The clean slate, the fresh start, maybe they are illusions... but at a certain point, faith in ourselves ... that's not a given. That's a choice.-- Lee Adama, Battlestar Galactica
We all can think back to mistakes we have made and say, "If I could just do it all over again. If I could just choose to eat right. If I could have just said the right thing. If I had just exercised." The list could go on forever. The truth is that our lives are filled with choices every day, and even when we choose to not choose, we have still made a choice. As a friend of mine says, life is all about choices.
We must realize that reaching a healthy level of fitness and health does not wipe out our past. We do not get a clean slate or a fresh start. Instead, I believe it is something greater. By achieving our fitness goals, we are choosing to overcome the wrong choices of the past, learn from them, and then press on to a better future, because of who we have become in the process of overcoming our previous shortfalls.
Not only does this way of thinking apply to our overall goal, but it is important each step of the way. It is what keeps us going when we don't think we can go any farther. There are ups and downs, successes and failures on our way to meet our goals. As Dan Liddel said, "Anytime a fighter has a loss, thats probably the best way to check what kind of fighter he is, see what kind of personality he's going to have after that loss." When we fail, we get up and keep going. When we succeed, we rejoice, celebrate and keep going. And it is all still a choice: to keep going until we have reached our goal. Stopping is not an option.
Even when our journey is not pleasant, we can choose to enjoy the experience. I battle with my body and mind every day. There are times when I think, "I'm not going to make it," or, "How long will this keep going on?" It is then I have to laugh. I think about how awesome it will feel a year from now when I look back and realize that I conquered my fears and kept going. I imagine the fulfillment and take joy in knowing that had I not won this small mental battle today, not only would I have not reached my goal, but I wouldn't be able to help others do the same. It is that joy that keeps me going, knowing that I will make it in spite of all the obstacles.
What does this have to do with choices? Everything. It is at these times we must choose to have faith in ourselves and make the choice to continue doing the right things no matter how we feel at this moment. It's a choice.
We might not be out in the middle of space hunting for earth. We might not be fighting cancer or cycling in the tour de france or on an indoor track. We might not be trying to knock someone out in the middle of a UFC ring. However, we all have challenges that we are facing, and it is our choices that determine what happens. Getting healthy does not happen because of particular supplements, exercise or eating right. All of these things aid in our goal to be healthy, but ultimately reaching a state of fitness occurs because of the choices we make. You take a supplement, exercise correctly and eat right because you CHOOSE to live a life of self-discipline.
A man may fall many times but he won't be a failure until he says someone pushed him. -- Elmer G. Letterman
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