I am not normally one to talk about my weaknesses, I like to secretly work on them and not give them too much importance. Remember the Forge Fitness motto is ‘Get strong and stay strong’. This statement makes the assumption that there is some weaknesses in some shape or form.
If you look at the Forge Fitness manifesto, one of the sentences is “We are a work in progress”. So the journey to getting strong doesn’t get completed in one day. Sometimes we need certain things to happen that serve as motivation or a catalyst for change. For some it’s the threat of terminal illness or death. For others it may be financial etc.
At this point I would like to draw your attention to a piece of poetry which had a few lines that really resonated with me.
One of the biggest tests I had in my life was a car accident I had with my whole family, and to be very very honest and transparent even writing this make me feel uncomfortable. However I feel there are valuable lessons to be gained from sharing and that is the ONLY reason I choose to share.
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going
Trials keep You Strong
And this is one of the most useful ways to look at trials when they occur in your life; they are an opportunity to gain strength. Everyone will have these opportunities in their life, so we all have opportunity to get strong and stay strong.
Regarding the car accident, I don’t remember much, however the physical impact of the accident was very apparent (Scars that will forever serve as reminders for many things). My range of motion was restricted in certain parts of my body, certain joints really hurt when pressured was applied on them. For someone like me….it was a very big blow. I love training. I love testing myself. Then suddenly I couldn’t do even a press up without pain shooting through my arms.
I don’t want this to be too long. I want summarize how I got through things and ended up a lot more stronger on the other side. I’m not going to pretend I came up with complex plan to conquer my fears and inner demons none of that Hollywood esoteric stuff. Simplicity is where you find the answer to the most hardest question. So, I just became focused. I don’t know if this is the most optimal way to do things, but I will say that some people suffer from paralysis of too much analysis.
At that point in my life I was uncomfortable and I wanted to change it to the best of my ability. I ACCEPTED where I was and I didn’t complain, I just FOCUSED on what I wanted and did the ACTION that was necessary to attain my goals. You see a lot of this whole self improvement and achieving goals boil down to 2 simple factors; mental focus and action. Every single day I did something no matter how small it may have seemed.
I refused to give up until I achieved the personal goals that I had set for myself. Some days I felt good and some days I felt not so good but I learned to SEPARATE MY EMOTION AND JUST GRIND. I don’t remember exactly how long it took me to get back to reasonable fitness but I remember being very surprised, not only because of the short period of time but the level of fitness I had achieved. Also on the internal side of things I regained some very useful personal traits….determination….desire to achieve…being positive…focus. This has motivated me to try other things, hence the development of Forge Fitness. One of my aims with Forge is to assist people to recognise that they have the ability to achieve and change…..its a human thing.
I want to end this with a well known statement which I feel I truly understand now…..
What doesn’t kill makes you stronger
Tell me what you feel you can’t achieve and why, I find writing things out give people a chance to think things through properly. You might type it out and find that what you think is not valid and just plain silly. If that happens…this post has done it’s job.
Until the next post…..Get strong and stay strong.