Up ahead the road turns. Where does it turn to? That, I do not know. All I know is that I have to continue down this road. This is the road I have chosen to take. This is the less-traveled road. The road that most choose not to take. The exact reason I chose this specific road. I don’t want to travel down the road taken by most. I don’t want a road that is well lit, well marked, well worn. I want a road that is dark. A road unmarked, hardly traveled, full of potholes and speed bumps. I want a road that is unknown. Unfamiliar. Off the main drag. Wherever this road turns up ahead, it doesn’t matter to me. It is not about the end destination. For me, this road I am traveling down is about the process of learning along the way. When I don’t know exactly where I am going, when I don’t know exactly how I am going to get where I think I want to go, this challenges me. This tests me. This stretches me. This forces me to learn. This forces me to adjust. This forces me to rethink. This forces me to examine, ponder, question. This forces me to grow, mature, and let go of myself. I am thankful for this road. This road that I have chosen. No, this road isn’t for everyone. No, this road isn’t the easy way. And no, this road isn’t always enjoyable, but this road gives me peace, satisfaction, and at the end of each day, when it’s time to rest, traveling down this road is exactly the road I know I am suppose to be on. The road less-traveled. The difficult road. The uncomfortable road. The road unlike any other.
My fears want to hold me back. My anxiety wants to hold me back. My mind wants to hold me back. I want to give in. I want to let up. I want to be normal. But I can’t. And I won’t. I have to keep going. I have to press on. I have to live each day fully. I have to be a good steward of what has been given to me. I have to be an example, one to follow. A leader. A role model. I have to test myself. Challenge myself. Allow myself to experience uncomfortable. I have to overcome. Overcome the fears, the anxiety, the wandering mind. I have to overcome the pull to be satisfied, content, and complacent. I have to encourage and teach others. I have to practice what I preach.
It’s not about me. Not even a little bit. I wasn’t put on this earth to serve myself. I wasn’t put on this earth to create a better life for me. Yes, I firmly believe it is crucial we take care of ourselves, our mind, our body, and our spirit. This will only allow us to serve others in a greater capacity. But at the end of the day, your life isn’t about you. This life isn’t about you. This world doesn’t revolve around you, sorry. Honestly, there are very few people who actually care one iota about you. There are very few people in this world who know your name, who know your interests, who know ANYTHING about you. In the grand scheme of things, you are nothing. So why do you think you are something? Why are you so caught up in yourself? Why are you so arrogant? Selfish? Self-centered? Your life is but a vapor, here today, gone tomorrow. That is truth. This is reality. This life is NOT about you. This life is about others. Your life should be about others. We were made for community. We were created for others. To serve others. To help others. To protect others. To love others. As human beings, we need each other. We need interaction, communication, fellowship with one another. Get over yourself. Get rid of yourself. Let go of your arrogance. Let go of your pride. Let go of your ignorance. Humble yourself. Open up yours eyes, open up your ears, open up your heart, that you may learn, grow, mature, share, teach, and serve others. Step into your purpose. Step into your destiny. Become the individual you were created to become.
I have to get better. I absolutely have to get better. I realize my insufficiency. I realize my weakness. I realize that I am but a mere created being. Here today, gone tomorrow. My life is a gift. I do not have it all together. I do not have it all figured out. There is a drive within me to get better. To be better. To do everything I can each day, to be the best version of myself. I so want to be an example. I so want to be a strong leader. Someone to follow. I have to get better. There are areas within my life that I can improve. Areas that need to improve. I cannot allow myself to let up, to settle, to allow complacency to take root. Complacency destroys. Complacency kills. I cannot allow myself to get distracted. I cannot allow myself to lose focus. I cannot allow myself to give into worry, fear, doubt, or negativity. I have to press into discipline. Self-discipline. I have to press into the pursuit of the uncomfortable. I have to press into my Creator. The little things. I have to continue to do the little things. Master the little things. When I don’t feel like it. I have to overcome my feelings, my emotions, my own negativity. I have to overcome the negativity that surrounds me. The negativity produced by the people who come in and out of my life. I have to overcome the pull to get sucked in. Sucked into gossip, backbiting, anger, instant gratification, and self-indulgence. Every day is an opportunity to learn. Every day is an opportunity to be the man or woman you want to be. Every day is an opportunity to get better. I want to get better. I have to get better. I embrace the toil of this process, the process of getting better. I embrace today.
