It is March, we are about one-quarter of the year in. Hard to believe it how fast time flies by us, but what is even harder to realize is that nearly 100% of people who in December had ambitious goals of getting back into shape, gaining strength and dropping fat are back to their old eating habits, inconsistency at the gym and even have let the goals die down altogether. I feel for them, because as I like to say, the way you do one thing is likely the way you do everything. You can make a lot of money and be out of shape, but who are we fooling here could you have a little less money in exchange for feeling better, being stronger and having longevity down the line? Maybe. Or how about being very good with women, how long will that last when your metabolism slows down and you look like shit not to mention your body not being able to function optimally. Hormonally studies show you’re likely to be less happy and more likely to make
You can make a lot of money and be out of shape, but who are we fooling here could you have a little less money in exchange for feeling better, being stronger and having longevity down the line? Maybe. Or how about being very good with women, how long will that last when your metabolism slows down and you look like shit not to mention your body not being able to function optimally. Hormonally studies show you’re likely to be less happy and more likely to make bad decisions about other things.
- Unreliability: It is highly unlikely that someone who doesn’t have a portion of their day blocked off for physical activity, has their day blocked off for other things prosperous people have blocked off in their day for. Things like praying, meditation, checking your bank balance and calling a friend go hand in hand with physical activity. You can almost find a direct correlation with people who do not work out and people who do not accomplish things in life. Momentum is the name of the game here. People who do have a regular physical activity are more likely to read to get ahead, are competitive and connect with people who are on a path to better days as well. In short, if they do not have a time blocked off on their day for themselves, how can they have time for you?
- Attitude: There is one thing worse than hearing a baby cry in a confined area, that’s hearing a friend, colleague or a person complain that doesn’t workout. The amount of things in the world that is not their fault is infinite and they do not need to change. They started Jan 1 with a bang, doing every machine and maybe even an hour of cardio, but as the weeks went on things slowed down. Now, weeks later due to all the time they do not have because of things that are not their fault they can’t find their way to workout. It’s OK though, leave them be. Caution: Do not, remind them of the time and energy their waste on complaining could be used to train for 15 minutes.
- Respect: If a person cannot find time to workout it is likely not a person who is worth investing in. If they do not workout it is deeper than physical, it is a psychological problem and can. People who are generally at ease with themselves and are happy, invest time into their health so that they feel as good as possible to be the best they can and perform at top speed. If they do not respect themselves, what is their perception for you, and if they do respect you how fun would it be to respect someone who thinks so little of themselves?
If you know someone like this or you if these should like you, I have been there. The reasons listed above are not absolute but just something personal to me that I felt I had to share. I feel that it is essential in order to succeed in anything but more specifically in fitness that you find what really triggers you to push towards that goal every day and use that along with other methods that keep you accountable.
A quick fix: Setting mini goals toward your bigger goal increase dopamine release, because of a sense of accomplishment, makes it more likely that you will be more accountable when a task such as going to the gym when you are tired comes ups. Setting smaller goals toward your bigger goal will make you map it out a timeline for your day, week and year to make it all possible.
An example for myself would be that I want to make it to I want to make it to 180 from 190. The winter is over and I hibernation season is over with. What should I do? Should I just stick with the overarching goal here with being obsessed with the weight goal? No. It would be to my advantage to list things out like say going to Wal-Mart and pick up unprocessed foods at the beginning of every week, doing it HIIT cardio, continuing to lift weights, get more sleep, etc. This is a winning strategy. This is the mistake people make when they set their resolutions. They have a goal too big, too broad with no sophistication and since they have no specificity it crashes down because of no firm foundation. Hopefully, these guys get into gear and crush it this year, they still have time! Accountability is key, find you trigger and get to it!