“I would train if I could, but I just don’t have the time.”
Sound familiar? It should. The average American watches 36 hours of television per week. This equates to 1,872 hours per year, which is almost three months!
Think of what you can accomplish in a quarter of a year. You could start your own online business, get in great shape, or begin pursuing martial arts.
I find it amusing that the number one reason people can’t workout is because “they don’t have the time.”
The fact of the matter is that most of us do have the time. The problem lies in your overall priorities, not your schedule. If something is important to you, then you’ll find a way to make time. It’s really that simple.
I understand there’s an element of practicality to this situation. You have to go to work, pay the bills, and spend time with the kids. I’m not suggesting that you sacrifice any aspects of your career and personal life to get in shape.
But when you take an honest assessment of most people’s daily routines, there’s usually a plethora of hollow, idle activities. Time can be found by simply turning off the television, video games, and computer.
Simply showing up is the most important part of success. Most people rarely show up. They “talk” about what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it. But when it comes time to execute, they are nowhere to be found.
“But I’m extremely busy!”
When I was an overweight accountant working 90 hour weeks, I could find the time to work out just 20 minutes per day. Here are some tips:
- Wake up a half hour earlier each day
- Workout on your lunch break
- Train immediately after work
- Go on weekends
- Workout before you go to bed
I’m willing to bet that you have never left the gym with a sense of regret. I know that I never have. To be honest, there are a lot of days that I don’t feel like training. I would much rather stay on the couch and “watch the game.”
When those days occur, I don’t rely on “motivation.” Motivation and willpower are both rare mental states that we possess each day. So how do some people train every single day while others can’t make it through the first week of their “New Year’s Resolution?”
Rituals. Creating successful rituals.
What you DO daily is going to determine WHO you are. Your rituals will dictate the majority of your actions each day. If you want to stay consistent to a workout routine, then you need to focus on getting enough momentum behind you.
How To Form A Ritual
A ritual takes 21-30 days to form. If you are starting a new training routine, then you’ll most likely feel excited during the first few days. Soon after, resistance will start to set in. Those next 7 days will be extremely difficult, and you’ll be tempted to skip your workouts.
Most people rationalize with themselves by saying, “It’s just one day. I’ll get back on track tomorrow.” That one day off turns into two, and then you end up splurging on the weekend. Before you know it, your fitness goals are put on the back burner for another calendar year.
Don’t worry on the vanity aspect of your goals. Instead of jumping on the scale or looking in the mirror, just focus on showing up for those first 7 days. This is by far the most important part of the transformation phase. Even if you train for just 10 minutes, that’s enough to get the job done. After the first week, the resistance will slowly start to dissipate, and you’ll be that much closer to creating a ritual that will pay major dividends to your body and mind.
When you get a couple of weeks under your belt, you’ll begin to feel pulled to workout each day. Momentum will slowly start to take over, and you won’t have to rely on your motivation levels to train.
Remember, the key to success in any endeavor is getting yourself to show up. Don’t buy into the fraudulent gimmicks and “magic pills” that get perpetuated throughout society. Embrace the process that lies ahead, and deal with the resistance head on. Within just a few weeks, working out will become as routine as brushing your teeth in the morning. When you reach this point, it becomes inevitable that you’ll transform your body.
Your rituals are going to determine your level of success. Take an honest inventory of your actions each and every day. Identify the toxic rituals that you have, and start replacing them with positive ones. Imagine if you cultivated a new ritual into your life each month? In one year, you would be living a completely different life.
The Benefits Of Getting In Shape
The harsh reality is that most people live dogmatically with no sense of purpose. Their entire life is predicated on the opinions of their friends and family members. If you want to live a life of abundance and autonomy, then you need to structure your day accordingly.
Fitness is no different than any other endeavor in life. If you want to get results, then you need to make it a priority. Stop “talking” about your fitness goals, and be one of the few people that lets their body speak for themselves. Getting in shape will give you newfound sense of confidence that you can apply to other areas of your life.
My transformation gave me the courage to start attacking my fears. I stopped listening to people who were striving towards mediocrity, and started living life on my own terms. I quit my job as an overworked, underpaid accountant, and started an online business that allows me to pursue my passions. I started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and now have a purple belt in arguably the toughest martial art in the world. I also cut the toxic people out of my life and ended up finding the woman of my dreams.
And you’re telling me you can’t find 30 minutes per day to train? Stop watching “The Bachelor”, and start giving your body the attention it deserves. Sacrifice today for the betterment of tomorrow. I promise in 30 days, you’ll love the results.