Quick fixes are bull
The long game has always been important. To me personally, and to North Star as a business. Our mission is happiness through health, and that’s not something you can turn on with the flick of a switch. The key to success in health and fitness is consistency. By focusing on simply showing up day in day out, you can develop the mindset and habits of a winner to gain confidence to lose weight, look great, and feel amazing.
Consistency is key
What differentiates success from failure is just consistency. This is particularly true when it comes to fitness. As much as we’d like to think that results come from a super-awesome-super-secret-special-program, the harsh reality is that results come from showing up day-in, day-out, regardless of all the distractions and excuses. So here’s my thought…
The journey vs the destination
Showing up isn’t just a means to an end, it is in fact the ultimate goal. When you’re having a good day, it’s easy. You look forward to showing up. You look good, feel good, and crush that workout. But what happens when you’re having a shitty day? There are times when we have more bad days than good days. It’s no wonder. On any given day, 100 different excuses could present themselves.
The stories we tell ourselves
Personally, the most common stories I tell myself to get out of a workout are that I had a bad night’s sleep, that my shoulder is feeling sore, or that the workout has too many wall balls in it (yes – wall balls are my nemesis!) The problem with those stories is that they revolve around a specific outcome I expect of myself for this workout.
These stories don’t serve anyone because they are based on fears and expectations surrounding a workout that hasn’t even happened yet. If I didn’t get enough sleep, I know I won’t be as fast or powerful, If my shoulder is bugging me, I worry about what my clients will think of me if I modify the workout. I’ve found that the way to beat this vicious cycle is to return to the present.
Here and now is all we have
The simple act of deciding to show up brings us back to now, and eliminates fears and worries that are rooted in the future. One way to ease into this mindset is to give yourself an out. Tell yourself that once you get there, if you’re not feeling it, you can just hit the showers and go home. Sometimes I even give myself permission to use the 6lb medicine ball instead of the 14lb ball for those wall ball shots! But here’s the thing, once I show up and get moving, I instantly feel better, and I’m willing to bet that you will too.
Even if you can’t muster up a full workout, if you show up, you might still do some stretches and a few minutes of light cardio, despite the lack of motivation. Not only is that better than nothing, but if you are in the right mindset, you’ve actually got a win under your belt. What would have felt like a miserable failure otherwise is now a success. This is the essence of the art of showing up. Showing up consistently has a snowball effect. Each time you show up, you create momentum.
The Seinfeld Strategy
Before you know it you’ve got a streak… and that streak is where it’s at! Real time feedback on your progress is critical to keeping the streak going. One way to reenforce the positive feedback loop is the “Seinfeld Strategy”. The famous comedian advised aspiring comics to write jokes every day. It didn’t matter if they were good jokes, what mattered was consistently putting in the time to write every day. He recommended marking a big red X on the calendar for each day a joke was written. Why not do the same for your workouts? Each day you show up, you get a big X on the calendar. Every time you show up, even if you have a bad workout, it’s still a win, because you’ve extended your streak. As the chain of Xs gets longer you reinforce this behaviour as part of your identity.
You can be the person you want to be.
You can be healthy, happy, and fit.
You can be the type of person who doesn’t make excuses.
You just have to be the type of person who shows up.
Cheers to showing up in 2019!
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