Saturday, December 26, 2009

This is Your Wake Up Call

Welcome to "Same Old Sh*t" Saturday, where I regurgitate old stuff instead of... ummmm... gurgitating new stuff. This was my first attempt at a grab-you-by-the-collar-and-shake post, and I worry every time I write one that I'm coming off too preachy. But the truth is, I go back and re-read the ones like this fairly often, especially when I need a boost of willpower, a second helping of want-to. Sometimes we all need a kick in the seat of the pants...

Wake up.

There’s a bright shiny new day waiting for you and you’re letting it slip away while you lie there beneath your layers and layers of covers, wishing the world would go away. I’ve got news for you, Sunshine: the world’s not going anywhere. It’ll keep spinning, keep churning, keep going on and on and on, and it doesn’t particularly care if it goes on and on and on with or without you. You’ve been lying in the dark so long that the world has just about forgotten all about you. Maybe it’s time to make it remember.

It’s time to get up and start moving.

Move toward your goals. Move toward your dreams. Move toward the life you know you want and deserve. You’ve squandered day after day, year after year, but here’s the thing: it just doesn’t matter. Yesterday is dead and buried, and today is right here, so bright and beautiful and full of possibility and…

I know, I know.


You gotta runrunrun. You’ve got deadlines and responsibilities. You’ve got pressures and problems. You simply don’t have enough time to get it all done. It’s all just too much to bear.

I don’t mean to laugh at you, I really don’t, but…

Do you really think you’re the only one with deadlines and responsibilities, pressures and problems?

Everybody everyday is dealing with whatever they have to deal with, and guess what? Some of it makes your big fat worries look like less than nothing. Sure, life is busy, busy, busy, and there’s never enough time to do everything. However, there’s always enough time to do the most important thing, and right now the most important thing is for you to GET UP.

Get up and start moving.

Get up and start living.

You’ve been feeling sorry for yourself so long that you think it’s your natural state. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t. Not by a long shot.

So your life could be better.

Make it better.

It is within you to grab hold of your life and bring it back under control. No, it won’t be easy. Did I say it would be? It will be a day-to-day struggle, a month-by-month challenge, the work of a lifetime. But we both know it will be worth it, don’t we? We both know that this isn’t where you want to be, where you were meant to be.

You can lie there feeling sorry for yourself or you can get up and make something out of this beautiful day. You didn’t get where you are overnight, and it won’t get better in a matter of days… but it will get better. I promise you it will get better.

You’ve been down long enough.

Wake up.


  1. I think you just answered the question I was asking myself - do I really need to work out today when it's the day after Christmas and I'm so comfy in bed in new pajamas? - and I suppose I'm off to strap on the new IPOD and get outside to work up a sweat.

    Would like to ask you if I can post this entry in my online group I have...I see many members who diet and never lose the weight, they keep the same weight on losing a few kg's here and there....this says what I have been trying to say to them..
    Please pop over to my blog and give me the ya or na...

  3. oh
    I get it now.
    EVERY DAY up in herre is a vertiable talent show.

    duly noted.

    (love this & decided just inthismoment to kick my own damn self in the proverbial pants. THANK YOU)

  4. Thanks for the jump start! Gonna hit the treadmill right now!

  5. I love this! This is the extra boost that I needed today!

  6. Thanks Jack. I didn't read you when you first posted this, I guess. But I get it now, need it, and appreciate it. Enjoy the holidays, and thanks for the time you take to motivate and inspire.

  7. Thanks Jack, just what I needed. I read several blogs this morning that said they were getting "back on it" after New Years. I thought that was silly, but hey, maybe not a bad idea.

    It's a bad idea. I'm getting dressed, heading to the gym when they open at 8am. Getting back on the horse after falling off yesterday. :)

    Thanks again!

  8. Just discovered your blog through Marcelle. Love it. Keep up the great work and all the great posts! You are an inspiration!

  9. Have just read this post and had to stop myself from going to the gym again today ;)

  10. Brilliant as usual. Just what I needed. It's cold out and I don't want to do that video... better get busy living.

    Thanks for the kick in the butt.

  11. These are new to me & a great post Jack! And this is so true & I can say that from personal experience being that I started this back at 16 years old & I am now 52. This statement of yours is right on!

    It will be a day-to-day struggle, a month-by-month challenge, the work of a lifetime.

    It is a work of a lifetime & I have changed things both food & exercise wise more times than you can count on all your fingers & toes, 3 times over!

    Jack, hope you had a great one!

  12. This one was new to me. Great job and its something all of us need to hear at some point.

  13. Thank you! This is exactly what I needed to hear!

  14. That is good motivational talk, you drill sargent! Thanks.


  15. Just the kick that I needed! Thanks

  16. did the US Army contact you yet? Cos they ought to! You are one of the best motivational speakers out there and it might be tough love, but it's love... I'll take it!

  17. absolutely right.
    Back otk...posting tonight.
    Hope you had a great day jack.
    A deliberate life

  18. yep. pretty much totally true. It's amazing how much we live life for other people's imposed deadlines on us. How many times do we say that we have a corporate profit and loss margin for OURSELVES. That we'd be willing to miss family functions, sleep, loved ones meetings, etc. FOR ME? It's so very true Jack. Thank you.

  19. But I'm having a pajama day. Come on, man, I was up really early yesterday after going to bed far too late the night before.

    Can't a girl just take a pajama day once in awhile! Geez!


  20. I just discovered your blog through Marcelle as well. I used to know someone with the same name, but he spelled it Shit and not Sh*t.

    Nice penguin!

  21. Amen brother Jack! :) My post today is titled "Indestructible"....sort of along the same lines. I'm all for a strong finish to 2009! Count me in.

  22. we can take our lives in hand, or have our a$$'s handed to us. we each have that choice to make and remake e v e r y s i n g l e d a y!

  23. Hey Jack!

    I really enjoy your blog! I have an award for you.


  24. Thanks so much! I REALLY needed this today!

  25. It's a very wonderful piece! Very inspirational. Makes me want me to keep moving toward my goals.




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