No, wait! Come back! I promise it’s not a weather post!
Well, mostly it’s not a weather post. But as I was listening to the weather forecast for today (ever hopeful!) and saw that the temps are actually supposed to be higher today–103°, as opposed to yesterday’s 102°, I couldn’t help but think, what’s one more degree, right?
And then I remembered one case in which a single degree makes all the difference in the world. I wrote about it a couple years ago, and if you were here for it then, you may agree that it’s well worth revisiting.
When you tippy toe along this fitness path as I do, it’s sometimes difficult to remain focused on how small changes–teensy boosts of effort–can make a difference. Whenever I’ve been in doubt of that, this video (link below) from SimpleTruths serves as a powerful wake-up call and pushes me to keep striving.
If you’re struggling or frustrated or doubtful or just plain fed up, I’m begging you to take a few minutes to click on the image below to watch the video. If you’re at work, be warned that it does contain music, and for me, the music is important to the viewing experience. So call your co-workers over and have a group viewing. The message is universal.
At 211° water is hot.
At 212°, it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
The one extra degree makes the difference.
One extra minute on the treadmill, one extra push-up, one little “extra” snack avoided–well, individually they don’t look like much. But that one little push–that one extra degree of physical or emotional effort–can generate the steam we need to power our way forward.
As I wrote in my original post and believe even more strongly now, that power to succeed is within us already. It’s up to us to generate it.
I’m not sure what my extra degree will be today, but since I’m headed to the gym very shortly, I’m thinking I’ll be increasing the weights and/or reps on something while I’m there.
What will YOU do today to generate steam?
Note: I’m not affiliated with SimpleTruths (though I might be in the future); I just like the video.