I was lost in a fog of uncertainty as I stumbled my way down the running trail. There was no cure for the lack of enthusiasm I now possessed. It was sheer do what needs to be done because this is what you are supposed to do. I need this run because for some reason I was in dread mode. My breakthrough didn’t arrive until mile two. I reached that placed where I reminded myself that I controlled my emotions and those little beasties would have to bow down and serve me. They served me well and It wasn’t long before I in my I was born to do this mode. Reminder:Each morning you have to wake up and fight for what you really want.
Lessons From The Tree Of Life: Laziness
Lesson Nine: Laziness
Laziness is the seducer that entices you to participate in the realm of destructive distractions instead of seizing the opportunities of the moment. Laziness will rob your work ethic and entertain you with worthless pleasures.
Laziness can overshadow your goals and aspirations, as you waste valuable moments, blind to the reality that your focus and determination is being slowly stolen.Romancing laziness has caused many to settle for mediocre shortcuts instead of victorious excellence.Laziness at its worst, can cause you to lose your way and miss out on unleashing your greatness, if you ever allow it to dominate your life.
Tammie-Maria Allen ©
Lessons From The Tree Of Life
Training Notes: I am stronger than I think I am and tougher than I look. Mentally, I had to press through training, simply because my energy levels crashed in the middle of training. It was all my fault, lack of enough fuel on my part. I was unprepared for the unexpected.I normally toss a piece of fruit in my gym bag, just in case, but on the one day I didn’t I experience a massive fuel drain. I underestimated my body and she roared back with a fury but I was able to finish all my routines on time.
Lesson Eight: Procrastination
Waiting until to achieve something awesome is my favorite way to define procrastination. We humans seem to enjoy the thought of doing something and even the preparation of doing something more than the actual doing. Yes, there are exceptions,to the rule but let’s face it, most of us have a little procrastination running through our veins.
We put off the important things as we embrace the world of trivial. The sad part, is that procrastination is a nasty little thief and if you play with it long enough it will robbed you of precious opportunities, derail your goals and if you are not careful it might even introduce you to its cousin Laziness. Laziness is a force you don’t even want to tangle with but we will talk about that in another lesson.
Lesson Eight : Procrastination can also hide under the guise of being busy but not productive.
Birthday Shout Out To My Favorite Road Dawg
Lessons From The Tree Of Life: Fear
Training Notes: I think I am becoming a cold weather running wimp. The cold wintry like weather is something I have to become accustomed to once again because there is no way, I am going to become one with the treadmill. The cold weather kissed my face and it felt like I had been drenched in ice water. Yes weight training is my friend but I am off the injury list so I had to get my run on.
Lesson Seven: Fear
Fear can be a dreaded demon that zaps your potential and stymies your growth. Fear can be a wonderful companion that pushes you forward and ensure your success.Fear is indeed a two-faced entity. The fear of failure can lead you to never going outside of the familiar. The fear of losing the opportunities of the moment, can propel you to unleash potential you never knew you had. Fear can be a negative force of destruction or a positive catapult for successful growth.
Shout out to all of you caught in the struggle ….Don't you dare give up on yourself!
Lessons From The Tree Of Life: Pain
Training Notes: The gym has become my sanctuary of sorts. It is a blessed place where I find a merge of wholeness. Spiritual,mental and physical unity occurs and I always leave a different person than when I entered. Today I was feeling strong as I absorbed the struggle of purpose and growth. Today’s commitment was a special form of lower body angst. A pounding leg session followed by 30 minutes on the step mill was enough to zap my energy and give me the satisfaction that it was time well spent.
Pain, is a part of the life process. You can postpone it but everyone will experience it in some form. There is pain that accompanies beauty. Like giving birth to a child that you always desired or transforming from childhood into adulthood. There is bitter pain, like losing a loved one or dealing with the aftermath of tragedy. Then there is self-imposed pain that you encounter while striving to achieve your goals or attempting to play it safe. Pain is woven into the fabric of humanity, our choice is how we will deal with it.
