I’m going to let you in on a secret.
First, consider the world we live in.
This is a society of instant gratification. High-speed today is slow tomorrow. Everything is delivered and available on demand. If you want it, you got it.
Getting in shape isn’t any different. The timeline just hasn’t adjusted to the 21st first century. So while your abs won’t be visible as fast as you can stream last night’s episode, there is a formula to getting there.
The formula is as follows:
Desire to change – desire to remain the same= resolve
Workout program x nutrition= action plan
Resolve x action plan x time= the body of your dreams.
I’m no mathematician, but that looks easy to follow.
Since there is a magic formula, why are so many people dissatisfied?
Because they misjudge their “desire to remain the same”. That desire is much greater than they factored into the equation.
When the going gets tough- on the last rep of the last set, the last 100 meters, when everyone else is eating pizza and drinking beer and they’ve been strict for a few days but are now presented with temptation-they don’t get going.
You can have the perfect meal plan and the perfect workout program, but if you don’t have a strong enough why to create follow-through, results will never come.
A Ferrari without an engine is pretty useless. So is a person without a purpose.
Pushing your body to the next level is great. It requires, more than physical tenacity, mental tenacity . “Mind over matter” is rarely better exemplified than forcing yourself out of your comfort zone.
Outside of the comfort zone is where growth happens. The body wants to quit, to go back to safety, but that’s not what you came here for. The mind keeps you in, pushes you past your breaking point, and proves that what you thought were limits were figments of your imagination.
Your resolve, your why (given this “formula” analogy, y could work as well) is the most crucial ingredient to success.
Why do you want to change? Why are you choosing something difficult? Why do you not want to stay as you are?
My why has taken various forms. I have several “whys” powering me at once.
Rejection used to fuel me. Chalk it up to Former-Fat-Kid Syndrome, but I used to believe that if I was rejected, it had to do with a sub-par physique.
Turns out, no cares but you cares about your body-fat-to-skeletal muscle mass ratio.
Initially, I was fueled by desire to stop being made fun of.
I had the Hell bullied out of me. First for being fat, then for being having hideous acne.
I’ve been fueled by the unfairness and randomness that both gives and takes life.
I’ve pushed myself physically so that I could push myself mentally later- fueled by the necessity to achieve.
I’ve been driven by the desire to bring truth to a character onstage.
I’ve pushed myself because I know how great it feels to know that I can bet on myself.
The end result is the product of many factors.
Together, they do not let me rest.
They make an outward sign of an inward commitment.
I’d rather suffer the pain of discipline than the regret of defeat.
If it sucks, it sucks-give me pain now for glory later.
The Magic Formula is deciding you want to change more than you want to stay the same. The failure to evolve leads to the extinction of the species. Don’t stay the same. Evolve. Be hard to kill.