Have you ever gotten upset with your spouse over something they did? Did you mentally walk through how you were going to “discuss” it with them? How did it go? Was there an argument? Did you get your point across or did they fight you and get upset? What was the worst case scenario that you came up with?
Worst Case Scenario.
That’s the problem most of us face. How often do you imagine a scenario and see the best possible outcome laid before you? Almost never.
Even though we know it will probably not end up as bad as we envision, we stall, put off, procrastinate, and generally delay actions and activities we know need to happen, because we’ve told ourselves a story that enables us to fail. In many cases we let that story become justification for our failure to act.
I see this all the time with people looking to start their fitness journey.
- “I can’t do that.”
- “It will be too intense.”
- “I don’t want to be sore.”
- “I have to have my pasta.”
- “Everyone else is in better shape than me.”
- “I don’t want to be the last person in class.”
- “If I do this, I’ll get hurt.”
- “I don’t want to get bulky.”
- “I don’t have time, so this won’t work for me.”
There’s another name for the stories we tell ourselves. They’re called excuses.
Here’s how you stop the cycle of failure, disappointment, and regret.
Make your excuses into the reason you should and will take action.
- “I can’t do that, but it would be cool if I could.”
- “It will be as intense as it needs to be to help me grow.”
- “I don’t want to be sore from sitting on my butt with bad posture and no strength.”
- “I can have pasta if it fits within my plan to lose fat.”
- “Everyone else is working had to get in better shape just like I need to.”
- “I want to be in a class where I get support for the work I do.”
- “If I don’t do this, I’ll get hurt.”
- “I don’t want to get fatter.”
- “If I don’t make time, so this won’t work for me.”
You went in search of a program to help you get in shape, feel better, lose fat, stop aches and pains, or whatever…
You are at the doorway to amazing results, more energy, feeling better, sleeping better, having a better outlook on life, finding new healthy lifestyle friends, and accomplishing great things for yourself.
You know you need to make a change. You have 2 choices. 1. Make a change, work hard and see results. 2. Don’t make a change, make excuses instead, feel bad about yourself, and live with the regret.
You can tell yourself a new story and in the process completely rewrite the story of your life. Nothing is set in stone. How long will your story last, how much fun and adventure will it have Will it be a story of pain and giving up, or one of triumph and success?