What I am about to say today might sound incredulous – but it’s true.
If you’ve ever been down in the dumps – or currently are – or were in the past – either life wise – or financially – or fitness wise, for that matter – well – then guess what.
It might just be the best darn thing that ever happened to you!
A few years ago, an emergency occurred in my life that left me without funds to cover even my most basic expenses – let alone BUSINESS expenses.
I was literally at my lowest ebb. I was literally down in the dumps – BIG time.
There was pressure on me from every conceivable angle – and then some.
And as I paced around the park in New Delhi one starry night trying to figure out how exactly it is I was going to get what I wanted, suddenly, everything went silent around me.
I stopped in my tracks (I was pacing around the monkey bars) and felt like a great “realization” had dawned upon me – and I KNEW – though there is no logic behind this – that my most pressing problems would be SOLVED – somehow.
One of the most pressing problems I faced at that point was putting food on the table. Literally. That, and a few other pressing business issues that had to be addressed.
There was nothing on the horizon – nothing at all – and yet, the sense of CALMNESS I felt was different from anything else I had ever felt before!
I just KNEW that my issues would be resolved – but I did not know how.
Although I did not quite understand it at that point, I was literally being acquainted with my “other self” at that point.
This other self, as Napoleon Hill wrote in Outwitting the Devil, knows no limitations and has no boundaries. It might meet with temporary defeat, but not permanent failure – and it ALWAYS finds a way to accomplish the desired ends.
The above isn’t quoted verbatim, but is the sum and substance of what Hill inferred after going through an eerily similar experience to what I myself quoted above.
It is indeed in times of great emergencies – when we’re forced to dig deep – that we are introduced to our OTHER SELVES – and if you were to ask me – would I go back and choose to go through what I did in order to gain the “benefit” above?
Although I wouldn’t wish for those circumstances to happen again, NOTHING would persuade me to “go back and change history” as it were, for the lesson I learnt were invaluable!
As Napoleon Hill said,
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent, or greater benefit.
Now, over the past month I’ve written about how I was duped (literally) in a business transaction. I’ve also written about several other stressful occurrences – and while these are NOWHERE near as serious as what I’ve mentioned above, there have been times I’ve wondered “if it’s all worth it”.
And you know what?
EVERY time that thought comes into my mind, Hill’s quote flashes into my mind – and its TRUE.
What I learnt from the past month is this – that while emails and texts are great – nothing quite beats a good old fashioned PHONE call.
The world is starting to slowly move away from “dumbphone” addiction in general – – but there are still some “die hards” amongst us that prefer the old school way even when everyone else around them is immersed in their dumbphones – and my hats off to these fine folks.
Now, how does this apply fitness wise you might ask. Does it even apply?
You “bet your Betsy” it does, bro (or sis).
If you’re currently at “beached whale” status (and lets face it, many folks are) – this is an OPPORTUNITY to get up off the couch – and show not only the world – but YOU – what you’re made of.
It’s an OPPORTUNITY to shed the flab – build some muscle – and have people commenting in awe within a few weeks as you lose that flab quicker than anyone thought possible.
If you’re currently at 25 pull-ups, but can’t progress beyond that no matter what – despite trying everything – well guess what, my friend.
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The positive is you’ve realized what DOESN’T work – and nothing, I repeat, nothing beats EXPERIENCE in this regard!
I could wax lyrical about all this, but the bottom line is this, my friend – there is ALWAYS a positive.
You just have to look for it – and once you do – WATCH out. The seas of your life will literally start to part – both lifewise – and FITNESS WISE!
P.S. – I’ll close today out with a quote from Emerson’s Essay on Compensation –
Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode; every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side
Read between the lines, my friend. There’s always a positive – if you look for it!
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