In the day and age we live in, it’s mind-boggling how many of us fail to take advantage of the available tools and resources we have at our disposal. Yet, funnily enough, we continue to weep and complain about how “hard” we have it.
For instance, you can hire a qualified trainer and have a pretty solid plan laid out… BUT, the ability to actually put in the work is no where to be found. Sorry, folks. You’re not entitled to anything, and results aren’t going to be handed to you on a silver platter.
1. Embrace The Suck Factor
It’s quite humbling that more and more people are starting to know who I am and what I do. That having been said, whenever someone tells me the ol’ I need to get in shape before I go to the gym excuse, I just shake my head. That’s like waiting for the other three tires on your car to wear out before you take it in for repair — it makes no sense whatsoever.
Look, it’s hard and we all have grueling schedules. Suck it up! And, guess what? We’re always going to be put in less-than-ideal circumstances. In fact, something I’ve learned from working with my clients is that conditions are never going to be perfect (and are rarely in your favor). At some point you’re going to run out of excuses, and realize that you can’t get much done if you only work on the days you feel good.
Understand that taking care of your health, getting stronger, looking and feeling good, is a choice. It’s your choice.
Give forth an honest effort and work to make it happen.
2. Alter Your Environment
When you’re trying to get in better shape, it is, in fact, a daily struggle. At times it can get lonely, and it’ll feel like you’re walking on a thin ice — which is why having a supportive environment is more favorable. It’s surprising how a lot of people have next to no support. There’s a ton of value in being around other people who want it as bad as you do, and you’re cutting yourself short if you try to do it alone. When you surround yourself with like-minded folks, you automatically tend to do better.
The best program in the world won’t mean a thing if you can’t execute it to a T. Having support from your family, friends, or even your co-workers goes a long way.
If you find yourself always hopping on and off the horse, it’s time to establish an environment that’s conducive to your goals.
3. Change The Dial, Don’t Stop
For some, diet and exercise is synonymous with depression and unpleasantry. The thought of rolling out of bed to workout doesn’t get them excited. I don’t know about you, but what I find depressing and unpleasant is the thought of having to pop medication like candy.
An invaluable lesson I’ve learned from my years working at a commercial gym was that if you work easy, execution becomes hard. If you work hard, executing becomes easy. To give context, it’s much the same with training. Initially, it will be hard, but once you get the ball rolling, it becomes less difficult. Working diligently improves the odds of success. It’s all in a matter of staying consistent.
I’m all for taking breaks when needed, but it’s another thing when you completely fall off the wagon, and unfortunately, that’s what ends up happening. It’s virtually impossible to quantify the results when that becomes the recurring theme. The training never stops, folks. The dial just changes.