Daddy, What’s a Politician
My son, Frank, asked, “Daddy, what’s a
I replied: “Well, do you want the dictionary
definition or the real definition.”
“The real definition,” said Frank.
“Okay, no problem. The real definition of a
politician is: A legalized criminal, usually
a lawyer by trade, who smiles a lot, makes tons
of promises he or she has no intention of keeping,
who steals from the people he’s supposed to protect,
and makes decisions that usually are in direct opposition
to the will of the people. And a politician is a person whom
people place hope in with no due cause.”
What does the above have to do with health and
First, if you make promises to YOURSELF and to those whom you
love – then KEEP those promises.
If you tell yourself and your spouse that you’re going to lose some
weight, that you’re going to regain your pre-nuptial form – then
DO IT. Don’t pretend. Get the job done.
Bob, a friend of mine, had a drinking problem. He realized it
was destroying his life and his family’s. So he told his wife
and children that he would never drink again. And if he were
to break his promise, he would eat a can of Alpo dog food off
the cement floor in his garage.
He handed his family a can of dog food to seal his promise.
Bob hasn’t touched a drop of booze in over ten years.
Read my lips. Bob’s promise is one no politician would ever make.
Second, in regard to your health, you place no hope in anyone
but yourself. Yes, I am all for hiring coaches and investing in
books and courses that steer you in the right direction. But
make no mistake about it – YOU must follow the program with
all your mental and physical might. You have others around to
help you – but YOU are still the one who is ultimately responsible
for how you do.
Advice from a coach can be invaluable. I know the things I learned
from Dan Gable and the many, many other coaches I have had and
still have, still lives with me to this day. Even so, I still have to show
up for practice and give it everything I’ve got.
Third, all humor aside, it is a good idea to watch politicians and
study their every move. Smiling is a good idea. It makes you happy,
healthier and more likable, even if you’re faking it.
Fourth, politicians who are super fat have a tough time getting
elected. Sure, there are exceptions … Teddy … but not many.
When you’re fit – you present a better image to the world.
Sadly, right now Americans present an awful image to the rest of
the world. We’re a laughing stock not just because of our politicians –
but because we’re fatter than hell – yet we’re still starving.
Oddly enough, we’re not starving for success. We’re not starving with
a burning desire to make something spectacular of ourselves.
Huh uh. We’re starving for more comfort. And our desire for more
comfort is not only putting us in graves faster – it’s putting us
into a state of lethargy and complacency wherein we’re laid
wide open and vulnerable to an attack.
The attack I’m talking about is not a “terrorist attack.” It’s an
attack on everything good we used to do that we’re no longer
It’s an attack of forgetfulness. Forgetting what makes people
win; what makes them great.
And what makes people great is really quite simple.
One, you have a goal; a vision for your life.
Two, you breathe life into this vision by thinking about it all
Three, you get off your ass and move toward your goal.
Four, you don’t pout or whine when things get tough.
You expect to suffer and you willingly do so, if necessary,
to reach your target.
Five, you expect to make mistakes and you are glad when
you do because they’re the feedback you need to reach
Six, you great each day with gratitude and enthusiasm, even
when times are tough.
Seven, you end each day the same way.
Eight, when you’ve succeeded, you help pull others up the
ladder with you – not by doing everything for them, not by
praise when it’s unmerited – but by getting them to do the
same things you did to get where you are.
Ask yourself, are you doing the above in your life. Are you
still hungry to make something great happen in your life.
Or are you content to plop yourself before the tee-vee or
computer screen and lose yourself in everyone else’s
Start moving your body each morning and you’ll be amazed
at how everything else starts snapping into place.
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P.S. Ever notice that the politician seen running the most
miles often gets elected. It doesn’t guarantee he’ll be
worth a damn – but it does show that the masses follow
someone who’s moving.