The first step

Today was a nice low-key day.

Finished up some work this morning, then went down to our local business centre where they were hosting a fund-raiser barbecue for our local victims services. I met Lynn there, got a few photos, then this afternoon was laid back.

I got a workout in. Only 2.25 miles, I still haven’t been able to climb back up to three, but it’s coming slowly but surely. After the workout I did my full stretching routine.

I have to say, if the treadmill time felt good, the stretching was even better. I have a variety of lower and upper body stretches that I really need to get back into a daily habit of doing. I felt so much looser when I was doing them everyday compared to where I am now.

The nice thing is I haven’t fallen off my workout routine for that long, and it shouldn’t take much to get me back up to where I was. I am just going to have to force myself to get into some consistency again. The hardest part is taking the first step, and I’ve already made it.

I know it sounds trite. That first step is hard, especially when you stumble and have to get up again. That first step is daunting. It tires you out just thinking about it. It’s the most important step someone can take.

It’s been said that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step. The saying is true, if not demoralizing as hell, because even once you make that first step, you still have 99.99 per cent of the journey to make.

The thing is, if you dig in and do it, not worrying about how far you’ve come, when you stop to rest you will be amazed at how far you’ve come.

I’ve been listening to various motivational speakers on Youtube again. David Goggins is still one of my favourites, but I’ve found another one by the name of Jocko Willink.

Another former military service man, he has a perspective very similar to Goggins, but presents it in a different way. His videos are great, and I recommend checking them out.

The video of his that sticks in my mind the most talks about the lies the body and mind tell you.

I don’t have time to workout. Lie. I don’t make time.

I have too much going on. Lie. I’m not managing my time properly.

I’m too old. Lie.

The list goes on.

“You have to accept that all your excuses are lies. All of them,” Jocko Willink.

The thing is I have fallen into this trap myself, and it’s hard to get out of it. It’s hard but not impossible. If you fail? There’s always tomorrow to try again.

I know if it wasn’t for tomorrow, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Kevin

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