Did you get better today? by Dave Durell

Did you get better today? Did you do something, anything, to improve yourself in some area of your life? I hope so.

When I worked as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, everyone was expected to ask themselves that question every day-coaches, players, staff members-as a means to reaching our ultimate goal-winning the Super Bowl.

Did you do something today to move you closer to “winning your Super Bowl”-whatever important personal goal you may have in front of you?

Every day you don’t get better, you don’t stay the same, you get worse. Why? Because you’re a day older. And with regard to your fitness goals, every workout you waste in the gym using unproductive methods that don’t give you the results you’re looking for is a workout you can never get back. There are no “do-overs” in life.

What are some ways you can get better today, with regard to your health and fitness? You can do one more rep on an exercise than you did last time. You can use 5 pounds more than you did last time. You can say no when somebody offers you a donut in the morning. You can drink an extra glass of water. You can eat a fresh fruit. You can skip dessert. You can park 50 yards away from the mall entrance and walk in, instead of driving around the parking lot for 20 minutes looking for a closer space. You can sit up straighter. You can lower the weight on the last rep of your set in 8 seconds instead of 4 seconds. You can go do your scheduled High Intensity  workout at Rock Solid Fitness Fl instead of going to happy hour.

What are some ways you can get better today in other areas of your life? You can tell someone you love them. You can clean your room. You can write a letter to a long lost friend. You can give someone a compliment. You can read a self-improvement book or an inspiring biography. You can learn something new. You can make an unpleasant phone call. You can confront a difficult situation. You can do something that scares you. You can complete a project you have been putting off. You can be a good example.

I encourage you to make a habit of asking yourself every evening before you retire:

“Did I get better today”?

And if you do, in fact, get better every day, it won’t be long before you win your “Super Bowl”.

 

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