren’t we the ones making the choices that have gotten us where we are? The cold hard truth is that we determine our success or failure. Not our parents, not our friends, not our co-workers.
We have to learn to help ourselves. The truth is can choose to be our own best friend or we can be our own worst enemy.
Bottom line. Most of us are just one quality decision from seeing great things happen in our lives. The question is: Are we going to take action to make something happen, or are we simply going to exist as we have for the last how many years? The choice is up to us.
Remember, the power of the mind is an amazing thing. You can do it! Make the decision that now is the time to change the course of your life. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!
The time has come to commit ourselves to taking care of this body that God has given us. We will only receive one body in the span of our life, and it’s up to us to make wise decisions to take care of it. We have a custom made gift to oversee and to maintain for a lifetime. So let’s do it!
Now is your time to act! Go ahead and realize that it’s time to exercise your right to change some things that are long overdue.
With God’s help you can do anything you set your mind to do! There is nothing in the world like setting short term goals, working hard, giving it all that you’ve got, and then seeing success take place! In the words of my mentor: You’ve got what it takes. It’s time for your absolute best. Every single day give it the best you’ve got. Don’t you dare pace yourself. Get out there and live each day like it’s your last!