Friends, I have a confession. Tonight, I was full of excuses. I was tired from a full day yesterday. The air was so thick with humidity that I felt like I was walking through a sauna. I was up early to do lawn work. I didn’t get home from being out until late. I had NO DESIRE to workout. I was full from dinner. I had (…and still have) two HEAPING loads of laundry to fold and another 3 loads to wash. I had a dog who needed walking, floors that needed cleaning, and a me who just wanted to sleep.
I was lazing around, lethargic and sluggish. Then I thought about my clients. I thought about the determination and perseverance they have when they adapt a new lifestyle. I pictured the sweat pouring down their faces as I train them, and push them hard. I push them to be the best they can be. Why couldn’t I push myself? I was frustrated at myself for not holding myself to the same standards I hold my clients to.
So I shifted my mind. It was too hot to run outside, but I could certainly get a jog in at the gym. I heaved myself into my bedroom and slowly put on my running gear, still not quite certain I was going to go to the gym. With running gear on, I searched for my car keys and got to the gym.
The moment I stepped through the door, my brain shifted gears. I locked up my bag, filled my water bottle, and set the goal of 3.02 miles on the treadmill. I ran it out, and did it at a faster pace than normal. I was inspired the effort my clients put forth on a weekly basis, and motivated by my pace.
Here’s the point: excuses are sick, mind-twisting mental hurdles that can consume you. Excuses rear their ugly head, and you have two options when they do: you can let them win, or you can say, “Screw you, excuse!” and prove yourself wrong. You can continue to lounge for the rest of the day, or you can leave the day on the gym floor. You can stay in bed for an extra hour, or you can jolt your metabolism, greet the sun, and let the positive energy of the sunrise set the tone for your day.
I usually regret not going to the gym. Even if I am just going to use the stretching aids, I am still making a conscious effort to better myself as an athlete. When I walk through the gym doors, I am investing in me. I am telling myself that I am worth it. I am worth spending time taking care of my body.
I NEVER regret going to the gym. I never go to bed at night and say, “Man, I really regret working out today. ” I might say, “Man, I really regret that my body didn’t want to do a hard workout” or, “Man, I regret that I didn’t push just an ounce harder”. But I never, ever say, “I really regret going to the gym today.”
I invite you to challenge yourself this week. Prove yourself wrong. Don’t let the excuses win. You can overcome your mental hurdles. Try telling your excuses, “NO!” for a week, and see how far you get. You’ll get farther than you are now, and I promise you won’t regret it…