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Read It Again

Unbroken     is one of my all-time favorite books!

Unbroken is one of my all-time favorite books!

Think about how many times you’ve watched your favorite movie. Now think about how many times you've read your favorite book.

You know how your favorite movie is even better the second time? You notice things you missed the first time and you catch more of the foreshadowing. You pick up great lines that you had forgotten, and by the end you love the movie even more, right? Well, I’ve noticed that this phenomenon is even more magnified with books. A good book becomes incredible the second time you read it. That’s because sometimes our minds drift while we read, or we’re rushing through it and aren’t really digesting everything that our eyes take in.

You wouldn’t discover an amazing food and never eat it again, or hear a great song and be content to never hear it again. Approach books the same way. Find the ones you love and then suck the marrow out of them. Read them as many times as you watch your favorite movie.

So pick up your favorite book this summer and rediscover why you like it so much.

Bad Math

Everything that we choose to do or say adds up. We all know that if we want to save money then we have to choose not to spend it all. Sounds simple, right? But that same concept also applies to our physical health and the quality of our relationships.

For example: It’s bad math to think that overeating (and drinking), + not exercising regularly will = being healthy. We can’t be healthy role models for our kids if these simple choices don’t add up.

It's also bad math to think that keeping secrets + telling lies will ever = a good relationship with your wife. It just doesn’t add up.

Some men are trying not to think about the sum at the bottom of their ledger. But the numbers don’t lie. If your marriage feels like it’s crumbling, or you consistently over spend your budget, you need to take a look at your small, daily choices, because they all add up.

Start framing each decision as a line item that either adds to or subtracts from your goals. Add up everything you do or say and see exactly what it equals. Then exercise, invest, communicate and date like your life depends on it.

Leave It All On The Field

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My high school coach would yell, “Leave it all on the field!” He said that if you had energy to even walk after the game then you didn’t play hard enough. Maybe your coach said that too.

We hear this concept of giving 100% so often that it’s become a cliché. I mean, if you actually gave 100% of yourself then you’d be dead. But it’s still a venerable goal; to actually give everything you’ve got to a noble cause.

If you played a sport then you know what I’m talking about. Nothing less than your all-out best was acceptable.

So why did so many of us toss away that philosophy when we tossed our graduation caps? Why would we give less effort in the real world than we did to our high school sports?

Read great books. Start working out again. Set high standards for yourself academically and physically. Most of us were only average athletes, but on the field of life we can be pros.

Imagine what it would look like if you gave your 100% best in your friendships, your marriage, or in quality time with your kids? These are the only fields that truly matter.