If you’ve seen (and love) the movie “Back to the Future Part II” you know the next line in that scene.
In case you don’t, it’s “Are you in, or out!?”
If you are not familiar with it, you can find it on YouTube. It’s quite funny, so always worth a viewing.
The next time you say to yourself “I need to make a change” immediately follow that up with “Am I in, or out?”
Hint: there is a right answer.
I hope you choose better than Marty McFly did in that scene.
“Once you pop, you can’t stop.”
Quite a clever slogan for Pringles potato chips. However, it can lead to disaster if you take it to heart (or your stomach) and end up eating a whole can of them, among other foods typically labeled as “junk.”
You start classifying foods as “good” vs “bad” and then train yourself to hate the idea of bad foods.
So, when you walk into your kitchen it’s like you are staring at a fork in the road, where one side is a dark forest filled with monsters making scary sounds and the other side is a field of grass with a blue sky.
If you don’t have the discipline to choose the sunny path at will, you need to understand that you set yourself up for that bad choice.
The reality is that you actually created that dark, scary forest.
It’s on you to not plant those trees and let the scary monsters settle in,
What you need to do is train yourself to not put the chips in your shopping cart to begin with.
You might know someone who has reached that ideal state you are going after.
Or you might see them on social media, possibly following them regularly.
It’s common for people to follow fitness models, athletes, celebrities, or even just their friends and want what they have in terms of a fit body, tons of energy, and what appears to be “ideal” health.
All you really know is what they show you. You don’t know everything that went into getting to that point.
The fact of the matter is you may not actually want to know because that’s the unsexy part.
Not everyone is ready to get up in the morning and say “on top of all the priorities and business I already have to deal with, I want to put even more work on top of it all just for myself.”
But those other people did, and they adjusted their lives accordingly. You are not living that life, only they are.
You need to live your life and yours alone.
If the one you are living today is not getting you to the state you want to be in, then get a (new) life.
Thinking is easy. You could be sitting on the couch and watching Netflix or browsing social media and have your mind be elsewhere.
Thinking about all the things you wish you could do, like take better care of yourself.
I guess doing something unproductive while thinking of something productive is a form of “multitasking,” but it’s a pretty useless activity at the end of the day.
Switching to learning & thinking may seem more productive, but too much of that is also useless at some point.
You can read books, articles, research papers, listen to podcasts all you want and amass a wealth of knowledge, but none of that really matters if it’s not converted into action.
How useful is a hydroelectric power plant inside of a dam if the water on one side never flows through to the other? Not very.
Doing is hard.
Doing is also the only way to produce results.
Knowing the “top 10 things to do for whatever” doesn’t matter if you can’t even execute on the first one.
Stop thinking (so much). Start doing (something).
You could order a Mona Lisa paint-by-numbers kit and have it at your doorstep in 2 days. Maybe even tomorrow, if you order within the next 3 hours and 42 minutes.
Completing it wouldn’t necessarily mean you are at the same artistic level as Leonardo da Vinci.
But it does mean you have created art, and thus you are now an artist.
It’s easy to see a celebrity, or professional athlete, or whatever a social media influence actually is, and think “must be nice.”
It must be nice to have a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a chef, access to the most high-end workout gear, top-notch nutritional supplements, or whatever else they may have.
Maybe it is nice to have any or all of those things, but you don’t need them. You can take a paint-by-numbers approach to get the body and health you’ve always wanted.
That’s what the GetFitFormula is meant to do.
It’s the paint-by-numbers kit for yourself, and it’s free.
It must be nice to paint like Leonardo da Vinci, but you don’t need to be him to hang the Mona Lisa on your wall at home, point to it, and say “I made that.”
Sign up to get the 3-Phased Approach for Busy People to Get in Shape and get started for yourself.
The definition of “happy”: feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.
The definition of “satisfied”: contented; pleased.
For two words that have very similar definitions, they don’t really feel the same, do they?
I encourage you to treat them very differently.
When you are on a journey of change for you should be happy with your progress along the way.
At any given “happy moment” though, you should not be satisfied.
Because the work is not done. There is more progress to be made.
And you’re more than happy to keep the journey going.
The mind is a wonderful thing. It can also be our own worst enemy.
When we find ourselves in a state we aren’t happy with the mind is quick to justify it.
Maybe you have a weight issue, or feel lethargic all the time.
One bout in the gym has you sore for days, where just five years ago you could have done that all week.
How did this happen? How did I get to be like this?
Simple questions that the mind can craft complex answers to. It can always connect the dots, and often makes up whatever dots it wants to along the way.
You have a built-in lie detector: your body.
If your body is saying one thing, and your mind another, trust the 200,000 years of evolution that have shaped our species.
Listen to your body. Mute everything else.
Quote: “I need to get motivated.”
Said by anyone wanting to do anything worth doing.
Motivation is a short term thing. I won’t even call it a strategy, because it’s not. Similar to “hope is not a strategy” for launching a new business.
When you define some crazy new goal or achievement, what’s going to get you there is discipline.
Day after day you’re going to need to work towards your goal.
Discipline means you keep doing the things you need to even on the days that you don’t want to.
Those are the days that it’s especially important to rely on discipline, and not motivation, to keep making progress.
Picture an Olympic sprinter who wants to win a gold medal in the 100-meter event at the starting line for the final race.
Don’t you think that the other runners are just as motivated for the gold as him or her?
Can they simply “motivate” themselves to be faster than the rest of the pack at that moment?
What gets that sprinter to the top of the podium, watching their country’s flag get raised during their national anthem, is discipline.
For years leading up to that one race, they needed the discipline to work on that gold medal on a daily basis.
Not every day was perfect, and there were certainly times they may not have accomplished much at all, but it was that discipline that got them back on track the next day.
Change that quote from “I need to get motivated” to “I need more discipline” and you’ll be “good as gold."
Today you have a choice between two options: stay the same or make a change.
When you aren’t happy with the current state of you, staying the same is hard.
When you decide to make major changes to your lifestyle or to learn a new skill, launch a business, etc. you will also find that to be hard.
Either way, you are choosing the hard path.
So, why not choose the path that leads to a better you?
By the way, you will be faced with the same choice tomorrow. Change takes time, and that time goes by one day at a time.
Making the same hard choice to change on a daily basis can be described in another way:
What if you could start all over again?
Sometimes it’s easy to get into the “Oh well, F@!% it” mode when you feel that your current state is too far out-of-hand, especially when it comes to health, and just continue with the poor habits that you got you here.
I want you to imagine being given a “clean slate” with whatever it is that bothers you.
Triglycerides through the roof? Poof! Back down to 120.
Blood pressure is back in the green “ideal zone” on the chart.
Chasing your first kid around the yard was not much of a problem, but with the second one, you’re sucking wind after 10 minutes.
If you’re not at a place you want to be and knowing how that feels today, would you continue to live the same way if you had the chance to start over?
Your body is built to adapt and evolve. Whatever the better habits are that you would take on with your “clean slate” self, starting them today will put you on the right path to get to that same point.