Now I am not a fitness trainer by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know that when I walk into the gym that I need to have some sort of plan as to what I will be doing there. I usually will do“push or pull” body movements with my workouts. What is a “push or pull” workout? Glad you asked. A “push” workout is when you push weights away from you. So my “push” days will be bench press, triceps and shoulders. All those movements you push away from you. The “pull” days consist of biceps, back, hamstrings, etc. You get the point. So, I go into the gym having a game plan of what needs to be worked out.

I have witnessed many a person who look lost in the gym. They come in, and check out things and then they just randomly hit any available machine or free weight. They do a few sets and then look around. They see a lift being done that interests them and when it is open they sneak over and give it a shot and they do this their entire workout. I like to call it the “monkey see, monkey do” workout plan. You just get there and try everything that someone else is doing. They have no workout plan which means to me that they have no workout GOAL. How could they? If you have a goal it should translate into a plan of how to get there. While rather entertaining to watch, it is sad in the long run. I have seen many of these “monkey see, monkey do” lifters just quit after a few months. Why? Because they never saw results from their workouts, instead of getting focused and coming with a goal and a plan of action, they hitched their wagon to someone else’s plan that was not for them.

We want to be all that we are called to be, but don’t necessarily want to plan anything out or really devote any amount of time and effort. We just want “IT” to come to us. We don’t want to work out our salvation as Philippians 2:12 states, so we look at what others are doing and just copy. Copy what they read, what and how they pray, copy, copy, copy. While it is easy to do this because we see results in these people’s lives that we are copying and something inside our heads says “well if it is working for them, it has to work for us.” Not true. Our paths are called specifically for us, and how we get there is just as specific. We cannot afford to take shortcuts and “borrow” someone else’s plan. We need to be focused and come with a plan that God has set forth for us. Let us not be like the “monkey see, monkey doers”, let us come with a plan, a plan in which we can and will see progress, a plan that will bring our destiny to the forefront of our lives.

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. —Proverbs 16:1-3

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