Mantra Monday: Discipline Needs Accountability

A Short Post About Knowing When You Need a Hand..

I’ve been working on trying to get back into a set workout routine. I’m not doing so well, though.

The way I see it, I have a couple of choices. On one hand, I could do what the Brandon of a few years ago would have done… I could just give up, justify my failure with excuses, and resign myself to unhealthy old age.

Another option is to beat myself up and keep “trying” to make myself work out and eat better. I’ve been doing that for a month, and it’s not really working.

Neither of those options seem acceptable to me, so I’m going with a third option. I’m seeking help.

We All Need Somebody to Lean on…

I’ve got to acknowledge that my shoulder’s injured. So I set up an appointment for physical therapy. I’ve also got to acknowledge that since I put some weight back on, I’m not sleeping well. So I’m taking step to replace my broken Bi-Pap machine so that I can sleep well and have the energy to get fit again. Finally, to get my mind right and give myself some neutral accountability, I’ve set up appointments with a counselor again.

There’s nothing weak about asking for help. If you’re a dude my age, you grew up idolizing Stallone and Schwarzenegger, or Superman. You were led to believe that there was always a lone hero to save the day.

That’s not how it works, though. Air Force PJs, Navy Seals, Marine Force Recon, Army Rangers, none of those guys completes a mission on his own. They are strong because of their team. The best athletes in any team sport couldn’t win a game on their own.

When I was in basic training, I didn’t get through it alone. Don’t get me wrong, I gained a lot of self-respect through the process, but I also learned the value of teamwork. When I couldn’t go on alone, I had a brother beside me to help me along.

Don’t forget that in your own journey. All heroes need help. Cops have partners. Firefighters don’t go in alone. Get help when you need it. No matter how strong you think you are.