As I began to open the pickle jar using the trick that someone had taught me years ago – a shortcut if you will -I stopped myself. “What am I doing?” This shortcut as so many others in life, is robbing me of growth, strength, and confidence! I suppose I should explain for those who are not familiar with my shortcut. If you place a spoon slightly under the edge of the lid and lightly pull up it releases a suction or vacuum effect and you barely have to turn the lid to open. No muscle required. I want to be strong. I want muscles. Shortcuts won’t get me there.
This does not only apply to physical muscles but mental muscles. Yes, that is a thing! Have you ever heard “what you don’t use you lose?” Think about algebra!
How many shortcuts are you taking?
As I stepped into the gym to work with a trainer to help me overcome my total intimidation of all those metal things, I was about to learn something. I am weak! I am out of shape! It is all on me. My fault. I settled for this. All of those people who are ripped and lifting, squatting and lunging, all while making it look oh so easy – they showed up when I didn’t.
It was not easy when I attempted to do it! I also made it look like a scene from a comedy. I have serious work to do and not all at the gym. Those gym rats are getting it in the area of nutrition as well. While I was busy falling into the temptation of my favorite Mexican restaurant and a big ol’ basket of chips and queso, I guarantee my new group of gym friends were practicing DISCIPLINE and eating grilled chicken!
Discipline was lacking from my life in many areas. I was taking shortcuts.
Those shortcuts and lack of discipline were not making me better but were costing me! As I settled for less, that is exactly what I got.
The “do it later mentality” was slowly killing me. I am not exaggerating. If we are not growing, we are dying.
Have you ever said in reference to a household task, “I’ll do it later.” In that very moment, you gave the task the power. It is now a burden that you dread. It will be weighing on you heavily until you get it done. It will also start a trend. Why not eat right later? Workout later? Read later? Suddenly, you are feeling no joy and you cannot even figure out why. You are not moving in the right direction. It is like someone holding onto the loop on your jeans as you try to move forward. We have to break free of that! I had to break free of that.
I am committed to showing up even when I really do not want to and I feel on top of the world when I do! I am committed to living up to my full potential instead of settling for average and for shortcuts. If I do not work on myself no one else will. No one else can. I cannot get fit, in shape, toned because the girl beside me at the gym is doing all the right things. I have to do them too!
When my husband and I are watching a movie (which I plan to do less of now) I often ask him to go to the restroom for me in a joking way. How appropriate to illustrate my point! He can go but it is not going to help me in the slightest.
Lastly, I used to think if I could only lift a small weight, or only do a few crunches, squats, or lunges that it was not doing anything. If I was not maxing it out, why bother? Friends we have to start somewhere. Greatness starts with a decision but only emerges with the discipline to see it through.
This applies to all areas of life! Is there a decision that you need to make? Will you have the discipline to see it through?
As for the pickle jar, I slayed it without a spoon!
Until Next Time,