Already Lost Your Resolve Regarding Your New Year’s Resolutions?

I really didn’t think it would happen that fast: the drop-off in gym attendance since January, that is.

Perhaps you’ve abandoned a few resolutions by now, and maybe getting back in shape was one of them.

Let’s get beyond the guilt and grab a solution – – not a resolution, ok?

Take a moment to read this short but excellent article from Inc. Magazine:
Done is Better Than Perfect. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwoKTy9SA

As the writer suggests, take any small fitness action right now. 30 seconds of high stepping in place or 10 push-ups, or 3 squats–whatever!

Believe it or not, the consistency of doing small things on a regular basis with minimal improvement will, over time, lead to greatness. It’s quite possible that you were blindsided by disappointed when you worked out intensely for two weeks and then gave up because the slight improvement wasn’t worth the pain.

It happens all the time.

Success, as well, happens all the time…

… always with a consistent forward movement that proceeds step by step.

Enjoy the invigorating experience of high stepping for 30 seconds… and make sure you do it again tomorrow just a little more and a little better. What you’ll find is that 30 seconds won’t be enough, and you’ll want to do 5 squats instead of 3, and before you know it you’ve made it a habit, and after a while you’ll see it’s your lifestyle.

Got it?

Go get it!

Steven

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5 replies

  1. Love the slogan “Done is Better Than Perfect.” I say, “Check it off.” (the list)

  2. You’ve touched on one of my favorite self-motivators for exercise and other things I’ll never win a medal for. “Done is better than perfect!” What causes that quick fall-off in gym attendance? For once thing, we older folks have to confront the ambivalence and even shame that we feel about our own aging. Unless we do all our workouts in the basement of our house, we’re going to encounter other people on the track or at the gym — younger, faster, stronger, better looking people. Then the comparisons start. There’s a girl over there with a pierced face and tattoos doing chin-ups like there’s no tomorrow and deadlifting 275 lbs. with ease. “I’m so slow, weak and wrinkled. I’m making a food of myself!” I think. “I’m going home to watch videos and eat corn chips until I keel over.” Fact is, that girl couldn’t care less what I do at the gym. She’s too busy admiring herself in the mirror.

    So I keep the focus on MY GOALS: maintaining and improving my muscle and bone mass, my cardiovascular fitness, my balance, flexibility and endurance — all in support of keeping my independence as long as possible. Steve, you are so right: every effort, no matter how small it seems to you, improves on the one before and stimulates your motivation for personal transformation. Perfection is not an option, so let it go. Tennis champion Arthur Ashe said it best: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Yeah baby!

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