THIS IS A CLASSIC! Have gotten a little this as of late, so I knew I wanted to bump it to the top of the blog! Enjoy :) and grow up!
Look out gang, cuz Coach Wayne is about to go off!!!
Granted, I could take the politically correct approach and try to give some of you a nice little nudge in the right direction, but hey, that’s not my style! I have to shoot you straight. And the straight up fact is that many of you are SPOILED rotten!!! (I still love ya though!)
Don’t be offended! It’s just the truth. America has become the land of the spoiled brat in the last couple decades. We want what we want, and we want it now. We don’t want to have to sacrifice or work hard for it. We want it given to us. And if we don’t get what we want, we throw a fit and sulk around like we are a helpless victim. If something requires hard work and persistence to achieve, we’d rather not drag our butts of the couch. It’s sad but true!
Have you ever met the spoiled little kid who never gets told, “No!”. They get whatever they want, whenever they want it, or they throw a hissy fit. They get to eat McDonald’s Happy meals 7 times a week because by golly, that’s what they want! They don’t have to drink their milk or eat their veggies because they don’t like them. And they sure don’t have to do chores or anything strenuous that they don’t feel like doing.
Well, guess what? You don’t just automatically outgrow being spoiled! We live in a society with adult spoiled brats all around us! You might be one yourself!!! Do you ever tell yourself, “No!”?
I used to be a spoiled brat when it came to food. I didn’t like veggies so I didn’t eat them. I would say things like “I’m a picky eater” (aka I’m a spoiled brat!). For lunch, I never considered what was good for me. No way! I made my lunch decision based solely on whatever sounded yummiest to my gluttonous stomach. I would eat just as much pizza from the buffet as I could stuff in myself without getting sick. I would go to the Mexican restaurant and eat 1000 calories of chips and queso before my lunch ever arrived at the table! I was spoiled rotten! I gave myself exactly what I wanted without ever telling myself “No!”.
I used to be a spoiled brat when it came to exercising. I didn’t want to get up early to exercise. I would say things like “I work too hard all day and I just don’t have the energy left to exercise on top of everything else I do.” (aka I’m a spoiled brat). I felt like I was already working harder than most, being successful at work, being a good dad to 5 kids, and volunteering at church and school. I didn’t have time for exercise (truth — I didn’t want to exercise!)
And even worse, when I would get “fired up” about working out, it wasn’t because I really wanted to sacrifice my selfishness and make a life-long change. It was because I got on some emotional high from watching an infomercial or a Rocky movie, so my “fitness passion” would only last about 2 weeks before I’d lose motivation and quit. What a spoiled brat I was!
Let’s just cut through the “code language”, shall we??
“I’m a picky eater” –> I’m a spoiled brat!
“I’m they type of person who can’t eat veggies” –> I’m a spoiled brat!
“There are so many holiday parties coming up. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.” –> I’m a spoiled brat!
“I lose motivation after a couple weeks” –> I’m a spoiled brat!
“I’m too busy with all my other responsibilities to workout” –> I’m a spoiled brat!
“No one supports me and keeps me going” –> I’m a spoiled brat!
Have I offended just about all of you by now?! LOL! My intent isn’t to offend anyone, but to just shoot you straight because this may be the only place you’ll hear the truth! Your wife or your husband or your momma may not have the guts to slap you upside the head and tell you to stop acting like a spoiled baby, but Coach Wayne will :-).
Suck it up, make a commitment, and act like an adult and HONOR YOUR COMMITMENT! 2 year olds make a promise that lasts about 5 minutes. Adults make a promise and honor it no matter what (or at least they should!). Are you an adult or a 2-year old trapped in an adult’s body?
So, with me dropping the hammer on some of you, I must really have it all figured out, right? No! It’s still a constant battle. There is a spoiled little brat inside each of us (including me), demanding junk food, demanding us to sleep in, demanding us to do what we want, when we want. We have to learn to tell ourselves, “No!”. I’ve definitely gotten my own inner-brat behaving much better, but I know it will always be there. How are you doing at taming your inner-brat?
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