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Motion, Contemplation, and Growth

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There comes a time when the time has come. You’re no longer satisfied with the way things are.

You’re not unhappy, but there’s this sneaking sensation that you’re interested in what might lie just around the corner.

We live in good times, and in spite of the fact that we all face some hardship, life is pretty darn good. We usually sit back and enjoy the fruits. We settle in and become content.

But the truth is, no matter how content you get, you crave growth. It’s not something that can really be helped. It doesn’t mean anything is wrong. It just means you’ve outgrown the skin you’re in and the time has come to stretch again.

We’re fortunate to live in a world where we get to focus on growth. It’s a pretty spectacular thing to know that our lives can be what we want to make them. It’s even fair to say you’ve likely seen your share of personal achievement, borne of overcoming hard obstacles and focusing on growth.

Yet the achievement that was so hard won can become the status quo once the challenge is gone, once that achievement becomes part of your every day. That’s when the itch starts — when you can see the next level from where you’re standing now.

When that time comes, when it’s time to change, there are two things we can do — either think about it or do it.

The fact is, no amount of thinking ever got things done. You think too much, and the impulse to act fades away.

When you’re ready for growth, the key is to act. And then act again. And again. When it comes to personal growth, there are no mistakes. No matter what happens, every action will teach you something. It’s not gonna be “know” then “do,” it’s almost always “do” then “know.”

After a lifetime of overcoming the impulse to stay the same, I know that truth lies at the end of action, that growth is the result of motion, not contemplation.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.