I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “it’s easier said than done.”
It’s true and the words make sense.
But its used as an excuse.
When asked why an action hasn’t been taken in one’s life, some people quickly respond saying that it’s easier said than done.
Of course it is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
“You can make the time to exercise more.”
“Well that’s easier said than done!”
“ I see that you’ve fallen off track again. Tomorrow’s a new day just get back to it.”
“ it’s easier said than done! I’ll start again next week.”
The list is endless
Why am I spending so much time on a simple phrase? Because the words we use say a ton about what’s really going on.
You can be scared
You can fall off your program
You will not, nor should not be “perfect”
That’s all fine
Just please be honest with yourself and with others about why you are choosing to not act on what you say you want to achieve
We prioritize our priorities. Always.
If you don’t want something, that’s fine.
If you do, like really do, you’ll prioritize it.
Get after it
Motivation is quite interesting.
“If” you could be wildly motivated 24/7/365, you would be incredibly consistent with whatever you choose to give your attention to.
You would be ultra-disciplined.
All of it.
Nobody – not even one person – is perfectly motivated all-day-everyday.
If they say they are, they are either lying to you or are highly delusional.
Nobody is motivated all the time, yet there are tons of successful, disciplined, and accomplished people out there.
People that consistently show up, accomplish, and succeed do so for far deeper reasons than just “feeling motivated.”
These people want – rather, need – to see themselves as the kind of person who exhibits discipline.
They want others to see themselves as disciplined.
There are many deep reasons why you do what you do, but all of them are rooted in how you see yourself.
Next time you are feeling unmotivated and plan to wait until the mood strikes, ask yourself, “how do I want to view myself? As someone who does what they say they’re going to do? Or someone who doesn’t.”
It’s your choice.
Perfectionism is the ultimate killer of consistency.
Many use perfectionism as a disguise for their fear of commitment.
I know, that may sound pretty extreme, especially for fitness, but let me explain.
Perfectionism is typically worn as a badge of honor, making it seem like an “All-Or-Nothing” mindset is what real winners have.
The best in any arena are masters of consistency, not perfection.
They earn greatness not because every day is a success, but because they stay consistent despite “failed” days.
If you are having trouble with consistency and resonate with the idea that if you miss one habit then you might as well restart next week/month/year, this message is for you.
I truly hope it helps.
Know that real commitment to something or even someone means staying consistent through adversity, not abandoning ship at the first sight of it.
Blaming other people.
Blaming a lack of time.
Blaming a lack of resources.
Blaming anything but yourself, will leave you frustrated and insecure.
There are no exceptions, honestly.
This does not mean you should dwell and beat yourself up.
Rather, you should feel liberated by the control that is gained from saying “I did this” or “I didn’t do this, and it’s because of me and me only.”
If you don’t want something enough, that is absolutely fine.
Just don’t complain about not having it because if you really did want it, you’d find a way to make it happen.
You’re strong enough to do that.
Don’t devalue yourself by putting your results in another’s hand.
Take control. It’s not their life. It’s yours.
The more experienced you become in fitness, the more “mistakes” you will have under your belt.
Don’t avoid the mistakes as they’ll teach you the most important things about your fitness and about yourself.
Reverse engineer your ambitions into the smallest possible piece.
Have a 3 month goal?
Break down the required actions for each…
And then into mini 5-10 minute chunks per day.
Whatever you want is an accumulation of those mini chunks done repeatedly.