When we look around at others and see people struggling we can easily relate and tell ourselves how awesome we are that we have overcome this and that. However, when we look around and see successful people, especially in areas we are not finding so much success in, we do one or all of the following three things:
- We tell ourselves, “I am fine with who and where I am, I am ok with being fat and happy” ( for example).
- We tell ourselves simply, “I can’t do that either and I am ok with that”.
- We tell ourselves, “I don’t have time, money, or the ambition to do that and it’s ok”.
All of those things are nothing more than excuses that allow any one of us to avoid taking a real hard look at ourselves and being “real” and honest with our current state of affairs. In this article we are specifically talking about health, wellness, and fitness. The intention here is to motivate you to question yourself, identify your own weak points, and work on them for your benefit. For those that have a hard time with a dose of reality and deem my approach as insensitive, a put down, or simply not the right “fit” for your style. Please remember one thing, the “right fit” is called status quo and leaves you wallowing in your comfort zone. If you do not seek out ways in which you can filter the tricks your mind will play on you (as we are all human and fall victim to our own minds) and allow for an avenue where you can receive reality checks then you will simply not grow and you will remain in the same spot you are in right now. And, this is even more true when it comes to our view of our bodies, what we eat, whether we exercise, and how fit or unfit we are. The following are some “get real with me” thoughts.
- Time- This is the most common excuse I hear for people not to commit to what it takes to make real changes in their health, wellness, and fitness. I have one thing to say, If you cannot find 60 minutes in a day to devote to your own health, wellness, and fitness then you have no life! I suggest that you seriously look at what you do and make changes. If you do not then you will be one of the hundreds of thousands of people across this planet with one or more of the common modern day diseases (diabetic, heart disease, cancer, anxiety, depression to name a few). You will run yourself into the ground and one day wake up and realize that you wasted most of the precious time given to you doing things that did very little for you or the world. If you want to be healthy and fit then you MUST choose to be healthy and fit. You MUST take steps to become healthy and fit. And, you MUST make the time to become healthy and fit. If you don’t make the time then there will never be time.
- Money- This is another one of the most common excuses I hear for people not to commit to what it takes to to make real changes in their health, wellness, and fitness. Money comes and goes; however, your health, wellness, and fitness does NOT! When your health, wellness, and fitness is gone……it is gone and very difficult to regain if it is able to be regained at all (depending on circumstance and/or illness). Our priorities are not in the right order. We get that money for the annual family vacation, Christmas, family dinner out once or twice a month, or that dress or bag; however, putting money on a serious avenue toward fitness and wellness is not possible. The reality is that none of those other things are as important as you health, wellness, and fitness. Non of those other things will matter if you are suddenly struck with a life threatening and/or debilitating illness or even death. The reality is that the first priority for where we all should spend our money is on our health and fitness.
- “I just can’t do it”- This is another common phrase I hear from people regarding their health, wellness, and fitness. Honestly, this translates into “I won’t do it”. YOU can do much more than you think you can do! The problem is that, like all human beings, we want to take the easy way. We want the results to be quick and fast and if they are not then we give up. We also tend to want things on our own terms or we want the results to line up to what we believe they should be along the way. Well, sorry to tell all but that is just not the way it works. You will have to try something, adjust it, readjust it, and even then the results will come in the time that your body takes to respond to the demands you are placing on it. You must get the right support. This starts with a good coach and a comprehensive health, wellness, fitness program. That comprehensive program must include 3 components: (1) individualized/customized strength training, (2) individualized/customized cardio, and (3) an individualized/customized macronutient plan. You most certainly can do it if you want to do it!
The bottom line here is that we tell ourselves all sorts of crazy stuff. Let’s be real with ourselves for our own benefit and launch ourselves into the best version of ourselves possible (both inside and out).
I Changed My Thinking, It Changed My life!