Fitness has very little to do with sets, reps, weights, and healthy nutrition.
I mean, of course those things help an awful lot but they won’t do you any good if you don’t actually do them.
And there’s the problem: It’s not about what to do but rather how to change your behaviour so that you actually do it.
Some people come to me ready to change. They’ve decided they want a better life, they’re committed to the process, and they’ve made room in their lives to devote the time and energy needed to change for the better.
Others aren't ready to change. They like the idea of a different healthy life but there are still too many things that keep them from making that change. Things like:
- Really close friends with unhealthy habits
- Enjoying certain foods or ways of eating too much to give them up
- Being spread too thin between work, family, and other obligations and not having time to devote to changing
- Being afraid of the amount of work it will take to change
- Wanting an easy fix
But here's the deal: If you love the way your life is now more than you love the idea of changing, you are not ready to change.
If you like drinking on the weekends instead of prepping food for the week ahead, more than you like the idea of reaching your goal, you’re not ready to change.
If you like working very long days and not sleeping enough instead of setting a bedtime more than you like the idea of reaching your goal, you’re not ready to change.
If you like meeting clients for drinks every meeting instead of moderating yourself, more than you like the idea of reaching your goal, you’re not ready to change.
If you like sleeping in instead of working out before work more than you like the idea of reaching your goal, you’re not ready to change.
If you like catering to your kids by keeping loads of junk food in the house instead of controlling food in your household more than you like the idea of reaching your goal, you’re not ready to change.
And that’s actually ok.
There is nothing wrong with liking those things. And there’s room for all of those things in a healthy life. But if you like them more than you want to change, then you are not ready to make that change.
Again, this sounds like I’m being mean but I promise I’m not. I'm not passing judgement, I'm just calling a spade a spade.
If making a change is important to you and if you really want to make that change above all other things, You’ll do it.
You’ll find a way.
You'll flick the switch...
How to Flick the Switch
Think about why you want to change. Why do you want to be fitter, leaner, stronger, healthier or whatever it is you want?
Dig deep and figure out why you want to make that change and ask yourself how much you love that reason.
Maybe your reason to change is to be a role-model for your kids.
Or maybe it’s to improve your confidence so you can date again.
Or maybe it’s because you just want to be healthy and live a long life.
Every decision you make has a filter now: Do you want to do this more than you love your reason to change?
If you don’t love that reason to change more than you love your current lifestyle then just forget it.
But if you love that reason above all else then flick the switch. Go get it. Don't let anything hold you back. Nothing is as important as that.