Fitness and Getting Better: DeMarco Banter

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I have a fairly staunch fitness regime (okay, so I am wearing a hairpiece, but check those abs).

I am fully aware that there are others out there that are more fit–folks with a tougher fitness regiment, body builders, marathon runners, extreme athletes. But for me, I am just trying to get better. I have been in the gym consistently since 1988 (my senior year at The Citadel) when a classmate of mine Sergio Dickerson MADE me start going to the gym with him.

What’s the point?

It feels as if we are living in a society that has some sort of strange “destination disease.” Many folks just want to do enough to “arrive”… and then what….retire? I see this with many leaders–they simply want the next position or promotion. I see this with students at times as well…some just want the grade. Sometimes despite the lack of quality work. It almost seems as if a great majority of people are looking for a quick fix, but what they really need is fitness.

People looking for quick fixes stop doing what is right when the pressure is relieved. People that are looking at fitness do what they should no matter what the circumstances –they are ALWAYS trying to get better, or maybe we should call it sustainable consistent improvement. John Maxwell notes…It appears as if these fitness addicts are constantly improving themselves through a three step process.

1) Preparation: When individuals are intentional about learning something everyday, then they become better prepared to handle whatever challenge they meet.

2) Contemplation: Time alone is vitally essential to “getting better.” It allows a time to gain perspective on failures and successes in order to learn from both. It allows time and space to sharpen personal and/or organizational vision. It is personal time to plan for a positive future. Avoid the NT3 (No Time To Think) trap

3) Application: “A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start becoming the man you want to be.” – Bruce Springsteen…. We can not just read it, ponder it, and talk about it. We have to do it. We must apply what we have learned.

1 Cor 9:25

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