There is a reality that one cannot hide from in a gym. If one wants to get in better shape, it will take a combination of two things. First, one must act. Second, one must sweat.
Regardless of the methods employed, everyone must take a decision and put that decision into motion. Staying still will not accomplish the goal. Action to get stronger and flexible is more than a casual strong. Along the way, s/he is going to work hard, push one’s self, and as a result sweat and often end up exhausted. It is the combinations that begin and sustain the journey.
Along the way to one’s goals, one can tap into the patterns being demonstrated. Observation is one of our greatest ways of learning. We can look at what movements others are making as a starting point to creating our own. In what counts, there are no secrets. One can think that the truth is hidden but the essential elements are out in the open for all. Gaining insights through others as well using what we have been learning is fair game. Life does not select who can make progress and who cannot. Life offers truth to all. As we accept this gift and act on it, Life responds. It is process that is open to all.
Even as one begins it is easy to see that success is never a destination. While milestones can be very important measurements and on occasion note a state of being in the context of time, the key lies in action, commitment, and discipline executed again and again. The process repeats itself far more than one ever anticipates.
Knowing that to do with what one has is often the greatest challenge. Where does one focus one’s attention in the beginning? How does one work to bring it together? That is where a guide helps.
As I reflect on the possibilities, it is as if Life is repeating an old psalm; “The Lord gave the word; thousands called out the good news.” (Psalm 68.11) I hope I keep listening.