Why do you do what you do? Whether its getting a higher education, building a business, a family, or anything that pertains to the betterment of a person’s health, character, and holistic well-being there must be a motivation behind it. Some strive to get in better health just to feel good about themselves and that’s wonderful. Others work hard to build a legacy that will last after they are gone because they want to achieve greatness. Yet others still just want to make a better life for their families.
You can probably guess that I fit in the last category. My responsibility to my family is never ending and I love it. I love having to better myself because I know it will better them. I love having to face the uncomfortable truth about things that I am not doing well, so that I can do them well. Know that all of this will be worth it in the end.
Yet something often happens on any journey in life. We get sidetracked or lose focus because of a particular situation or our own lack of diligence. It’s at these moments it is best to refocus on the original motivation and to press on to get back on track. Slow down, regroup, and enjoy the little moments so you have more fuel to keep going.
Especially when my fitness goals get derailed, I look to the Most High YHWH from whence cometh my help and to the family He has given me. He has charged me to protect them, provide for them, lead them, teach them, and love them. It is an honor to [erform my role and so making sure I am doing things that are beneficial to them in the long quickly gets me back on track. It is a true blessing to watch my son grow up healthy, happy, and free. Free to play basketball or dance with his mini-piano. Free to just jump around without a care in the world. Is there a greater desire for a parent than to see their children exceed their own endeavors in life? I say nay, and any parent who does not feel the same needs to readjust.
I desire to leave a legacy as well. One not so much focused on my own greatness but to pass down an inheritance to my children. An inheritance of culture, knowledge, identity, and wealth. All things that my people are greatly missing and I will alleviate this for my family. These are the things I think about every single day. Not the biggest house, or nicest car I can get, but about what’s best for my family and this keeps me going. Find out what it is that keeps you going and make sure you don’t lose sight of it.