“You’ll Never Realize Your Fitness Goals.” -You
“It’s not time. Remember when you tried to start an exercise regimen in January last year? Let’s wait until March when things aren’t as hectic. You’ll be ready then.”
“You need to get into better shape before you make it back into the gym. You should run outside for a few weeks, THEN go back.”
“Dieting has never worked for you. You need to find time to pick up that fat-loss supplement. That will be the difference. That’s when you’ll make the change.”
“It’s cold outside. It’s hot outside. You’re too fat. You’re too skinny. You’re too old. You’re too busy.”
Your own mind can tell you some pretty shitty things.
Author Steven Pressfield, in his book “The War of Art,” calls this toxic inner dialogue “resistance.”
Resistance is fear. Resistance asks us to postpone action and to rationalize our current, comfortable situation. Resistance will incessantly whisper in your ear that “its not time,” or will conjure up any possible negative consequence of action.
According to Pressman, you should ask yourself “Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
Resistance won’t go away. Whatever story it’s telling you now will be there next week, and next year. Resistance will invent new stories to keep you from action.
Resistance will remind you of past failures. It will give you countless reasons NOT to act, and it can be convincing.
Resistance can come in the form of binge TV watching, excessive drinking, or other activities that can temporarily distract you from doing what you know you need to do.
If you allow it, the fear that resistance instills into you can stop you from doing the EXACT thing you need to do. You already know that, otherwise resistance wouldn’t be talking to you so loudly.
And I’m not talking about a one-in-a-million Rocky Balboa story. This isn’t an invitation to up and climb Mount Everest. This is about doing what people do hundreds of thousands of times every day.
Just start something, and then keep going.
Every single person who has ever had a fitness success story has started with resistance, and has eventually disregarded it in favor of action.
Why not you?