Power of the Pet

MojoFor those who have, or ever had a pet, we can all agree that there is a huge amount of love for them.  Studies, along with countless surveys, have shown, time-and-time again, that people and their pets have one of the strongest bonds. Sometimes, these bonds are stronger than with family. We see everything from custody battles over who gets the dog, to risking our lives to rescue our pet from a frozen lake, to dog hotels that cost more than a resort for humans. There is an entire industry out there to make pets more comfortable than we are because there is a market for it.

I grew up in Los Angeles, CA so If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I would want to be a Beverly Hills Bitch (dog).

When my two boys were around the age of nine and ten, they decided that they wanted a dog as a pet. My dreams of having a Labrador was shot-down by my wife so after putting my kids to work in our community we ended up getting a She-Tzu and Poodle mix so basically a mutt!

My Point to this story

Ever since our dog has been house-trained, my wife and I have walked him every morning without fail! To date for the past three years, Mojo has been walked equaling over 1,068 days. No matter how late I am to work, no matter what time I went to bed, how sick I may feel, or other priorities that impact my life…we have always (and I mean always) have made the time to walk this damn dog for no- less than 20 min a day.

Why can I find time to walk this dog every day? It’s because we love our little Shit-Poo Mojo. The love of something is what generates the commitment to it. At first, it was a challenge and we found ourselves bitter and walking this mutt over obligation. The anger would set in when this little creature did not piss and poop fast enough; but over time, the habit of taking him out every morning became a commitment that turned instinctive! Over time, it became more uncomfortable NOT to walk him then to walk him because our conscious would nudge us if we even considered not walking him.

Now imagine you doing anything healthy for yourself none-stop for 1,068 days for no less than 20 min a day. At first, it would be done with dread but because of the struggle and the little rewards like a wagging tail (this could mean for us someone saying to you, “You are looking good!”) you begin to appreciate the struggle. Overtime, you begin to love it and if you stick to it, it becomes an instinctive habit.

Do you love yourself enough to take yourself for a walk daily for no less than 20 minutes? If you don’t, you first have to get in touch with what prevents you from loving yourself enough.

One reason, we love our pets so much is because of the perfect acceptance of who we are all of the time. We can learn a lot from a pet when it comes to self-talk. Animals transcends human affection because our pets do not judge us…they are completely accepting of our moods, looks, car, teeth, pimples, job, and everything in-between. We love them more than we love ourselves because we are continually judging ourselves and comparing ourselves to everything we are not.  

To truly be fit, you first must accept who you are without comparing yourself to others. Then love thy self as you would love a pet. Make yourself do things you may not enjoy at first and realize over time that consistent action is what creates habits that become instinctive. Consider that you need to be walked daily (figuratively) and by doing this; you will fall in love with you.

Sado

Health /Wellness Coach & Speaker

Firm-Donkey Fitness Inc.

President/CEO

 

 

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I want to thank the squirrel in my attic – (Mind)

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I came to realize, thanks to a squirrel, that I had an erroneous mindset when it came to my goals. I had the concept of Firm-Donkey for over two years and always played around with the idea of doing something with it but always stopped at the point of writing the ideas down. However, I learned that if I raised the standards of my ‘dreaming to do’ vs. my ‘must do’, I will get what I desire to have.

We just moved to Dallas, TX, and purchased our first used home. All of our previous homes were new-builds so I was not prepared for the money costs this house would bring. One of those expenses was due to the fine acts of a damn squirrel that created a hole in our roof. This squirrel was roaming around in our attic, along with his friends, the mice and rats, who decided to show up, as well.

I was determined to eradicate these vermin from my home because I had some negative experiences growing up with them. I remember having to deal with mice running around my bedroom as I stayed on the bed trying to find ways to kill them. As a young man, I would come home to my back house where I would smell the odor of dead rats permeating from within the walls. One time, I had to actually beat a rat to death because it jumped or fell in the shower with me. These experiences were in some way very traumatic to me. I never knew how traumatic until I was faced, as an adult, with rodents in my attic.

 That same day that I was told we had a rodent problem, I quickly started looking for professionals to come out and give us estimates on how to kill and/or remove them. I also needed the holes on the side of the roof to be fixed ASAP so more of these critters wouldn’t show up.  We had three estimates from three different companies, each one being higher than the other. When it was all said and done, we chose a company that was willing to negotiate their price. We were able to work them down 50% less than the original quote. They began working at once on the issue.

Here is the epiphany!

I was not aware of how much I was willing to pay to remove rodents from my life until faced with them. I was not happy, nor prepared, to spend all that money, and especially for that particular purpose. I, however, deemed it necessary to spend every dime needed to eradicate those pests! I pulled this money from my “firm donkey” because it was more important for me (a value) to have my peace of mind and sanity in exchange for that large sum of cash.

If you told me, at that time, I would need that same exact amount of money to get my business to the next level by taking a business class, ordering a product, or paying for some type of advertisement, I would have given you a thousand reasons as to why I could not afford it. I was too complacent in the static position of my business. I didn’t feel the urgency or discomfort that was needed to push me to the next level. It was not until I was faced with one of my worst fears and anxieties (the rodents in my attic) that I could see a value in spending that money.

How does this relate to all of us? You have to face your issues and recognize what your priority is. Are you too complacent and stationary in your life?  Or do you spend money and time to eradicate those things that disturb and disrupt your peace (i.e. debt, marital problems, health, etc.)? How many years have you wasted not pursuing your dreams because you don’t hear rodents in your attic? If each one of us were to take the time to find out what’s in our attic, we could find the value in spending the time or money needed to achieve our goals and attain that peace we’ve always wanted.