I don’t know how many of you remember the movie City Slickers starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance. It’s a good “buddy movie” and worth a trip to Netflix just for fun and laughs. Without going into the plot and premise too much, some city slickers go on a cattle drive to find themselves. Like many of the movies of this clichè, their adventures and travails along the way end up defining them in new, exciting and unexpected ways.
But one scene has stuck with me like a burr to my mental socks.
Curly, played by the late Jack Palance explains that.. “You city folks spend 50 weeks tying yourself up in knots and come out here for 2 weeks and ‘spect to get untied.”
“The secret of life is this,” holding up one finger. “One thing, you stick to this and everything else don’t mean sh*t.”
Of course I don’t mean to imply that it is that easy (or is it?)
About 4-5 years ago I was struggling with losing that last 10 pounds. I had gotten to 188-190 but was stuck. Little did I know that I was stuck in more ways than that. I made a fairly random decision to give up diet cola (soda-pop-soft drinks). Sure, I knew that sugar-y soft drinks were unhealthy and contributing to the rise in obesity in our society. And I had read mixed opinions about the efficacy of diet drinks on diet and health. So there was no scientific, health or medical reason compelling my decision to quit diet drinks. It was just something I wanted to do.
What I found was astonishing. It was a small thing. It was just one thing. And not really that difficult. But that one thing became the first domino to fall in a long chain of events. My mindset started evolving … slowly … incrementally. It kinda became fun, a game. If I could do this, what else could I do?
Let’s fast forward a few years. I got the chance to work with an amazing trainer, Marie Miller in some group fitness settings. At the same time, all of my little retirement investments were tanking (think 2007-2008). I thought, “Isn’t there something better in which I could be investing?”
A series of nagging injuries and repeated bouts of physical therapies led me to invest in some personal training and the results were immediately noticeable. We reached out to Marie. Her enthusiastic embrace of the vision, energy and insight spawned 614Fitness.
Not to oversimplify, but “just one thing” has taken us down a path of fun, excitement and passion. Nothing is more rewarding than a 614Fitness member finding great success and fitness. (And, I might add, way more fun than watching a stock fund go up and down!)
Just One Thing.
The simple step of giving up soda isn’t what resulted in an amazing fitness adventure. But just one thing is often all it takes to get us out of a rut, out of our comfort zone. To allow us to see the possibilities, to shed our limitations and to move off center.
Just One Thing. I urge you to try it. Doesn’t matter what “it” is, and most often smaller is better, simpler, less complicated.
Find your One Thing!