Some of us choose to work out because we want to be something that we are not, and some of us choose to work out because we want to stop being something that we are. Some of us want to get where others want to get rid.
To understand this is to know that some of us work out for vanity—we want to whittle our waistline and carve out our abs to look like the sinewy superstar on the cover of People magazine. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Some of us work out for glory—we want to be an elite athlete; we want to crush the competition, and we want to do so mercilessly in front of thousands of raving fans. And there’s nothing wrong with that either.
These are just common examples of working out in order to move towards something. We want to get to somewhere new; to be someone new. It’s the promise of pleasure that compels us. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.
The other reason is slightly less sexy, but slightly more common. It’s when we work out because we feel like we have to, or because the doctor said if we don’t, then we will have a heart attack and die.
It’s when we look into the mirror, and see that our arms are soft and doughy like a pair of breadsticks, and that our stomach has grown outward—in a geometrical fashion—like The Blob. It’s a revolting reality.
We reach a point, often times a very painful point, where we are so disgusted and fed up with ourselves that we just can’t take it any longer. Something needs to be done. We don’t necessarily care where we go, so long as we get away from where we’re at right now. This is how I started. It’s the pain that compels us.
Whatever the reason may be, we ought to know them and we ought to remind ourselves of them daily—because this is what compels us.
- Pat Flynn
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