"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
After a couple of long conversations, I was able to negotiate them down from a full-size RAF fighter jet and a real live fire engine to a large box of Lego each. (Phew! I am not going to be bankrupt this Christmas!)
Lego has to be one of the biggest, most iconic toys ever invented. It has been around for years and the designs and models are becoming more and more advanced. You can never get bored of it. I remember playing for hours on rainy days with my brother when we were younger, so as far as life skills go, it's fair to say I have extensive Lego-building experience.
By experience, I mean I consistently make the same mistakes every time I build it.
It's funny how when you're completed a Lego model, you have that delicious feeling of satisfaction (I do anyway). But that satisfaction is always short lived, because Mitchell (my 7 year old) will drop a bombshell on my by holding up a couple of pieces and saying, "But Dad, where do these bits go?"
My heart sinks. I scratch my head. Surely it is impossible to get this wrong. The instructions are in a logical order, with diagrams, in a simple step by step instruction manual. The Lego even comes in smaller separate bags now so you have exactly the right pieces ready to go at each stage of the model building.
In the beginning, I visualised the Lego police station that would soon be standing in front of me and dominating my living room.
I always begin by following the instruction manual to the letter, but sooner or late impatience gets the better of me. When I am supposed to be on Step 3 step number 8, putting together the smaller parts, I find myself skipping ahead to the more exciting stuff on page 7, where the bigger and more prominent parts are waiting to be popped and click together.
I had to demolish my work of art and spend more time re-tracing the steps to put the missing pieces back in. If I had just taken a step back and actually read the instructions the first time, I would be in a much better position.
Building Lego models, building a lifestyle, building a body to be proud of is all the same. It's a step-by-step process. Don't be like me when I'm building my Lego models for my boys. Be patient, educate yourself and take time to read the information. It will save you a lot of setbacks and heartache later on.
Trish and I have set out to do just that, create a step by step guide for you to create a body to be proud of. If you follow our instructions to the letter, you will be able to build the model that you always visualised. If you rush it and leave vital steps out, you will have to knock it down and start again.
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