Recently I read about how former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Bones Jones was stripped of his title for a mistake that he made. Without going into any detail, Jones made a bad decision that caused him lots of trouble and its going to effect his future for some time to come. I hold a great deal of respect for Jones and don’t wish to pass judgment on him only to learn and reflect on what has happened.
Its important to have a clear mind. A clear mind can think on a situation and determine the best outcome. A man with a cloudy mind or mind full of clutter can not determine which course of action is best. Our choices weather for good or bad effect not only us but those around us. When we decide to do something or not do something we are forcing our will on the world. This will is strong and has consequence. Is this sounding familiar? I know most of our parents taught us this at a young age.
I don’t know Jones personally. All I know is that he’s a terrific champion that has been at the top of his sport from a very young age. Life will deal us situations in which we have to make hard choices and sometimes we can panic. We want to wake up from the nightmare and return to the reality we know. But we cant run. We have to stand face to face with what we have done and take it on the chin. Like they say, its not about how hard you can hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep getting back up.
I know Bones is going to come from this like the champ he is. Its without a doubt going to be a huge learning experience.
So its Monday. Which is a day many people dread because it means back to the real world. For me however I feel like it’s a good chance to start fresh. The weekends over, we have had time to reflect and relax (hopefully) and now its time to put the wheels in motion.
I had time over the weekend to spend with myself and just my thoughts. That doesn’t happen for me very often so I took the opportunity to do some reflecting. I thought about how my life is going right now and how I would like it to be. All in all I’m content with where I am. There in lies the problem.
Being content is the reason I don’t have a grasp on where I’m heading. I have been living way too inside my comfort zone. Most of our growth as humans is done outside of the comfort zone. Over the past 6 to 8 months I have set up a permanent dwelling in the comfort zone. Sofa and all.
This week I am challenging not only myself but everyone reading this to get up and get out of the day-to-day. If not entirely in some small way. Do you need that cup of coffee every morning? Drink water instead and see how that challenges you. Have you been slacking at work just doing what it takes to keep your job? Push a little harder and try to impress someone. Who knows you may end up impressing yourself. Do you need to eat junk for dinner because it is what you’re craving? Eat something good for your body instead. Yeah sure it’s not going to bring the same release that the cheese burger or pizza will, but in the end you’re going to pay a much greater price for years of constant indulgence. The fun lies in challenging yourself to do something that you normally wouldn’t do.
Here’s to a good week of hard work and growth. Keep on pushin!