Find this person NOW and your New Year will be much better …
The first day of 2015 started off with a stereotypical bang! Sure enough, one of the local gyms was filling up very quickly with dozens of people who had made the resolution to “lose weight and get in shape” pouring into the gym first thing this morning.
Good for them!
I’m NOT one to scoff at people who make resolutions, even though most people fail very early in the New Year at keeping any of their pledges. But at least for the moment they’re out there trying, and for some of those people, they’ll exercise just enough perseverance to push through and hit at least a part of their goals.
One thing is for sure, you miss one hundred percent of what you don’t strike at, so get out there and try!
That reminds of the time I went ice skating.
Now you have to know that I’m terrible at anything that requires strapping something to my feet and performing with it.
Roller skating? Fail!
Snow skiing? Fail!
If it’s more than putting on shoes or boots and walking, it presents a problem for me. So the idea of strapping on a shoe with a very thin blade on the bottom of it, and then attempting to walk on ice with it, seemed thoroughly ludicrous! But I had a group of teens who wanted to go ice skating, so we went, I tried, and actually surprised myself by staying on my feet for most of the short duration I gave it a shot.
But I gave it shot.
The only reason I got out there and made an effort to ice skate was because of the encouragement of the teens who wanted me to be out there with them. And there’s the secret to making your New Year better than it would otherwise be — find someone who will push you to heights, achievements, and levels of growth you would otherwise reach on your own.
The editors of “Homiletics” recounted Muhammad Ali’s answer to the question of the greatest lesson he’d ever learned. He told the story of a heavyweight title bout against Sonny Liston in 1964.
“Liston was the strongest man I’d ever fought. Every time I hit
him, it hurt me worse than it did him. I gave him everything I had.
When the sixth round ended, I was completely spent. I couldn’t even
raise my arms. I couldn’t even stand up to go back onto the ring. ‘I’m
goin’ home!’ I told [trainer] Angelo Dundee. ‘I’m not going back in
“Hearing this, Dundee demanded that Ali get ready to go in. Ali
refused. The bell rang, and still Ali didn’t leave his seat. Dundee
pushed him and shouted, ‘Get in there and don’t come out until you’re
the heavyweight champion of the world!’
someone pushin’ you and makin’ you do things you don’t think you can