I had an employee about 14 years ago who presented to our staff the history of a clinic at which she’d begun working. If I remember correctly, the founder had been a full quadriplegic who believed that he could restore function via passive movements with the help of others. Over the course of 20+ years he developed a lengthy routine (4-6 hours) for every morning of his day which ultimately resulted in restoring a fair amount of active function; but he had to repeat this every single day in order to maintain movement.
I think about that.
And I see stories about people like the man pictured above:
And I think about that.
What’s probably most important to keep in mind is these two guys didn’t have any prior evidence that their efforts would be met with results. The layperson may not know this, but not all that long ago the medical opinion was that physical training for certain health issues was totally futile. Thanks to stubborn and hopeful individuals, we now know different.
But what if it were really going to take 20+ years of 4-6 hours of physical activity every morning? That’s fewer hours than most people spend at work. But what if that’s what it took to guarantee you had physical function through the rest of the day? What if that’s what it took to ensure you achieved dreams in your life, ones concerning health, ones concerning wealth, ones concerning social impact, ones concerning relationships.
And what if all you had to go on was a silly hope while every expert told you that you were crazy? Thank God for the crazies, or else we all might believe the “experts” who try to convince us that what we want to do is impossible.
What we want to do isn’t impossible. But it does take a lot of time. What if it takes 4-6 hours every single morning for the next 20+ years? What if it doesn’t? There’s only one way to find out.