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The Beginning, Middle & End: Not What You'd Expect

12/16/2015, 5:00am PST
By Kelvin Cech


Man, I like the look of myself in a cozy cabin in the woods writing books. Also there’s a ’68 Dodge Charger in the garage. Also a helicopter on the roof. Also I have a wife who…is exactly the same as she is right now.* 

Woo, bullet dodged. 

But I do know what I’d like my life to look like, at least in the offseason. The problem is we can’t get to where we want to go without following a certain path first, and it’s tough to see the forest through the trees sometimes. We all want to lose weight, get stronger and have lungs that don’t burn every time we try to backcheck or run up the stairs. 

We can always see the end. But without a beginning and a middle, the end will always be beyond our reach. 

A Wide Perspective

A healthy process yields healthy results. Let’s take a step back and ask ourselves what the grander picture of our wellness looks like:

  • Fit for our age?
  • Energetic & active as a result (or cause)?
  • Patient and mentally stable?

Sounds like a recipe for success to me. But those results won’t be achieved without a strong process implemented to start with. 

Starting up a fitness routine is the easiest way to start. Makes sense, right? Don’t worry about the future, worry about the here and now. You only live once, so make each day healthy and happy and by the time you’re done, ‘twould have been a good life. 

A Narrow Perspective

Let’s refine our soul-searching for a minute. The beginning, middle and end approach applies to your hour in the gym or on a trail or on a tennis court as well. 

The Beginning:

A good warmup and dynamic movement prep and all of a sudden your energy is boosted

The Middle:

A dedicated, demanding workout consisting of unique exercises and routines designed to bring the best out of yourself

The End:

A relaxing cool-down, self-reflection and stretch to maximize all the work you just did. 

I’ve found that focusing on the beginning, middle and end in the gym not only improves the quality of the hour spent, but it motivates people to return the next day. It’s in this manner that focussing on the present helps us make the results we crave a reality. 

Everything Has a Process

Every day has a process. What’s yours? I drink coffee, I read, I write, I try to ignore emails so I get work done and I go to the rink. Then there’s a black spot for a few hours where I’m not sure what happens, and finally I finish things off with books, movies or cartoons mature crime dramas. 

Living in the moment makes the good parts more gooder and the bad parts less impactful. It’s tricky to do. For instance, this was intended to be a post specifically related to the benefits of an organized workout plan, but it turned into something a little different, as you can probably tell. 

That’s the great thing about living in the moment though. Sometimes the road takes an unexpected turn, and it’s up to you to decide whether or not you’ll follow it. 

*Sometimes the blog takes creative liberties in pursuit of stronger messages, and sometimes I blatantly make stuff up.

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