My friend and colleague Jill Fleming is a Registered Dietitian and wellness speaker who travels the world encouraging people to make “Love Your Body Choices.” She recently shared an article for our soon-to-be-released Escape Adulthood magazine. (It’s at the printer!) One of the tips in her article is . . .
“Squeeze any muscle you wish to tone. Hold it until it starts to burn and then hold 5-seconds longer.”
Great tip! It also applies to following your dreams. In order to get to the next level in your goals you have to not only let it burn, you have to persist through the burn. Too many people stop when it starts to get uncomfortable.
I recently found this video clip from the movie, Facing the Giants, which came out last September. It really got me thinking about all of this.
If you don’t either have chills or a tear rolling down your cheek, you might want to check your pulse.
What I love about sports is how the lessons you learn can directly apply to your life. Lessons on persistence, courage, strength, etc.
Something really struck me about the reactions of Brock’s peers. For the first 30 yards or so they were razzing him, laughing, and teasing him about his buddy falling off of his back. It was all a joke to them. Somewhere along the journey, they shut up, sat a little taller and became curious about what they were witnessing. By the end they were standing, with their jaws on the ground and respect in their eyes. They were paying attention.
Coach told Brock, “God has gifted you with the ability of leadership, don’t waste it.”
What has God gifted you with?
Are you truly doing your best?
Have you prematurely written something off as a loss?
Are you setting your goals too safe, 10 yards, instead of 100?
The coach’s messages are ones you need to remind yourselves of everyday.
“Don’t stop. Keep moving. Keep driving it. Don’t quit until you’ve got nothing left. Your very best. I want everything you got. You need to negotiate with you body to find more strength. Gimmie more.”
It will burn. You will hurt. It will be heavy.
You can go more than 50 yards.
[tags]Jill Fleming, Love Your Body Choices, Facing the Giants, sports, dreams, goals, leadership, persistence[/tags]