If you were to evaluate your overall effort for July on a scale of 1 to 10 what would you give yourself? Your answer is important because effort is one of the few things over which you have complete control. The other is your attitude.
Here is what I have learned...
When I maintain the right attitude, it becomes easier to give my best effort and "keep it 100". On the other hand, if I am focused on the pain of what I feel I am having to give up or the not-so-fun parts of the process of creating a better life, making progress is infinitely harder. When my "head space" is off, it is easy to get negative or feel overwhelmed and short-circuit. Conversely, when I focus on the promise - the abundant life that is waiting on the other side - I tend to view my effort (AKA sacrifice) as a good investment. Why is that important? Because good investments pay off.
For the month of August, I challenge you to track your food intake daily (click here for a free tracker) and show up to your workouts at the gym and at home ready to give your best from start to finish. While you are doing these things, focus on the promise, not the pain. The time, energy, and effort that you are investing now WILL pay off...the law of seedtime and harvest never fails.
You do not own outcomes, they are God's business, but you DO own effort. Effort is all YOU.
Let's finish the week strong,
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