“If it ain’t hurtin’, you ain’t learnin’,” barked my “personal” bicycle trainer as he intensely stared at me atop his stationary bike through the screen of my iPhone via YouTube yesterday morning.
And dang, I sure was learnin’ because I sure was hurtin’.
The workout above resulted from a handful of “shifts” I made to my life for 2021.
A couple of weeks ago, as I was preparing for 2021, I thought of the term “tabula rasa,” i.e., a blank slate.
Here I was looking at a blank slate that 365 days later would become another year in my life story. It would be up to me to determine what role 2021 would play in that story.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, my word for this year is reVision.
This is a year for me to reVise a few key areas in my life to better enable me to live the vision God has for me.
I have found that a simple shift in one’s daily routine and/or thinking can create exponential improvement in one’s life.
Notice I didn’t use the word change.
IMO…shift is a much less intimidating word than change. Human beings tend to grow anxious when faced with change.
My 2021 shifts include:
- As I mentioned in yesterday’s writing–living my 2021 scripture verse, Philippians 4:8, one day at a time and in some cases, one thought at a time.
- Totally unplugging from social media.
- Arising fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. I now try my best to awaken at 5:15 am and complete my morning, 10-10-10-30 routine by 6:30am. 10-10-10-30 is ten minutes of reading, ten minutes of journaling, ten minutes of scripture reading and prayer, and thirty minutes of writing.
- Eating healthy lunches. For years, lunch has been the biggest and most detrimental meal of my day.
- Changing the way I work out on my spinning bike during the colder months of the year as I prepare for a year of triathlon competitions after taking a two-year hiatus. The genesis of the subject matter of this writing took place early yesterday morning when my YouTube bicycle trainer said, “If you ain’t hurtin’, you ain’t learnin’.
No Pain No Gain
Shifts are uncomfortable, but when done strategically, they often lead to amazing personal growth.
I learned so many lessons from the past couple of years, but none bigger than a life lived for God is not about comfort.
Life is about growing as human beings, and growth is never found through comfortable means.
I think we can all agree that 2020, and also 2019 for me, has taught us one lesson–shi(f)t is always going to happen.
The way I look at it–shi(f)t either happens to you or you happen to shift.
What areas of your life is God calling you to shift?
Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”