If you know me, you know that I’m not a big fan of gimmicky infomercial fitness products that make big claims. So you might be wondering why this blog post is entitled "success is guaranteed."
I don’t mean that you will achieve your results overnight, and I definitely don’t mean to say that it is easy. But if you begin to pursue a goal, and you know what that goal is, and you keep systematically progressing toward that goal, and you change your approach when needed, you will achieve your goal… eventually.
Yes, I know "eventually" is not super motivating. But it's true. However, most people don't achieve their goals because most people give up before that day comes. The road is too long and hard, and so they give up.
But if you are making progress, even if it’s slow, you will eventually get there.
Think about fitness like you just decided to walk from California to New York. That would be a heck of a trip! But, you would eventually get there as long as you kept going in the general direction. But it takes a long freakin' time and a lot of effort! But... eventually you would get there.
I like that analogy of walking from California to New York because there are many similarities between that long walk and the walk of a fitness program.
Along the way, you are going to come across some terrain that you didn’t expect. You are going to come across potentially getting lost and not knowing which direction to go. You might also come across some people who point you in the right direction. You might come across some people who steer you the wrong direction, no matter how well meaning they might be. The scenery does not look like New York, so you might give up because you get the sense that you’re on the wrong journey. You have to constantly check back in with yourself and ask yourself if you really want to go to New York.
Well over 99% of the time you’re not at your destination. Reminding yourself of what you are doing is very important.
Thinking in terms of "directionality" is the key. Imagine that last month you were walking through Nevada, and now you are walking through Iowa. Even though you’re still not in New York, you are closer to New York. Think in terms of progression.
Day in and day out you walk. Most days feeling like what you did today was meaningless, that it’s not contributing to the whole goal. But when you add up all those days, you get something amazing.
Your fitness program is the same. There will be times where you want to give up. What you have to do to get to your goal looks nothing like your goal. What am I doing here?
Are you better this month then you were last month? Are you better this year than you were last year? Are your goals timetables looking far enough into the future? If not, you will get discouraged because you want things to happen faster.
It’s not fast, but your results are assured. If you keep going, you will achieve your goals, guaranteed.
Of course, things can always happen to permanently derail you. You could become disabled in a major accident. You could get sick. You could die. But barring some major catastrophic event, you will get your results.
One last excuse that I want to bring up. You might mention that if it’s going to take three years, why bother? I’m going to be so old at that time. Well, let me put it to you this way… In three years you will be three years older anyway, you might as well be fit at that time.
Keep going back to this analogy of walking across the country, and you will get a very good idea of how difficult and time intensive it really is to achieve a fitness goals.
Having said all that, it is so worth it! There’s nothing more worthwhile than developing your body into the vision that you have for it.
Nobody likes to walk alone, especially 3,000+ miles. If you need help, reach out your hand and I will meet you where you are. No judgment. Let’s walk together. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to start training with me either in person or online.