As you get older, what do you value in life?
The corporate career, the bigger house, the faster car, the overseas holiday?
Problem is those things can disappear in a flash. And I'm not a doctor but I've trained guys who's corporate job is probably killing them. Stressed to the max to sustain the house, the lifestyle, the holidays that add 5kgs each time.
We need to get real. How about placing value on feeling healthy, awake, energised, strong, powerful and in control.
Training is not a punishment for how long you sat, what you ate, drank etc. It should be a celebration of feeling bloody great about yourself, and being able to push a sled or lift a bar until your heart thumps out of your chest.
Getting older is a lame excuse we tell ourselves so that we can stop trying to be fit. Being too busy is a load of crap. It comes down to choices, and placing value on your fitness. No one has a choice about getting older, only a choice in how well we age.
Take time to re-evaluate, make changes, take action.
It's simple. Start today.
21 years ago today in 1996 I won my first world title fight. I was the boy from Dubbo, on top of the world. At the time I thought nothing could beat that achievement. Since that day I faced much greater challenges - my professional sporting career shaped who I am today and I am grateful for that.
Fighting taught me you've always got more left inside. The body may be aching and your instinct is to stop. However your heart and mind are stronger - the willpower of a champion comes not from what his body can achieve, but from what his mind can overcome. There is always more inside.
The trophies, the prize money can be gone in a second. What remains is the courage, determination and sheer willpower that helped me overcome greater challenges than I ever faced in the boxing ring.
As I head into my 50's I still live by the principles my fighting career taught me. The greatest prize I received is a sense of self worth that comes from within - this is your true value that can never be shaken, worth the world once you find it.