Needs and Numbers

When it comes to training, we often say, “I don’t have enough time. I can’t fit it in. There are not enough hours in the day.”

So, let’s look at some key facts:


Some of us make better use of these hours than others. How do these numbers correspond to your life? Are you happy and fulfilled? Only you can truly attest to what makes you happy.

One of my mentors, four-time Olympian Lyle Nelson, makes an exceptionally strong argument. He says, “Your health is the most important thing in your life.” Everything else depends on the state of your health.

I have recently been taught a valuable lesson by my three and a half-year old son. He pulled me into a new game. He runs a few steps and stops at a break in the path or change of direction in the sidewalk and while pointing with both hands in varying directions says, “This way or that way?” I answer. He runs a little further, looks back at me and repeats, “This way or that way?” This goes on and on…

We are the result of the choices we make everyday regarding our needs and desires. What is your right path? This way or that way?

Reflect on your life. Ask yourself the big questions. What has been missing in the past that is now fulfilled? What is lacking now that you would like to have more of? What do you anticipate will be your needs in the future?

I argue that the critical choices you make around using time, maintaining your health, setting your discipline, and engaging the people in your life can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Think about what it means to put your health first.