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Tony Hortons created his 11 Laws of Health and Fitness.  Tony shared these in his first book, “Bring It”.  I recently found this article and I wanted to share it with you. I think we all can benefit from it. 

imagesCAD9ARAH5th Law of Exercise: Reality

By Tony Horton

Why do  we want life to be different than it is? Why do we think about who we  were and who we’re going to be more than who we are? We certainly talk a  good game about who we are now. Why do we try to predict the future  with the hope that wishful thinking is enough to change it? Life is NOT  the way it was. It’s the way it is. Life is not our fantasy predictions  of the future or our glory days of the past. Life is that thing that is  happening to you as you read this. We fall into the trap of living in  the past and future because right here is not good enough. Back then and  up there are keeping you from right now.

This  crazy cycle of mind hockey stems from our inability to stop caring  about what other people think of us. The truth is that other people  aren’t thinking about you as much as you think they are. We lament for  days, weeks, or years over some comment made in passing, by someone who  forgot what they said 2 minutes after saying it. Other people’s opinions  of us are none of our business. Their opinions are their unfinished  business.

The man in the mirror should not cast stones from his glass house.” —T. S. Hortonhead

If  you want positive long-term change in life, accept the truth of your  situation and ignore the people who don’t support it. Let go of your ego  and find ways to love who you are right now. Living in the past, in the  future, and for others destroys your ability to stay in the moment.  Life has peaks and valleys, ups and downs, lessons, and celebrations.  This is how we grow and learn. If you’re struggling with your finances,  get financial advice. If you’re unhappy with your health and fitness, do Power 90 or P90X. You could do nothing and hope that it all gets better on its own, or you could open a new door and find some answers.

You can’t solve a problem with the same brain that created it.” —Albert Einstein

To know reality is to take risks. Risk requires perseverance, courage, and wisdom.

Take the Risk*

  1. Risk saying no. The  first step toward having your own life begins with daring to refuse the  demands of others. Saying yes because you’re afraid to say no is a  recipe for resentment. Risk walking away from the fear of saying NO.
  2. Risk NOT defending yourself. It’s  only when you risk laying down your armor, shield, and sword (quips,  retorts, and criticisms) that you discover who you really are. You can’t  be hurt by letting others win.
  3. Risk appearing stupid. Pretending  to understand something you don’t, for fear of appearing stupid, only  ensures that you’ll remain a fearful pretender. That is stupid. If you  truly want to understand something, risk asking all the questions you  need to. That’s smart.
  4. Risk bearing your negative outlook. The  weight of your problems is determined by how much you fear them. But  the only weight any fear can have is determined by how much you try to  push it away. Risk not “burdening others” with your negativity. The less  you burden other people with your problems, the less of a burden  they’ll be for you.
  5. Risk being rejected. No  is just a word, but fear of it is a prophecy self-fulfilled. Be bold!  Risk asking for what you really want. Reject the fear of being rejected  by daring to say no to the fear of NO.
  6. Risk catching yourself in the act. Your  life can’t be both a show and be real. Whenever you catch yourself in  the middle of some self-created drama or lie, just stop it. Risk being  “The Real Thing” and not “All Show and No Go.” Life is real only when  you are.
  7. Risk taking the lead. You  can never know the true pleasure and personal satisfaction of having  your own life until you take the risk of finding it for yourself, all by  yourself. Followers fear the road less traveled. Risk going out front  by traveling the road called “My Own Way.”

The  way to live in this world is to live in the real world. Lift the burden  of having to “keep up with the Joneses” all the time. Stop lying to  yourself and everyone else about what you’re doing, what you’ve done,  and what you’re going to do. Stop telling others about your hard  workouts and clean diet, and all the while pretending that what you’re  saying is true. If it is true . . . guess what? We’ll know. Reality is  about discovering the truth about the here and now. Reality is the  ability to accept your present situation and love who you are through  the process.

*From Design Your Destiny by Guy Finley, Llewellyn Publications; 2nd edition (January 1, 1951).

Tony H.


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