What we do gets done better when there is meaning behind it.
Ever since I can remember, my dad has always stressed for me, “Remember your purpose.” Growing up I always use to look at him funny, because I didn’t understand exactly what that meant. Throughout my college years my phone calls with my dad ended with the phrase “Remember your purpose.” Every time I got off the phone I would think to myself, “What the heck is he talking about?”
It wasn’t until I was 25 years old, with a wife and a 1-year-old, living in my mother-in- law’s house and working with my father-in –law, that I finally understood what the heck my dad meant.
Throughout my whole adolescence I found the easy way out. I never really cared much for the task at hand unless it dealt with the game of basketball. Sure, I still did well in school. In high school I was always an A and B student, and in college I even got on the dean’s list a few times, but I was just going through the motions. The only time I seemed to really care about what I was doing was when it pertained to basketball. When I did the countless hours of shooting lessons, or did intense training sessions, it was for a bigger purpose. It didn’t matter what had to be done, I gladly did it as long as I knew it would better my chances at being a beast on the court.
Finally, at age 25 living in a house that was not mine and doing a job that I did only to support my family, it hit me. I needed to create a purpose. I loved basketball, enjoyed working out, and really loved helping others. With that in mind I created a scene of what my life with the perfect job would look like.
I began waking up earlier to work out before work, and during work, while everyone listened to music, I had my strength and conditioning certification study guide on my iPod. For 8 hours a day I studied while doing the everyday construction duties. In the evening I worked out, and at night I started applying what I learned to create different kinds of workouts, using proven principles and combining various techniques to formulate effective training sessions.
Once I linked the purpose to my life and stopped fearing the unknown, my life took a drastic shift – a significantly positive shift which energizes me to this day.
Next topic is going to be over money and the concept that when activities and outcomes are better, the money is sure to follow.
Until Next Time –