For many of us winter is just dragging on and on with seemingly no end in sight. It seems like a Russian novel with a cold bleak long winter which creates ruts for lots of people. Many turn into couch potatoes and refuse to go to the gym or go for a walk or anything that involves the word “outside.” As another cold blast settles into the midwest I am thinking of a plan. Something that will get me to train – something to look forward to that will require me to get in better shape and lose a few of the winter pounds. It gets harder every year. Now is the time because it will be too late when the warm weather arrives and it will.
Let’s just say you want to run a mini marathon (not my cup of egg nog but perhaps yours); get it on your schedule with a friend. Want to climb that mountain or hike that trail? Get a friend or two and start planning. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to ride the RAGBRI (a bicycle ride across Iowa of all things) or the “Hilly Hundred,” an Indiana favorite – well get planning. One of the great motivators in life is to begin with the end in mind. Just saying, “I’m going to the gym to work out,” may work for a few but for most it’s not a starter. On the other hand, when you have something to get ready for you are much more motivated. You may want to get in better shape for the event just so you don’t embarrass yourself in front of your friends but whatever the reason go for it.
Now let me add a twist. Take the ride, climb the mountain, run the race, or walk the walk to raise some money to fight malaria or AIDS in Africa. Go on the ride to collect some money to fight hunger or drill a well for a village in need of clean drinking water. When you bless someone with your training it becomes a double blessing. It doesn’t always have to be this way but it can add another dimension of fun. It’s a better story.
I’ve given you a good reason to hit the coffee shop and do a little thinking about what will motivate you. Don’t take too much time planning. Get going. This can apply to other aspects of your life which we can explore later. Now I need to go and work on my plan.
“A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25