How many times do you think the Olympians of today have wanted to throw in the towel, skip early morning practices, or ditch on time in the weight room because sleeping in or hanging out with friends sounded ‘easier’? I’m fairly certain it happened more than once… But guess what? They didn’t – they instead focused on their ultimate goals and changed their thinking. What once was ‘hard’ and ‘uncomfortable’ started getting easier and pretty soon the ‘tough’ stuff became habit. Now let’s apply this to a ’real world’ scenario:
Meet ‘Pat’ – Pat has always struggled with weight, now has Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, hormone/thyroid abnormalities and is always tired. This ‘state’ has been the theme for the past 5 years. Pat is on a number of prescription drugs and it seems that every visit to the doctor adds another or a higher dose. As for diet and exercise – well, Pat pretty much ignores any recommendations in those areas. It’s not to say the thought hasn’t occurred to make changes, in fact; Pat has even tried – there was the DASH diet, that bout with Slim-Fast, the walking program, home exercise equipment, and the unused gym membership. It was all too ‘hard’ and since Pat had all the meds to control the major health stuff, the ‘comfortable’, ‘easy’ path was the chosen route.
Now, granted most of us are not in as dire need of intervention as ‘Pat’ – but I’m fairly certain we’ve all got something that’s keeping us ‘comfortable’. Well, it’s time for us to be Pale-’O’-lymipians. It’s time to do the things that are ‘hard’ and ‘uncomfortable’ and to reach for our goals of physical, mental and emotional health. If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say that you’ve either already made some major changes or that you’re thinking about it. The mind is your fiercest competitor – change that and you’re in medal contention. Everything is hard before it is easy, and nothing that’s worth doing doesn’t take some work.
Start training now and before you know it you’ll be “Going for the Gold”! – More From writer Amy Kubal and Robb Wolf