A REAL WORK OUT

We have become fixated on our bodies. More than 45 million Americans now belong to a health club, up from 23 million in 1993. We spend some $19 billion a year on gym memberships. We think about, talk about, and worry about our bodies all the time. Just listen to the conversations, information, media, and advertisements that go on around us everyday. We are all so concerned about how our bodies look. People spend hundreds and hundreds of hours working out to improve the superficial and vane appearance of their physique. Our bodies are an important aspect of who we are, but they are far from all of who we are.

In light of how much time people spend working out to make their bodies stronger, one has to ask how much time they spend working out to make their spirits stronger as well?

Most successful people have strong disciplined spirits.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good and it’s important that we keep our bodies as healthy as possible, but what about our soul, what about our spirit? What are we doing to make our spirits stronger?

“Repping” virtue will make our spirits stronger. Virtues are like the muscles of our spirit. The more we practice virtue, the stronger they get, and the stronger our spirit gets. This requires discipline and a daily work out routine.

Have you ever thought about creating a “work out” for your spirit?

WORK OUT FOR THE BODY
WORK OUT FOR THE SPIRIT
3 SETS 10 REPS BENCH PRESS 80% MAX
3 ACTS OF RANDOM KINDNESS
2 SETS 10 REPS BOX SQUATS 50% MAX
6 EXHIBITIONS OF SELF CONTROL
2 SETS 5 REPS POWER CLEANS 50% MAX
2 MOMENTS OF EMPATHY TOWARDS OTHERS
10 FORTY YARD SPRINTS
4 ACTS OF SACRIFICE FOR OTHERS
8 ONE HUNDRED YARD SPRINTS
3 CONTEMPLATIONS ON HUMILITY

Think about it!

I am suggesting that athletic success is less about flesh and bones, and more about the spirit. My coaching experience has taught me that it’s about 30% flesh and bones, and 70% spirit. Time and time again in the sports world we see where the spirit was the ultimate factor in determining victory or defeat. We are so much more than our bodies! When our teams believe and live from this awareness – we will be rewarded with lasting victories both on and off the field.