C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another new goal or to dream a new dream”, and I can’t think of anything to contradict that quote. S0, why I ask for what feels like the millionth time, are we boxing ourselves in? Why are we content to live in our little routine worlds without wondering what we’re missing? If I could offer you one piece of advice, it’s this- do not let any opportunity go to waste. If a new opportunity presents itself, then you take it. Take a chance on something new. Try doing something you’ve always done in a different way. Changing your daily routine even in the most minute way could have a staggering impact on your life as a whole. If your routine is feeling stale, then why the hell are you still doing it day in and day out? Why are we okay with being stagnant?
Last night, sitting on the couch after a busy day out, I was flipping through the channels and noticed some gymnastics event where athletes were qualifying for the Olympic team. (I’m sure there was a proper term for this event, Nationals or whatnot, but I am not a gymnastic guru) Not only was I enjoying watching these women perform amazing routines, but my mind was whirring, just thinking of the dedication it takes to get to such a prestigious point. What type of person does it take to basically dedicate his/her life to achieving such a dream? And why doesn’t everyone have that type of drive? Why are so many of us perfectly happy to be mediocre? No, my head isn’t so far in the clouds to realize that it takes a special person to reach heights such as the Olympics, but why aren’t more people trying to better their lives? We all have different starting points, different strengths, and different goals. I get it. But why are we not tapping into our full potential? At what point does one get in life where they decide no goal is worth fighting for or working towards?
I’ve heard so many people say that they aren’t happy with their weight, the way they look, or what they eat. But immediately following these remarks are excuses. Why? Because it’s easier to make excuses than to make changes. Because being complacent, being satisfied with blending in with the crowd, is so much easier than having to put forth an effort. Saying obesity runs in your family is just an excuse, because you can overcome that. You could change that trend for future generations. Hiding behind your work schedule when faced with the opportunity to join a gym or fitness class is yet another excuse. I personally know people who work twelve hour days, and have kids (so don’t use the kid card either), who still find time to work on themselves. I will staunchly argue the fact, that yes kids should be a main priority as a parent, but you still need time to foster your own health and well-being. Instead of staying stuck in the mindset of “kids first”, how about the mindset of setting a good example for your children to follow? Guess what, if your kid sees you busting your butt, even if it is working out in your backyard, they’re going to learn to follow that lifestyle. I fully support the idea that you are what you repeatedly see and do. You have a shitty background? Grew up in a broken home? Newsflash- so did about a million other people. You can overcome that. We are not trees. We are free to move, to grow above our shortcomings, to soar higher than the stereotype in which we’ve been cast.
Does change scare you? It’s alright, because that’s a normal feeling. But you shouldn’t refuse to try something new just because you are scared. Take a job change, for example. Starting a new job can be scary, but you still do it because the benefit outweighs the bad. Would you not take the opportunity to make a better salary to better support your family if you had the chance? So, why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to better your health when given the chance? Your health should be a top priority if you plan to live to see the fruits of your hard work at your job, or if you want to live to see your kids have children of their own. Start small. Carve out 30 minutes each day for yourself even if you can’t leave your home to do it. Make it work. Take that thirty minutes while the baby sleeps to get a quick home workout in. You cannot be your best self when you are spending all of your energy on making sure everyone and everything else in your life is in pristine condition. Make those small changes, put a little effort into yourself, and when you look back on it, I promise that regret will be the last thing you are feeling.
Right this instant, vow to stop making excuses. Stop saying, “I can’t” or “I’m too busy”, because in the blink of an eye you will have missed your opportunity. Make your health a priority. Set a schedule for it and treat your workouts like an appointment. If your throat hurts and you call the doctor, do you make the appointment just to blow it off when the time comes? I doubt it. Do the same with your workout routine. You are doing yourself a huge disservice when you make excuses. You do not have to make huge goals that you know you’ll never reach. Make small goals, weekly goals, and make them attainable. In the grand scheme of life, those small goals will eventually add up to something big…like a healthy lifestyle. And like I said, you are what you repeatedly see and do. If you are continually making good food choices, and continually making an effort to workout, eventually those choices won’t be so hard to make. They will become your lifestyle, and eventually you won’t even have to consciously make a choice to be “healthy” because you’re already living it. Soon enough, with all those small changes, you’ll realize that you start to feel uncomfortable when you forfeit a sweat session for nap, or you binge on fast food, because you’ve submerged yourself in your own health and your standards are too high to waste time on anything that isn’t going to help you achieve your goals. Dream big and never, ever settle for where you are currently. You are free to move and grow. No one is stopping you but you.
This video shows just a tiny handful of people who decided to brave the unknown and give something new a try. And I couldn’t be more proud of them for stepping outside of the box, for leaping outside of their comfort zone. They have made the choice to partake in a twice a week class to better themselves. They are supporting a small local business. And they are reaping the rewards of their hard work. They’re just like you and me. They aren’t Olympic athletes. They have kids. They have full-time jobs. But what they don’t have is excuses. Instead of saying things like “I can’t” or “I’m too busy”, they chose to make their own health a priority. And I couldn’t be happier that they chose me to help them on their journey.