Many of you have a real desire to lose weight, get more fit and healthy and it gnaws at you because attaining it seems to escape your grasp. Maybe you have taken proactive steps to achieve these goals and joined a gym, bought P90X, and/or started a diet but eventually you lost motivation.
As a personal trainer and gym rat, I want to help & see everyone succeed. Motivation can get you going but a gameplan is needed to achieve success. This is seen time and time again at the 1st of the year. The “ready to be fit” flock in to the gym with fresh enthusiasm but fizzle out usually before February. Then their are the regulars who have a determined focus to kick their fitness up a notch, but in time they fall back into their same patterns. I gotta say, this really bothers me. As a personal trainer and lifestyle coach, it should concern me, so I think a lot about this dilemma.
Over the years of counseling clients and listening to their stories of disappointment and struggle, these are the common barriers I’ve found that block people from attaining their fitness and life goals (myself included):
5.Overcomplicating the process
The answer recently dawned on me & it has the potential to set you free! You simply make the next best decision. You might be saying, “What ? That’s it?” Yep, it’s that easy!
How this simple truth can help you overcome these barriers:
•You overindulged during the weekend, normally you would beat yourself up with guilt and negativity. Today what you do is, make the next best decision.
•You checked out a gym, saw all the machines and it overwhelmed you. Take a breath & make the next best decision. Ask if the gym provides an orientation, or hire a personal trainer for a month that actually gives a care. You spend money on other things, your health and, yes, mental and emotional wellbeing is worth get coached to learn the lay of the land in the gym.
•You started a diet and 2 weeks into it you are starving or you ate something not on the plan. You are so driven to lose the weight by a certain time that you are overcomplicating and making the process harder than it needs to be. Step back and make the next best decision.
Teddy Roosevelt, a man who as president sparred in the ring weekly. Boxing and training forged in him an indomitable spirit. This man was acquainted with adversity & the pain of loss, but he didn’t allow his unfortunate life events to keep him stuck. He said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Each minute & each moment is a fresh opportunity to move you closer to your goal. When you mess up, and you will, forgive yourself and make a better decision. GET YOURSELF BACK UP, GET BACK IN THE RING & GET SWINGING! Instead of the bad choices you made in the past crippling you even more in your present and future, gain the wisdom from it and do your best in this day.