Desire, Motivation and Follow Through

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to win the lottery? When you hear of some lucky person winning $100 million, does your mind begin formulating a list of all of the things you would buy? The places you would go? The things you would do? Mine does. I have told my wife many times that if I ever show up to the house out of the blue in a brand new Aston Martin, that I have obviously won the lottery. Here’s the kicker though; I never purchase lottery tickets. So, what is the likelihood that I will win it? Slim to none and slim just left in my Aston Martin.  What does any of this have to do with fitness? Well, I have talked with hundreds of people over the years who have very specific fitness goals. They talk about how they would love to lose 10, 20, 50 pounds. They would love to have a smaller midsection or a butt and thighs that were not so flabby. Often, I hear these comments while they are in the process of doing things that are taking them farther from their goal, not getting them closer. While ordering dessert after pizza “I wish I could wear my bikini at the pool party, but I’m too out of shape”. It happens often and it makes me scream….on the inside.

Changing your current circumstance takes three simple things: desire, motivation and follow through. Most everyone gets the first part. They have the desire to change. They have a crystal clear idea of what they would like to look like. There may even be motivation. They join a gym, start a diet or make a verbal commitment by telling everyone they know that they are going to lose weight. But, like my failure to buy a lottery ticket, no true action is taken. There is a lack of follow through. Thinking about fitness will not make it come true. It takes action. Showing up to your workouts, scheduling time for yourself and not cheating yourself out of that time is follow through. Not giving into every temptation (and they are everywhere, always) and eating what is better for you, not just what tastes great, that is follow through.

A wise man once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Take that first step. At least you will be moving toward something rather than standing still. Make a commitment for 30 days to do what you know is right and under no circumstance waver from your commitment. Heck in my case, I’m 42 years old…it is only a .2% commitment of my life. Why do I ask for 30 days? Because it will give you an opportunity to establish new habits and patterns. My experience shows me that habits tend to be self-perpetuating. Do the right thing (or at least do better) for 30 days and it will feel weird if you deviate from it. It becomes easier to stay the course.

So, enough of thinking of making a change, MAKE a change.

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