• Jake Shaw

When Life gets Crazy... (Staying focused when it matters most)

Life changes every day. You have to stay focused and adapt.

As many of you know, My wife and I just recently bought our first home. We have been at the new a house for a total of 2 weeks and we are still "living out of boxes".

From an outside perspective, it doesn't seem like something like buying a house can mess up your routine right?

"But Jake, all you have to do is take a day to move boxes then your good, right?"

Long story short, wrong.

I feel like all we have been doing in project after project and sorting box after box. That being said, this is not a "poor me" post by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, its intention is to show that even because your circumstances may change, your goals do not have to.

It's so easy to fall into a routine where you do the same exact tasks at the same exact time each and every day. It's much harder to change up your day to day without something going astray. As you may already know, I am an avid baseball fan. I often times have a game streaming while I'm writing blogs or straightening up the house. This has become part of my NEW routine. I also listen to podcasts and sports talk radio (old man status, I know.)

The reason I am telling you this is because baseball is the ultimate metaphor for life. It's been said that hitting a ball with a bat is one of the hardest tasks in all of north american sports. Add in in the pitchers ability to throw curve balls, split finger fastballs, turbo sinkers etc. and you have yourself quite the daunting task.

Much like the game of baseball, life can throw you a variety of pitches and its up to you on how you handle said situations. Through the good and the bad, your experiences are what made you the person you are today. So while being in a routine can be a good thing, changing up that routine can be an even BETTER thing.

I'm learning new things every day, whether it be fitness related and or home owner related. I put my pants on one leg at a time, like most of you. And, I go through times that can be frustrating, again, like so many of you.

For some unknown reason, I always get people messaging me things like, "yeah but Jake you work out every day and you are always in a good mood and I just can't get myself motivated enough to do either. I just can't get results. Maybe I'm not cut out for this whole fitness thing."

Fitness is just 1 part of my life and much of what I put on instagram is workout videos and things I find either funny or stupid. It really is just "highlights" of my day to day life. I am a human after all, so of course there are times when I am angry or frustrated. There are times when I slip up on healthy eating. There are times when I make mistakes. AND THAT'S ALL OK!

As soon as you realize that making mistakes is ok, that is when stress levels reduce, more fun is had and the ability to truly "enjoy the moment" is heightened. Results will become more noticeable the moment you step back and realize how far you've come already.

If you get nothing else out of this post, know that you're not alone in this journey. Know that you have avenues to use at your disposal to help you succeed. Not all the "celebrities" you follow on social are perfect. But know that they have all worked incredibly hard to get to where they are today, just like you.

Find happiness in your every day. That will lead you down the path to success. #becomestrongertoday


Jake S.

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