The Little Things

My wife and I were out at a park this weekend enjoying the weather and catching up with some reading.  My wife wanted to take a few pictures before we left so we began wandering through the gardens nearby.  I couldn’t help but notice how pristine and spectacular the scene was that we were enjoying.  I looked around at the tall, skinny evergreen trees lining the perimeter of the gardens, the sturdy, concrete pathways constructed with an entrance facing each cardinal direction, north, south, east, and west.  All of these pathways joining in the middle to surround a massive fountain that shoots water upwards to 10ft in the air, between the evergreens on the perimeter and the concrete pathways were flower beds filled with rose bushes of all shapes, colors, and sizes.  It’s fall at the time of this writing, so many of the plants are still displaying beautiful, radiant roses that are illuminated when the early evening sun shines on the back of the flower petals.  Truly a magnificent scene!

As I basked in the splendor of the rose garden I had a great moment of clarity. At first glance, when approaching the garden from afar, and from a macro- stand point, this garden is breathtaking.  Once you get closer to the garden, you realize that it’s not the view from far away that makes it beautiful.  The garden is so wonderful because of all the little details that went into the planning and how these little tiny details all add up to make one great view!

This is exactly what training is all about (and the rest of your life goals, for that matter)!  Achieving the goal(s) you set lay in the details that need to be planned and executed on a day-to-day basis.  When you ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?  Why am I worrying about how many reps I’m doing, or how much weight I’m moving, or how fast I’m running?!”  Think about the most breathtaking view you’ve ever seen and then think about all the little, tiny, minute details that make up the big picture!  We could’ve gone down to the microscopic level with this analogy, but that is beyond the scope of this article.  The big idea is that all the little things add up to make your dream come to life!  Why should you work out two, three, four plus times a week?  To reach your goals for crying out loud!  Why do people get frustrated on this journey?  They are not taking a step back to view all the progress that they’ve made.  Side note: If you’re not writing down your progress (keeping a track record of your workouts), start today!  How are you going to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been?  That’s like being lost trying to find your way in a new place with your phone, which is connected to Google maps, and not using your map app!

Take home message: 
The body operates on the cellular level, take care of the cells; take care of the body.
A mountain is not one giant rock; it is millions of rocks resting on top of one another.
Your goals are accomplished by completing the day-to-day, mundane, ordinary tasks.  Take care of the little things; take care of your goals.

Utilize your resources!  In the 21st century, we have access to limitless (LIMITLESS) knowledge, information, and resources.  If you do not succeed, it is no one’s fault but your own.  The more you learn, the more responsible you become for your own future.

You have what it takes!

Use your brain and create a positive attitude so that you may PREVAIL, OVERCOME, AND CONQUER!!!
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