Inner strength is a muscle.
Nobody is born stronger or weaker. And if it appears that someone else had a better start — you have no idea what battle they are fighting and what their struggles are. Life is a school and nobody gets to pass the test without learning the lessons.
Some skills, tasks, lessons appear to be easier for us than it is for others — but that’s just our perspective, reality is the same for everyone. How we choose to interpret it — that makes a difference.
“Beautiful! Isn’t it?”, a fellow morning photographer said to me taking a picture of the first big New York city snow.
While most were complaining about the slush and terrible traffic.
It’s not what. It’s how we look at that “what”.
Kids are so happy throwing snow balls at each other! Such a joy on their faces!
It might seem like going to the gym every single morning and being precise like an atomic clock with my nutrition comes easier to me than to you in the world of over-fed society, that for the most part is addicted to instant gratification VS long-term goals and rewards.
But it doesn’t make it so.
Not true actually.
It is easier for me now, but not because it’s my talent.
Because one day I decided that my health, through-the-roof energy, superhero resilience for life lived fully are more important for me than watching another new TV show and staying up late not being able to get up and have enough rest for the morning workout, or that a new brand of ice-cream or a new hip restaurant is not worth fat on my body and sluggish brain the next morning that I will have to work through.
It took time to make different choices.
It took time to make daily commitment to health an “easy” routine that my brain manages on auto-pilot.
It took time to start having fun working out daily the hardest to make my dream happen.
It took time to believe that hard work will worth it and will be enjoyable.
It took time to start enjoying making videos and writing blog daily, every time having a pretty good chance of looking as a stupid amateur with a huge ego, that thinks it’s better or smarter than everyone.
It took time to start having uncomfortable conversations and putting myself out there doing things for the first time however imperfectly.
It took time to start. The journey will never be easier — we get stronger.
First inside — when we commit DAILY to the practices that build our values, character and skills for life we want to live.
Then outside — when we start reaping the rewards and everyone thinks we are somehow gifted all of a sudden.
It’s important to have a practice that challenges you daily. That builds your inner strength and is totally up to you, totally in your control. That’s how you change the world.
And that’s why — go and work out!
Weekend is just a word, not your body’s ability to work out or a need-for-rest indicator.
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health