To improve…move!

No one ever got better results by just talking about what they were going to do. Countless unfulfilled New Year’s resolutions are a testament to that. Whether it’s to lose weight, get better grades, surpass targets at work, or achieve a personal/professional milestone, effort must be exerted to attain the goal.

For most, the record will reflect that we promised more than we delivered. It is so easy to say what we will do to improve, but few have the follow through required to realize the goal. Oh, we can make an initial good show of it. We join the health club that we don’t frequent. We pay the monthly dues even though we don’t go. We buy the workout clothes and the paraphernalia that we think will make us look like we are serious when we know we are not. We will even drink and eat the diet food…for awhile. But we will just eat two pieces instead of the one we normally do. We talk it up with our friends and try to sound more believable than we were the last time.

But in the end, unless we take action now we cannot expect the results we want later. It is as simple as that. And the more we delay, the less likely we are to reverse the negative trend that we need to overcome. Procrastination is the squandering of our most precious resource—time. There are two definite things that we know about time. The first is that we each have a finite amount. And the second is even more important. None of us know how much we have.

Mankind has been gifted with five senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste. All of our senses are wonderful gifts that, when used in concert, enable us to do magnificent things. But here is a lesson for us all.

You can’t see something better. Meaning it doesn’t get better just because you looked at it. Even though we sometimes make that claim
You can’t smell something better. It smells like it smells.
You can’t hear something better. Something that lacks clarity doesn’t clear up on its own.
You can’t taste something better. It tastes like it tastes. If its bitter its bitter.
But your touch can impact all of the above.

I want you to think of the sense of touch differently than you have before. Don’t just stop with the grade school definition that narrowly constrains touch to fondling and haplessly feeling on things. Think of the sense of touch as your ability to handle with purpose, to take action, to improve, and to reshape.

Your actions can correct what you see, change what you smell, clarify what you hear, and improve what you taste.

The lose of any sense would be devastating. But as it has been proven by many courageous persons who either were born without the use of one or more senses or who lost it later in life, great things can still be accomplished if the sense of touch remains.

The complete lost of touch would bring an end to two things that we rely on– our ability to interpret what we feel and the ability to move. That’s why being comatose is so devastating. It is to be trapped in one’s own body and being powerless to act. I have never met a single person who would desire this fate.

Then why do we, who are able bodied, exhibit a comatose mindset when it comes to the achievement of our goals? Too many of us cannot even be said to have truly failed at anything though we show no signs of success. That is because we never tried to do anything in the first place. By definition, you can’t fail at something unless you actually try to accomplish it. And here is the strange thing. Most successful people attribute their greatest successes to what they learned from their previous failures.

Whatever you desire is before you. The question that you must consider is whether you are willing to do what it takes to achieve it. Once you decide, don’t tell another living soul. Get on the move and show them. Don’t confine the sensory experience of your answer to this question to the ears of others. Let them see it, smell it, taste it, and touch it.