I try not to watch too much television but I do love to watch CBS Sunday morning. The show features a lot of “feel good” stories of art and culture, people who have overcome large obstacles to serve the world with great things, and historical pieces that tell us of the one room schoolhouse and how dogs have been featured in art. I especially enjoyed the story yesterday of Malcom Mitchell, a star football player for the University of Georgia. In a time when football players are being highlighted for abuse, Malcom Mitchell shows us that we cannot and should not judge all by a few. The story did not tell us how many touchdowns or receptions Mr. Mitchell had but rather how many books he had read with the book club where he was a member. Huh? Yes his book club. To top it off, the book club was mostly women over 40 who DID NOT know he was a football star. He explained in the story how football was easy to him and that improving his reading skills was much more difficult during his early college years and that he had only a junior high reading level when he entered college. Mr. Mitchell said that he had to step out of his “comfort zone” to better himself as a reader and man did he! He is 22 years old, African American, and male who just a few years earlier was a struggling reader. The majority of the book club members are over 40, female, and Caucasian. And most of the book club members had been reading for years without any difficulty. The member of the book club that he initially befriended tried to explain to him that he might not feel comfortable in the group because of the age and gender differences. But he persisted and they welcomed him with open arms and now he meets monthly with the group to discuss the books that they have read.
Now Its’ Your Turn!
As many of you know, my mission in life is to help people see the importance of honoring themselves and loved ones through the health choices that they make. So how does a young college athlete who has improved his reading relate to our health? IN EVERY SINGLE WAY! Mr. Mitchell was not a good reader at first but accepted the discomfort that he had to go through to get better. He also placed himself in environments that fostered the growth he was seeking and he was hungry for improvement in his life. We all sometimes have to go through discomfort in life to get better, especially with our health choices. It is not always comfortable to exercise but necessary if we are seeking improvement in our health. It is often difficult to pass up happy hours and good times with friends to hit the gym or go for a walk. But just as Mr. Mitchell recognized that if he did not improve his reading skills life would be more difficult for him in the long run we must recognize that our quality of life will be enhanced greatly with good health choices. PLEASE try your best to take care of your health today with the choices that you make. Honor yourself and those who love you by exercising, eating nutritious foods, and managing unhealthy thoughts that lead to unhealthy choices. Step out of your comfort zone and do what it takes to improve all areas of your life today. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!
Miracles of Phoenix Fitness Owner Coe Kirby combines evidence based behavioral health research with 12+ years as a personal trainer to provide the most extensive lifestyle modification program for mental and physical wellbeing in America. He has helped hundreds of people overcome self-defeating behaviors and achieve goals of all levels. His unique style and skill set as a personal trainer and life coach make him comfortable to be open with while pursuing the growth or change you desire. Knowing that each individual is different with where they are in the change process, he guides the client on a journey of self-discovery that helps the individual learn his or her own method to success while giving strong support and proven tools to assist them. His two books, Your Health is Your Wealth: Working Out the Inner Self For a Fit Outer Self and Rebuilding Your Temple From the Inside Out have helped people from all walks of life learn how to create healthier lifestyles for themselves and their families. Both books are available through http://www.miraclesofphoenixfitness.com. Good luck on your health journey!