Do The Thing…

Do the thing, and you shall have the power. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may have seen this quote posted on the white board over my desk. It hovers over me as I do the desk work that comes with running the gym and it reminds me that everything I want is within my grasp.

But first, I have to do the thing.

What thing?

Any thing.

Whatever it is I want. But to get it, I must first do it. This may seem daunting at first. Much of what we want we don't actually believe we can achieve. We just wait, hoping like hungry baby birds that life will come along and ​give us what we want. When that doesn't happen we find fault with the wanting. We decide that wanting is what's bad, that wanting is what makes us miserable, and that to alleviate our suffering we should simply stop wanting. "Be happy with what you've got."

Wanting is not the problem. We are.

We wait passively with our wants. Getting, however, comes from doing.​

Do the thing, and you shall have the power.

I realized recently, after nearly two years of powerlifting that my conditioning was awful. I found myself huffing and puffing my way up stairs. I couldn't run anymore.

I want to be more athletic. I want to be fit and capable and that means being able to sprint up a flight of stairs, or a hill, or a given distance and not feel as though I might die at the end. So I added conditioning workouts into my training. By doing the thing (conditioning) I gain the power (greater cardiovascular capacity and endurance.) It takes time and I have to keep doing the thing, but it's working.

What do you want? What are you doing to get it? Comment below.​

To our perfect imperfection,


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  1. This reminds me of the song “Waiting” by Michael Tolcher. YouTube it, for realz. Or Google the lyrics. Very stirring and inspiring.

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