If you’re new to working out, or if you’re looking to kick things up a notch, start now. Don’t
wait until tomorrow, or Monday, or January 1st, or any future date. Once you’re inspired to say to yourself, “I’m going to start working out,” do something right away. When we put things off, our motivation wanes. It’s called the law of diminishing intent. And the longer we put something off, the harder it becomes to get started.
We’ve all had moments of inspiration after watching a video, or seeing a friend who looks good...or reading a blog post. That inspiration leads us to say things like, “I’ve been putting this off long enough! I’m going to start working out first thing Monday morning!" Instead of waiting, do something active right away, before your brain talks you out of it. Go for a walk around the block, or do five push-ups, or simply sit down and stand up 10 times. The important thing is to do something that takes you one step forward in your goal to incorporate fitness into your daily routine.
Mel Robbins has a great trick in which she counts down in her head (or aloud), “5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go.” If we take action within five seconds, we’re SO much more likely to get somewhere than if we just think about it. Additionally, if we have this great idea on Wednesday to start a new workout routine the following Monday, we miss out on five days of results! Start making deposits into your fitness account today so you can take advantage of every possible moment to grow that account.
Focus on the Process, not the Product
Whether you’re just starting, or you’ve been at it for a while, try not to focus on how your body looks. Focus on how your body feels. Once you start feeling better, the natural byproduct of those feelings will be a stronger, healthier looking body. It takes time, though. If it didn’t take time, everyone would be walking around with six-pack abs! Every workout, no matter how big or small is making a deposit into your fitness account. You might not see results immediately, but they'll definitely show up if you keep making those deposits. If you’ve heard that line too many times and you’re rolling your eyes at these words right now, let me show you the other side of that coin to drive home the point.
When you eat a cheeseburger with fries and a thick chocolate shake, you don’t drop dead immediately, right? If dropping dead were the result of eating like that, nobody would eat like that! But when you do, you’re making a withdrawal from your fitness account that will result in a downward trend over time. If you eat poorly every day, things are really going to trend downward.
If we keep in mind that every decision we make leads to positive or negative results, then we’re more likely to make positive choices. This sounds simple in theory, but it’s not always easy to follow in practice, especially when a cheeseburger, fries, and shake are staring you in the face! Practice makes proficiency though. Make choices today for which your future self will say, “Thank you!”
Have a great day!
Chris Carlock is a Professional Life Coach who inspires others to create perpetual progress in their lives. To learn more about his coaching services and to sign up for his Daily Dispatch email, visit www.ChrisCarlock.com.