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Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

I like to do my workouts in the morning. Okay, I don’t necessarily “like” to do my workouts at all, but it wasn’t until a recent conversation with my doorman that I realized the impact they have on me, whether I look forward to them or not.

You see, every morning when I leave to hit the gym, I pass my doorman. Then, when I come back an hour later, I pass him again. So, just the other day he says to me, “You are very different when you come back than when you leave.” That’s when he proceeds to tell me that he notices that after my exercise sessions, I always return pumped up with a huge smile on my face…much different than my demeanor just 60 minutes before, where it’s more than obvious that I’d rather be doing anything else than going to work up a sweat.

Sometimes taking steps forward means doing what you don’t want to do. For instance, I don’t particularly enjoy starting my days huffing and puffing, my face all red thanks to the physical exertion, but the return I get outweighs the effort I put in. It transforms me, giving me the energy and health I need to be my best both personally and professionally.

To help me make it through the mornings when I’d give anything to hit the snooze button, roll over in my nice warm bed, and sleep another hour or so, I focus on the outcome. In other words, instead of thinking about how I don’t want to go exercise, I now remind myself how much better I’ll feel afterwards. And it took my doorman to teach me this very important lesson.

So think about the things you could be doing in your life that, while you may not enjoy them or may not look forward to them, they’ll change your demeanor for the better. Think of the actions you can take…starting today…that will put a smile on your face and transform your energy, putting a little pep in your step as you go about your day.

Of course, exercising daily is always a good move, not only for the energy it gives you, but also because it’s good for your health. But some other positive steps you could take, depending on where you are in your life and what goals you want to achieve may include sitting yourself down for at least an hour to start on that book you’ve always wanted to write, choosing a salad over fried foods for lunch to better your health (and maybe even lower your weight), or, if you own your own business, taking the time to crunch your numbers and see what’s working…and what isn’t.

It’s often said that the difference between staying where you are and getting where you want to be is being willing to put in the work, even when you don’t feel like it. So, when that happens, when you find that you don’t feel like expending the effort, focus more on the outcome than on what it takes to get to it and it will help drive you forward. It may even put a smile on your face in the process.


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