Stop wishing Start doing

written by john c ashworth

It’s interesting how often my drive to write and inspire comes back to exercise. I guess you can take the personal trainer out of the gym but you can’t take the passion for exercise and all of the benefits out of a man’s soul.

I think a lot of it has to do with with the fact that even though this is not my primary pursuit anymore, the benefits of exercise and of staying fit in my own life as a busy Dad, husband, salesman, modern day renaissance man and bohemian athlete are unsurpassed by any other regular success habit. There simply is no substitute for regular exercise.

Which brings me to the quick point I wanted to make today…

Stop wishing and start doing!

That’s a direct quote from a sign that my daughter Ana purchased for herself a couple years ago. It lives quietly and purposefully on the bookshelf in her room. Ana embodies this mantra.

What prompted this post today was another conversation I recently had with a colleague who has been putting off taking action on his exercise program.

You’re either exercising or you’re not. There’s no in between.  It’s really that simple. Stop planning and and just do it.  Get to the gym.  Go for a walk. Order a few cubic yards of mulch and borrow your neighbor’s wheelbarrow, and get spreading. Mow your lawn.  Walk the dog.  Paint the fence.

Structured exercise is important. Getting to the the gym is vital. Regular strength training will turn your life around. I guarantee you. But you won’t always have time and your exercise doesn’t have to be perfect all the time.  Just do it.  Stop wishing and start doing.

Get going!

Allie, time to get up. We’re heading out again….

-John

Allie on the golf course
Allie the Labradoodle. 8.5 years old and still walking strong 🙂

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