As I listen to the bravado about gym aspirations the only correlation I have found is between how strong an individual’s view of the gym and particular type of exercise and the amount of intensive gym time they spend. The correlation is inverted. The louder, more adamant the person is the less time they actually spend in the gym. Additionally, if they do spend time, there is a high probability that it is in casual workouts (versus intensive). The individuals I watch in awe rarely seem to talk about it, inside or outside the gym. They take on their routines with an intensity that is compelling, shower up and head out without a word.
I catch myself watching in awe, inspired in a silent way, when the intensity and strength is silently on display. The power and willingness to push the body to its limits is inspiring. I am not worried about copying anything other than their willingness to go for the edge. Each is different in her/his approach. What is the same is the will to improve.
As I reflect on the model and my aspirations, I find myself considering others and their relentless pursuits of whatever goal they have chosen. I can see model in business, relationships, and study. Each is a testimony to the ability of individuals to achieve what others consider impossible. Even God gets into the act. The idea that we are all loveable and worthy of children of divinity seems odd, but “God listens to the poor, he doesn’t walk out on the wretched.” (Psalm 69.33) Everyone who wants to be with God has that option.
As I think of the day ahead, there are two ways to look at it. The first is limited to the possible. I hear voices telling me to be realistic. The alternative is to reach for the skies with everything I have at my disposal. Who knows what can and will happen?
I love the throttle on maximum approach. There are times when it hurts (my legs keep reminding me). Regardless, much is possible.