Never. Give. Up.
Five months ago, I was disappointed because my coach said made me take a break for a few days from the gym while I saw a cardiologist and had a few tests run.
A few days turned into a few weeks. A few weeks turned into a few months. A few months turned into almost half a year.
Don’t think for a minute that disappointment ever left me. I tried to sugarcoat it. I tried to stay positive, trust God and respect the process. But really, I was always just really disappointed.
The timing sucked. Coach and I had just discussed a new season in my fitness journey that week and I was on fire and ready to take on all kinds of new goals. I even posted a blog post about it the same day my health went sideways. Check it out here.
I felt like a racehorse that just left the gate, only to hit a mud pit 20 yards in. Every step took more effort than the last. I felt like I was going nowhere fast.
I had a coach who wouldn’t let me give up. He made me keep getting up everyday and doing whatever the next step is. The next appointment. The next test. Rest, nutrition and water in-between.
I spent the majority of these last five months not worried about my health and safety at all. I was worried about one thing, and one thing only. My active lifestyle. I went into every appointment and begged every doctor to give me a clearance letter. I even convinced two doctors to give them to me, even though I clearly was in no shape to resume normal activity.
I was frustrated for most of this season because I wanted to do what I wanted to do, and I wanted to do it yesterday.
I finally got the test I needed last week and got a diagnosis this morning.
Can I tell you guys something?
I’m incredibly glad we never gave up. Returning to my active lifestyle is going to be so much more fun now, not having to worry about all the things it could have been. Not only that, but how much more gratifying is a reward you have to wait for?
I now have a diagnosis, with a treatment plan and a guarantee I’ll get back to SAFELY living my very best active lifestyle in a matter of weeks and feel good doing it.
So today, I have two very simple things to say.
- Have people in your corner who won’t let you give up on what really matters. It can be your spouse, best friend, neighbor, pastor, boss, a mentor, a parent or your physical therapist. It really doesn’t matter who it is. But just find some people who won’t just go with whatever you want to do, but will challenge you to invest in what really matters.
- Never give up. Doesn’t matter how many hours or dollars you feel like you have wasted. Trust the process one more time. I talk about not giving up on your goals a lot, but make sure you’re not giving up on reaching your goals THE RIGHT WAY. Don’t cut corners. You’ll miss the journey, and you might not even end up at your intended destination.
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Day 11 of 730. 719 to go!