It is amazing today to see all of the ways we will challenge ourselves physically. We will work too many hours, play recreational sports leagues, sign up for a 5K race or start the latest diet and exercise craze, but what about our mental fitness?

All you have to do is log on to the internet and you will read about a 90 day challenge to better health or 90 days to whip you body back into shape! After Jan. 1 of every year health club parking lots are full (at least until Feb.! 🙂 )

Why is it that we find so many ways to take care of our physical fitness but ignore our mental fitness? Don’t get me wrong a leader wants to take care of the body he has been given. It’s hard to serve the people you have been blessed to lead if you are sick all of the time or pass away from bad health before you fulfill you purpose in LIFE.

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”

Spanish Proverb

Here is the other problem, we always want the easiest way to get back in shape! Everyone is looking for the quick no pain fix for their physical fitness! The truth is closer to the old saying, “no pain, no gain!”

I was blessed to spend some time in Florida this winter with leadership expert Orrin Woodward. He is one of the few individuals I know who truly pursues both physical and mental fitness, and actively pursues them daily. While down there we hit the gym every couple of days and pushed our bodies to the max.

We would select a muscle group each time and challenge them with weights and repetition until the muscle actually began to fail. We pushed them past their normal comfort zone and forced them to grow. Then after the gym we would find a place on Orrin’s property and challenge ourselves mentally. We would pick up challenging books and have discussions about numerous topics and think through new ideas, pushing our minds past their comfortable limits. So many people never challenge themselves because of the pain associated with growth, both mentally and physically. When we left the gym every time my muscles were exhausted, the next 2 days I was in pain, but I felt great! I knew that by enduring the short term pain, I would have long term results.

Your mental fitness is the same.  There will be short term pain but long term rewards. So many people skip this pain to make life easier when in reality life will only get harder.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

You see, we are not just body, but body, soul and mind. We need to exercise, feed and challenge ourselves daily in all 3 areas.

“Man’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.”

– Dorothea Brande

What have you done today to challenge yourself mentally or physically? Begin to exercise daily and become physically fit, and take a person mental fitness challenge and read, think and grow everyday.

Here are 3 ways the-life-business helps you build your mental fitness:

  1. Read – The LIFE business sends out hand pick books from some of the top life coaches in the world for you to read and apply in your life.
  2. Listen – The LIFE business produces multiple audios for you to listen to on a daily basis to provoke thought and improve attitude
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God bless,

Dan Hawkins