I started reading this book by Joel Osteen, “Every Day A Friday” and found a really good section on changing for the good.
The chapter is about not giving away your power. In one section he writes about a man who was not feeling well. He went to see his doctor. Here’s the story that Joel writes.
The man went to see his doctor. The doctor said, “What’s wrong?”
He said, “Well, doctor, lately I’ve been dizzy and I’m seeing white spots.”
The doctor examined him and put him through some stress tests. Several days later, he called the ailing man back and said. “Sir, I hate to tell you this, but you’ve got a rare disease and we think you only have six months to live.”
The man quit his job and set off to travel the world and do all the things he’d always hoped to do. He spent more time with his family, and he bought a new sports car. One day he was driving by this famous clothing shop and decided to go in and buy a tailor-made suit.
The tailor came in and measured his arm length: “Thirty-three inches.” Then he measured his waist: “Thirty-two.” Next was his pant length: “Thirty-four.” And finally the tailor measured his neck and said, “I’m making you a size sixteen-and-a-half shirt.”
The man said, “No, I wear a fifteen-inch shirt.”
The tailor measured his neck again very carefully.
“No, sir,” he said. “Look, you wear a sixteen-and-a-half-inch shirt.”
The man was very adamant. “No, sir. I wear a fifteen-inch shirt,” he told the tailor. “I’ve worn that size my whole adult life. I want you to make me a fifteen-inch shirt.”
The tailor said, “Well, fine. I’ll make you a fifteen-inch shirt,, but it will be so tight it will make you dizzy and you’ll see white spots.”
Often, people become set in their ways and refuse to change even when they are hurting. If you are willing to change, if you will make adjustments, many times you will see your “white spots” disappear. You will see your frustrations go away.
Don’t give away your power to people, (your joy). Begin to make a change in this new year. Usually it’s not the person making you upset, but how you respond to it.
The same applies to your training. If you keep doing the same things year in and year out for whatever it is, You’ll always get the same return. If your not changing then, it’s time to change it up. Change your diet, training methods, supplementation, and your spiritual wellbeing and watch things begin to change.
Continue to “Crush It” in and outside of the gym.