Wednesday, February 25, 2009

February 25, 2009.......discipline sacrifice and reward

Being fit and leading a healthy and happy lifestyle requires many things which most of us don't come by naturally, because we are human beings with faults and weaknesses. Those big things we need to develop in order to get to the point of attaining the rewarding feelings of happiness that a healthy lifestyle brings about are hard to come by. This is especially true in today's society of instant gratification devoid of discipline, hard work and sacrifice. It's no more evident than with the economic crisis the world is facing, particularly in the US. Most if not all of it was brought on by the lack of discipline and sacrifice in many areas for many people. This, I feel, can be carried over to fitness and the growing problems with obesity, health and the results costs that society is being overwhelmed with. Focusing on creating discipline, through small sacrifices, in ones life will carry over to the ability to achieve ones goals for health and fitness. A great way to start is to by perhaps getting up 30 minutes earlier so you can fit in that workout that always seems to get pushed to the side. It may "hurt" a bit the first few days, but it will get easier and eventually not be a struggle at all. This may help one do a better job of saying no to that cookie or other food that you just can't go without. Start small and build discipline and sacrifice into your life and then watch how your life changes for the better. Many times happiness and fulfillment lie just on the other side of what appears daunting and intimidating but yet is doable. Go beyond what you think you can do as that is where the real fruit of your labors comes to light. You must navigate through the darkness in order to see the light on the other side. That darkness more often than not is composed of the habits, fears and attitudes which attempt to hold us back. Vow to accept them as they are and face them head on knowing they can be overcome.