30
Jul
09

Be Your Own Fitness Hero

While I was in Texas a couple of weeks ago, I came across this statue of Sam Houston near the medical center in Houston.

Statue of Sam Houston

Sam Houston was general of the Texas army during it’s battle for independence and defeated Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto.  That battle lasted only 18 minutes and was won in spite of the fact the Mexican Army outnumbered the Texans nearly four to one.

There are two possible reasons for me telling you this story.  One is that a true Texan could never go long without telling anyone close enough to listen, the incredible story of how Texas won it’s independence.  The other is to use this story as motivation for you fitness goals.

No matter what your goals are, you can obtain them.  No matter what the obstacles or hardships you have to endure, you can reach you goals.  The only thing that stands between you and your fitness goals are the limits you put on yourself.

Looking at that statue and remembering what Sam Houston went through to accomplish his goals filled me with inspiration and a determination I haven’t felt in a long time.  That’s what people of courage and conviction do.  They inspire us to do great things in our lives.

But here’s the better part of Sam Houston’s story.  Earlier in his life he had run for office in Tennessee and had lost his race.  Despondent and depressed he made the decision to end his life.  Sam Houston decided he was going to jump from a bridge to end his life.  He climbed up to a spot where he would jump from the bridge.  Just as he was about to jump, a bald eagle swooped down in front of him.  This he took as a sign that his life was not yet ready to end.

Is this a true story?  Who knows.  Probably one made up by a Texan who was moved to elaborate more on one of the hero’s of the republic.  But really, who needs to elaborate when that person beat an army four times larger than his in only 18 minutes?

Be your own hero.  Be inspired by others, but work everyday to get closer to your goals.  Find that person or thing that motivates you to be your best.  The only thing that gets in the way of your goals is yourself.  No one can deny you unless you allow them.

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