Work Ethic is the principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward. I love this video from Nike and Kevin Hart. It embraces everything I’ve learned about training a healthy mind, body, and spirit over the past few months.
If you work hard doing things that aren’t worthy of reward, either on Earth or in Heaven, then you need to step back and analyze your goals in life. Are your goals virtuous? Are you working hard only for another person to reach his or her goals? What are you working towards with the habits you’ve formed and repeat every day? It’s time to think about what it means to have a strong work ethic. Because you can’t form one until you can connect the consistent hard work with the reason why you do the things you do.
For me, it’s being alive to care for my family. It’s eliminating back pain and sciatic nerve pain that caused me to retreat from life. My fitness “journey” has a lot to do with being the best version of myself that I can be.
Having been diagnosed with cancer as a young man, I realize life is short and there are things outside of my control, physically. But there are also a lot of things well within my control both physically and mentally. By doing everything I can to strengthen my mind, body, and soul, I honor God and the people who love and care for me and I will never feel regret when I know I worked hard for the right things. It’s not money, it’s not power, it’s God’s purpose for my life and reaching the potential He offers.
What’s your purpose? What drives you to be healthier? Knowing the answer to these questions is key to your personal fitness. Otherwise, the desire to be comfortable will always outweigh your desire for strong work ethic and hard work.