Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday Story…The Shortcut

Rarely is. You have to jump through a few hoops, cut a few corners, hop a line and maybe you save a few minutes, or get a semi-passable result.

Not. Worth. It.

If I do the work as prescribed, follow the plan, be intentional about the results I am seeking I will get the results I want. I will arrive in plenty of time and I will have all my marbles intact.

Shortcuts not only short circuit the results, they also create stress and upheaval as you cut through the neighbor’s yard, avoiding (you hope) his dog. It gets you there but at what price? Doing the work leads to greater satisfaction. Doing the work is priceless.

Do all the work. Don’t skip the hard parts, especially the hard parts.

John Mariotti

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Story…A Love Letter

I love you. I probably haven’t told you but I do. And I ‘m sorry.

I’m sorry I didn’t tell you I loved you. I’m sorry I didn’t make it clear how important you and your goals are to me. I’m sorry that somehow we lost our way.

I’m sorry I let you down, that I didn’t follow up, that I didn’t inspire you enough to keep driving toward your goals. I’m sorry I let you down. I didn’t know what needed to be said or done to really keep your fire lit.

Your goals are attainable. They are in sight if you look up, clear the fog of uncertainty and doubt away…they are right there for you to reach out and grab. I want you to be successful, to feel the pride and satisfaction of the attainment of full effort and full victory.

We started with enthusiasm and verve. And along the way we got complacent and, yes, a little lazy. Maybe we took our eyes off the “prize”? Maybe I should have forced you to reassess, to re-focus, and to get back in the saddle. I’m sorry. And I love you for sticking with me, for having faith in the process, for trusting me.

Let’s get back to work on your goals. Reassess, refocus, reset and get our eyes back on the prize. You can do it, I know you can. I want to support you in whatever way you need support. Just let me know.

I love you.

John Mariotti

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Story…How can I miss you

If you won’t go away?

Will you notice when I go? Or will you miss me? Am I all bluster and blow? Or, like jasmine carried on a warm breeze, will I be missed?

I notice when the loud, the obnoxious, the bully, the strident, the irritating go away. I notice the lack of stress when they disappear. I notice the calm, the peace that settles when those prickly personas go. I don’t miss them when they go away.

I miss when the empathetic, the kind, the compassionate, the thoughtful, the inspiring, the refreshingly real go away. When they go I look for them to reappear. I bask in the serenity they bring, the quiet confidence that exists with them. I miss them when they aren’t there.

Do you want to be noticed or missed when you leave? The choice is yours.

John Mariotti

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Story…Fitter

Than yesterday, last week, last year. Way back when we were young most of our peers were relatively fit. Granted some of them were much fitter but fit was more the norm than not. We could run and jump and play games and do what we wanted to do with our bodies.

The maxim “use it or lose it” was in operation though and over the years everyone’s fitness changed and, generally, not for the better. Now when I look around at my peers it is painfully obvious who has been using it and who hasn’t.

Fitness is simple…move a load a distance. More fit equals moving larger loads further distances. Getting off the floor is moving a load a certain distance. Picking a box off the floor and putting it on a shelf is the same thing. How do you get more fit? Practice moving things faster and further. It really is that simple.

Your health is closely tied to your fitness. We all marvel at the octogenarian who still moves and operates like she is fifty. And we all mourn when we see a fifty-year-old moving like he’s eighty. The longer we live the bigger the gap we find between fit and unfit, between healthy and unhealthy.

Being fit takes commitment, work, and tenacity. You have to show up, grind out your work with intention and intensity, and realize that maintenance over the years is actually progress.

Be fit. It beats the pants off of anything else.

John Mariotti

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Story…The Journey

Starts with a single step. And it does. Yet there isn’t just that, is there?

I have taken first year Spanish about 5 times. I still can’t speak Spanish. I can sort of understand it…At least I can nod and smile at the appropriate times, I think. Starting that journey over and over has not gotten me any closer to the destination.

It isn’t just the starting, just the first step that matters. It’s the follow through. The 2nd, the tenth, the 100th steps that matter as well. If I want to be a Spanish speaker I will need to do more than the first year.

The first step is important, without it nothing else is possible. But it isn’t the only one that matters.

John Mariotti

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Story…Now

Or later.
I want it now. I want it all and I want it now. This is the toddler’s way! I did it once; I shouldn’t have to do it again and again to get whatever it is.

You and I know this is not true. I have to eat healthy nourishing food over and over to get results. Once won’t do it. If I want better fitness I have to show up and work hard at the gym more than just the first 20 days of January. I know we don’t like these facts but they are immutable.

If I want a custom made anything I am going to need to wait for it. I am going to have to get fitted, learn how it works, get better at it, do some trial and error and maybe even tweak it a little before it is truly made for me.

You choose: Are your results are created by a toddler, skipping from thing to thing, going for the “cheap and easy” things, never staying long enough to see what works or doesn’t. Or are your results are created by a grown-up; who made a plan, stuck to it, changed it a bit when necessary but kept the goal in sight and stayed on task over a long period of time.

Toddler or Adult?

John Mariotti

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday Story…Why don’t I

Do what I know is going to be good for me?

You know you will feel better after you work out but…
You’re tired
It’s cold
You have SO much to do
You aren’t feeling well
You just aren’t in the mood.

So you don’t go. And you end up feeling worse partly because you didn’t work out and partly because you know it’s good for you and you denied yourself that feeling.

What is up with this? Why do we do this to ourselves? It isn’t just working out. It’s eating right. It’s drinking less. It’s reading more. It’s spending more and better time with our families.

You know what to do and you know you will feel better, and you know it’s good for you and yet you don’t do it. What happens in that brain of yours that this goes on? And on and on. Because it didn’t happen just once and you learned from it. Nope, it’s happening over and over again.

What will it take to fix this? It’s simple, really. Not easy but simple. First, make a commitment to yourself to keep your commitments. Second, make a commitment to do the thing you know will be good for but you are having a hard time doing. Third, install into your memory how you feel when you have done the thing you know will be good for you. Lastly, go do it. You’ll be glad you did.

John Mariotti