There’s nothing more inspiring than a positive person who has a goal and works relentlessly hard to achieve it. More recently I have been turning to American muscle gods for inspiration – anyone who has the ability to get up at 4am and train to that level when I can’t even manage breakfast and a coherent sentence before 10.30am deserves my upmost respect.
Today’s admiration is for Terry Crews. Not only is he a talented actor and fitness expert, but he seems to be one of the most genuinely positive and uplifting people around. I discovered a video that he uploaded a year ago on his YouTube channel, and it was some of the most profound thoughts I’d heard in a while.
Self-pity stops all progress. It stops all action. It is impossible for you to be motivated, for you to have energy if you are feeling self-pity at the same time… You know what happens? You lay down on the couch. As soon as you start feeling self-pity you can’t move. You watch TV, you take a nap, you’re done, poor me. But I’m here to tell you, you’re not allowed to feel self-pity, because you are doing that to yourself. The only way to energise yourself is to think gratitude. Think about the things you got… Thank god I’m alive, I’m breathing, I’m healthy, I’m here – you can always find something to have gratitude about… Be graciously thankful for everything that you have.
Sit there with your pity party and you got your hat, got your little streamers, you got your little blow thing and you got a little cake just for you and your pity party, and NOBODY SHOWING UP. Every pity party, you’re alone.
I’m actually going to print this out, frame it, read it daily and slap myself if I feel the urge to get myself a little pity party cake.