Something important is missing from many people’s lives.

Something that explains why they’re so stressed, anxious, and depressed.

Something that they try to brush aside with entertaining distractions, grandiosity, and things to do, see, and wear.

A gnawing undercurrent that leaves them feeling empty, adrift, and defeated.

What is it?

It’s purpose, values, and standards against which they can measure their lives.

In short, it’s a game worth playing.

This is what people aren’t getting from their jobs, friends, families, governments, or, more importantly, from themselves.

And without it, nothing else really matters.

Without a game worth playing, life becomes a sea of random events that only serve to further alienate us from who we really are and want to be.

And so it goes for most.

Their lives happen to them, accidentally rather than intentionally, without rhyme or reason, direction or meaning.

It doesn’t have to be like this, though.

Fate has dealt us a hand, but we get to choose how we play it.

And this is one of the reasons why I love fitness: It gives us a game worth playing.

It has purpose, order, and significance. It’s an outlet for integrity, intention, and excellence. It fosters community, commitment, and a clear focus on worthwhile results.

The type of results that you can’t buy, steal, or inherit. The type that symbolize discipline, self-respect, and passion. The type that speak louder than any words or postures.

The fitness game goes deeper than that, too.

I believe that if you have what it takes to conquer your psychology and physiology, then you have what it takes to reach out into the world and conquer a lot more.

I believe that you can use this game as a springboard into bigger and better games.

How much bigger and better, you wonder? How much are you truly capable of?

Well, that’s for you to find out, and if you ask me, it’s far more than you’ve been led to believe.

What do you think of this lesson? Have anything else you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!