By this time next week, Joe Ostaszewski, founder of Wear Your Soul Foundation, will be setting off from Washington, DC, to go across America.
On His Bike.
Talk about Commitment!
Of course, he isn’t going to just ride his bike every day for the next two months. He’s going to talk to kids and their parents all along his route through Roanoke, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, and a lot of smaller towns along the way, urging them to take up an active lifestyle by engaging in sports that are non-competitive – sports without scoreboards.
Joe knows how to tackle tough conversations.
Knowing Joe, he’ll enthusiastically share his story of how he became aware of what he had missed as an obese person, and how he is concerned about the epidemic of childhood obesity in our country, and how he has vowed to do something to help others besides himself, and how healthful eating and an active lifestyle feed your need for accomplishment and self confidence.
Understanding the Will to Change
None of this would be happening for Joe had he not been willing to make some tremendous changes in his life. He asked what he needed to do, and then, he took the advice others gave him, and he changed his life.
By consistently following that advice, he went from being 150 pounds overweight and never exercising, to now, running a foundation and biking across the country to spread the word and encourage others.
Few of us embrace change the way Joe has. Most of us take a look at change and slam the door in its face and continue doing what we’ve been doing.
The writer Jeff Goins offered this insight as to why most people fail to take the advice that they’ve asked for.
“The hard part comes when you have to do something, when you have to change your habits or adjust your attitude. When you have to get up at 5 a.m. or stop eating junk food.”
“For whatever reason, we resist this part.”
He goes on to say: “When it comes to solving our own problems, we usually know what must be done…. And what’s required of us is that one choice we almost always refuse to make: We have to change.”
Getting Yourself Ready to Ride
What’s going on in your life that needs to change? It might be to spend more time with your family, to get more sleep, to work less. It might be that you’re giving too much attention to the needs of someone else and not enough attention on your own needs. You might be in need of treatment for a chronic disease like alcoholism. Maybe you need to find a better job or get more education or training so you are qualified for a job where you can earn more money and provide a better way of life for yourself and your family.
You probably know exactly what it is, and you probably have at least some idea of how to go about solving your problem.
The question is, do you have the will to make the change? Have you made a commitment to your relationship with yourself? Are you, like Joe, ready to ride?
Life Is Honest, Open and True: Your relationship with yourself suffers when you ignore or avoid the change you need to make. Whatever change you need to make in your life, it won’t happen for you until you make the commitment to do it. What one small thing can you do today towards making that change?
If you want to support Joe’s bike ride, you can make a donation on the Indiegogo crowdsourcing site. You can also follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @joeOstaszewski. Joe shares his passion in a blog on the Huffington Post
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