Do you know the difference between being interested versus committed to something? For years I didn’t know the difference! But now I do and I can finally say that I am committed to my health and fitness so I am going to share with you the difference.
If you am interested in doing something say a doing a workout or going for a run you will allow yourself to be persuaded to not do your workout or miss your run. If you’re committed then you will do it no matter what, or invite your friend to workout with you or get together after your workout! The key thing is that you will do your workout because you are committed to your health and fitness goals.
It’s not always easy to get committed or stay committed to our goals especially if we are doing them for someone else or setting unrealistic goals. It is when we are ready to make changes in our life and we set our minds to accomplish a goal that we are able to achieve our goals. Sit down and really thing about what YOU want, HOW BAD you want it, and WHAT IT TAKES to get there. If you’re not at least an 8 out of 10 committed to your goal then it’s most likely not going to happen. BUT you also must keep in mind that it might not happen right away, you must be patient and persevere as there will be set backs and road blocks along the way. You must also evaluate your own commitment versus interest level on a regular basis. Many of us SAY that we are willing to do whatever it takes but in order to reach our goals we must actually DO the things that we have never been willing to do. When this happens very little can get in our way to achieving our goal.
Achieving our goals takes work, determination, sacrifice and YES it’s hard – really hard. But in the end the sense of accomplishment and the pride we feel for our efforts is an even greater reward than achieving our goal. Let me use the example of training for a competition. Here are some of the things that I experienced throughout my training and preparation for the fitness show: I was scared and unsure of how my body would transform, I made a decision to train for it, I never missed a workout, I said no to many invitations to go out drinking, eating, etc, I was committed, I made it my top priority, and I never looked back as I was willing to TRUST THE PROCESS! And the sense of accomplishment I felt when I walked across that stage was OVERWHELMING!! It’s amazing what we can do when you really commit to it! Some of us give up wayyy too soon!
So it doesn’t matter what your goal is, if your new to fitness or an expert, young or old, big or small, what job you have, where you’re from, the main thing is that you must have the courage and determination to COMMIT to your goal! It is hard of course but the more we do things that make us step out of our comfort zone the stronger and more confident we become!
All my clients are my heroes! I am proud of every single one of them! BUT I REFUSE to invest a lot of time in people who will not commit to reaching their goals. I want to help people become healthier, happier, more confident and improve the quality of their life, if they aren’t COMMITTED and are only INTERESTED then there is very little I can do for them and to be honest I don’t like wasting people’s money and time. If you believe you can achieve your goal then you WILL and I will support you 110%!
So go ahead right now and check in with your level of commitment, are you interested or committed?? Is fitness a hobby or a passion of yours? Think about this in other areas of your life, relationships, your job, your friends, etc…what will it take to flip the switch or change your attitude so that you become committed as opposed to interested? How much more successful would you be? What sort of help do you need to stay committed?? A coach? A schedule? Surround yourself with more supportive friends? Whatever it is, seek the help you need and stick to it!
Many of my clients have very busy schedules, families, etc but because they have a personal trainer they FIND A WAY to get to the gym to workout because they are COMMITTED!
When I commit to a goal (I always have a goal) I am more likely to be successful if I publicly announce it (via facebook or telling family and friends).
I believe that by telling others what your goal is then it helps keep you on track as they will encourage you and cheer you on when you’re feeling down or want to give up! Sometimes by sharing your goal with others you might even inspire them to join you or they may set out to do something they have always wanted to do!:)
Sometimes we need to hire a trainer (I’ve had 4 personal trainers in my lifetime and many amazing coaches when I played sports) to help get us going in the first place and that’s okay! I think that having a trainer is absolutely the best plan but I’m biased 😉 It’s much simpler to have an awesome coach who will help keep you focused on your goal and most importantly WHY you made the goal in the first place. As I said before your goals need to be for YOU and no one else. YOU need to decide on ‘what’s in it for me’ because when we can tie our goal into ‘what’s in it for me’ we know what our pay off is and why it’s important that we keep going.
So I’ll ask you again, are you interested in your goals or are you committed to them? If you find yourself saying things like ‘I should do this’ or ‘I’ve always wanted to’ or ‘It would be nice if’ then throw it out as a goal! It is the goals that we have passion around that we will be most successful with, so focus on those goals! Instead of saying ” I wish I” start saying “when I…”
If you’re ready to get serious about achieving your goals but need a little extra help getting started I’m always here to help get you going in the right direction and be your guide along the way :):)
So take some time, sit down and really think about whether you are interested in getting in shape or committed to it! If you’re only interested, that’s ok too, but don’t complain to those around you about how you wish things were different, it’s up to you how you live your life, no one else!