Listen To Your Heart

This post marks an important milestone for Primal.

Since I began writing about life and lifting, I’ve added a ton of knowledge to the Primal blog. Everything you need to know about becoming a hard-charging, weight slinging ass kicker can be found on this site.

And it’s only fitting that I’m commemorating this post, the 100th post on Primal, to a topic that has landed me where I am as I sit and write this.

Listen To Your Heart

Heard it before right?  Very cliche.

But the problem is we don’t always do it.  We might “hear” it, but we don’t “listen” to it.

We think way too much, live our lives by logic and reasoning, and ignore our hunches, gut feelings, and what our heart tells us to do.

I was doing some thinking today, just reflecting on my life and some of the decisions I’ve made, and it all became so clear to me.

The best decisions I’ve made are the ones that I made only with my heart; no clouded judgments, no deep analysis, no reasoning.

In high school, I only applied to one college (Texas A&M University, Gig Em) because my heart told me I had to go there.  There was no other option.

My first job out of college was for the government in Washington DC.  I knew DC was where I needed to be because my gut told me my junior year at A&M.  Never even considered anywhere else.

Volunteering to go outside the wire in war-torn Iraq? Looking back on it, maybe it was foolish, but it made me a better man and gave me experiences not many people have.

Becoming a strength coach?  My heart led the way because I knew I could help people change their lives. Logic would’ve told me the fitness industry doesn’t pay squat…

When I opened the Primal Strength Gym, all logic and reasoning was against me. I didn’t have a lot of start-up money, already had a full-time job, and a family to support. But my heart told me I couldn’t prolong what needed to be done anymore.

My heart has never led me astray and is the sole reason for where I’m at in life today.

I want you to read this following passage from one of my favorite books carefully. Read it, process it, and think about how it applies to your life in this very instant.

Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.

It doesn’t matter your profession or your passion. If there is something meant for you to do, you owe it not only to yourself, but to everyone else around you.

Steven Pressfield, in the War of Art, defines and talks about all the different ways Resistance manifests itself in our daily lives and prevents us from doing our work and following through on our dreams and passions.

Self-doubt, fear, rationalization, procrastination, indifference, personal sabotage, self-pity. All of these things will grind at us as a way to distract us from the real messenger that we should be listening to. Our hearts…

“Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”

Let me be the first to tell you that Resistance has kicked my ass on more than one occasion. For those of you who have been with me from the beginning, you may recall how I took a 1 year hiatus from writing for Primal. In fact, and very fittingly, I started drafting this post in 2013 before my hiatus. It’s been sitting in my queue for 2 years…and I’m finally finishing it…

Resistance was kicking my ass all over the place. But one thing remained after all of that time off…

My heart was still beating that message, however faint,  of writing, helping and motivating people, and making people stronger both mentally and physically.

I could rationalize it however I wanted, but my heart was still leading me to where I needed to be. And that is with you.

It is because of my heart that I bring to you this 100th post. And if I ignored its message, maybe I’d still be on post 1.

Is your heart telling you something? Is there a faint beat sending out a message that Resistance is causing you to ignore? Are you not where you want to be because fear and logic are outweighing your heart, the one compass you can always rely on?

Maybe it’s time to listen…

Listen closely Primal Nation…

All the best,

— Tank

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