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Fear

Posted: August 28, 2014 in Faith, Fitness
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The other day I was feeling tired and sluggish after work…I was not aware of how obvious that was until my roommate and his girlfriend, with concerned looks on their faces, asked me if I was ok. Of course I responded with, “Yea, I am fine! Do I look tired?” As I quickly perked up and began to fake my okayness. As bad and as tired as I felt at that moment I knew I needed to get some exercise. To be honest I think I was as tired because I had not exercised in a few days. If you know me that is not normal and my body obviously had no clue what was going on. Working my full time job, trying to start a side business, and trying to grow Againstiflow have consumed my life! But I love every bit of it and I am really excited about the direction all of these are heading.

So here I am after work…tired, but in serious need of exercise. How was I going to make myself go for a run? As any person would I turned to YouTube. I remembered one day coming across a video that just absolutely fired me up! I searched the word “Fear” in YouTube and there it was: (if you are receiving this via email you cannot see the video…go to the website)

I mean if that doesn’t get you fired up I don’t know what will. As the nearly 9 minute video played out I felt more and more like I was ready to hit the pavement for a nice run. This tactic worked and I ran 3 miles that evening. After my run I ate dinner and then met with some againstiflow guys to discuss the future of this thing. I was not tired and I now had more energy than I had all day…except maybe right after my first cup of coffee earlier that morning.

Now so far this has been a good story…and I hope you enjoyed the video, but what does it have to do with anything?

Our last Instagram photo had a quote that said, “My greatest fear is not that I am inadequate. My greatest fear is that I am powerful beyond measure because my God is powerful beyond measure.” I actually got that quote from the above video, but I added “because my God is powerful beyond measure.” Why did I add that? I added that because I would be nothing without my God. He brought me from darkness to light and continues to lead me forward in life. When I came home exhausted I still knew that I needed to exercise…I knew it would be good for me at that moment. Although, it would have been much easier to lay on the couch and take a nap. In our pursuit of what the Lord is calling us to do in life sometimes the easier thing to do would be to stay right where we are. That is because sometimes God asks us to do things that are hard…uncomfortable…and challenging. The wise thing to do would be to follow God where he is calling us to go. The evil one will do everything in his power to turn us the other way. After I ran 3 miles I had more energy and felt more alive than I had all day. If we follow what God is calling us to do…even though it might be scary and seem impossible…we will feel more alive than we ever have in our life.

The only thing I fear in life is me being scared to put my full trust in God. I fear that His plan for me is so great that if I don’t follow Him and trust Him completely that I will miss out on something that is “powerful beyond measure.”

We have already seen life change and seen God’s work within Againstiflow. A quote from one Againstiflow member pretty much sums it up, “If Againstiflow were to fall to shambles today then that is fine because God has already used it to do its part.”

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Proverbs 29:25People are capable of doing so much more than they think they can. In fitness and in life we need to set our goals much higher.

I know you have probably heard fitness stories about people pushing their body to the extreme. The truth is your body is capable of doing so much more than you think, but mentally we are not able to push through the pain and suffering.

Well, in life we are capable of doing a lot more than we think we can. We are just not able to get past our own insecurities and the lies we tell ourselves. “I could never do that…” “I am not good at {fill in the blank}” “I am just too shy” “I am not a good reader” etc… It is time we set higher expectations and have more faith in ourselves and in our God. When you see someone else doing a job or doing a task that you don’t believe you could ever be capable of doing…just remember that they weren’t just all of the sudden good at that task or job. It probably took training and practice to get to where they are. At some point they might have been in your shoes telling themselves lies. The hardest part is pushing through those lies and taking the first step towards achieving the very thing you thought impossible.

Do you think Jesus’ disciples ever thought they would be capable of being Jesus’ right hand men? They were just your normal run of the mill people and Jesus chose them to be his disciples. They had faith, they stepped out of their comfort zone, and they learned as they went (it wasn’t easy).

If you don’t put yourselves in situations to learn…how are you ever going to get better? You can’t just sit back and say, for example, “I am too shy to talk to that person.” That is a weak excuse for the fear that they will reject you or think you are weird…your own insecurities are paralyzing you. Maybe you are a shy person and I grew up and sort of still am a shy guy, but what lies behind that is an insecurity. Try to step outside of that comfort zone and talk to people you normally wouldn’t. Take small steps in the process. Face that insecurity head on and see what happens. Most people will probably think you are awesome and hilarious and your confidence will grow from there and stream into other areas of your life. You will slowly be doing things you never thought you could do.

That fear of what you think other people are going to think about you is scary….I know, but it is not true. Raise your goals, raise your standards and set higher expectations for yourself! You were created by the hands of God. He has big plans for you and by not believing in yourself you are not trusting in His work!

Lets get after it!

ImageLast night I was feeling good and I had a lot of energy so I got in a workout from about 10 to 10:30 PM. I have always been a “night owl” and I usually get a lot of work done at night. I feel like that is also when I do my best thinking. We started discussing whether it is better to exercise/work late at night or get up and do this early in the morning. Here are a few things to think about.

Happy Hormones

During an exercise or a workout your body releases several hormones. These hormones (serotonin and endorphins) are responsible for giving you that good, happy feeling you have after and during a workout. That along with the adrenaline rush will get your day off to a great start. So as far as exercise goes you should replace your morning coffee with 20-30 minutes of exercise. If you exercise late at night you will not sleep as well and you will have a tough time waking up in the morning. This brings us to our next topic…

Morning People

I can speak to this right now as I am writing this blog. I worked out late last night and this morning has not been pleasant. With that being said…people who go to bed early and wake up early are much more optimistic and have a brighter outlook on the day ahead. They feel like they have been productive before they even get to work or go to class.

Quiet Time

My night owl ways are slowly coming to an end and I can see the morning owl taking me over. Most of the time when I get a moment to myself it is late at night. If I choose to read or write in my journal it takes about 10 minutes and then my eyes begin to weigh 100 lbs. Whether you are planning out your day, your week, setting goals, or spending time with God it is better to do these things in the morning. This way they are fresh on your mind throughout the entire day. The night owl does these things and then wakes up to only have forgotten half of what he read or wrote. The morning owl has the whole day to process these thoughts and also gets a feeling of accomplishment before the day has even begun.

If you are a night owl, like me, I challenge you to try to change your ways. It is not an easy process and I guarantee that you will not want to get out of bed those first few weeks. I was once told it takes 3 months to create a habit and 6 months to break a habit. So…although you might fail at getting up a few mornings do not let that discourage you from winning the war. I am in this with you and if I can do it then I know you can do it. Plus, nothing good happens late at night….

Successful people are morning owls. Live against the flow and let’s be successful.

Note:  I just realized I did not put on a belt to go to work. If I was a morning owl that would never have happened. I guess my jacket is staying on all day.