A stranger appeared beside him one day and said, “Will you jump from this building to that building?”
“Why would I?” Guy looked at the distance between the two buildings. He may be able to, but if he misses, he’d smash dead or be broken into pieces on the pavement below.
“What if I pay you a dollar?”
“What if I give you a million?”
“A million is not enough if I end up in the ICU, comatose for life or whatever. Even a billion is nothing if I’m dead.”
“What if I say, there’s going to be a safety net down below? And here’s a rope you can tie on your waist.”
Guy paused and calculated, looking back and forth at the building and where he stood. He may be able to do it. He’ll have a billion to cover the cost of rehab and more...
“No thanks,” he said. “It’s too hard. I don’t think I can do it. And why are you asking me to jump from this building to that?” Guy said.
“Because you’re the only one who can and there’s someone there who needs you.”
Guy looked at the other building. An apparition of his little daughter appeared, waving frantically. “Daddy, help!” Smoke bellowed from behind her and tongues of fire threatened to swallow her from behind.
“Are you crazy? I’d jump even if you don’t pay me,” Guy shouted.
What is your WHY?
Do you have a compelling reason for doing something you deem impossible? You may have tried many times in the past to lose weight or stick to a healthy lifestyle and still end up where you started. You’ve tried to give up a bad habit and it still managed to creep back into it. And somehow, you may have given up.
But look around you.
Find a compelling reason to accept this challenge to become healthier, happier, and yes, holier (whole).
Do you wake up everyday and feel satisfied with your health? If yes, congratulations! You’re one of the few in this universe. Keep doing what you’re doing and share your tips here.
But if you’re one who’d rise up with achy joints, tired even as the day is just starting, and drag yourself to the bathroom to wash your puffy, dark-circled eyes, and you snap at your whining child or your spouse, maybe this challenge is for you.
Maybe do it for them if not for yourself?
Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up with a smile, thank God for another blessed day, and meet the day full of energy?
List your why. Why do you want to improve your lifestyle? Your food habits?
Who do you want to be when you grow old?
Given your current lifestyle, do you envision where you’re heading?
Will you be that 80-year-old runner bagging the medal for the 10-km race?
Or will you be the one sitting on the wheelchair, with an oxygen tank hooked on the side and a full-time caregiver pushing you to your weekly doctor consult?
Do you envision yourself traveling around the world in your 70s or confined to a nursing home watching TV?
If you continue with your current eating habits, will you be wearing those same clothes 10 years from now or will you be buying a larger size each year?
If you have to create a vision of the perfect happy, healthy, and holy you, how will you look like?
List your why today. And that is our challenge.
Create a vision of a better you ten, twenty, or thirty years from now.
Let’s map a path for ourselves these forty days, a path that we can sustainably walk beyond the forty days.
Grab a journal and write down your why. Feel free to share in the comment section below or keep it a secret.