Why is it that our society teaches to put our own comfort as success? Think about it.  We spend a majority of our lives saving for our retirement so we can be “comfortable” when we retire.

However, maybe the “holy grail” of comfort isn’t so comfortable after all.  A May 2013 report showed that retirees have a 40% higher chance of experiencing depression.  It seems common to hear about people retiring and dying soon after if they don’t have something to do.

Proverbs 29:18 says “Without vision (purpose) people perish.”

We need purpose.  We need something to shoot for otherwise we just exist badly instead of really living.

Back to comfort.

How about eating comfort foods?  I know I can get “comfortable” eating cookies and indulging during certain times of the year but being comfortable leaves me feeling more bloated, less energetic and adds a little more around my mid section than I want.

Laying around the coach is comfortable, but where will that get you? Probably fat and weak. Not a pretty picture.

With summer right around the corner, what vision/purpose do you have?

How will this summer be better than 2018?

Do you ever think about why you are here?

I remember Joe Walsh of the Eagles singing a song “Ordinary Average Guy.”  It basically was a sarcastic look at a comfortable yet boring and predictable suburban life.

Get up. Go to work. Get the kids. Work in the yard. On and on and on…

Is this all there is to life?

There has to be more.

Here is my challenge to you in 2019:   Embrace hard things (i.e. “THE SUCK”) and do them.

Hard things are things that matter.

Things like raising kids, having a good marriage, being debt free financially, and of course getting in shape. However, I bet everyone would agree they would like to have all those things. Although we all want these things, who is willing to work hard for them?

One saying I hate is when someone whines “it’s too hard.”

Sorry, buttercup. Life is meant to be hard and it will be hard for as long as we are down here.

So this can be your year if you have the mindset of wanting things bad enough – so much that you are willing to do what it takes to make it happen.

That means hard things, challenging things, and difficult things.  My good friend Randy Hartz says “Who says life is all rainbows and unicorns?”

Where we are or aren’t is our own fault.  Don’t blame your spouse, job, kids etc.  The word blame broken up is b-lame. Get it?  Be lame.

In Chinese years (year of the rat, year of the cow, etc), this year is the “YEAR OF DISCIPLINE”.

People who are disciplined do what they know they should do, even though it isn’t what they want to do.

Things like getting up earlier to go to the gym, sticking to a budget, planning/prepping meals, turning off the TV to spend quality time with the ones you love and/or blocking time to read books that will change your thinking and help you grow, all require discipline   And one thing many people don’t do is planning out time to set (and review) goals daily, weekly and monthly as well as making plans for those goals.

Yes, this isn’t always fun and there are a lot of other things you could be doing.  But if you want want to be extraordinary, you have to do more than the “ordinary average guy.” Hence extra-ordinary.

Hard work is something that takes zero talent.  We can all do it.

Get clear on what you want.




2019 is your year so go seize it!

Dedicated to your results,

Erik Peacock
Puravida Fitness

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