I went on a walk the other night and ended up at a park on a swing set for what felt like a couple of hours. I sat there and swung back and forth back and forth completely content. Contemplating my life, the ones I love, observing what I was seeing around me, you know what I mean, that state of daze where everything makes so much sense but yet at the same time makes no sense at all.
I came home relaxed, with a clear mind and went to bed. A few days later I had a thought and song came to mind. You know the song "swing life away by Rise Against? Listen here, if you have not heard it. t's a good tune :)
Arent' we all just swinging life away, at least a little? Gliding back and forth and back and forth in our established routines expecting someone or something to compell us to stop the motion and go run, or swing from the monkey bars or the merry go round? I realize I am speaking very metaphorically here, but really, doesn't that idea speak to our lives and how a lot of us fall into our so called lives and call it a day.
Let me take that a step further and relate that same thought to the Fitness industry. My friend Bryan O'Rourke writes often about the idea and I completely agree with his thoughts in his article "change or die" a new, exciting emerging way of doing business is upon us. Check out his site here for more on the topic.
Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result; but here is the thing, we get used to what we do and we get comfortable, often time we feel really good at it. Therefore we keep doing the same thing, over and over and over allowing history to repeat itself, and in that mind set, completely miss the boat. Or, never get off the swing.
I am in and out of fitness center's every week talking with professionals and understanding the why and the how's of what they do, and one of the underlying themes I run into is a function of this very idea. What they are doing is working for them, so why change it or take a risk on something new if the swing they are on makes sense to them.
It's not that that's wrong thinking, or might not work for a long time to come. But too much contemplation and not enough action can leave you behind. A lack of innovation or resting on our laurels can lead to a lack of participation of what is to come, or already happening around you.
So I urge you, don't "sit on the porch and swing life away" get in the game and be a part of the change the world needs you to be!
Let me know, Lindsey Rainwater, how are you being a positive change in your fitness community?