Thought On Temptation

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. -Bob Moawad

If you approach training by simply going through the motions, sitting idly by and not actively participating in your own development, then you may have been better off not training at all. This seems like a harsh statement but this lack of personal responsibility, of active participation, of initiative demonstrates that which is are already being ingrained through everyday society.

The purpose of our training is to go beyond our current selves. To go beyond what society deems as acceptable output and as acceptable personal responsibility. It is to go beyond what we ourselves thought was possible.

Rationalization is ever tempting us to not drive forward. It is tempting us with excuses on why not to put forth our best effort, day after day, minute after minute.

It’s ok… to slide through this workout. I’ll make it up next time.

It’s ok…. I worked hard today so I ‘deserve‘ to kick back and not train.

It is tempting us with worry that leads to depression which derails our training. We are tempted with too much planning, too much research and not enough action.

Planning and research are important but they can’t derail taking action, of putting in the time actually ‘doing‘. This self-temptation will cost us in the end. Like any weed the more it is fed the more it grows. Then one day you wake up and find that not only has it taken over your mind’s garden but you also gave up on your dreams.

Viewing temptation as separate small acts doesn’t seem so bad, but they build up and create our habits. These habit lead to much bigger problems. Now beating ourselves up over the past is counterproductive, this leads back into the cycle. Overcoming these things is part of our training. It is something we all must face and overcome.  It is something we all must face and overcome, day after day and moment after moment.

The question is …

Will you master it or will it master you?

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