Happy Birthday to me! I recently turned 60 years and began planning for my “New Year’s” day almost 82 weeks ago. On April 1, 2015 I reminded myself of Napoleon Hill’s famous quote that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve! At age 60, I conceived that I wanted to be in the best physical shape ever and that I had rock solid abs. I’m proud to say that I achieved my goal.
My journey began by hiring a personal trainer to guide me along the path by writing my weekly workouts. As an over-achiever and self-motivated individual, I just needed the written exercises. Over the course of 18.5 months, I never missed a workout. My time in the gym, which ranged from 4 to 6 days a week lasted anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on what muscle group I was working on that day.
I learned it was not so much the weight you pushed around in the gym that got you healthier but the consistency of going everyday. I never once felt pressured or agonized about going, instead I found joy and solace there. I missed my home gym at Lakeland High School when I traveled out of town and looked forward returning to the familiar surroundings I grew to enjoy.
In closing, I am grateful for, and to, all the people who helped and encouraged me along the way. Even though it appears to be a self-directed journey it can never be completed alone or as one of my friends remind me that the word alone when broken down says that we are “al[l] one”. I had a lot of help in my success from the people I love most in this world to the ones who really did not know me but fed me, clothed me and provided the places for me to workout.
So what are you willing to commit to in order to personally develop and grow? What would you like to achieve from what you can conceive and believe? I would love to hear from you and the journey you are taking.