Brandon’s Lead by Example:
Taking a step back from competitive exercising, I have found some days it is tough to get motivated to workout. Having focused years to “training” vs “working out”, I now sometimes wonder, why do I need to do this? What am I trying to accomplish with my fitness?
I then think of my son, Ronan, and how he is growing so fast and always watching. Soon, he will be running around, exploring, and imitating what he sees from Mama and Papa Bear.
What habits will I instill in my son? Am I going to be the parent that asks of their children things they themselves cannot be held accountable for? Will I say, “eat your veggies”, then have pizza? Will I say, “get up early to attack your weaknesses”, and then sleep in? Will I say, “find a way when the path seems unclear”, then give up on my first try?
Or… I decide put down my comforts forging the path to excellence by being self-disciplined, driven, and willing to do the things that feel uncomfortable…EVERYDAY!
I know success comes from hard work, sacrifice, and the willingness to never quit. When I don’t want to work out, eat healthy, stretch, read, or anything I know I should do, I find a way to be the example. I give myself no choice in the matter… I may ride my bike miles to my destination, run from a friend’s house, or maybe I’ll just walk into the gym and start the workout. The first rep is always the hardest.
Some recent events a friend and her family are going through make this week’s thought very simple but it’s extremely undervalued. Never undervalue the time you spend with your friends and family. As the minutes and hours tick away throughout the day it’s easy for us to look at the micro moments that might bother us, or maybe we are wasting time on things that don’t matter. What matters the most is usually what we take for granted. If this thought makes you spend extra time loving your friends and family, mission accomplished. It’s simple, but I challenge you all to take a step back and genuinely appreciate the love that surrounds you.
I have restarted my meditation practice this month, I say restarted because I was intermittent at the end of last year and I took all of January off. I try to meditate 10 minutes every morning, I use the app Headspace to keep me on track. Usually I am not one for technology or APP’s but I tried other avenues and none stuck for the meditation practice. I started using Headspace 2 years ago and it has truly changed my life. I find that when I am consistent in my practice, I am able to slow things down in stressful environments. I have also found that I am much calmer and not angered by the small things. If you have been thinking about doing meditation I strongly encourage trying out Headspace or Calm.
Abe Sculley recommended that I read The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results and I want to recommended it to you. This book was an amazing read and has truly sent me down a path for extraordinary results. Whether it’s exercise, nutrition, income, family, relationships, or any goal you would like accomplish, The ONE Thing will teach you how to set a goal or goals and the steps needed to achieve your goal(s). Want you really see the benefits of this book? After you finish reading The ONE Thing, watch or read any biography on a person’s rise to success. Recommend: Conor McGregor: Notorious