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Guess What?

Being motivated to workout is incredibly different, and much more difficult, without a compelling purpose.

Duh!  This is what’s known as a BFO – blinding flash of the obvious.

That’s the missing link for most people.  And now it’s missing for me since returning from the Masters World Championships a few weeks ago.

Have been to the gym once this month.  Once in 26 days!  Do you know how quickly our bodies begin lose the strength we gain?

I rationalize that, “I’m taking some time off to rest”.

What I find is the list of excuses to not go to the gym is getting longer and more comfortable to use.

This helps remind me of my purpose – to be the change I wish to see in the world.

We can’t just talk about change, we have to lead the way.  Come on, let’s go.  Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

PS.  Went to gym last night, for the second time in 26 days.  My guess is that most people can relate to this post but few of you will actually take action.  What’s it gonna take?

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Purpose Is Critical

Purpose is critical.  This is one of my epiphanies.  Purpose IS critical.

Without a purpose bigger than ourselves, when we fail, we let down only one person.

When our purpose for good health extends outside ourselves, failure has much greater ramifications.

It’s almost like telling the younger generations, “You are doomed to poor eating habits, obesity, health risks, and apathy”.

Or, we can be the change we wish to see.  To be the example of how hard work and focused effort can make our world healthier and ultimately, happy.

Who doesn’t want that?

If aliens came to our planet, what “health” grade do you think the human race would get?

Look, everyone knows this is incredibly difficult to do.  Most things in life are.  Once we learn to accept that life is hard, life gets easier, because we can spend less time fighting it, and just get on with figuring it out.

There are no shortcuts. Accept it and move on. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

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Teacher

Teacher.  This journey to be in Lane 8 has been my teacher.  A better teacher than at first glance.  A faithful and even profound teacher.

Seriously?

Yes, seriously.

What began with a vision to see our son graduate from High School, and one push up per day, has evolved into a sort of lifestyle.

A lifestyle of staying motivated to be focused on Life’s Big Choices – Mind, Body, Spirit, Money.

Nationals are in Sacramento next year.  Worlds the year after, in the same place.

Two more years of motivation lined up.  Got motivation lined up in your life?

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

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Still Reflecting

Not a day goes by that the fond memories of Lahti, Finland don’t find a conscious place in my thoughts.

Without going into too much detail today, this event has changed my life.

Not in some major, 180 or 360 degree way.  But in a multitude of subtle ways.

Uploading You Tube videos is more time consuming than you might think.  Yet each time I do, there is a distinct memory – and key learning – with each.

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

There is something to be said for being self-taught.  For starters, you have 24/7, 365 access to the instructor.  How cool is that?

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

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Usain Bolt 100m World Record

Usain Bolt, Jamaica, broke his own 100m world record, at the 2009 Berlin, Germany World Championships, a few weeks ago.

USA’s Tyson Gay set a United States National record, with his second place finish.

Know what’s crazy?  Tyson Gay is now the second fastest human being in the history of the world.

Remember how far ahead Usain Bolt was when he set the 100 meter world record, 9.69, in Beijing last year?

Well, Tyson’s 9.71 would have put Tyson so close to Usain, that it would’ve been almost too close to call the winner in that Olympic final.

And despite this accomplishment, public appreciation for it is virtually non-existent.

How is that possible?

Perhaps it’s our inability to separate results from performance.  You think about that.

And what about the guy who finished last.  What a loser, eh?

Who among us is actually congratulating the last place finisher for being the eight fastest man in the entire world.

Crazy!  Yet it won’t stop me from making the most of today.  Seize it baby, seize it, jeff noel 🙂