You know how it goes. You go into your new fitness goals blazing, ready for anything. You’re gonna get fit, it’ll be awesome, you’re really pumped up! Then, you have to work late one night and suddenly you’re like,
“eh… I guess I’ll skip my workout today”.
Hear that? That’s the sound of all your dedication and gung-ho determination deflating like a flabby balloon. Working out is not impossible or anything. Your legs haven’t fallen off and as far as you know, there is no zombie apocalypse going on. It’s not like you can’t do it. But it is mighty inconvenient.
There’s a reason you’re in a rut
Ruts are nice and cosy and easy. They’re comfortable. A routine, no matter how bad it is for you, is still a routine, and it makes you feel safe and happy. By definition, getting out of that rut is going to feel a lot less cushy.
So, when you’re facing the opportunity to step out, your brain looks at this minor inconvenience and thinks, “There! Proof! I knew all this pushing yourself and reaching your goals BS was wrong.”
It’s easy to see inconvenience as a reason to stop. You assume that you’re taking on too much, that you’re being too ambitious, that being fit requires some sort of Herculean energy that you, a mom with a full time job and 2 kids, can’t be expected to muster.
The inconvenience is temporary
Yeah, it sucks to head out to a training session when you usually spend that time vegging out in front of the TV. But consider this: once you make a new rut, it’ll seem just as strange to you to not train. New habits only hurt when you’re putting them in place – once they’re in place, they’re not nearly as inconvenient.
Many people bitch and moan about wanting to change, wanting to break out of their crappy lifestyles and be better, but unconsciously hope that they can do all that while not changing a single thing.
A real lifestyle change, though, isn’t some special thing you tuck into your regular life without noticing it. Real change happens when you have the courage to rip out the parts of your life that don’t work and replace them with things that do.
And that hurts!
How long did it take you to get used to a new habit?
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What You Can Do
The founder of Combat Mindset, Michael Saad, is a straight-forward and easy to follow Results Coach that helps athletes, fighters and tactical operators get mentally and physically stronger.