You Can't Hire Someone Else to do Your Push-Ups for YOU

And a goal without a plan is simply a wish. In both scenarios, you have to be a do-er.

When I think of all the times I've watched Wai Lana bend her pliable body,  I would be as flexible as a straw if just watching was all that was required.  And if just writing "To Do" lists was all that were needed to accomplish goals, I'd be rich. But that just simply is not the case. In order for there to be any benefit from exercising, achieving a goal, accomplishing a task, or completing a project--one must ACT.

What's interesting about this is that action is not merely enough. With Newton's laws of motion, the impetus that predicated change was FORCE. Now, when  it comes to diet, exercise, and  happiness, that force can be as simple as a thought and sense of determination to change your life. Or, the force can be as drastic as a health prognosis that scares the bejesus out of you. Either way, the force of life beckons each and every one of us to change, for change is life, and it is inevitable.

I have been blessed and haunted by life's propulsive forces in many ways. I know that having my intestines balled up in bands of knots and enduring the excruciating pain taught me to value happiness and peace. You would think I would have just learned that naturally, and I guess, to a certain extent I did. My body naturally responded to the insanity of my life by churning my insides, named Crohn's disease, in response to my life's turmoil so that I would forever be mindful of the importance of proper diet, nutrition, sanity, exercise, healthy relationships and love. But I didn't grasp this like a pop star and overnight sensation. It was tedious, tenuous, and exhausting. Time and again I bumped my head against the brick walls of pessimism, poor choice, poverty, despair, depression, drugs, dummies, and derelicts until I learned it and got it. Finally, one day, enough had been enough.

From this, I have a developed a greater appreciation for life, love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, while at the same time recognizing that my unflinching determination to author my fate may not be another's.  As I look around at others on the treadmill of life, I see that there are many who are hoping, wishing, and praying for someone else to do their pushups.

Jim Rohn teaches that you can't hire someone else to do your push-ups for you. You have to do them yourself, because like life, we all must take responsibility for who and what we want to be.

The trainer can't eat the right foods for you. It is your choice what goes into your mouth. No one can quit smoking for you. You have to stop putting the cigarettes up to  your mouth. It is your choice how you live. It is your choice what you do. Both the origination and explanation of problems and solutions lies within you.

If you want a healthy life, then know that like success, optimal health requires time, effort, perseverance, and patience. There will be peaks and there will be valleys. And there will be times when you hit a plateau and feel stuck. But that is not the time to throw in the towel. That is the time to just keep on keeping on. Let your own grit and tenacity be your force.

Exercise your power. Do your push-ups. They may not be easy. But they are worth it. And so are you.push ups


Elana Anthony is a degreed Exercise Science and Health Promotion Specialist who is passionate about helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. As a mom of six daughters and overcomer of many unbelievable feats personally, professionally, and spiritually, she knows firsthand of the value of proper nutrition and exercise, and the importance of doing her own push-ups.


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