“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.” Romans 12:1-2
What’s up y’all? I hope your’ve had a great week so far. We have thoroughly enjoyed having our soldier home. Being around him brings me so much joy! I’ve also been enjoyed all the foods and resting more than usual. It’s nice. Training for the 1/2 marathon is such a new challenge and I’m grateful to have the support of my husband throughout this journey. I’m learning a lot of new things about myself as an athlete & expanding my knowledge as a coach. Training for this 1/2 marathon has stretched me mentally more than physically. I love endurance workouts. I love to put my head down & grind through a long workout. Running takes a lot of endurance & grit. I enjoy pushing myself to new limits over a long period of time. It amazes me to see what my body is capable of. What’s more amazing is to see how God is using this new challenge to transform me mentally, physically & spiritually.
I’ve come to the realization that my strength will suffer. It’s been very humbling. I’ve endured a lot of strength training to maintain or gain strength. This is the first time in a long time I’ve stepped away from strength or CrossFit to focus on a new goal. Much like deployment the sacrifice of spending time away from someone or something you love can be very difficult at times. Having a positive attitude helps. It’s a choice we have to make daily. Some days are easier than others for me.
I can choose to focus on loss of strength while training for this half OR I can choose to see that sacrificing strength training to pursue this new goal is growing me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. God taught me through deployment that even though letting go of my husband for 9 months was painful and a little overwhelming it was the only way I could experience growth in leadership. It was the only way I would understand that even though my husband is a gift and an earthly provider & protector that God is who I am ultimately dependent on. He met every need. His word was a comfort to me when I so desperately wanted comfort from my husband. He was a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. He is a good father.
While I am always growing as I reflect on this journey so far I am humbled, grateful and anticipating great things. Sacrifice is a part of life. You have to give to get. You have to let go to grow. You have to endure to finish the race. There are a few practical ways you can implement growth & transformation of your mind. It isn’t easy & it will require some sacrifice. You may find that you have to get up earlier or go to bed later. You may have to give up watching so much television (aka Netflix binge). Here are a few ideas I am slowly implementing into my everyday routine:
- Wake up 30 minutes-1 hour earlier than usual & dedicate this time to self reflection & self development. This can include time in prayer, journaling, reading, listening to a podcast or any other activity that you feel will lead you to a growth mindset to start your day.
- Share something positive with a close friend or family member each day or practice a random act of kindness. Keeping focused on others needs forces us to grow in community.
- Mind your mind. I strive daily to focus on the positives. If I’m struggling more than usual I first try to meditate on scripture I also love reading 5-10 pages of a leadership book daily. I’m working on consistency with that. Reading is tough for me because I don’t like to sit still.
I hope this blog was an encouragement to you & that you enjoy implementing some of these tips into your everyday routine! As always I love helping people become the best versions of themselves. Especially in the areas of heath and fitness. If you need help reaching your goals please feel free to email me at email@example.com, or message me on instagram or Facebook.
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”Hebrews 12:11