How Do You Define Success?

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”~ Mark Victor Hansen

kettlebell successI’ve written about it.  You’ve  read about it.  Here and elsewhere.  How do you define success?

For some, it’s just being able to get out of bed in the morning and face the day.  For others, it’s making a big sale or winning the lottery.

In the world of fitness and exercise it may be a big P.R. or a faster run time.

Sometimes, it’s just life.

I have a friend who had to take an unexpected trip to the hospital the other day.  What was thought to be a migraine, was actually something potentially more serious.  After the usual barrage of tests and a spinal tap, he was told everything was good and he was allowed to go home. However, in the time between having the spinal and getting the results, he had a couple hours to ponder life and brain surgery.  Now I don’t know about you, but my imagination went into overdrive and caused quite a few introspective moments while we waited for the results to come back.  Success that day was seeing my friend walk out of the hospital under his own power.  Talk about establishing perspective and rearranging life’s priorities.

The quote above should be posted on everyone’s mirror so it’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night.  There is no “best” time to start living your life.  For instance, I always get a kick out of couples who have a “plan” about how they’re going to raise a family.  They want to have kids, but now’s not the right time.  Instead, they plan on working a few years and getting established, before they try for kids.  Which is all well and good if you can predict the future.  The problem is, life has this nasty habit of interfering with our plans and making us readjust our priorities.

So the trick is to enjoy all your little successes.  Especially the ones you normally take for granted, like your health.  Just like Mark says, with each step you take, even if it’s literally a step, you are taking the lead in improving  your health.  The great thing about regular exercise, is that it makes such a positive impact in all areas of your life.  And the positive impact is exponential, i.e.; improvements in physical health create improvements in mental health, which helps your creativity, spirit, courage, ingenuity, energy, etc.  Exercise improves your outlook on life and that’s a great reason to get started now!

Enter The Kettlebell Week 7

Our light and medium days went off without a hitch.  We’re still doing 5 ladders of 3 rungs and for our light day, we finished with 60 snatches (with breaks) while our medium day called for 25 rep sets of swings for 7 minutes.  We finished with 187 total.

I did my third Viking Warrior Conditioning session today, getting 30 sets this week, up from 24 last week.  These felt good and strong and I’m maintaining my progress although it’s a bit slower than the protocol calls for as I’m only practicing one session per week.

Saturday’s our “heavy” day and then we’re done with week 7.

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