Victory begins with strength and stamina and energy and endurance. And all of these, especially strength, incubate from within. Strength deep down eventually wells way up and flows out from the heart. A strong spirit leads to a strong heart which leads to a strong mind which leads to a strong body, in that order. And the starting point lies at the core, hidden and buried and concealed and covered up inside.
It’s really not the outside that matters; it’s the inside. Because what’s in will eventually come out. So beware what you put in, because what you put in will eventually come out. They say you are what you eat; that’s a physical and a spiritual axiom. What you feed your body and your mind and your spirit will eventually and ultimately determine where you end up.
I’ve seen too many people who should be better off or farther along or higher up, but they aren’t. I know of teams and clubs and lineups and players who play down or soft or lax and you know that they have more in them than they’re showing. And you’ve seen it too. How many people and athletes do you know that are strong and healthy physically but at the same time are weak and sickly emotionally and psychologically? Why? Because they have a weak core. They may be sound in body but they are weak in spirit. And that’s where it all starts and that’s where it will all end up.
And if you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m talking about me too.
So strengthen your core. Do more than core power yoga and abs training and squats. Strengthen your core values and your core beliefs need to be strengthened and fortified. Your inner being and your inmost thoughts and feelings need strengthening and shoring up. Forget about what other people are doing or saying or even getting away with. Don’t focus on what they’re about; focus on what YOU’RE about and what you need to do and say and be. And it starts way, deep down on the inside of your very being. The essence of you is your core. Your center and your crux and your nucleus and your nub is the real you.
So do all you can to be strong on the inside. Then, and only then, will you will be strong on the outside.
Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
I Samuel 16:7