Hope you had great holidays savages! Hope everyone has finished the year strong, as a happier, healthier, stronger version of themselves. This article is going to cover a few common challenges & excuses I have run into throughout my fitness and coaching career.
Procrastination: The phrase “I’ll start tomorrow” is perhaps one of the most detrimental to achievement of any form. Be brutally honest with yourself. If it isn’t important enough to take action TODAY then it is not a priority to you. Obviously every day is different, we feel the pressures of life, career, family, friends, maintaining some semblance of sanity & trying to balance everything. Imagine for a second that today is all you have. You would want to squeeze every second of life out of the day right? You would want to feel good, smile, move, laugh and be energetic right? It does not have to be perfect, but do something today. Conscious action, no matter how small is the key to continuous improvement.
Motivation: Finding motivation can be a challenge. Maintaining it consistently can be an even greater hurdle. Have you ever wondered how pro athletes maintain motivation? It’s actually much simpler than you might think. You must start with a purpose. A reason that is deep and meaningful for you and resonates with every fiber of your being. It may sound cliché or like some hype up nonsense. The reality is every great achievement starts with a great “why”. Without purpose we just go through the motions. It doesn’t have to be perfect to start, just write down whatever comes to your mind. Talk about it with people close to you or a coach or mentor if you have one. It will continue to evolve as you understand yourself more fully.
Consistency: Perhaps the most vital step in achieving results. When we have a routine and actually stick to it! Life has a way of not making things easy for you. That’s ok, adapting to challenges creatively keeps you even more forward focused. For me, when I travel or during the holidays or even on vacation I consider this time vital & never miss a workout. Most people would protest that they don’t have time or have too much going on. Finding time is never an issue when you have a priority.