If you are not where you want to be, take a step in the direction you want to go. Today. Right now. Your situation in life, your position in life, where you are right now, will not change on its own. You have to take action. You have to want the change within your life. Then, you have to take a step. One step, that’s it. One step in the new direction you want to go, the new direction you want to take your life. No one is going to come along and change your direction for you. Some magical circumstance isn’t just going to present itself to you. There is no easy button in life, no escape button. If you are not where you want to be, YOU have to take a step. YOU have to take action. YOU have to put in the work, the effort, and the persistence. You are where you are today, because of you. That’s it. You dug the hole, you fell in, now you have to climb your way out. It will take time, it will take focus, discipline, perseverance, but, if you continue to step in your new direction, things will happen. The process will unfold accordingly. Don’t get caught up in your feelings, your emotions, what those around you are doing, but simply run your race. Walk down the path you are supposed to walk down. One step. One step. One step. Things will change. Eventually, you will change, circumstances will change, and opportunities will present themselves, that you never thought possible, opportunities that you never dreamt of. Prepare. Each day. Do what you know you are supposed to do. Preparation creates opportunity. Preparation creates success. If you are not where you want to be, you have the opportunity RIGHT NOW, to change.
Motivation is fickle. Motivation comes and goes. Motivation is based off of feelings, emotions, and other factors that are unreliable, unstable, inconsistent. Motivation generally comes through external pressures or prodding. Some days we may be motivated, some days not. If we rely on motivation, we will not reach our full potential. I want my students to reach their full potential. I want them to become the best version of themselves. I want them to chase after, and catch their goals, aspirations, and dreams. I want my students to live life fully. I want my students to take what they learn in my PE classroom and apply it to their lives daily, that they would become healthier, stronger, and better. So if motivation is not the answer, what is? The answer for me is discipline. Discipline is not based off of feelings, emotions, or external factors. Discipline is based off internal drive. Internal fortitude. Internal focus. Discipline is doing what you know you need to do even though you don’t want to, or don’t feel like doing it. Discipline is much more powerful than motivation. Discipline will take my students much further in life than motivation. How can I instill this discipline to my students? How can I teach students discipline? First and always, I personally need to be a model of discipline. I need to be the example, the leader in physical fitness and living a healthy life. I need to practice what I preach. Young people can see right through hypocrisy. Young people know when you are real or when you are fake. Discipline is something that you model, you eat, sleep, train, and live. If I set the example, I KNOW my students will follow. Secondly, discipline can be taught through action. As I educate my students in regards to health and physical fitness, we then practice these lessons through physical movement. As students realize the positive benefits of physical movement, they will begin to want the movement to be a part of their lives. As they adopt the physical movement into their lives, this will create discipline in their lives as well. They will exercise when they don’t feel like it, or don’t want to. They know the benefits of exercise intellectually, but they will also learn the benefits of exercise through experiences.
Discipline is the answer. I don’t want to teach students to be motivated. I want to teach students to be disciplined. Discipline creates opportunity. Discipline creates freedom. Discipline creates stronger individuals, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and educationally. When motivation wavers, it is discipline that holds strong. It is discipline that will prevail. Discipline is the key to success. Discipline is the key that unlocks the door to our full potential.
Keep going. Keep moving forward. Continue to take one step in the right direction each day. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. You never know what today may bring. You never know what may be around the next turn, around the next corner, through that next door. Life ebbs and flows. Yes, we will experience difficulties, struggles, unexpected heartaches, but we will also experience victories, celebrations, and will have so many opportunities to positively impact others. We have to face today. Accept what today holds. Embrace today. We must learn to go with the flow. To allow what will be, to be. No matter what the day may bring forth, we have to keep pressing on. Continue to grind. Continue to learn, apply, and grow. We have to continue to share. Continue to explore. Continue to love. Live boldly. Live authentically. Be you. Don’t quit!