I hate working out. Sure, I understand all the various benefits of exercise, and I want to experience those benefits in my life: health, energy, big muscles, etc. My problem, and I’m sure I’m not alone, is that I am not a fan of running, lifting weights, or other such activities that produce health benefits. When I was younger exercise was never an issue. I played soccer, tennis, participated in martial arts and other cardio-type activities and exercises all the time. As I’ve gotten older, and my life has gotten more hectic, I discover that I have a whole backpack full of excuses readily available to help me avoid strenuous cardio-related activity. Eventually, as I can begin to see my waist-line expand, as my physical self-image begins to deteriorate, and as my clothes begin to reach their comfortable capacity, I force myself to address my less than desirable physical status. Just like my love-hate relationship with physical activity/exercise, each of us has our own situational breaking point where the consequences of our personal neglect becomes unbearable, and change becomes mandatory. Continue reading
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I’ll admit it. I’m a little late to the new year’s feel good, motivational, power list of success building tools, blog party. And that’s probably where this particular post will land, categorically speaking. My thoughts, with regard to “Shoestring or Canvas,” have been inspired from a variety of sources. While I may not always proclaim boldly the sources from which a particular thought stream evolved, in this case they are certainly worth mentioning. The first component was an interview I heard on a Catalyst podcast with Jon Acuff the author of Quitter, and other books. The second component was from another podcast; Part 3: God’s Great Mission For My Life, a message by Rick Warren from the December 3rd 2011 Saddleback Church podcast.
Similar to other people, I find myself working a “day job” while pursing my true passion/calling on the side when I think I have the time. Does that sound as crazy to you as it does to me? Isn’t one supposed to live their dream job and pursue hobbies, or deal with the trivialities of life on the side. Listening to Jon Acuff’s interview on Catalyst, which touched on his book Quitter – “closing the gap between your day job and your dream job,” hit me right between the ears. No, I haven’t had the chance to read the book yet, but it’s on my soon-to-read list. Just the idea of needing to close the gap on living my passion and reversing the reality of my day and dream jobs stirred the stagnancy within my soul. What am I doing, What do I want to be doing, and what am I actually doing, rather than just thinking about doing, to get there? Continue reading