Apathy – is this what happens after almost 4 years of F3?
I need a moment of your time, an opportunity to open up, a chance to confess, and to issue a call to action.
As a member of the Rock Region leadership, as a member of this greater community of F3 #PAX, I have become apathetic. I’ve gotten lazy on #backblasts. I’ve not pushed myself out of the fartsack on mornings where I should have. I’ve not invested myself into this region like I’ve done in the past. I haven’t pushed to EH has many guys as I have in the past. I’ve not made an effort to get to the AOs who have VQ’s on the days I’m posting.
I’ve gotten comfortable.
I realized this the other day and it scared me…it scared me a lot. I’ve often said that F3 is what we make it. It grows because we grow it and it will die if we let it. Well, this comfort could be the start of letting it die and I do not want to see that happen!
We all have our F3 story, how it turned us into stronger men, physically, spiritually, and mentally! It makes us stronger, more effective leaders, it pushes us out of our comfort zones and encourages us to grow!
When The Rock Region started, there was a core of 15 – 20 #PAX who were on fire for this crazy thing called F3. We reached out to buddies who we knew could use it! We circled around #PAX as they struggled and celebrated their successes! We were a tight knit group! As the Region grew, these bonds weakened. The number of AOs blossomed and the number of #PAX active in our region exploded! Our growth was so astronomic that we made ripples (or should I save WAVES) through F3 Nation!
Well, here’s my call to the #PAX of the Rock Region.
HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE! Accountable to you, accountable to the region, accountable to growing this crazy, sweat-inducing thing we all love!
But be prepared because I’m going to hold you accountable too. This region, this F3 nation is not a one-man band. It takes all of us to keep our region growing, to keep sharpening each other into the men we’re called to be!
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.” ~Calvin Coolidge
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lie: I’m old.
I met a 69-year-old man the other day who said to me, “I’m old.” Even though he might have a couple of decades left in him, he had decided all the good stuff was behind him.
It’s a terrible attitude.
While you may remember being 29, 39, or 49 and wish you could go back again, you certainly can’t. Therefore, knowing how quickly life sifts through your fingers, it’s up to you to savor every single second of the age you are right now.
A big part of doing that well involves possessing the health and vitality to be physically younger (biological age) than the number of years you have been walking this planet (chronological age).
To do it, you need to practice habits such as eating right, exercising daily, and investing in a strong social network. Your goal should be to achieve your eighth or ninth decade physically, cognitively, and emotionally intact.