Why You Need a Reboot
[Excerpt from Chapter 5, "Basecamp / Reboot," Strength for LIFE : Part 1 of 5]
When was the last time you woke up fully rested—eager and energized to start your day? Think back; perhaps it was day six of a seven-day vacation that you were last in balance, enjoying your natural flow of energy.
As rare as this surplus of energy is for most, think of how a child awakens each day. My young son, Nathaniel, pops out of bed every morning with his tank full. No need for a Grande coffee or anything to get him going. He’s ready and eager to greet the thrilling day ahead.
What was the first sound you heard this morning when you awoke? Was it a radio station blasting or the screeching sound of an alarm buzzer tossing your cells into their own alarm state? For most of us living The American Dream, it’s a moderate voltage wake-up followed by our favorite brew, a shower and whatever it takes to get us back on the warrior path.
We’ve become so accustomed to living in a fatigued, compromised energy state brought on by chronic stress that we fail to consider it could be any other way. It’s become the norm. And many actually embrace it, using it to get them moving. This chronic stress drains us from the inside, stealing our energy and vitality. Combined with poor nutrition and lack of sleep, as it often is, you’ve got a recipe for physical, mental and emotional depletion—a virtual house of cards ready to collapse at any moment.
Then one day, elevated by a sense of urgency, you decide from your over-stressed, over-committed state that now is the time to get in shape. You take on a fitness plan in hopes to correct this physical wreck in mid-collision.
“Sure, you can do it all,” you try to convince yourself. The Big Red “S” carefully concealed on your chest, you dive into a Transformation—like you’d dive into a swimming pool—and in your overstressed state your body responds as if you’ve dived in with both hands tied behind your back and cement galoshes on. To your great astonishment you sink like a rock, only to blame the water, not your compromised state and lack of preparation.
Enter into a Transformation physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted and your results will reflect your depleted state. You’ll likely wind up another casualty of the mysterious “loss of motivation or discipline.” A causality on the fitness expressway.
There is a better way. You can and must get your body and mind working with you and for you before you’ll enjoy the sort of Transformation success you’ve envisioned or desired.