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Are you making deposits or withdrawals?

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It is very easy to get caught up in the day to day grind of your life. Going to work, errands, social commitments, TV, etc... all take up time, energy, and focus. This leaves you with very little left in the tank to do something very important.

 

It is absolutely crucial to think about your future.

 

Will your future self thank you in 20 years for what you are doing now? That steady diet of fast food will probably get a now, while putting all that money into a 401k would get a yes.

 

Thinking long term also helps you avoid getting caught up in short term fad diets and fad workouts. Are you really going to NEVER have a piece of bread again? Is that crazy workout where you keep hurting yourself going to be part of your routine in 20 years?

This hits home for me because I keep getting hurt doing jiujitsu. Some little stuff like broken toes, up to bigger stuff like tearing a ligament in my knee a month ago. Well someone tore it for me, but I was there when it happened 🙂

 

My choice now is to quit or change the way I train at jiujitsu. The way I have been doing it is very physical, never wanting to tap out, and win at all costs mentality. Don’t think 60 year old me will be able to do that. I am choosing to train smarter, not harder.

 

The same thing applies to the way I treat my body overall. Performing more mobility/stretching, getting more sleep, cutting down on caffeine. These are all things I am doing now that will pay off in later years.

 

A big goal for me is to be that spry old man that can run circles around the whippersnappers in the neighborhood. I want to be strong, fit, and pain free for as long as I possible can.

 

Look at the choices you are making as bank transactions. Are you making more deposits or withdrawals in your long term health account?

Gratitude

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Happy National Gratitude Month! We’ve all heard the word, but do you ever stop and think about what gratitude means? Here is the fancy definition according to Google:

 

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

 

I was just thinking about this concept the other day. My body was feeling pretty beat up, I was tired, and didn’t really feel like going to my jiujitsu class. Then it hit me how truly lucky I am.

 

There are thousands of people who trade places with me in a second.

 

I think about people in constant agony, morbidly obese, paralyzed, fighting cancer, or any number of diseases and conditions that keep them from exercising. Sometimes I forget how truly blessed I am.

 

How about you? Do you ever stop and think about how good you actually have it?

 

We all have things that could hold us back, that does not make us unique. What makes you unique is how you press on any way.

 

Take 5 minutes today to show appreciation for and to return kindness to your body. What will be your motivation to leave your excuses behind and move forward, despite all the reasons you have not to?

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