There are so many daily, weekly and yearly tasks on our plate. We live in a world that keeps us busy and it can be both overwhelming and complicated. For example, and this is pretty embarrassing to admit but I have not had a copy of my dirvers license since September of last year. I lost it in Ireland, and have not visited the DMV to replace it. However, I have made 3 appointments to go to the DMV, but in each case something has come up that seemed more important at the time (e.g. Joe and Twade texted and said meet at the gym at 1pm for bear complexes). I had the idea of going, I thought about going, I even attempted to go, but I never went.
The point of the story is that if you don’t make something an immediate priority, it may never get done. Hell, I can use my passport to travel and get a drink so it’s not a huge inconvenience to me. BUT, if I get pulled over, I could get in some trouble, possibly a hefty fine. These same principles apply to our commitment to health and fitness. If health isn’t a top priority, it just won’t improve the way we want it to. It may not affect us this very moment, but we might pay the price down the road due to inaction. It’s good to check in and ask the question “What obstacles are preventing me from reaching my health and fitness goals.”
If you look around the gym, notice who seems to be making the most progress. It’s usually the individuals you see the most often, the ones who are the most bought into their goals. The one’s who eat clean, who rarely miss a workout, the ones who are the most committed. I often hear, “I would come in more but….” or, “I would do the No Bread Challenge except that…” There will never be a time in our lives when there isn’t “something else” stopping us from making that full commitment. For example, The 3000 Burpee Challenge is not so much a physical challenge (we can all physically do 100 burpees in a 24 period) it’s more of a commitment test. Can you commit mentally, physically and emotionally to a task, and have the discipline to follow through?
These little tests are becoming more frequent at our gym. They are designed to get us away from our crazy, busy lives and to focus on our self-improvement. These challenges and commitments will make us stronger, but they will also make us more dedicated in other areas of our lives. The first step is getting past the thinking about or talking about doing something, and actually doing it. So, with that being said, I have another appointment at the DMV and this time I will follow through!
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