It is astounding, the perceptions that people have. The perception that I myself once had of the “fit people”. We are not “super human” simply because we have seemingly found our way through the paradox that is “health and fitness”. Those of us who have successfully lost weight, added muscle, competed, run marathons, and the like are not robotic. The fact is, we all have good days and bad days. There are many bad days. It is during these times, these choices, when we negotiate with ourselves or rather, choose not to negotiate that we find success.
In fact, I am writing now because I’m having one of those “bad days”. I am human. I am very frustrated, we all go through it. What will I do with this energy? I’m not exactly sure yet but I can assure you, it will not be something that sends me spiraling down an old familiar path of self destruction! I chose the “right” fork in the road long, long ago.
The thing is, this is a lifestyle. I know, I know, it’s sickening. What does that even mean? Well, once you have “arrived” there you will recognize it. It becomes innate, something you just can’t do without. It is part of you to your core. It becomes part of your identity, no longer something you aspire to. You have arrived.
In the “getting there” we have many days, many hours and minutes. Each of us gets to decide how we spend them, we all have the same amount of actual time in a day! The “fit people” choose to spend some of that valuable time working to better themselves . And guess what, they are in fact, better for it.
The differentiator is that we do this even when we don’t want to, even when it is inconvenient and especially when it is hard. Believe me, this is the difference. What you will find is that, in chosing to do what is difficult, there is incredible gratification and progress. The right thing seems to always be the hard thing.
We are all the same, we are human and we fight the same battles. Start selecting your weapons from a different tool box and watch what happens! It is remarkable.