Hello Everyone! Steve Here, and today I am going to reveal the truth about health, goals, and (most importantly) time. I will be talking specifically about weight loss, health, and fitness, but these concepts apply to any type of goal that you desire to actualize.
When making the decision to start pursuing a health or fitness goal (like losing weight, gaining muscle, etc.), many people make a plan for action. Often times that includes a plan for tomorrow (or Monday, a penny for every diet or workout plan that was going to start on Monday). And don’t get me wrong, the right plan can be good, but the wrong plan is dangerous. “Starting” or “restarting” a plan is where the problem usually exists. Phrases like, “I’ll start tomorrow”, “I just wasn’t ready to start today”, “I didn’t feel like it today” greatly limit our potential for success.
Am I Ready?
Let’s break down this concept of ready. Everyone pretty much knows what the word ready means, but let’s take a second and try to define it in our heads…
Go ahead, try it…
Did anyone just go, “Well, it means that I’m… ready.” It’s only natural, because it’s a word that really doesn’t make sense.
Some of us may have taken a different direction and defined it by describing what we hope will be the feelings associated with readiness, like desire, need, inspiration, or confidence. Which is good sentiment and intention, but usually difficult to find at the beginning (with the exception of maybe need, but more on that later).
Some of us probably just googled it:
Let’s look at how it’s defined on Dictionary.com:
- Ready: Completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use.
Now I have a question for you… If we were “completely prepared” or “in fit condition for immediate action” would we even have a goal?????
No! We’d be “there”. (Ah yes, the elusive “there” again)
Achieving health and fitness goals isn’t about being ready… It’s about being not ready and deciding to fix that!
This ties perfectly with one of my personal favorite quotes:
It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.
He makes a good point. Let’s take it a step further.
The Importance of TODAY
The overarching question that matters on any given day is: What can I do TODAY to move in the right direction?
The truth about health, goals, and time is that every day you wait is gone forever. I don’t say that to discourage, but to encourage immediate action. Your life is valuable, more valuable than any level of pleasure or comfort you could have today (which, I’ll explain later, is not an “instead” like we tend to believe). What you do today matters. And a day without growth is a day wasted. We weren’t born to stay the same, we were born to grow and change.
You want more truth? If you insist:
You’re not ready, neither am I, nor anyone else on this planet. There, I said it. So let’s all just start anyway and begin to grow and change together and for the better. What you do today will change tomorrow. And when tomorrow transforms into today, today will matter, and today will continue to change tomorrow. Stringing a whole bunch of well executed “todays” together is how we give positive change the opportunity to occur.
Don’t worry about tomorrow yet. Focus on today. Seek a plan, and execute it. When tomorrow comes, do that again. Today is the tomorrow you were hoping for yesterday, so take action today…starting right now! And together we will all move one step closer to good health.
Read This Next
- Why Do So Many People Struggle to Lose Weight?
- Desire. Decision. Discipline. (Coming Soon)
- What Can I Do TODAY to Move in the Right Direction? (Coming Soon)