I lay there for about a minute. Then, my dog Lexi, who is 15 years old and losing her mind, comes to my side of the bed and begins her ritualistic, and unbelievably annoying, routine of turning in a circle and barking under her breath.
It works. I crawl out of bed… walk to the kitchen and feed her.
My other dog, Buddy – who is also 15 and lost his marbles a long time ago – just lays there. I’m guessing he wonders why anyone in their right mind would get up this early.
And so it begins
My next move is to pull on some workout clothes, grab some water, and walk to my dimly lit living room.
It’s just me and my psychotic – but ever so loyal – dog Lexi.
I turn on the TV, press play on the DVD player and begin approximately 60 minutes of pure pain called P90X.
If you’ve never seen the infomercial or heard of P90X you can learn about this extreme home workout program here.
I’m several weeks into the program and am seeing results. I’ve lost around 10 pounds, I’m back a belt notch, and I feel better than I have in years.
But, equally important, P90X has awakened a part of me that has been dead for many, many years.
In fact, the things I’ve learned since starting the program are definitely applicable to all aspects of my personal and professional life. And, I contend, they’ll likely apply to you as well.
1. Stop making excuses
The hardest thing about making a change to a business or manufacturing process, or your life, or really anything for that matter is the first step.
Being honest, I bought the P90X package a few months ago and sat it in the corner of my bedroom where it commenced to collect dust.
I made every excuse I could as to why I hadn’t started to my wife, and most importantly, to myself.
Finally, enough was enough. I grabbed my drill and mounted the pull up bar above my bedroom door.
I then put on some shorts and started the journey that very day.
The Lesson: The only way to make progress of any kind – in any endeavor- is to stop making excuses and start.
2. Weakness Leaving The Body
With a tremendous amount of sweat, and definitely a few tears, I made it through that first workout.
Truthfully, it nearly killed me and I definitely hit the pause button a few times to collect myself.
A day later I felt pain throughout my body like I hadn’t felt since my days as a high school wrestler in Greenville, Ohio.
I groaned about it on Facebook looking for a little sympathy from my family and close friends.
What did I get? I’ll tell you what I got.
My big brother replied with this simple, yet profound statement, “Ronnie, that’s just weakness leaving the body… keep at it.”
The Lesson: Progress of any kind will almost always start with some type of pain – physical, psychological, or financial. Those that can persevere through the pain will have a chance to win. Those that run from the pain will almost certainly fail.
3. Progress is Contagious
I did keep at it. The first week was brutal and I did skip a few days since certain parts of my body simply wouldn’t move. But I didn’t quit.
Instead, I kept at and slowly began to get the hang of it. And now that I’m seeing results I’m starving for more.
I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to the workout tomorrow morning since, I know with 100% certainty, my getting out of bed each morning at 5:15 and bringing it as P90X apologists like to say is making me a healthier, happier, and more productive person. And, you know what? That totally motivates me.
The Lesson: Progress is contagious. Once you get past the initial pain and begin to taste success, even just a little, you’ll want more. So, assuming you’re venturing towards something worthy and feasible, this motivation is nothing but good.
To Be Continued
Obviously, this story has just begun. Stay tuned as I’ll share my thoughts and progress over the coming months.
Oh, and for the record, please don’t expect any “before” and “after” pictures. Don’t get me wrong… you’re the best readers of the entire blogosphere… but posting shirtless pictures of myself on this blog is really pushing our relationship to a level I am not certain I’m comfortable with just yet!
What do you think?
What do you think? Do any of the 3 points above resonate true for you? Why? Why not?