Unplug From Comfort

Are you hooked on comfort? Do you experience withdraws if you don’t have a hot shower, a soft bed, and a 70 degree house? 

I think a lot of men would hate to admit it, but they’re hooked on easy living. Let’s admit it, we’re all living the good life. We get irritable if we’re even a little bit hungry, or if we don’t get to watch our favorite sport on a huge screen. Don’t get me wrong, I love every single thing that I’ve listed above:  food, hot water, soft bed, etc. But I’m not in denial about it, and I’m admitting that there’s a problem. That’s the first step, right?

So why does this matter? This matters because if you can’t live without something then it owns you. If you’re addicted to your creature comforts then you’ve allowed them to be your master. 

Maybe the reason we love to go hiking and camping is because in rejecting modern technologies and comforts – even if only for a weekend – we regain a little bit of our freedom. We tell our stuff that it doesn’t own us. And man, does the air smell sweeter when you’re free! 

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.

Just Like Brushing Your Teeth

What do dumbbells and a toothbrush have in common?

When I was learning judo, my instructor was correcting my form and showing me the right way to do a technique. I said something like, “That just doesn’t feel right.” He exploded yelling, “Well it is right, so who gives a flip how you feel!” Point taken.

The right path in life doesn’t always feel right either. Some things we should just do because they are right, whether we feel it or not. Like working out…or brushing our teeth, we should do them whether we feel it or not. 

You wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth just because you weren’t really feeling motivated. As men, we need to view exercise as equally important. I’m not saying we all need to be CrossFit warriors, but we absolutely better be able to do a few pull-ups and run a mile without having a heart attack.

Maybe if we viewed exercising as just another element of our basic hygiene we’d be in a lot better shape, and have a lot less health problems down the road. 

Change the way you view working out, and exercise whether you feel it or not.