Hello friends, fans and family,
today I want to talk to you about fitness and entertainment. If you don't know I am a big supporter of fitness and health. I have been working on my fitness level since I was young in middle school and if I want to totally be honest since I was in city league football so that would be like ten years old maybe even younger then that, haha. My point is I seen the importance of being healthy and fit. Not everyone wants to be and/or needs to be at the same fitness level. But from what I have seen everyone like to see that person fit, in shape, and healthy. It is reflected in the movies and TV Shows, it is also reflected in the comic books and summer and spring times at the beach. So, to say that fitness is not entertaining is not true on so many levels because we get great joy seeing that fit person strut their stuff and especially if we are that fit person. The satisfaction of achieving that long journey of fitness is satisfying on so many levels it is hard to explain.
The fitness journey is a never ending journey because the person is constantly monitoring the intake of food, the output of working out and cardio. Trying to keep their body engaged and in s state of relative shock to maximise their results. I know that I do. I watch fitness videos on YouTube and I checkout Mac Trucc and Kali Muscle And CT Fletcher and I am inspired by their successes and achievements and even inspired by their struggles. Because selfishly sometimes it is good to know that they are going through some struggles as well and still maintain that go get'em attitude. My hat is off to them because they have fans that are engaged in their fitness lives and actively support them. I pray for CT Fletcher every day and I pray that he achieved his goals and get a new heart. I like watching these awesome fitness leaders because they are inspiring and showing that it can be done regardless of your back ground, no matter what your age, no matter what your ethnicity, no matter your heritage. You can do it too.
I watch Big Boy From Strength Cartel and Mike O'hearn and I realize how hard it is to do this fitness thing. It is even harder to stay fit and healthy but they are doing it. They are sharing their lives with us so that we can be entertained and inspired. I read that if you show someone that it can be done then that in itself will remove most of the automatic limiters that we placed on ourselves. These limiters comes in many forms and one major form is self doubt, but I am also include self hate and fear. Now, when you compound that with the naysayers then that is a recipe for failure. You/Me must overcome the internal battle first and foremost before we will ever have a chance achieve any of our goals. The outside distractions will not even be a factor once the internal is conquered and for all of you Christians out there, you are more than conquerors, so, conquer it.
No, it is not going to be easy and yes you may lose some friends along the way. But it is achievable. In any goal achievement you have to deal with two things that has always been a problem for all of us. What is that you may ask?! Well, I am glad that you asked, it is time and pain. Time is something that never waits and is always running no matter what you do and/or say time marches on. Once you add in pain that by itself will get most people to quit and give up. But now pain is team up with time to stop you from achieving your goals. And this dynamic duo is ruthless and merciless and continuous. So, you missed one day but it's okay because it is just one day and then something else pops up, and then something else comes up, and finally you have a chance to workout but it is cold this morning and no one like to get up and run and/or go to the in the gym in the cold. So, you don't go and now it has been two weeks and you have not worked out at all since two weeks ago or longer. Now, time starts to speak to you, "Don't go back to the gym. It is too much of a hasle."
But you are strong and you decide to go and you workout and the next day you are sore and in pain. Time and pain comes to you and says, " I don't know why you are trying so hard. Noone is going to notice all of the work that you're doing." It's been a month since your last workout and you all but given up. Flipping through some YouTube videos you see a motivation video and people saying exactly what you are feeling. You think to yourself how can they know exactly what I am going through. Wow, but the next part that you hear is even more surprising. They tell you that it is not too late that you can still achieve your fitness goals and they say that it is achievable and you can see that it is achievable because they did it. So, you head back to the gym and you're relentless and no matter what pain and time through at you, you manage to stay in the gym and stay consistent. Not even the naysayers can get you to quit. Your internal fears has turned into hope and drive. One day you take a photo of yourself and you have done it. You think to yourself not too long ago I was in pain not just physically but mentally and time never stopped once and waited for me to recover. But I was still able to achieve my fitness goals and the naysayers became your praisers and haters, and that is okay because you know now that it was you who stopped you and not them. Because you decided to not let them stop you.
I started my fitness journey and I am starting over every day and I realize how hard it is to keep going and how easy it is to give up. I also realize that no one is going to care if I fail. My YouTube channel has no viewers and my podcast ended. My show, the JB&I Show faded aways and no one mentioned a word about it to me. I ask myself why and I realized that I allowed myself to fail. As hard as it was to accept I decided to allow that pain to set in and I decide to start anew and achieve my fitness goals. How can I hate someone for doing the same thing that I am doing to myself. I got a message from YouTube saying because of the new policies and updated rules and regulations that I must now must have over a thousand subscribers and over so many hours of viewer watch hours per month. So, in a nutshell it is like receiving a pink slip in the email. I will no longer be a YouTube partner. In essence I am fired but I can reapply for partnership if I am able to meet the new minimum requirements. Of course fear steps in and I wonder how am I going to get people to watch my videos and I am I going to keep people engaged?!
It was hard talking about this because I don't know if I should even try to re-establish my YouTube channel. Is God trying to tell me something?! Or, am I just being a coward because I am looking for an excuse to give up. What if I try and give it my all and still fail? What then?! At this point I am not just talking about my YouTube channel, no, I am talking about all of my goals that I am attempting to achieve. My inspiration came from a place that I never expected, the bible. Wow, I never expected to receive motivation from the bible. Now, my journey is not over and it is never easy talking about something that is still in development because of the possibility of failure. The embarrassment of saying I failed, again, but what if I am able to achieve my goals. I won't need my YouTube channel. It would be an added bonus but not a necessity.
So, I am going to close with, you are your own worst enemy. You will talk yourself out of some of the awesome things that only you can do, only you can inspire, only you can achieve for yourself. The cliche goes, every journey begins with one step but most people are too afraid of taking that first step because of the possibility of failure. Sometimes, failing is the best thing that could ever happen to us. Celebrate your achievements no matter how small you think that it is because you never know who is watching and whom you may be inspiring. Once the celebration is over, once that moment is done, keep going and don't give up. Never give up. You can do it.
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