How do those who are successful at fitness get there? What is their secret? We look at them and we think that they have it easy. Their lives are not as complicated as ours, or they don’t have the same schedule, they don’t have kids, they work less, they don’t have an injury or bad knees. Excuse after excuse. We seem to focus so much energy on why we can’t, and why we have it harder.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
― Helen Keller
This is so true when it comes to finding your Momentum with health and fitness. Our minds are our greatest asset and our biggest road blocks. If all focus is on our crazy schedule, or our kids, or bodily limitations, than we will not see how much opportunity we have to reach our health and fitness goals.
What can you do?
Find your open doors!
People who have found their Momentum are the ones who have found and now focus on their open doors. They are the ones that honestly have looked at what they can do and enjoy doing and they are going for it. They are the people who know that they can get to class at 5:30am, they are the ones that know that they can’t run but they can do strength training, they are the ones that know that they don’t have time to spend driving 15 minutes to get to the gym but they can do a bodyweight workout at home before work.
Stop making excuses and make a plan!
Decision making takes a ton of energy. Whether it is when to workout, what to wear, or what to eat. If you have a plan than all those decisions are made. If you make your plan based on what you can do, what works for your schedule, and what works for your body than you won’t have any excuses on why you didn’t follow through.
What do you have time and the resources for right now? Stop comparing yourself to your friend, neighbor, celebrity. Come on! What can you honestly do?
Find what you love and why you love it!
What else is the secret of these successful people? They have found an activity or a couple of activities that they love. They have found the joy in strength from weight lifting, or the meditative effects of a walk through the woods. They love watching HGTV at the Rec Center while riding the elliptical. They have found the fun in working out with friends in a class and laughing while working out hard. They have found the increased brain capacity that they have through the day when they work out in the morning. They have found the satisfaction of a great nights sleep after a relaxing walk. They have found the activities they love and the reasons behind why they love them!
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”
Successful people know that you don’t get there in one day. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a part of every day. It’s walking to work instead of driving, it’s cooking at home instead of eating out, it’s a short 15 minute strength training workout when you wish you had time for an hour. It’s small decisions that we make all day, and all week, that build our Momentum and take us where we want to be.
“It’s not about having time, it’s about making time.”
You can only build your Momentum if you make the time for it. If health is so important to you than find time. We have to learn to say No to things that do not give us true satisfaction. If you honestly want something than you have to figure out how to make the time for it. We make time for Facebook, for shopping, for nails, for parties, and TV shows. These give us nothing back. They are not gratifying the way that health is. They are not satisfying the way that taking some time out to clear your mind is. We have to take care of ourselves first and then we can truly enjoy caring for, giving, and helping others.
To build your Momentum it will take energy in the beginning. It will require some early mornings. It will most definitely involve some trial and error. You will have workouts you miss, and meals you wish you hadn’t ate. It might seem like it is requiring sacrifices in the beginning, but after some time you’ll realize that the things you sacrificed don’t give you the satisfaction that reaching your goals gives you. Once you start settling into what truly works for you, what you enjoy, what you really have time for, than you’ll feel that groove, you’ll be riding that Momentum, and I promise that it will not take the energy that it felt like it took in the beginning.
“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”