To paraphrase what my beloved Dad used to say about marriage, there are no successful Warriors, only succeeding Warriors.
Success as a Warrior is not like a pinnacle you climb to, stand on, and survey all things below you. It’s more like a rung on a ladder – you climb to it, stand on it, and prepare for the next rung. Hey, go ahead and enjoy the view, but be aware that there are more battles up the ladder – and up you must go. Don’t deceive yourself. The choice is not yours, there are more battles ahead.
Remember: You are a Warrior, your biggest battles are within, and you live at the mercy of your decisions. But also remember: You have what it takes!
Some battles are external problems you face, but the real battles are internal attacks against your very core – avoiding adversity, feelings of inadequacy, fear of rejection, lack of self-acceptance, things that keep you awake at 3:00 am. The internal battles are the first ones Warriors face; winning those battles turns your external ones into mere questions of perspective.
Successful Warriors know that battles are won by wisdom before they are won by tactics. Happily, God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble, so the first step in any battle is to turn to Him, ask for grace – and a large chunk of wisdom along with it. Wisdom means proper perspective, and perspective is best gathered from a distance, even as “…the mountain is clearer to the climber from the plain…”
View your problems as rungs in your ladder, allowing you to step higher to gain a better perspective.
Successfully becoming and staying fit is a prototype of being a Warrior. How you treat your body is an analogy of how you treat your soul, yeah? (And how you treat your own heart is an analogy of how you treat others, too!)
(Come to think of it, as another sideline, try this. Next time you meet someone who treats you poorly, be merciful to them – they may be treating their own heart poorly, too. Compassion rather than anger will soothe both your hearts!)
(All that fluffy stuff can make a guy nervous, you know? I’m a martial artist, not Mother Theresa – even if she is one of my heroes.) (Will we ever get to today’s Newsletter?)
Yep. Back to this. Being a Warrior is all about the lifestyle, not the quick fix. Today I’d like to give you a glimpse of seven traits that successful (succeeding!) Warriors apply to their fitness program – and leave it to you to apply these outward to your own life.
1. Warriors See Each Day with Perspective
Fail to meet your fitness goals today? Move on! Tomorrow is another day to make smarter decisions. When you wake up, rededicate yourself to your fitness goals without beating yourself about whatever mistakes you made in the past.
After all, you can’t change what you did yesterday. All you can control is right now. So get to it!
What’s happening today in your life that needs a new perspective?
2. Warriors Know Their Bodies
When you finish a workout, you should feel good. If you don’t, then something needs to change. Either your diet or your routine is throwing you off. Warriors know how everything they do affects their body and they take steps to avoid those things that make them not perform their best.
Today, actively study how your body responds to stimuli and care for it accordingly.
3. Warriors Find Ways around the Reasons
If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t quite get fit, it may be your proclivity for caving to pressure – and that pressure may be self-induced! Warriors do not give into excuses for why they shouldn’t exercise. Quite the contrary. They are continually finding reasons why they should do their workouts and find pockets of time to do it—even if the workout is shorter than usual.
Decide ahead of time: How will you respond to pressures today?
4. Warriors Eat and Sleep Well
Study after study has shown the benefit of eating whole, unprocessed foods. It provides energy and strength, helps you feel full throughout the day, and makes your workout as fruitful as possible. Getting good sleep is equally as important, as it keeps all your bodily systems in rhythm. Put these two fit activities together and you’re well on your way to optimal fitness.
Do you plan for your bedtime, or just let it happen?
5. Warriors Track Progress
For some, keeping tabs on health progress is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Once you get into the routine, however, you will become a believer in the power of tracking your progress. Tracking serves to both reward and motivate you, as you see that your workouts and smart food choices lead to a healthier weight and greater strength—aka better overall fitness and health.
What metrics can you assign to your activities today?
6. Warriors Think during Exercise
It can be easy to mindlessly run on a treadmill at the gym if you’re not careful. Remember: Warriors can’t afford to do anything mindlessly – they’re very intentional about everything they do in their workouts.
This means if you want to be fit, you should put some brain power into what you include in your workout and how you perform each repetition. This allows you to get maximum benefit from your workout and reduces the risk of injury.
I’m trying not to be rude, here, but let me ask – What mindless things might you do today?
7. Warriors Lean on an Ally
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The final thing Warriors do is rely on a trusted ally – someone with lots of knowhow in the realm of fitness.
This is why my clients have such a high success rate in achieving their goals – because I make sure that they stick with it! I have a sincere interest in your overall health and well-being and know how to help you reach the goals that can seem so far away when you’re trying to achieve it on your own.
The application to this one is simple: Call or email today and let’s get started on your fitness journey – and awake the Warrior Within!