Lessons From The Tree Of Life: Failure
Training Notes: My strength today was at lukewarm level, no sizzle but better than the ice cold aches that I have experienced on more than one occasion. I just had to push through looking forward to a few days off so my body can recharge. I need to engage in a little vitamin C therapy, an epsom salt soak and a much need massage.My progression is getting ready to sky rocket I can feel it.
Failure is just one of the roadblocks you will encounter on the road to success. The pain of failure can be felt in embarrassment, financial cost, seemingly wasted time and other defeating symptoms. Failure rarely makes us feel good but it can be a good teacher if we will listen. Failure can strengthen our resolve and solidify our determination. Failure can also taunt us into quitting, giving up and retreat into our comfort zone.
Lesson Five: Failure should never be a signal to quit. You might have to regroup, start over,come up with a better plan. Failure simply is an indicator to keep trying until you discover a solution that will work. Use your failures as stepping stones to success instead of excuses to not try again.
Lessons From The Tree Of Life
Training Notes: The struggle to conquer negative notions that pop into my head during training is a wild struggle. Transforming the mind, eliminating doubt and privately celebrating my own little personal victories is what I crave. I am always in search of the sweet spot that adds a little flavor to my physique enhancing aspirations. I really am thankful for the things I have accomplished but I am eager to achieve so much more.
Focus, is a powerful companion on this journey known as life. Difficult situations often transform into awesome opportunities through the power of focus. Total focus is all about taking that one thing that you want to achieve and making It a priority. It is all about focusing your time, energy, passion and resources in one direction.
Lesson Four: Focus on what you really want to achieve and then allow your passion to grow continuously.
Lessons From The Tree Of Life
Training Notes: I awaken in a positive state of mind, my body struggle hard to keep up and as training continued it seemed frozen in a state of mediocre performance at best.
My energy level tanked and I was running on fumes. There are somedays when I really should quit when I am ahead but the allure of untapped possibilities compels me to keep pushing it. Not my best training day but no surrender, no surrender.
Time, it is both a precious blessing and the ultimate curse. We are all blessed with a certain amount of time on this planet. The time clock of each life has an unknown expiration date and what we will do with that time is always the question. How will you command the moments and hours of your life? What will you do with your time? Time is a mostly under appreciated, and devalued lover. Utilize time correctly and you can create a masterpiece. Mishandle and abuse time and you can destroy a destiny. Ignore time and you might not have to opportunity to build a legacy.
Lesson Three: Time is important, value it.
Lessons From The Tree Of Life
Training Notes: Pour yourself into the process and you will eventually get results but don’t be surprised if you get sucker punched and backslapped along the way. Soreness is becoming my new best friend during this phase of training. My ego has been tamed, at least for the moment, so I only lift for results. Yet the minor annoyance of soreness clutches me like static cling. Despite some minor limitations I had a better than decent back, shoulder and chest workout today
There really is a reason why we do everything we do. Life is and will always be about purpose, be it good or bad. We either live for our own purposes or those of other. From the moment we were born outside forces work consistently to shape, mold and determine our purpose. Parents, teachers, advertisers, religious leaders and a host of societal elements strive to control your purpose. Peer pressure, group think and the I am just a drone zone, makes it hard for us to explore our true capabilities. It is possible to live and die and never encounter or experience the authenticity of being unique.
Lesson Two:Embrace your Purpose you can never be yourself if you are working hard to conform for everyone else.
The beauty of everything you are is locked inside waiting to be released. Release it!
Lessons From The Tree Of Life
Training Notes: I stumbled into the gym way to early with not enough sleep. My precious mind had to shift into auto-pilot, a one track monologue of build more mass and kick some....wait, hold up, stop everything, my mind was trying to trash talk me into accomplishing the mission. Persevere became my word of the day because it was time to train legs and deal with the beauty of lower body angst and internal fortitude. Whipping the bod into submission I couldn’t help but wink at my weaknesses and applaud my strength. Being able to do what I do,is a blessing I pray that I never take t for granted.
