produced by john c ashworth with the help of Carl Ashworth.
I have officially volunteered my time to create strength and conditioning programs for The Madison Country Day athletes. Today, Carl and I were at the gym beginning the beta work for this program, which will be available to all Madison Country Day athletes starting this fall.
Youth strength and conditioning is where I have decided to focus my expertise for now. I’ve discovered that there are a lot of kids out there who don’t have access to the expertise required to guide them safely and powerfully through their athletic participation. The Fitness Nomad is back!
Carl, thanks for your help today. I look forward to making you stronger and more fit for baseketball!
Harsh, I know. But the truth is harsh. Like a shot of espresso without all the silly milk and sweeteners that tend to fatten you up like a hog. You can still drink it when it’s right there in it’s raw form, but it might not taste that good to you, and you certainly won’t enjoy it as much, especially if you’re used to masking its bitterness, or avoiding it altogether. If you can’t get out of it, get into it. And if you’re hesitating, you need to know that with each passing moment of inaction you are filling with entropy.
“Whatever it takes.”
Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make yourself a success? Most people are not. And so they sit, making excuses for their misery – their global hesitation. Why is this? Because growth, change, real living and success often take years of sacrifice, sometimes decades of doing whatever it takes, and most people aren’t even close to strong enough to endure this kind of punishment. Punishment might not be the the right word, but if you’re hanging in there like myself, you know that’s what it feels like a lot of the time. Pure punishment.
Are you truly willing to do whatever it takes to achieve your desired result? Or are you too busy justifying why your current pursuit is failing? Because you can’t always win. The olympics will continue to teach us that lesson over and over again over the next week or so. What these games will also teach us, however, is the discipline of pursuit.
posted on Saturday, August 13th at 11:34 pm
PS I flipped over to twitter to alert my followers to this post tonight, and what should I find, but a perfect case in point for this post…
Over the last ten years, I’ve read a lot of books on business, marketing, and sales. The more I read, the more I realize how much there is to know and how much I still need to learn. This thought process can produce a lot of frustration and stymie action, because if you believe you still need more knowledge, expertise, or information in order to take decisive action, it becomes easy to decide that you’re not quite ready to move. That there will arrive a safer more opportune time to take action. That for now, it’s perfectly OK to sit tight and and hunker down. A hunter perched in his tree…
The problem with that hunter, waiting for his prized buck, is that he can only sit for so long before his body begins to freeze, stiffen, and numb. Then, he dozes off and either misses an opportunity, or is awoken when he hits the ground below him. Having fallen out and risked death due to his inaction.
Wealth grows where men exert action, because the goddess of good luck favors these same men. The ones who hunt for food and money in more strategic ways. Rather than sitting, waiting, and being overcome with lethargy, they act. They move. They do whatever it takes.
Truth is always simple. Accept your circumstances for what they are and find the power that comes from this contentment. At the same time, however, do not let any discontent be confused with your fearful need to sit still. One is causing the other , you see. Instead, you must embrace that fear, climb down from the tree, and begin your march into those dark and unforgiving woods. That place where there is no path. Only the trail you leave behind you.
I believe that strongly and my mission here on this blog is to prevent you from suffering this malady.
The overhaul on this blog was long overdue. A job delayed while I made my awkward transition out of a twenty plus year career as a fitness professional. I have begun the brick laying work carefully, as I meander toward my new north star. My reinvention of this site starts with this post, and I will not stop until I have constructed something that will more strongly connect me with all of you in a way that is meaningful, inspirational, disciplined and fulfilling for both of us.
Thank you for your support and for your patience as I work through this. I promise that ultimately, you won’t be disappointed.