I look in the mirror. It’s back. That sheath of body fat that is the direct result of discipline swayed by birthdays, vacations, holidays, and ever-present work demands.
Just seven months ago I was in the best shape of my life – parading pics and video of my naked torso in as many corners of the Internet as I could find. And now… back to “average”.
Sure, average is a relative term. Within the demographic of single American male small business owners in their late thirties, my health and fitness would still be considered well above average. Should I take solace in this? Use that as an excuse to say “good enough”?
I can still pull off the party trick exercises like single leg squats, L-sit pull-ups, and one handed dive bombers. Isn’t that, “good enough”?
To quote best-selling business author Jim Collins, “Good is the enemy of great.” It’s easy to succumb to the traps of being “good”. Being “good” is nothing but a smoke screen salvo that tries to convince you all is well when you are really in that dreaded place known as the comfort zone. And there is no growth in comfort – only regression.
How To Get Back On Track With Your Workouts
So how do you break the chains of mediocrity and get back on the wagon to greatness?
Below are three ways to get you back on track:
#1 Swim in Better Circles
My health and fitness is above average for my general demographic. So what? I’m looking to guys who are better than me and striving to swim in their circles.
Shall I name names?
Craig Ballantyne, Jon Gilson, and Steve Maxwell all set high standards of health and fitness (not to mention knowledge, service, and professionalism) that I strive to emulate.
The Internet makes it damned easy to find heroes and trailblazers in any field of interest. So Google it up and find the people at the top of their game. And then read their blogs, buy their products, and get inspired.
#2 Go Extreme
Legend has it that Arnold Schwarzenegger cut off all of his training pants at the knees when he was striving to develop his calves – he wanted that constant reminder of his goal.
This weekend I got a tattoo of a congruence symbol on my left wrist as a constant reminder to keep my actions congruent with my thoughts. Perhaps tattoos and cutting up your wardrobe are a bit too extreme for you. . . but there is something you can do as a bold statement to emphasize the importance of your mission.
Maybe it’s buying those pants that are your desired size and hanging them up where you can see them every day when you first wake up. Maybe it’s pledging to give a twenty dollar bill to anyone who catches you eating junk food. Whatever works for you is fine, but don’t be afraid to go a little extreme.
#3 Start NOW!
“Well after this weekend, I’ll get started with my new diet and exercise regimen on Monday. . .” How many times have you heard that? Or worse, how many times have you said that?
Two words: Fuck. That. For those of you offended by my language, I’ll quote spiritual/health/success teacher Deepak Chopra via Twitter, “We are all on death row. The uncertainty is the length of reprieve and the method of execution. Death makes life possible.”
Let the finiteness of life inspire action. The sobering truth is that you really might not have tomorrow – so don’t wait.
What are some of the things you do to re-motivate yourself to get back on track with your workouts?
Leave a comment below and let me know!