You have to endure the process, and it isn’t going to be easy and convenient.The real value of a goal is connected to the level of sacrifice. Quick, easy and fun will always sale, but a hard work ethic, tenacity and a never surrender spirit can’t be bought. Passing through the fires of pain, persisting despite the storms of failure and bouncing back after each setback is learned by embracing determination. You have to eliminate the comfort zone and transform it into a conquering zone. You make a decision to fight everything that is keeping you from your goals. There will always be the weaker, spoiled, lazy and entitled part of self. You will have to fight that part of self that wants to quit when then challenges of life become hard. You will stop being seduced and excited by easy beginnings because you know the good stuff is going to insist that you go through and conquer the hard stuff. You will start counting the cost and preparing you mind, commanding your body, and fueling your spirit,to endure and press through.
Lesson One: Be Determined
Shout out to all of you who are caught in the struggle. Hang strong....Hold on and don’t give up!
I awaken this morning an realized I was at yet another crossroad in my life. The place where better than I use to be but not nearly as good as I want to be intersect. The fresh winds of change began to fill my nostrils with renewed hope, unbelievable possibility, and a new perspective. I began to anticipate, no celebrate the tidal wave of opposite that always comes your way when you press in towards destiny. You either fight for what you want in life until you achieve it, or you back down and wallow in the misery of what could have been.
The greatest power in life is the ability to choose and then act upon that choice. Choices made from a negative mindset are going to yield totally different results than a mindset that is positive. I call it the difference between woe is me or wow is me. So here I stand at the crossroads, washing off the filth of self-imposed limitations, purifying my mind for divine directives, beating the crap out of destructive habits and seeking for effective strategy to conquer external opposition. Fight for it, fight for it, fight for it! Join with me people, you were not designed to sit on the sidelines of life, participate and fight for what you really want before it is to late.
Peace, love and blessings to you all
Special shout out
To LeeLee aka Helen Leona and Tyrone
Making the dream a reality is rarely easy, you will often have to dive into the seas of
Sacrifice as you fight against the currents of adversity. It takes great fortitude and hardcore tenacity to press through when a tidal wave of opposition is about to engulf you. This is the time when you must hold yourself accountable to finish what you have begun. Don’t stop until the job is done!
Never surrender your personal power!
Marriage: Committed To the Cause
Dang, I should have known it was going to be a rocky relationship from the beginning. There I stood all eager with anticipation, consumed with desire and ready to consummate this arrangement with pure passion and total devotion. The honeymoon period was exciting but short lived and it wasn’t long before I discovered living with the reality of it all wasn’t going to be easy. Yes, I am talking about making the goal, that dream that was conceived in your spirit a reality. No worthy goal will ever become a reality until it becomes the object of your affection. That goal will demand your attention, and scream for your devotion. It will fill your life with purpose, yet often play hard to get. The goal is always intertwined with your destiny so it will continue to seduce you until you either eliminate all other distractions or kiss your dream goodbye and later lament on what could have been.
It only gives you and either or choice there is no middle grown.It is not a marriage of convenience but of commitment. If you decide to make the dream a reality, you will have to contend with opposition, challenges, temporary setbacks, frustrations and periodic bouts of failure. The pain of victory is born in the flames of destiny and the term easy in not in the contract. The rewards are fantastic but you will earn them in the trials known as sacrifice.
The heart of a warrior is born the day you stop running from the challenges and with steadfast determination you decide to fight for the dream despite the odds. I repeat easy is not in the contract. The determination muscle is built, by getting up every time the forces of life knock you down. You will need the heart of a warrior to make the dream a reality. Refuse to quit, never bow to negative influences, cling to hope and have faith.
The only reason you were given the dream is because you can make it a reality. Make it happen!