I wanted to talk to you today about your inner warrior. The word warrior may mean different things to different people. To me, it’s that inner self that never backs down to a challenge. It’s willing to stand up and fight the battle no matter the obstacle, the goal, or the outcome. The challenge drives, feeds, and motivates your warrior and the want to succeed.
Unfortunately for most of us, that inner warrior is very fragile and sometimes it’s war call is more like a whisper. Most people know what I’m talking about. You start something new, maybe a diet and/or an exercise plan, a new sleeping routine. Maybe it’s to quit smoking or to spend more time with your family or friends.
In the beginning, that inner warrior is strong and devoted. There is no question this is a task that will happen, it’s almost funny that you had to make a plan to achieve this goal. And then you realize that change is hard. Sometimes the benefits of change are not immediately seen. Sometimes we lose focus on why we wanted to change in the first place, or the reason now seems unimportant or maybe impossible.
For every negative thought, your inner warrior has two options: to get stronger or to die down. I found that even the most disciplined people struggle with this at times. So please remember, you are not alone in the struggle. Just because you’re struggling does not make you any less worthy of a positive outcome. Questioning your goals, your motivations, your reason to change does not mean that you do not deserve the change. Sometimes that inner warrior might be the only person that believes you can achieve your goal and that’s ok.
When Dave and I created Pancake Warriors almost a year ago, we came up with the name after careful consideration and a myriad of names that just didn’t resonate with us. The pancakes were an important part of our ritual for healthy living. They represent the ability to still enjoy food and prove that healthy food can be delicious and good for you. But the warrior part is what really resonates with me.
My goal is to encourage people to be warriors in their everyday life. To stand tall in a battle that you find worth fighting. Maybe that’s in the gym, in the kitchen, or just in making everyday decisions. No war was ever won in a day. You win some battles and lose some battles but never surrender! True warriors fight to the end.
I want to empower you to find your own inner warrior. Maybe that means learning how to cook or starting an exercise routine. Maybe right now that just means educating yourself so that later on when you do decide to make changes you have a strong foundation as to why. Give your inner warrior the strength to survive and fight for your goals. You and your health are worth fighting for.