Work your life!
So.. It’s about 8:50 here in Korea and I just left the gym. I’m pretty disappointed because this was the absolutely worst workout I’ve had since coming here. I’m at my heaviest. I’m lifting my lightest and running my slowest. It’s ALLLLL BAD. So, I call my husband on the way home from the gym, so he could give me some motivation and light a fire under me, which is hilarious because my husband is SO soft on me. God bless him. Frustrated with the lackadaisical attitude toward my fitness I hung up. I thought to call some friends I have that workout regularly, but I knew what they’d say. I knew what I’d accept, and I knew the rebuttal I’d make up in my mind. No, if anyone was going to motivate me it would be me. So, I began to wonder, what would I even say to myself?...... Like, If I was giving me a motivational face to face talk what would it be? I knew it couldn’t be over emotional. The yelling and dramatics wouldn’t work for me. It had to be grounded in facts. It had to be something goal oriented and measurable. So.. with that in mind I think the first thing I would say to myself is..
“Eboni you get the same 24 hours as everybody else. Any fitness person you see, anyone that’s gotten in shape, anyone that’s lost any amount of weight has done it with the same 24 hours you have right now!!!!!!” ……Yea, something like that. I’d start with an absolute fact. Yes, I have kids, yes we’re in another country blah blah, but the fact remains I have 24 hours in my day. Same as the greatest athlete, entrepreneur and anyone else. I make the choice how to handle it… Next, I’d say something like..
“Fitness isn’t new to you, neither is working out. You’ve done this before so why are you acting brand new? Save all that weak talk. You’re not dealing with some grand hardship or obstacle to working out, there are people who do much more with much less!! NO EXCUSES” There has got to be something inside that motivates greatness. Just to reiterate, there are people who have it much harder (be it a financial problem like homelessness or a physical one) that do much more. The fire is meant to refine us, as gold. Not cause us to give up. The pressing releases the oil. Leg pressing releases the gains ( SORRY had to do it) anyway. The struggle makes it worth it and truth be told, many of our struggles are not really struggles. We like to say #thestruggleisreal or #thestruggle for everything man. Forgot our headphones or apple watch at home #thestruggle, indulged ourselves and our children with an excessive amount of clothes so now we’re overrun with laundry #the struggle, got to buy new tires on our car that we drive daily #thestruggle. Let me tell you, we are not struggling. We’re spoiled.
“The steps are already there. Many people have already given the formula, all you have to do is walk it out. You only have ONE LIFE, you need to WORK IT” In the words of the poet Missy Misdemeanor Elliott IS IT WORTH IT? YOU SHOULD WORK IT. That’s the crazy part. What I am trying to accomplish is not new. What we try to accomplish is not new I am doing what has already been modeled a million times. Like, there’s a tried and true method. I NEED TO REALIZE, I only have this one life. I need to WORK IT. I wanna be happy? I want joy? OK FINE GREAT GOAL. WORK IT. Work what brings joy, if you don’t know wifi is free, look it up. One can easily look up how to cultivate a life of joy. I want to be organized? PERFECT research and implement that. Want to grow professionally? Want to get in shape FINE research the information and apply it. Like we are in the information age, there’s really no excuses.
So.. that’s I guess my motivational talk to me. I feel pretty inspired. Tonight, I am going to make a plan, tomorrow I am going to wake up with no excuses and use my 24 hours to implement the plan.