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10 Things Only People Who Are Born to be An Athlete Will Understand

10 Things Only People Who Are Born to be An Athlete Will Understand

Do you love sports? Were you always one of the first one picked in gym class to be on teams because everyone knew just how good at sports you are? Not everyone loves sports, and even fewer people are anything more than armchair athletes, either because they don’t have the time or energy for sports, or they just don’t have the coordination for many sports. You are someone who should be proud of your abilities, but being into sports can have its ups and downs. Here are 10 things that only yourself and other athletes will be able to fully understand.

1. You eat, a LOT

When you are into sports, your metabolism is high, and you will need a lot of food to keep your energy levels up. You will probably find that you are the first at a buffet table, and there may not be anything left for anyone else when you are done.

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2. You often hear “get on the line”

As an athlete, you have heard this from your coaches at least once, and you probably dread hearing it again.

3. You get LOTS of bruises

Don’t expect to not be battered and bruised after a game. Suck it up and put some ice on the bruises, and get back in the game. Of course, if you have any serious injuries, be sure to have them attended to by a physician so you can get right back in the game as soon as possible.

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4. You don’t have time for fun

You are so busy keeping in shape and training that there is often very little time to go out and have fun with your friends. Your schedule consists of work/school, training, practicing, food, more food and sleep, and not necessarily in that particular order.

5. You need flexibility

When you are into sports, you need to have a lot of flexibility. This is something that you must keep practicing, or you will lose it. FLX Body is a great resource to learn more flexibility workouts.

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6. You get up before the sun

You are dedicated, and you often wake up to practice while it is still dark outside. This dedication will put you ahead of everyone who would rather sleep in. You will be laughing at those who are complaining about having to get up at 8 in the morning, when you have already been up for three hours and working your butt off.

7. You hate stairs

Your legs are likely sore after training sessions, and the last thing you want to see is a big set of stairs ahead of you. You secretly wish for an elevator or an escalator so you don’t have to tackle those stairs with sore legs.

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8. You don’t know what to do with free time

When you finally get a day or two where you have no work to do, and you aren’t training or practicing, you will be at a loss to find something to do. You may even end up feeling bored, because you aren’t doing your regular routine.

9. You discover muscles you didn’t know you had

Once you start training, you are going to have a lot of aches and pains. In fact, you will have muscle aches where you didn’t even know you had muscles. You won’t hurt right away, but just wait until you try and get out of bed the next morning.

10. You take all games too seriously

You will end up being quite competitive, even to the point of taking any game, even board games, way too seriously. You are used to winning, and it soon will become everything to you.

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15 Positive Thinking Books You Need for a Happy Life

15 Positive Thinking Books You Need for a Happy Life

Books give us the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of people with greater wisdom than ourselves. They stimulate our brains and help us not only solve the problems we struggle with, but also motivate and inspire us with new ideas.

One of the great things about people who think positively and live happy lives is that they love to help others do the same. There are countless positive-thinking books and these 15 are a great way to help you start living a happy life.

1. Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

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    This book goes through the horrific struggle of Viktor Frankl who survived holocaust concentration camps. The only thing that kept him going was his idea that everything, even the worst of human suffering, had to have meaning. If you’re struggling through anything in your life, I guarantee the words of Viktor will give you courage to press on and find happiness.

    2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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      What is life’s greatest lesson? Morrie, a retired professor with a fatal disease, opts to use his predicament to share that message as opposed to just giving up and dying. Following the last few months of Morrie’s life will help you realize what is truly important in life.

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      3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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        Similar to Tuesdays with Morrie, Randy is a college professor who finds he has a fatal disease with only a few months to live. It is customary for professors at his university (Carnegie Mellon) to give a final lecture with the basis of ‘what wisdom would you impart to a large group of people if it was your last chance?’ Randy stays incredibly positive throughout and even keeps the lecture humorous and entertaining. Amidst it all, his wisdom is a powerful reminder about how to live a happy, full life.

        4. Earning Freedom by Michael Santos

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          Michael Santos was sentenced to 45 years is prison for selling drugs. During his term he fought hard to earn a masters degree and half of a doctorate (halted by the warden) while writing numerous books educating students about the criminal justice system. This book provides a fascinating window into his entire sentence (released in 2012) and how a positive attitude and strong work ethic got him through it. If he found happiness in prison through positive thinking, we can do it anywhere.

          If you don’t have the attention span to finish a long book, the following quick reads are shorter but just as powerful.

          5. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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            This book has shaped childrens’ minds for years. It illustrates the undeniable fact that when you think positively and believe in yourself, you can accomplish extraordinary things.

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            6. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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              Happiness is found in giving. What does it mean to love someone? What would you sacrifice for someone you love? This children’s book teaches a valuable lesson about unconditional love and what it truly means to be happy.

              7. The Dash by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson

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                “When your life is over, everything you did will be represented by a single dash between two dates—what will that dash mean for the people you have known and loved?” (Linda Ellis) We don’t choose a lot of things about our life – parents, birthplace, etc. – but we can choose what that dash between those two dates means. This short book will give you a great perspective on making your life worthwhile.

                8. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

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                  “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state… Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.” (James Allen) This book might be short, but it is jam-packed with statements that will make you stop and think. We truly become what we think we are. Negative thoughts affect us more than we know. Positive thinking = happy life.

                  9. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald  Miller

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                    You are the author of your story. No matter how boring or dull your life has been, you can always turn it around. Donald was in a rut in his life. He had no desire to get out of bed and found himself questioning the meaning of life. Eventually he realized he wasn’t a slave to a pre-written script. He used that mindset to turn around his thoughts, actions, and life. When the closing credits roll on the story of your life, what will people say? Never forget that you have the power to push your limits and live an interesting, happy life.

                    10. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

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                      The Traveler’s Gift is a fictional story about a man who is overwhelmed with life and finds himself thrown into numerous true events from history – including Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He interacts and learns important life lessons from seven different experiences. The book is full of ways to think more positively and find more success in life.

                      11. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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                        Malcolm Gladwell motivates you to challenge your preconceptions of underdogs and misfits in this thought-provoking book. When you break down the facts in the story of David and Goliath from the Bible, you find that David really wasn’t an underdog at all – he was the one with the advantage. This book outlines story after story after story of people who were at a disadvantage and learned to find the strength in their weakness.

                        12. How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen

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                          How would you feel if you got to the end of your life only to realize you had been measuring success wrong? Clayton provides a mass amount of wisdom and advice on how to live a life you won’t regret.

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                          13. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

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                            The small things we worry about every day may not seem like a big deal, but they wear us down slowly and stop us from living up to our full potential. Learn how to get rid of those worries and negative thoughts and live a happier life.

                            14. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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                              C.S. Lewis, who used to be an Atheist, explains how he came to find meaning in life through Christianity. He breaks down all the reasons we doubt and falter in life and how living the principles of Christianity fixes our weaknesses. Lewis is famous for his deep, thought-provoking quotes and this book is no exception.

                              15. Bushido: The Way of the Samurai by Tsunetomo Yamamoto

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                                Bushido is based on the Hagakure, a document that served as the basis for samurai warrior behavior. The document’s purpose was to shape the mind and the spirit of the samurai warrior.

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