Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8!"

The Pain of Growth

I once read about a man who was born into poverty, experienced great strife throughout his life, and met defeat time and time again.

As a child he was forced to go to work to support his family after the family lost their modest home.

Two years later his mother passed away.

As an adult he opened a business, and it failed. Two years after that he borrowed money from a friend to open another business, and that venture went under too, forcing him into bankruptcy and almost 2 decades of debt.

His fiancée died at a young age just before their wedding. He was heartbroken. So much so he suffered a nervous breakdown and couldn't get out of bed for 6 months.

He attempted several more jobs, and failed to succeed at any of them.

Tried politics, law school, to become a speaker - all with little to no success.

He could have quit many times - but kept going.

And because of that he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country.

You're probably familiar with his story ...

Abraham Lincoln was a champion because he never gave up.

Why do I share this with you?

Simply because ANYTHING in life worth having is worth struggling for.

You may make multiple attempts to change careers, lose weight, have a successful relationship or improve an existing one, be a superstar mom or friend, run a marathon or just a single mile ... it doesn't matter.

Just keep working at it. Do NOT give up. For giving up is the only sure way to fail in any endeavor.

"I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb."
- Thomas Edison

How many times would you allow your kids to learn to walk before you gave up on them?

Silly question, right?  They will continue to try to walk ... until they master it.

Why not give yourself that same support, flexibility, and leeway ... to keep trying until you've succeeded?

Whether it's Burpees, running a mile, eating 10 fruits & veggies each day, eliminating sugar from your diet, losing 20 pounds, or whatever ... keep struggling, keep working, keep on going ...

...you're gonna succeed!

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins

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