Whenever one looks at a dedicated body builder, one thing stand out pretty clearly. It is incredible how these individuals have an emotional focus and are abundant in positive energy. One can even come to the conclusion that in body building, it takes a lot of nerve and emotional dedication to attain that perfectly toned body.
Every day, opportunities knock at our doorsteps and we may meditate about whether or not to take them. But truth is, these present themselves as challenges and problems and it is up to us to determine how we view them. It is this point that determines whether our emotional strength is up to par or not. At this point, is where one realizes just how powerful emotional strength derived from muscle building can be.
The first choice is how to handle the problem. We can choose to face problems head on, or we can whine and try to offload them on somebody else. The latter option looks tempting whenever we know a patsy too insecure to refuse, but this tactic will come back to bite us. By the time it does, though, offloading will be integrated into how we handle life. Our habits are by far not a spigot we can turn off with the flick of the wrist. We can destroy the beautiful and amazing things about life with our emotional attitudes or we can build spectacular and monumental marvels if we embrace our potential. The choice lies squarely in our hands.
The first choice and best choice is to first embrace the problem at hand then find a way around it. As a body builder, I have always been faced with numerous challenges such as the fact that I cannot get my mind around a specific routine or that it overwhelms my body at times. However once my mindset shifted to the fact that there is a solution to every problem. I have found myself coming up with ingenious solutions some of which I never imagined I could have considered (Nathan 1998). All this brought me to the realization that body building indeed makes one emotionally stronger and less vulnerable to failure.
Another choice we get is avoidance. We might make this choice early on or after we realize how bumpy the road will be. Will we sweat it out and work our way through? Or will we take a pill, take a drink, blame somebody else or use any number of other escapes to avoid the challenge placed before us? At first glance, choosing avoidance looks pretty clever. “Let some other poor dopes struggle, not me.” And we rattle off a virtual full-length novel of rationalizations about why standing aside makes sense. But come to think of it, avoiding a problem is never a way to a successful achievement in any sphere of life. In the end the person who avoids the problem will feel bad when they see someone else overcoming the same challenge they faced.
Another choice is whether or not to look beyond the bare bones of the problem to seek out the opportunity-there’s always at least one-that’s in there somewhere. If we only see the problem, it’s all sturm, all drang and no “aha.” A body needs “aha” moments from time to time.
Then, once we locate the opportunity, we choose whether to take advantage of the opportunity or ignore it. Just because we can see the silver around the cloud and the gold at the end of the rainbow doesn’t mean there’s not some heavy lifting involved. Sometimes we just want to say, “I gave at the office” and be done with it. But without striving, life is just so much oatmeal, so we might as well go for it.
But a lot of us balk. We’re weary of dealing with problems, opportunities, whatever you want to call them. We want life to proceed with ease. Sunshine every day, kids that don’t talk back, a boss who regularly decides we’re underpaid, our biggest concern whether or not to crook our pinky when we pick up a tea cup. Wake up, get with the reality and Start lifting.
So here’s how it is: Problems come to everybody. We all get to make the same choices about dealing with them. We are faced with a very clear distinction whenever we have a problem. The easiest and most convenient option would be the proverbial tucking of tails between our legs as some felines do. It is by far less hassle free and convenient thing to do. In fact, it is the safest option we have. Or better yet we could face the problem and think of a solution however small. Start implementing the solution and making it a habit. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the sterling choice. So yes, let’s face the problem, stop avoiding and postponing things by reading the books and watching videos. Get up brace yourself and lift those weights