We waste a lot of time making excuses, when we could be making progress instead.
This year, quit wasting time trying to justify why you can’t workout, why you can’t eat right, why you can’t lose weight, or why it might be hard to reach your goals – because, honestly, there is someone busier, poorer, has more kids, more issues, more obstacles, and more limitations who WILL reach their goal in 2013 because they spent more time making time to do what they need to do to get the results they want, rather than making excuses to get them out of it.
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TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL MANTRA:
“You have to stop cheating if you and fitness want to last.”
If you’ve read my blog, articles or book, you’ve heard similar analogies about cheating on your marriage, work or finances. Today, I want to put a new twist on this subject in hopes of this really sinking in, to the point it changes the way you look at fitness and food.
The question I ask you today is not “are you going to quit cheating on your diet?”, it’s “do you want fitness to work for you?”
We’ve all wanted more than one thing at times. Several years ago, I wanted a new home. But, I also loved to shop. So the question Steve would ask me was not “do you want to keep shopping?” or “are you willing to quit spending?“, but it was “do you really want this new home?”
When it’s worded like that, it made me realize I didn’t have an option. If I wanted a new home, I HAD to quit spending in other areas – and I really, REALLY wanted this new home. I HAD to be more frugal. I HAD to make some sacrifices – but the small sacrifices I’d have to make paled in comparison to the reward. When I kept my eye on the goal, and not the sacrifice, staying disciplined was actually easy because it was so obviously worth it.
So, again, I ask you, “Do you want this to work?” If you do, you can’t eat what you want and get the body you want too. Because, if you aren’t willing to quit your cheating, I promise, you and fitness will not last long.
In the world of fitness, it’s easy to compare your speed, skill, stamina, strength, and physique to others. Even if you are 50lbs lighter than you were, you’ll still manage to find more things to complain about, and more things to fix, despite your victory.
It’s like buying, what my family calls, a “fixerupper” – a home that needs a lot of work. At first, you see the major stuff that needs to be fixed. You’ll even convince yourself that the house will be perfect if you can just fix those few major things. But, after you fix the obvious, you’ll begin to uncover a million other things that aren’t necessarily broken, but that could be better.
If you’re not careful, your innocent excitement will turn into obsession. While you are in the remodeling process, you’ll read more books, watch more home improvement shows, and make more mental notes on your friends and neighbors’ homes too – comparing your house to the BEST features from all the BEST houses. Before you know it, you’ve spent 10 years of your life fixating on all its imperfections, constantly comparing your house to other houses, and never really enjoying your home. Sound familiar?
We tend to treat our body the same way. At first we are consumed with the obvious, like our weight. Then we begin to pick our body apart, reading every fitness magazine, gazing at every “perfect” body, and always comparing ourself to the next guy – to the point we never just enjoy our new better “home”.
Once you give yourself a little break, you can enjoy making small improvements without obsessing over perfection. For some, that means looking a little better. For others, it means feeling a little better. Or, if you’re like me, being a little better just means fighting age, and the natural deterioration our body goes through when we neglect it – being a little better than than the average 41 year old sitting on the couch and eating pizza. Because it’s not like I can trade this model in on a new perfect one. So “better” will have to do. :)
If you have a fitness goal, then there are steps you have to take, much like a career, to get you there. Here are a few things to think about.
1. Have you lost focus?
2. Are you so honed in on the “job” you have forgotten the reward?
3. Are you just punching the proverbial clock and forgetting that a big pay off requires big performance?
Maybe it’s time to rethink things!
You’re training for a purpose. You have a goal of how you want to look, feel and perform. If I had to guess, you don’t want a small reward, or an occasional bonus – you want a BIG pay off.
Big pay offs take work. It takes dedication. No high-end executive got where they are by calling out sick. When their boss asked them to do something, they did that, and more. They weren’t late, they showed up with a smile, and they didn’t complain. Does that sound like you in the gym?
Are you giving your workouts everything you’ve got, as if you are up for the next promotion? I’ve got news for you – you ARE up for the next promotion. If you continue pressing on, you will experience a whole new kind of promotion that no boss or economy can ever take away from you. Work hard! Because hard work pays!
It’s time to climb the fitness ladder – all the way to the top!