A Manly Lesson From A Little Girl

    My nearly 1-year-old did something today that says a lot about us humans and that we, as adults, need to learn from.

    She has been your typical army crawl baby. No matter how many times we prop her up on her hands and knees, she always flattens out to slither her way around, until recently. Just yesterday she started crawling on hands and knees, but only short distances and here’s why.

As she gets closer to her target, she gets excited and wants to get to it faster. So what does she do? She gives out a little baby squeal, flattens out and army crawls the rest of the way. Is it faster? Absolutely not! But it’s what she’s comfortable with. It’s her default. She is WAY faster on hands and knees, but hasn’t done it enough to realize that yet.

    It’s easy to watch her and think, “You silly baby.” But how often do we hold ourselves back because of sticking to what we’re comfortable with? I’ve seen it countless times in the gym. Someone learns the right way of doing a lift, but reverts back to their old, crappy technique because they think they can lift more that way. Really, they just feel more comfortable because they’ve done 1000 reps the wrong way and only 10 the right way. Of course it feels better!

    For me, this has always been computer/tech stuff. I spent a long time ignoring it, using my flip phone and sticking to the basics that I figured out back in high school and college. In the last couple years, it’s finally become clear that the time saved and opportunities made available by learning to use the tools that are now available takes a whole lot less time than continuing to do things ‘the old fashioned way.’

    We spend so much time finding excuses to avoid change. They are all scare tactics your brain throws at you. It’s self-preservation. Your body and brain want to stay where it’s safe. Your heart and mind want to take the risk to get the reward.

Picture yourself in the future. You've made the changes you want to make, you've achieved what you want to achieve. Is that future worth the hard work today? What would that future you say to you right now? I'd imagine it's something along the lines of, "Quit your belly-aching and get to work!" 

In order to start making changes you need to start looking at the end game. You need to decide what you REALLY want and sacrifice the easy pay off of doing what you always do to start putting in the time and effort for the big pay day. Delayed gratification. This separates the men from the boys.

1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

It isn’t easy. It will be awkward and frustrating for a while, just like Eloise trying to crawl on her hands and knees. But when she gets it, she’ll be faster than ever. And then you know what she’ll do? She’ll start trying to walk. (Actually, she already has) Always improving, progressing, and learning. That's how you need to be. Get out of your comfort zone and start embracing the change.

 

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