When comfort sets in and growth is stunted, it is a challenge to break free from the peer pressure and ease that we become so accustomed to. Just like the crash diets we are all on right now because it is January 4th, we attempt to throw ourselves back in to the fight. But just like my first time out on the golf course this spring, just because we showed up doesn't mean we are ready to succeed there. Being there is in fact half the battle, and it is a bigger step than most people take, but it is not everything. Being back in the fight means that you are making changes to your routine and to your associations in line with your renewed mission. It means that you view decision in life not through the happiness meter, but through the lens of "Does this bring me closer or further away from my goal." And after looking at enough opportunities, your mind becomes sharp again and you have honed your mental and physical facilities for anything that comes your way. Not by thinking about it, but by doing it.
"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for opportunity when it comes." - Benjamin Disraeli
"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems." - John W. Gardner
"To have courage for whatever comes in life, everything lies in that." - Mother Teresa
"A fellow doesn't last long on what has has done. He has to keep on delivering." - Carl Hubbell
"A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw
"You don't just deal with adversity. You use it to propel you forward." - Erik Weihenmayer
"I am a believer in momentum." - Lance Armstrong