Last week, as I was playing a game of basketball. I went up to block someone, and instead landed right on someone and apparently on my left arm. After the adrenaline had cleared from my system my left arm started to hurt pretty bad, I continued to play and for a while was able to play with both arms but after some time my arm hurt so bad that I stopped playing with it. I just played with my right hand, and even made a 3 pointer one handed which I was pretty pleased about.
After the game was over, my arm began to get so tight that I couldn’t even bend it. After going to the doctor, he said it wasn’t broken but I had hurt it pretty bad, the giant bruise that appeared later showed this also. He also told me that if any activity that I did hurt it then don’t do it. This annoyed me, because at the time, I was doing so well at lots of things. I had for the most part recovered from a few years of shoulder pain, injuries and even a surgery. I was really enjoying my life of Basketball, Ice hockey, lifting weights, playing sand volleyball, and playing guitar.
I didn’t realize how many of those things you need your arm for, but the answer is all of them. For the next week I couldn’t really do anything that I wanted to do, and I found myself slipping.
I am often an all or nothing person, especially when it comes to working out. So after a few days of not working out I was beginning to feel a bit sluggish. I was finding myself staying up til late in the late night watching reruns of gameshows from the 80’s, because I knew I couldn’t really go lift weights. I would sleep in til late since I couldn’t go play basketball. Then today I finally decided to just go for a walk, and even that felt really good. I like to walk listening to a good back and today I happened to listen to a great book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. I even decided to listen in Portuguese ( a second language that I speak) today, since I hadn’t done that in quite some time.
Even though I couldn’t go to the gym this morning, the walk helped me immensely. It cleared my head, and even burned off a few calories.
I’m reading a great book right now called One Small Step Can Change Your Life, The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer. It talks about just taking small steps. Our lives don’t have to be all or nothing. If I can’t lift weights, I can still go for a walk. If I can’t write 10 chapters in my book today. I can write one, or even just a few words. It’s a great lie that most great works are accomplished overnight. I can’t tell you how many times while writing my book that I felt I wasn’t getting anywhere and then all of a sudden, I would find a new thread for the book. Don’t judge your success by how much you got done just today, understand that you are on a journey.
We have good days and bad days.
Even when you can’t do everything, you can do something.
Even if you can’t go to the gym for an hour. You can go walk for a few minutes. Even if you can’t go walk for a few minutes, you can get out of your chair for a few minutes each hour and walk around the room.
Even if you can’t write an entire novel today, you can write a chapter. Even if you can’t write a chapter, you can write a few paragraphs. Even if you can’t write a few paragraphs, you can write a few words.
What can you start doing today? What’s the tiny step that you need to take in your life to move just a little bit closer to what you want? Let me know in the comments below.
Then go ahead and do them, give them a try, and you will make the impossible, possible.
- The “It’s Possible” Guy
Remember You’re okay, start doing what’s possible in Your life and you will create miracles!