Face Your Reality
Today I want to talk about the rehab process. The first part of rehab is facing your reality. Some of us are not trying to face our reality. We pretend things are better than they are because we are embarrassed or afraid to admit what is going wrong in our lives. A lot of us are afraid to start from where we are so we just don't start at all and then we never get better. Maybe we want to run three miles but we've never run before or maybe we haven't run in a long time so we are afraid to admit that we can maybe not run half a mile and we give up and never get better. I had that exact experience recently at the gym because I had taken some time off. I jumped on the treadmill and I went as far as I could possibly go. I was wrecked by the time I got off and I had almost even called earl. "Called Earl" is a football term. It means I almost threw up from working out.
All that to say that it was hard and I was embarrassed that I couldn't go as hard as I have in the past. The first day is always the hardest, because after that you can only get better. The first day should be empowering though, because you started your journey and that is a big deal. Again though, you have to be willing to accept the reality of where you are if you ever want to move forward in your life. It's not easy, and a lot of people may discourage you from getting out there and doing it, but the only person you have to compare yourself to is you. The only person you should be competing with is yourself from yesterday. Am I better than I was yesterday? What can I do that would put me slightly better than or slightly ahead of yesterday?
I am proud of you, for real. I don't want to talk down to you. That's not what I am doing here. I just want you to move towards being the best version of yourself that you can possibly be. I want you to become everything you can be. I have said it before and I will say it again that the best way to do that, the first step towards doing that is accepting where you are right now. You are not going to touch a piano for the first time and play Beethoven. You are not going to play football for the first time and be good enough to join the NFL. You are not going to run for the first time in a long time and run a marathon. Accept where you are. Accept your starting point, so then you can start. There is no reason to be embarrassed about where you are. You are where you are. It is all about where you go from there that makes all of the difference.
It all starts with you.