This is Jim Thorpe. Look closely at the photo, you can see that he’s wearing different socks and shoes. This wasn’t a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics. Jim, an American Indian from Oklahoma represented the U.S. in track and field.

On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Jim found two unmatched shoes in a garbage can. That’s the pair he’s wearing in the photo. One of the shoes was too big, so he wore an extra sock.

Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals that day.This is a perfect reminder that you & I don’t have to resign to the excuses that have held us back.

So what if life hasn’t been fair? Do you think this was Jim Thorpe’s first run-in with adversity? So what if you’ve had some hard knocks?

What are you going to do about it today?

Whatever you woke up with this morning — stolen shoes, ill health, failed relationships — don’t let it stop you from running your race!

You & I have EVERYTHING in us that Jim Thorpe had in him. He chose himself over excuses. He chose to honor his God-given natural-born talents over succumbing to excuses.

That’s the part that gets me: God-given natural-born talents. Don’t we have an obligation to use those talents? Whether it’s running a race or baking a casserole or being a parent or being kind or selling cars or making jewelry or teaching people about health & wellness.

You have gifts. You have dreams. You can experience more in life if you get over the excuses and get on with living.

All I know is you can have reasons or you can have results. You can’t have both.

Choose results. Become aware of where you stop. Say it, write it down: “I choose results.” Keep choosing. Choose for your family, show them how it’s done.

You can start your day over any time. xoxo #healthyliving2020

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