Now Is Your Time!
" I will start to eat right next week."
"I'm going to start my workout program on Monday."
"After the holidays, I'm going to get serious about my health and fitness."
"After the new year, I'm going to stop eating and drinking so much and start making better nutrition choices."
The statements above are very common for individuals looking to change their body composition. All too often, "tomorrow" is the answer to everything. I will do it tomorrow. I will get to it tomorrow. And then, tomorrow comes and well, maybe I'll get to it…Tomorrow.
My ninth grade English teacher and football coach would always tell us, "The time to hesitate is through." This statement has stuck with me like glue for the last 30 years; the time to hesitate is through. In terms of health, fitness, body composition change, etc., if we are always going to wait until tomorrow to make a change, guess what? That 'magical tomorrow' is never going to become a reality. When we look at the super-successful individuals in life, fitness, business, sports, etc., they are not waiting until tomorrow; they got it done yesterday.
Timothy Ferriss, author of the 4-hour Workweek says, "Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. When it comes to setting goals for your health, fitness and body composition, now is your time; not tomorrow, not someday. Now is your time.
Let's take the all-to-common scenario of the holiday season. Starting around Thanksgiving and Christmas, individuals start to use the New Year as if it is a mini trampoline that's going to propel them to a whole new level. "It's just too hard to eat right and exercise during the holidays. But, once the New Year gets here, that's when I'm going to start." It is statements like this that cause individuals to gain 10, 20, 30+ pounds during the holiday season. And when that New Year gets here and they are now ready to get serious, they are so overweight and out of shape that they feel sluggish and lethargic. That's not very encouraging and that does not light a fire under the individual. They have now put themselves so far behind the eight ball, that the mountaintop (the goals they have set) is not even visible. And this is where the frustration cycle starts.
The scenario above would be as if someone's mindset was to spend a ton of money, put himself or herself in serious financial debt and then say, "I'm going to start saving money tomorrow." And then when tomorrow gets here, guess what? The debt is still there and the not-so-good feelings start to set in and digging themselves out of this hole brings about lot of angst and frustration.
One of the main keys to avoid the scenario above is to always keep your health, fitness and body composition goals front and foremost in your mind. If we push our goals to the side and think that we will get to them tomorrow, tomorrow is too late, as we will start to lose sight quickly of the goals we set forth for ourselves.
Keep yourself highly accountable by writing your goals down, sharing them with others. In addition, each night before you go to bed, ask yourself this one question, "What did I do today to get one step closer to reaching my goals." By asking yourself this question each day, you will be sure to keep your goals right in front of you, increase your accountability, thereby, increasing your chances for success. Remember those great words from my ninth grade English teacher and coach; the time to hesitate is through. Now is your time; not tomorrow, not next week, not after the New Year.
What did you do today to get one step closer to your goals?
Dr. Rick Kattouf II
2x Best-Selling Author
Named One Of The World Fitness Elite® Trainers Of The Year
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