Keep It In Perspective

keep it in perspectiveMany of you know that I have been out of town for the last 4 days on a retreat with the men from my church. This weekend really inspired me and put a lot of things into perspective and I wanted to share some thoughts that I had when it comes to your “obsession”, as the lazy folk would call it, with your health and fitness.

 

“Why” Do You Want to Make A Change?

I have actually talked about this before and you all should know the importance of having a “why” that has some serious emotional power behind it. If you want serious results, then you need some serious motivation that isnt going to crumble when things get ugly and difficult.

Here is a quick video I did about you “why” that you should watch if you havent seen it already:

 


Dont go from “committed” to “blindly committed”

Let me explain…

I know how easy it can be to get super passionate about the journey you are on. When you start to actually see your body changing and you start to actually feel better than you ever have in your entire life – you cant help but want to tell others and share your experience. Thats partly why I became a coach…So that I had an excuse to share my passion with a ton of people, lol!

But one of the mistakes that I made was letting my new found passion eclipse the most important things in life: My Savior, my wife, my kids, my family and friends…

I would constantly be on my phone or on the computer researching and seeking out info, or talking to others about fitness. Finally my wife actually had to confront me and tell me that it was becoming too much.

I realize how important our health and fitness is, believe me – but if its at the cost of your relationships, then its not worth it…period!

This verse from 1 Timothy 4:8 really convicted me when it came to my neglect of pursuing and deepening my relationship with Jesus,

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

 

Fitness is important – but not to the extent that you neglect the MORE important things in life

I was reminded this weekend that God is so much bigger than my health, my dreams, my fears, etc…He has given me everlasting life and for me to put anything above him is sin…I had totally missed the bar and needed a readjustment.

Now I know that not everyone reading this believes in God or that Jesus is the only way to heaven, but you can still make application with my advice here:

Dont let your dedication to fitness overshadow your relationships! Its okay to make sacrifices and be 100% dedicated, just dont lose sight of what is truly important to you! No matter how healthy you keep yourself, the odds are still stacked against you – 100% of people who live on this earth die…And when that day comes, you wont be wishing that you were more fit. You will be thinking about those who matter most to you.

I am NOT telling you to skip workouts, or compromise your nutrition, but just keep your health and fitness in perspective. In the grand scheme of it all, PEOPLE are more important than being the only dude at the pool with a sixer.

 

Dont leave me hangin though…Let me know I am not the only one here who struggles with keeping things in perspective…Post your reply below and like if you have struggled staying focused on what really matters. I think everyone in RIPPEDCLUB could use some reassurance that they arent alone in this struggle!

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11 comments
RickyTee
RickyTee

Getting ripped is one of the things that I will regret the most not having done at passing, so I'm doing so. Period. No excuses. Be responsible. Be Balanced. Be Awesome.

Michael
Michael

Top 5 Priorities in life: In this order 1- God 2- Spouse 3- Children 4- Job - Financial Support for Family 5- Health & Fitness

Scott
Scott

Hey Todd, Great Post. I once struggled with this also. Your family loves you more than the videos do. It's hard to believe, but, one accident could end your workouts for good. I made a promise that my workouts are not more important than my kids school plays, shows, etc........ If you don't want God to take something from you, don't put it in front of him. If I know I will have to skip a day or so due to family, church, or whatever, I just compensate by cutting carbs. 80% of your success is diet anyway. Also, the reality is, you CAN find time most of the time,if you really have to. In reality though, if I've been up 18 hrs, and have to get up in another 4 hours, a super high intensity workout probably might do more harm than good. God most likely has you missing a day for a reason. God Bless

Jason
Jason

Todd, Great post! I have been trying to figure out why I have been in a motivational slump lately and I realized that God was not my main focus and that is what was wrong. Then, I came across your article and it was just perfect timing! When God is at the center, things are as they should be and I feel better and have much more enthusiasm and motivation.

John E. Murphy
John E. Murphy

I just want to thank you for your transparency and this article. That verse is one that has guided me for many years but still struggle with its application. As I read this column, I thought I was reading my own biography. Since I've been doing P90X and 2, I have set aside other areas such as my relationships with friends and people. Needless to say, it is a difficult balance. Nevertheless, I am committed to the will of God in my life and am certain that includes fitness (1 Cor.3:16). Thanks be to men like yourself that are able to use that area (fitness) and bring glory to God.

Todd Kemper
Todd Kemper

This is something I had struggled with as well and my wife actually called me out on it as well. Unfortunately she said something about a year after it started bothering her. She could tell how excited I was and did not want to interrupt that. I could have done a better job of reading the nonverbal queues and need to pay more attention to that. I actually backed out of a race I had committed to recently for this reason. I was trying to cram too much activity into a short window of time. It's a shame but the reality is that as crazy hectic as our schedules are we have to put everything on the calendar, including family and one on one time with each other. When you have a passion for life and when you have a fitness awakening it can be hard not to over commit. Don't wait for your spouse to bring this to your attention like I did. Check in with them regularly to keep you focused on your priorities. All of them. Thanks Coach for a great article.

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

Absolutely Scott! I actually made a commitment to getting in God's word BEFORE my workouts in the morning as a way to keep things in perspective.

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

When you focus on the Lord, there is always great gain!

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

Amen John! A commitment to the Lord's will is going to produce results far more lasting than P90X, lol

Coach Todd
Coach Todd

its definitely a delicate balance TK!