ago there was a man who each day walked to town around a large mountain, the same as many others did. Each day this man would pick up a stone from the mountain and place it to the side of his path, this went on for many years. Soon others began to do the same as they saw the man slowly moving the mountain from their path! Now, sometime the stones would fall down, sometimes someone else would put them right back, but most of the time they stayed right where they were placed. As more and more people joined in, the once mighty mountain was dwindled away to nothing and the path they ventured became a straight line! What is the moral of this story? Well, as individuals we can only do so much, but collectively we can move mountains! By committing to something greater than ourselves we are able to truly help this world and gain the most satisfaction in our own lives!
How does this apply to fitness?
Well, since our fitness is only a mirror of our lives, it applies greatly! For instance, why do you think it is that so many thrive in a team environment or a single player does not define great teams? It is simple, when individuals commit to the greater good of all, they in turn benefit the most! This is very important when it comes to the long haul, really anyone can stay motivated and driven as an individual for only so long, but commit yourself to a greater cause or collective goal and the motivation is really endless! Sure, there are times when what is best for the whole is not the best for the individual, but those times are far less than the immense benefit from a team’s output! The other amazing aspect of committing yourself to something greater is that while we only have limited time, an idea or creation can live on forever! Think of the many amazing companies that were started by generations of the past or even our forefathers who chartered this amazing country! Of course, where would fitness be without Arnold and where would Arnold be without creating something greater than himself?
When thinking of personal goals, it is always helpful to think of how that same goal could benefit others; you see, life is a big circle and what we do to benefit others will eventually come back to benefit us. The exact opposite is of course true as well, only think of yourself and when it comes your time, others will do the very same, thus hurting everyone’s outcome! Try to envision the big picture, as an example, maybe you are an aspiring competitor and throughout your training you blog about your workouts, diet, etc… Well, those that read your words will benefit by your willingness to share your experience and one day when you are on stage those very same people will be cheering you on!
Often times it seems as if the good that we do goes unnoticed and that is very true, doing good or helping others is not about the immediate gain, but rather the long-term satisfaction! What is more important to you? Winning a trophy by any means necessary that will one day tarnish or being a good role model to those that are just getting started and one day hearing how you inspired someone else to change their life? If you prefer the trophy, it just means that you have not had enough time to be ready to commit yourself to the greater cause and fully realize that you ARE greater than you! Time is the best teacher and in time we all eventually see that life is about far more than what we can get, it is about what we can give, what we can create, what will live on! You see… We all have limited time, but with the right efforts and the understanding that we are meant for so much greater things than we even know; we are able to live on through eternity, if only as an idea!
I challenge all that read this to take a few minutes and really think how what you are doing can benefit others; sometimes it may take just a minor adjustment. I wish for you all to experience the power of being greater than yourself… We can do it together!
“No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.”
Thank You to ALL who take the time to read My Words, if they are able to help just one person, then I am that much closer to My Goal!
By Derek M. Trombetta
-Stay Strong; It’s more than Physical-
Derek is a Professional Firefighter, Fitness Coach, and MAN Sports™ Sponsored Physique Athlete with a Lifetime of REAL WORLD Experience in the Fitness Industry! For further information you can contact Derek at:
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