What keeps your coals hot?
I got to thinking late last night about what keeps me motivated and pushing to be the best version of me that I can be.
The “Fires Within” burn inside us at all times. These fires can consume us, direct us or even incapacitate us.
It was probably not the best idea to start thinking about this just before bed. I was super tired after a fantastic BishBox workout earlier in the evening and SLEEP was what my body was craving.
once I got into it the pen flew to paper and the notes started to accumulate on the page.
Look at LOVE as an example of a Fire Within.
Can you remember a time when that “Love Fire” was so strong that it utterly consumed you. Consumed you to a point where nothing else was on your radar. You fed that fire with every ounce of your being, intention and thought.
I can remember when I first met my wife Kathy and we were in the initial stages of our love relationship. I’ll never forget the burning and almost physically uncontrollable urge to crawl over a desk and kiss her for the first time.
It was a fire that I had to monitor lest it rage out of control and ruin what has turned out to be the “relationship” of my life. Our first kiss when it did happen was spectacular but it might not have happened if I hadn’t carefully fueled my fire within.
We all have these intense desires, passions or “Fires”.
I wonder though, how many people consciously feed these fires to give them life, or do
most people put out the sparks before they can ever burst into flame.
What makes a person ignite that fire within?
What makes them extinguish it?
Why do some rage out of control and others flicker, starving to gain the light?
These thoughts kept me up last night and I can only answer these questions for myself.
But maybe through my sharing you’ll find an opportunity for growth.
My fires burn within because of my undeniable desire to EXPERIENCE Life.
I crave experiences, challenges and discoveries.
Experiences are the fuel that feed my fires.
When I’m lucky enough to have the chance to share these experiences with others I’m able to provide an opportunity for them to have a possible “Fire” come to life. When I do this I know I’m living up to my full potential.
“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” - Benjamin Franklin
One of the greatest lessons that “The 365 Effect” gave me was the realization and knowing that I can change.
As funny as that might sound for those of you who know me, I truly didn’t know if I could do it.
In 2009 as my first year long The 365 Effect evolved, it became apparent that not only could I change but that the changes would become permanent.
I’ve always had a fire deep inside to “break the cycle” of my youth and fight my demons within.
I now knew, not only was this cycle broken for good but also, I could break ANY cycle that was consuming me. On any level and at any time.
What POWER…..I’m invincible (but still human).
My motivating factors may be different than yours and my goals, intentions and “fires” may also different, but what we do share are the same “fuels”.
We have access to the same foods,
the same exercises,
the same mentors, educators and encourager’s.
We can find support, guidance and instruction from virtually all corners of the globe. It’s at our fingertips and always within reach.
You just have to CHOOSE to go after it.
You must use INTENTION when looking at how you are going to “Fuel” your fires within.
You have to ask yourself GOOD QUESTIONS because the better the questions you ask yourself, the better the “Fuel” you’ll be feeding your fires.
I CHOOSE to feed my fires.
I push, pull, drag, and sometimes kick my way to getting what I want.
I haven’t met all my goals or dreams yet, but damn it I’m still trying. I’ll keep trying because, well…
that’s what I do.
What FIRE is burning within you? How do you keep it Stoked? Is there a trick or technique I’m missing?
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