Monday, November 8, 2010

Eye of the Tiger

Last night, I encountered a milestone in my life.

Was it a life-change decision? Nope.

Was it a great accomplishment? Nope.

What was the milestone? It wasn't anything as profound as a life-changing decision or a great accomplishment, but it could definitely lead to either of those things.

The milestone was finally watching several of the Rocky movies ... for the first time in my life.

Sly Stallone as Rocky

Talk about a motivating series of movies! These movies have been on my must-see list (along with The Goonies, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club) for awhile, so even though I missed the first part, I decided to keep watching and have J fill me in on what I missed.

Not only was I impressed with Sly's level of conditioning in the movies (can you say shredded?!), I was impressed with Rocky's determination and will to overcome all obstacles to win.

The movies raised a couple questions for me that I'm still mulling over.
  • What does it mean to be "hardcore"?
  • Have I ever done everything I could possibly do to achieve a goal?
  • Would I ever do everything I could possibly do to achieve a goal?
  • Do I have a goal of the same magnitude as Rocky's that would require an extreme amount of dedication, commitment, and training?
  • If I do have a goal, do I even have the mindset and mental toughness required to achieve that goal?
  • How many people ever set high goals and actually achieve them?
  • How in the world did Sly get so shredded and still have enough energy to train so hard? (This answer may actually have to do with the non-reality nature of movies.)
At this time, I don't have any answers to these questions, but they're definitely swirling around in my head. And they'll most definitely be the subject of future blogs, so stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, I'm going to use my renewed sense of motivation to train hard and grow some muscles!


  1. I was flipping through the channels and saw that Rocky was on. I kept on surfing:( It is a great movie though!

  2. I've never seen rocky, and I don't think I'd be able to make it through. The way sly talks really gets to me. lol

    I can't wait to read the blog posts on the topics you listed. Great thought provoking stuff. Lookin forward to it.

  3. The Rocky movies are my all-time FAVORITE movies to watch! I'm so serious about being a Rocky fan that my ringtone is "Eye of the Tiger" :)

    Great post!