What’s the nastiest thing you can ever tell yourself?
Did you have an awesome weekend?
I like to start these posts off with a little story…but I got nuttin’. Evidently my life isn’t very interesting right now, which is a little sad. I’ll make sure I do something interesting before I post again to make up for this discretion. Maybe go knock off a bank or go through the drive-thru at Burger King with my “Fit Dad” license plates and stickers on my back window advertising my business (that’s nothing new because I’ve done that before and feel like a goon every time!).
Okay enough of the cutsie stuff.
The subject line makes this seem like it’s going to be a negative post, but it really isn’t. I want it to be more of an eye-opener than anything – not something to make you feel bad in any way – but sometimes we need to talk about the negative in order to get to the positive.
So what’s the nastiest thing you can ever tell yourself?
The worst and nastiest thing you can ever say or think is “I’ll start tomorrow.” And that can be tweaked in any number of ways by saying “I’ll pick up with my healthy eating again tomorrow” or “I skipped workouts again this week, but I’ll begin anew tomorrow.”
I’m sure you get the point – anytime you convince yourself, or allow yourself to believe this lying statement you are doing nothing but pushing your goal farther and farther away.
I like to help people believe that they need to LIVE their goal now, rather than keeping their goal at some point 12 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 months, or however long, in the future.
By living the life you want now, you begin to hold yourself accountable to that which you want.
Want to be 20 pounds smaller? Live it now…not tomorrow.
Want to fit into an old pair of pants? Live the life of that version of you now…not tomorrow.
Is that making sense?
What does that version of you eat (or not eat)?
What does she drink (or not drink)?
Don’t get me wrong – saying you’ll “start tomorrow” isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You have to start sometime (and now is usually the best time).
Here’s the problem with that statement – it’s usually not the first time you’ve said it and possibly not the first time you’ve said it this season or even this month.
Am I right?
I know I’m right because I hear it on a regular basis.
There’s nothing wrong with slipping up from time-to-time, nor is there anything wrong with having a weekend where you relax your eating habits and there’s certainly nothing wrong with taking a week off from working out (which is actually good for you…if you’ve been consistent for a number of months), the problem comes in when that statement pops into your head on a regular basis.
You need to, and must, live for right NOW…now tomorrow and certainly not yesterday.
Yesterday (or even 10 minutes ago) can’t be changed. It’s done…gone…in the past.
You have no real power over tomorrow. Sure you may be able to plan things for tomorrow, but do you really have any power over tomorrow?
But you do have power over right now.
Make the decision that you’re going to change NOW.
Make the decision that you’re going to do something positive NOW and then do it.
Don’t kick yourself in the butt (which is physically more difficult than it sounds) about what you did in the past and get pumped up about what you’re going to do in the future – do it now.
Make, and keep, an appointment with your trainer.
Throw the leftover junk out of your kitchen that’s too much of a temptation.
Do a boot camp workout – I’ve given you enough to use.
Eat an apple.
Eat some broccoli and imagine it scrubbing away your insides of all the junk you’ve accumulated.
Cook up a bunch of chicken breasts for the coming week.
Do something NOW, not tomorrow.
Live today. Love today. Smile today.
Okay, that’s all. I’ll step off my trainer-pulpit.
Have an awesome day and I’ll talk to you soon!