The holidays have arrived at my house. I wrapped a few presents last night, while watching Dumb & Dumber. That’s what happens when the only Christmas movies are on Lifetime.
I read an inspirational article that is one for the bookmarks. It’s an article about rejuvenation. Maybe it’s the cold weather, shorter days, but it’s important to take time to breathe so you can bounce back stronger. Many of us will bank on the New Year to issue our resolutions, but you have the power to flip that switch whenever you want. That whole “don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today” hoopla.
I stumbled across a Men’s Health article, The Larry Fitzgerald Workout: Failure as Fuel by Jason Feifer. I would quote the whole thing, but you better move your mouse over and entertain yourself. Don’t bottom out to find motivation. Here are some fundamentals worth noting:
- Athletes talk a lot about clearing their minds. It isn’t about letting loose. It’s about gaining control. When you focus intently on something, the way Fitzgerald does with football, you can grow to resent it. A job, a weight-loss regimen–these things take time and energy. They’ll consume your life if you let them. But you need balance.
- “You can never let anything distract you from your main objective,” Fitzgerald says. “My only goal is to be great. That’s all I want. That’s all I ever aspire to be. Greatness is something nobody can ever take away from you, no matter what happens. So I put all my energy and focus into my craft.”
- Tell someone your goals and you’ll raise that person’s expectations as well as your own. Remember that the next time you’re trying to lose weight or kick a bad habit. With others watching, you’ll feel an obligation to keep going.
- Once you feel in control of your time, you have renewed strength to tackle your biggest challenges.
- So expand yourself. Head to a hiking trail or take in a woodworking class. Make time for something new, and the old won’t weigh you down. You can be your own good influence.