How I Live

Songs like these really get it right. Every second counts. Live like there is no tomorrow. What a message right? Because if you knew that you were going to peace out at the end of today, who would you be. I think many of us get stuck in the mode of “I will start tomorrow. I will start when I have the right shoes. I will start when I have the right amount of money.” If you haven’t noticed by now, there is no perfect time to start but right now. Nothing is ever perfect, don’t demand that it is. The perfect time to start running is in a rain storm. You face some of your biggest adversities right from the get go. Challenge yourself. Make yourself better each and every day. Let me tell you a small story about the gym this morning.

Recently, I have been absolutely tearing my body down in the gym because the results of hard work have been absolutely stellar. That little band of fat that covers the bottom set of abs is disappearing, my vascularity is increasing every single day, and I feel stronger and more mentally tough with every single rep. The hardest exercise for me in the gym is cable flys (this is where you stand bent over with two cables, keep your arms straight, and pull the cables down and touch them together). For some reason, this exercise always pushes me to my limits and just takes everything out of me. Since our gym literally has no numbers on the weights at all, I usually do 10 of the small plates (probably 5 lbs) and 3 of the big plates (probably around 10lbs). But today, I decided to take it as far as I could. I stacked up another 2 big plates on each side, struggled through 8 reps, collapsed onto the ground…with a smile.

Life is about those moments where you find your breaking points. I love pushing myself to the limits because then I know how to surpass those limits. How do you know what you are capable of until you actually test yourself? Lifting till failure is one of the most beneficial life lessons you can teach yourself. You say…I don’t know how many reps I am going to do, because I am going to take it to the max. Restricting yourself to the 8-10 and 12-15 rep rule is an excuse for you not to push yourself. Of course if you are failing by the end of those reps you are doing great, but I find it true a lot that I can do about 5-10 more reps on certain exercises than the number I created for myself in my head.

Go the extra mile. If I had one piece of wisdom for the day, it would be to go the extra mile in everything that you do. You will get addicted to the feeling and it will transform your life drastically. Just a suggestion. If you haven’t check the video out already, please do underneath. I think you will like it.

One more thing, tell the people you care about that you love them today. Who cares what the situation is, just go for it. If they don’t react well, that’s on them not on you. Bring light into the dark places of your heart. Live like you were dying.

Evan Sanders

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  • theflufffreejournal
    March 22, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Simple brilliance…!

  • jscottdorsey
    March 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Great post. We all live under the illusion of time! That there is always time.

  • stephenedwards425
    March 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

    “If they don’t react well, that’s on them not on you.”

    Beautiful! I have long advocated we should not be so concerned what other people think. While I’m not suggesting getting all stupid and then bitching because people don’t accept your stupidity, I am talking about doing those things in life that lift all of us. Just go for it.

    Be encouraged!

  • Stu
    March 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Live BECAUSE you are dying! Excellent post.

  • omwaombara
    March 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    The Fear of tomorrow is real. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  • Bellakentuky
    March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Will do!!

  • df
    March 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    This just rings so true.

  • evea192
    March 23, 2012 at 1:17 am

    One has to agree, we all tend to leave things till tomorrow, and then its to late.

  • maturestudenthanginginthere
    March 23, 2012 at 4:33 am

    How true – a lesson for us all!

  • Pink Ninjabi
    March 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Thank you soooo much for motivating me to push past my self-imposed limits, especially when it comes to exercise, which I now hope to revisit. Truly inspirational blog and love the scroll! Thank you, again! Changed my life, yes this did!

  • blissfulblurbs
    March 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for another inspirational post! I ran my first sub two half marathon on the weekend, halfway through I began to doubt myself but then I pushed on. What a great feeling to achieve ones goals!

  • Misifusa
    March 24, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Love your Michael Landon quote! Great post!