I have a confession to make – I haven’t made any progress in the gym in the last few years.
While I’ve had some success with my career and relationships, physically speaking, this isn’t shaping up to be my best year. Sure, I’ve been lifting consistently and staying active. I haven’t ballooned up in weight nor have I shrunk tremendously back to my natural stick-figure frame. By the same token, I haven’t gotten any stronger either. Or faster. Or more muscular. If anything, I’ve gotten weaker.
None of this comes as a shock to me. While I hate to admit it, my fitness level hasn’t been a focus for me for a few different reasons:
- I was busy
- I was lazy
- I had no accountability
For quite awhile, I knew I needed to make a change. Fitness has always been and will always be an important aspect to my life. In my head, I knew a change was necessary, but instead of act, I kept making excuses.
“I need to focus more on work until I’m financially stable.”
“I’m working so hard that it’s okay if my fitness level suffers.”
“Well, I’m not getting fitter, but I’m also not getting grotesquely out of shape. This can hold off for awhile.”
As a result, I have remained relatively stagnant over the past few years.
I’d imagine I’m not the only one to experience the complacency syndrome. You realize that you’re unhappy with a certain situation, but it just feels too damn hard to change it. It can pop up in a number of areas in our lives:
- Career paths
- Mental well-being
- Physical well-being
In some cases, the feelings of complacency resonate in multiple areas at once leaving you feeling depressed and completely powerless.
The Road Out From Complacency
Recently, I decided to make a change and re-prioritize some items in my life. As I’ve said before, I believe that where we spend our time and our money represents the most important items in our life. I, for one, was spending them in entirely the wrong areas.
In order to help me prioritize my physical well-being, I decided to pull the trigger and register for the Scrawny to Brawny program from Precision Nutrition. Coming from my background in fitness, I’m very familiar with the coaches there. In fact, this wasn’t the first time I had considered joining. I had registered for their pre-order list for the past three coaching groups. In all three circumstances, I talked myself out of it.
I didn’t have the money.
I wasn’t ready to commit the time.
I know how to gain weight so why do I need a coach?
In my head, I knew all three of those arguments were a lie. If something is important enough, you can always find the money. The same thing is true for time. Finally, “knowing” is only half the battle; real results requires active implementation of knowledge.
So, I stopped waiting for the perfect scenario.
I took the plunge and signed up. We’re only in the second week of the coaching group, but I’m already far in front of where I would be if it was up to me. I have a regular routine, a coach and coaching group to turn to for motivation, and guidelines to keep me on track nutritionally.
Through this experience (and others like it), I’m continually learning that the perfect scenario never truly does exist. All of the pieces won’t fall into place at the exact right moment. You’ll never have enough money or enough time. But, both of those items are allocated by you. So, you can choose to allocate them in a different way than you are now.
Start thinking to yourself – what have you been postponing? In what area of your life are you waiting for the perfect scenario?
It’s likely never going to come.
Instead of waiting, figure out what steps you can take right now to help right the ship. There will always be reasons to put things off, but happiness is one thing in life that shouldn’t be delayed.