by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 14, 2014

in Blog

c8e38031f65eec199840f58896e43538I woke up at 5am this morning because I want to live fully alive. I remember seeing the snooze button option on the alarm app on my iPhone. I hit the snooze button.

However, I asked myself… Do I want to live life to it’s fullest potential? Or do I want to coast through life without becoming the man who I was created to be? This simple question was all it took for me to sit up and immediately get out of bed. I was on the floor less than 60 seconds of my alarm going off the first time.

This is not the first time that I’ve got up at 5am. In fact, over the past few months, I’ve been pretty good at going to bed early and waking up early.

However, something’s different this time. I have a deeper sense of purpose and meaning for my desire to get an early start to my day.

Before, I would wake up early because I knew that I would have a more productive day. I knew that I would get more work done.

While I had previously had desires to get in an early morning workout… I found myself checking my schedule for the day and then checking my email and instantly jumping into work mode to get all the big stuff out of the way so that I could get some important things accomplished towards the big goals I had set for my business.

The fact is that I have been very successful at a lot of things. However, I know in my heart, I’ve missed out on the most important thing of all.

I know that I’ve been called to live for something more than the work that I do.

This past week in Colorado reminded me that I have been given a heart and passion for encouraging others to become the people they created to be.

Here’s the thing. I can’t encourage others to do that if I’m not actively working toward becoming the person that I was created to be.

While I know that I’ve encouraged and inspired a lot of people in a lot of areas, there has been one area that I’ve ignored, too often, in my own life.

I know that I was not created to weigh 265.4 pounds, which is what I weigh today. I was not created to feel the way that I feel physically. I was not created to live a life of reckless eating without physical activity.

I am not beating myself up. I’m more the man that I was created to be than I was 1, 5, or even 10 years ago. However, I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that the I was created to be a healthy man who weighs less than 200 pounds. I know that I was created to be more responsible for the care of my my body by eating more healthy and by being intentionally physically active on a daily basis.

In 2008/2009 I started a journey toward greater physical health. I had gone from 268 pounds down to 212 pounds. It too 18 months to achieve that. It was a full lifestyle change. I recall how great it felt and at that time.

I won’t share any excuses. However, I had eventually slipped back into my old lifestyle and I began to pour all of myself into my business once again. The success of my business has soared. However, my physical body has suffered.

This past week, I had a friend offer to mentor me in the area of living “Fully Alive.” I’ve had so many offers over the past few years from all sorts of experts and well meaning friends. However, this offer was different. My friend, Ken Davis, seemed to be offering more than encouragement and accountability to eat more healthy and to exercise more. Ken’s offer of mentorship seemed to focus on what spoke most to my heart… A desire to LIVE THE LIFE FOR WHICH I WAS CREATED.

I accepted Ken’s offer to me. I have been reading his book titled “Fully Alive.” I’m on chapter seven of the book as of this morning and it is speaking to my heart.

When I had made so much progress and lost those 56 pounds a few years ago, I had many great motivators. Those motivators are still there. However, this time around, I feel something deeper in my soul motivating me to leap into action.

Today is the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

The photo with this post is of Ken and I having fun in Colorado.


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