The only way you will follow through on an exercise program is to be sold out. The military calls them “lifers.” These are people who are committed to something for long haul. Are you a lifer? Could you be a lifer?
A lifer has a sold out mindset. He or she realizes that there will be potholes to go through; there may even be a sinkhole up ahead, but they get through it or they go around situation. It may take support from others, but it gets done. You may not be a lifer today, but you could be if you don’t make changes now!
I was named Mr. Michigan in statewide bodybuilding contest in 1988. When I competed in bodybuilding contests, it took me a good month to decide if I really wanted to go for that particular goal. The decision process was well thought out. I realized days ahead would bring doubt, frustration, pain, and at times, humility.
I also realized it could bring many emotional setbacks. Was I willing to pay price? Was I willing to change my behavior and lifestyle for hope of a future benefit? All those thoughts had to be debated before decision to move forward was made. However, when I made decision to go forward, a switch was turned on that could not be turned off. I could not turn back. There is a sense of relief that comes with making a decision. Perhaps because once that decision is made, all pressure is off. My philosophy is: “GOALS CHANGE, DECISIONS DON’T”
Why do you think New Year’s Resolutions don’t work? Waiting to start a good exercise program begs question, “Are you serious enough about it to begin now instead of putting it off till a certain time?” Now is time to start.