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What could you imagine by 30?
I read an alarming USA Today article yesterday titled:
If you are in you are between 20 – 30 this means that 42% of you will reach obesity between the ages of 40 - 50.
Of course you’re telling yourself “No way!” right now. Why wouldn’t you?
How do you think people who are obese today would have answered that question when they were 20-30 years old?
They would have said the exact same thing!
One of two things is going to have to happen to prevent this projection from becoming a reality.
There is no other way to stop this. Either you are going to make the decision not to allow this to happen to you, someone is going to make the decision for you, or you will be part of the 42%.
I have always enjoyed exercising, but a little over a year ago I took it to a whole new level. I made the decision that I was going to commit 60 minutes or more per day, seven days a week to my health.
My health is my #1 priority! Period!
I know, you’re busy. I get it!
I’m a single dad with two children. I have a career and am co-owner of a business. I am involved in non-profit organizations and various community initiatives. None of this gets in the way of my health. On a very rare occasion I might have to miss a day or reduce my minutes, but it is made up.
It’s a choice to be made! Only you can make it!
In one of my first grad classes I remember my instructor saying “People change for two reasons: Opportunity and Fear” Opportunity and fear both played a role in “WHY” I decided to make health my # 1 priority?
You need to figure out “WHY” it’s important to you!
There are likely many reasons why you should do this. Some you’re aware of and many you haven’t even realized.
Here are six reasons I made my health my #1 priority. Perhaps you can relate:
What are your six reasons to take personal responsibility for your health? What is the opportunity with living a healthier life? What should you be afraid of if you don’t?
The foundation of confidence and fulfillment is being mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy.
If you have any desire to impact the world, your health is a great place to start!
How healthy will you be by 30?
I’m a runner!
Ok, I may have stretched the truth a bit. I am TRYING to be a runner. I currently run between three – five miles per day and I am training for my 2nd Tough Mudder that will take place in just a few weeks.
Just two years ago I was outwardly vocal about how much I wasn’t a runner and my common response to people who were avid runners was “You’re Crazy!”
I was weak!
Running is a lot like everyday life. It takes a strong mental attitude. It’s good for you, but it’s not always fun. It can be a painful and uncomfortable process in pursuit of a goal. It’s really easy to give up and take an easier route. And if you can just stay committed and bust your ass long enough for the endorphins or “runners high” to kick in, it’s easier and more productive.
Last week I was running on the treadmill at the gym. My body was tight and my right hip flexor was irritating the heck out of me. When I started the only thing I was thinking about was the discomfort and rationalizing with myself that if I quit, it would be OK.
Then it hit me!
My thoughts were different and the discomfort and pain was gone. It became easier. Endorphins had kicked in, runners high had taken over, and all of a sudden I was more relaxed and focused with what I was doing. I looked down at the timer and it said I had been running 11 minutes and 20 seconds.
Because of my weak mind and crappy attitude, it felt a heck of a lot longer than 11 minutes and 20 seconds. In just 11 minutes and 20 seconds I almost gave up and would not have completed the three – five miles I had committed to. I wouldn’t have moved any closer to being prepared for the Tough Mudder. The worst part is I had myself convinced it was OK to quit over a little discomfort.
Can you relate?
Have you ever achieved anything that didn’t come with some challenge and discomfort? Leadership is a challenging and at times uncomfortable task. Being a leader requires you to think for yourself and stand up for what you believe. Sometimes you’re forced to make decisions that aren’t popular and others just don’t understand. Those who make decisions based on their foundational passions and values are the ones who experience the “runners high”. Because they are living true to themselves, they are confident and mentally and emotionally strong. They will never give up, because they believe at their core in what they are doing?
What will your 11:20 look like?
Will you experience it? Will allow unproductive thoughts and a little discomfort to convince you it’s OK to give in and quit . . . that everything will be just fine?
As a Young Professional, now is the time to jack up that speed, face the discomfort head on, and have confidence your attitude and preparation will create the momentum that will positively impact you the rest of your life.
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Your ability to effectively lead yourself and inspire others comes down to the never-ending battle that occurs in all of us:
Confidence vs. Insecurity
Merriam-Webster.com defines each as:
Confidence: faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way
Insecurity: deficient in assurance: beset by fear and anxiety
A theory that I personally use to organize my world is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. In a nutshell this theory says that insecurity prevents us from developing:
Without even realizing it, insecurity drives us to act in ways and make choices that we would not make if we were secure with ourselves and the world around us. It paralyzes us from being the person we truly want to be and living the life we deserve to live.
It holds you hostage!
Insecurity does serve a purpose however. It’s a survival and protection mechanism that gives us a sense of relief and control when we feel, as Merriam-Webster.com says “fear and anxiety”. This relief and control may not be productive in the grand scheme of things, but for now it works. We become comfortable, but never really become secure. The scary part is some people live in a constant cycle of “fear and anxiety” and don’t even know it.
The questions you must ask yourself are:
Do you want your life defined by choices based on “fear and anxiety”?
Do you want your live to be defined by choices based on security and the genuine belief that you are acting in the “right, proper, or most effective way” to reach your goals?
The foundation of our security and confidence is something that was built within us at a very young age and was largely dependant on our environment and the relationships with the adults in our lives. If the adults in our lives didn’t understand this battle (and most didn’t) it never got addressed. We were just expected to be confident, do our work, and be successful.
Regardless of past experience and what you think you are right now you must understand this:
Confidence is a key characteristic of success and fulfillment!
Confident people think more productive. They feel better about themselves and the world around them. They don’t get consumed by worry and fear. They progress even in adverse situations. They aren’t held back by people or things. They are purposeful in their actions.
In the battle between insecurity vs. confidence, confidence must win!
Study confidence, practice confidence, and be confident!
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