Today I drove to Manns Harbor to get some firewood. It was a 200-250 year old oak tree that fell recently in a storm. I saw the pictures of it, and never once did I think about asking anyone for help. It was just wood right?
Almost every day of the week I am lifting weights for own training or setting up training sessions for others. At 52 I can lift a fair amount of weight, it makes me feel strong but I have never really thought I was a very strong person. I don’t think I look like a strong person.
Today I was tested. I got all the way to Manns Harbor. Got out of my truck and thought to myself eh that doesn’t look to bad. They were very large chunks of wood. 18-20” tall and if they were whole probably 6 feet in diameter but they were cut in halves. I put my gloves on and went to work. I walked up the first piece and bent down to pick it up and it barely moved. I tried again grabbing with a different spot and first thing that came to mind was “what in the motherf***?” I thought about it for a minute and almost gave up on it but hell I drove all the way to Manns freaking Harbor for this shit and I am not leaving without it. Needless to say I got it done. 12 pieces of this tree!! Some pieces were larger than others but given that I am a pretty good judge at what something weighs, I would say the range was between 80 pounds to probably 175 to 200 for the larger ones. I was absolutely shocked at how heavy this wood was. The drive back was interesting to say the least I felt like my front tires were barely touching the ground.
I tell you this because we all face challenges every day. For some of us our biggest challenge is the workout we face early in the morning. I tell you this because I know for 200 Percent fact that if I didn’t train my body and my brain the way I do, I would have most certainly walked away from that challenge. I don’t think I am the best at motivating others to put 100% into the task but I can tell you that I would have certainly failed today if one shred of negative thoughts passed thru my head. For 1 fleeting second I thought there is no way I can do this and then I buckled down and picked that shit up and drove it home like a fucking champ. Once home I had to pick that shit up and move it again, I used a wheelbarrow for this but still had to pick it up to stack it. It was pretty much the death of my poor wheelbarrow.
I tell you this because no matter what your challenge is every day, face it head on and overcome. If you fail, own it and learn from it.
I tell you this because what we do everyday is important. We only have one body and we only get one chance at life. Train your body and your brain hard and it will not fail you when the time comes that you need it.