I have been a member of a boot camp community for over 2 years. It’s made an immense difference in my life physically, emotionally and mentally. I work out intensely 2-3 times a week. My body fat ratio has gone down. I am physically strong, more confident, and I am more resilient to adversity of all kinds as a result of the intense physical pressure I put on myself..
One of the lessons I derive from the physical work outs in which I participate is to be in action. At Boot Camp, I am in action even when I am tired or depressed. I show up to Mike’s class and I lift more weight than is comfortable, do more and better push-ups and run faster than I think I can. Annie Dillard says “the way we spend our days is the way we spend our lives”. The lesson of being in action has transferred to other areas of my life as well.
On a professional level, I am completing projects I have wanted to do for long time. For example hiring a new assistant to support the back office needs of my business like creating a client only section of my website is now underway. I am talking more openly about racial justice work in a faith based-based context, something I didn’t have the courage to do 5 years ago. I am writing and teaching more to develop myself as a thought leader. Being in action has meant putting aside my perfectionist tendencies. Not everything is perfect or figured out before I act. It’s meant that mistakes happen and I let them roll of my back more easily. I make mistakes in boot camp all the time, but it doesn’t matter, because I stay in action for the 60 minutes I am there. If I am going to move forward on the big ideas of my life, I have to:
- Act even though I will make mistakes.
- Get more help to implement my ideas.
Some questions to consider as you decide to act:
- What ideas do you have that you haven’t acted upon yet?
- What’s holding you back?
- What support do you need to start producing breakthroughs in these desired areas?
A main purpose of Conditioning Leaders and One Million Suns is to support the actions you want to take professionally and personally. We would love to hear your stories of action during 2015. This is the year of action for Conditioning Leaders and One Million Suns, will you join us?