As a camel in the office would be happy to remind you, it’s hump day. (yeah, Geico should pay me for that opener.) I thought I’d share with you 4 life-changing phrases, to get you over the “humps” in your own life. Engrain them into your subconscious, act on their wisdom, and you will be stronger, healthier, and happier.
Let’s start where most others would end – with hell on earth:
“Hell on earth would be to meet the person you could have been.”
I first heard that line from Keith Cunningham, the business guru personified as “Rich Dad” in Richard Kiyosaki’s best-selling book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. It is a phrase that he heard long ago, and has driven him ever since. I was fortunate enough to have heard him repeat it during one of his interviews on entrepreneurship.
Confining it’s implication to business, however, would be a grave mistake. Think about it from a health and fitness perspective. Imagine yourself coming to the end of your life, no doubt prematurely, and meeting a very impressive, yet eerily familiar face – an individual who is obviously healthier, stronger, smarter, and fitter than you … even though you share many similarities … most notably your name! Maybe that person says to you something like, “with a few better choices and actions, you could have lived life like this… and had so much more time to enjoy it… why in the world did you waste all your potential?
So remember this phrase the next time you are tempted to stay in your comfort zone. Remember this phrase the next time you want to skip improving or challenging yourself.
Let’s move to Newtonian physics and remember that this principle applies to more than just things in a science lab:
“Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Objects at rest tend to stay at rest.”
But… here’s the often-forgotten and so important disclaimer he added to the end: “… unless acted upon by an outside force.” You must at least force yourself to get the proverbial ball rolling! (Or hire an outside force like us.) The only way it will be easier tomorrow is if you get going today.
Ever noticed that all exercise programs and diets start tomorrow? Well today is yesterday’s tomorrow, so tomorrow is too late. Today is the day to get in motion. Tomorrow is the day to stay there!
And now the Yoga teacher. These important words came from an instructor:
“How you do anything is how you do everything.”
If you exercise half-arssed, you no doubt do other activities half-arssed as well. (there really is a lack of effective professional synonyms for such a well-understood slang term, lol) Having trained numerous clients over the years, I have seen the words of the yoga instructor lived out time and time again. My clients who focused on doing things both properly and intensely during exercise … just happened to be the clients who did things properly and intensely in other areas of their lives – and were rewarded for it: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and financially.
Here’s what is really cool, though: If you find yourself failing to properly and intensely attack life, start with properly and intensely attacking your workouts. Surprisingly, you’ll find it easier and easier to carry the habit and character trait into the rest of your life.
Finally, living life to your full potential is only possible when you follow this ancient adage, written by the wisest man who ever lived, inspired by the One who who granted his request for such wisdom:
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
I originally read this verse in one of my first-grade text books, and have never forgotten it. If you are going to do something, you might as well pour all your passion and energy into it. To do anything less is to cheat yourself out of a more abundant life.