I was listening to a recent podcast regarding the news of Detroit’s bankruptcy and it got me thinking… About that great city, what they represented for years and how we can each learn from the demise of not just a great American city, but a city once admired by the entire world. Detroit failed because it was unwilling to confront it’s “sacred cows.” The sacred cows of Detroit were unions, pensions, gas guzzlers, Big 3, and too much spending combined with denial, corruption and an unwillingness of the people to respond for the greatest good of the city.
What is a “sacred cow?” Sacred cows can be a person, institution, custom, or idea which is unreasonably held to be beyond criticism. A person can have an intense attachment to this thing or idea and is unwilling to see how this thing could contribute to the demise of the individual, family, company, city, industry, country, even the planet. What I want to do is relate this to your FITness.
I have had many sacred cows in my life that at one time may have served me, but now are no longer good for me. If I did not handle those sacred cows, they would have made me sink. Our sacred cows become too expensive to keep and difficult to get rid of because of the emotional connection we have to them. Sacred cows always seem to have emotional connections. It is my belief that ALL emotions are costly in life particularly when it comes to your Health & FITness.
Any of these sound familiar? All of these examples of sacred cows result in fixed ideas that limit your options and prevent you from being as great as you can be. Some examples…
Not giving up your favorite food(s)/drink, I don’t have enough time, I don’t make enough money, I’m BIG boned, It’s my genetics, I’m not a morning person, etc…
We as individuals have sacred cows, but the good news is if we dig deep and take an honest look at what’s holding us back and make some brave decisions, we can break free from them.
Here’s what I suggest you do:
1. Make a list of all the things in your life that are sacred, things you can’t imagine giving up or changing up.
2. Make a list of the emotions and excuses you have for not giving these things up.
3. Make a list of the actions you must take for your personal success even if it means getting uncomfortable and sacrificing one of these beasts.
Once you have your lists you will see clearly what needs to be done. But, you’ll need the push to do it. One of the things we try to continually do on this blog is to provide the tools and resources that will help you to gain knowledge and empowerment.
Free yourself from the things that hold you back.
Post your ‘Sacred Cows’ to the comments below and confront them today!
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30 Russian KB Swings (32/24)
30 Abmat Situps
Post by Chris.