Well, where did the mighty funk go? Is it mad at us? Why did it leave in the first place? Do you need to search for it or will it come back like a lost puppy? Is this “funk” a metaphor or a physical entity?
All questions you cannot know the answer too, but alas, something needs to change because you’ve missed the gym the past couple weeks. Even when you did go, your workouts were lackluster and uninspired.
Whatever, you justify it because you weren’t even seeing that great of results anymore, so it wasn’t worth all the hard work. And yet, deep down you know you want to get back to that funkytown bliss that was being healthy and fit. Here’s how you do that.
Here's the Real Issue at Hand
Getting back into the swing of things at the gym after stopping is a downright mess. You’re already pissed at yourself for giving up after all your progress.
Even though you’re actively trying to make it right again and regain what you lost; it’s still in the back of your head that you failed at your goal already. But that isn’t even the big part. You failed yourself, not just some goal, so why should this next time be any different?
It may even be that you can’t come right out and be honest with yourself about that. That’s okay. Me, some internet stranger who wants to see you succeed, wholly and unequivocally forgives your temporary blunder. You just gotta find a way to realize your failure, embrace it and move it right along.
Go on. I’ll wait. Literally, take some time to reflect on it and come back to this...
...*GASPS audibly* Feels good, don’t it? You acknowledged your previous slip-up and are ready to get crack-a-lackin’. If your mindset is right, the physical stuff will be easy for you. I guarantee that.
Now, you have to realize there will be times in the future where your motivation may falter, your energy may be low on a particular day, or you truly just don’t have time that day to make the gym a reality. That’s cool. It happens and that’s life. Happens to me ALL. THE. TIME. But, I make up for it over the course of the next few days and don’t let it get me down.
You can be human and lead a normal, seemingly hectic life I described above, and STILL get your results. It’s completely possible, and I don’t expect you to do anything superhuman in order to be able to do that. You only need be willing to take action and be consistent.
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Why I Don't Want You to Be Motivated
So you got your mind right like Logic ft. Big Sean. Sick. Moving on. Get it? Got it? Good. Accountability is the name of the game. Well if you ask me, that’s a pretty f-in’ stupid name for a game and it definitely is nigh impossible to be accountable all the time.
Afterall, “accountable” could be synonymous with “motivated.” And reflecting back on literally only one section ago about mindset, I want you to lead a normal, busy life. YOU WON’T ALWAYS BE MOTIVATED. Get that notion through your head and stop trying to do the impossible.
When you’re feeling like a fart in a mitten, spending your weekends on Instagram looking at sexy, ripped bodies isn’t going to help you. It’s funny because they all have “#motivation” on them, but that little pulse into someone’s life that you follow doesn’t tell the whole story.
It fails to indicate that they only slept a few hours and the power was out in the morning so they couldn’t make the breakfast they needed before they hit the gym. But you know what? They got their hiney out of bed, stripped down from their My Little Pony pajamas and put their gameface on.
Moral of the story, don’t be fooled by things like Instagram that purport to be “motivational.” Because only in the most obscure way could it be motivational. Rather, I would say it is more inspirational than anything else, and listen sonny Jim, that isn’t what you need.
I’ve made mention of this before, but find a way to be dedicated instead of accountable or motivated. That’s how you’ll get s**t done fool. Sorry, you’re not a fool. I was just reincarnated as Mr. T there for a second.
One way I recommend to help with that is to have a really Big, really Important and really Realistic goal. Let’s make that an acronym. And if you notice it spells BIR. That’s as close as I could get it to “beer.” Sorry, I really did try. Buuuuut, that’s honestly something that I need to write about separately so we can really delve into it. Maybe even spelunk into it. Can that word be a verb? Going with it. SPELUNK! Definitely more to come on that, so stay posted and sign-up below yo!
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Better Ways to Be Accountable
For real, being dedicated is difficult, especially without practice. But I need you to promise me that you will honestly work on it. In the meantime, consider other avenues like enlisting the support of friends or family.
And while I don’t want to get into it too much, this might not be the best option because it often ends up being the blind leading the blind. Just because your friends and family are generally supportive of your aspirations doesn’t mean they understand your struggles and know what kind of help and support you actually need.
You want them to provide something for you that they don’t have experience with or know how to provide. Your unknowing and unfair expectation you place on them to help you is oftentimes left unfulfilled. This can cause you to shift the onus onto them even though it was still you at the end of the day that didn’t achieve your goals.
A better way to make it work would be if they were simultaneously pursuing similar goals as you. I would think this would give you a lot better chance of enlisting and succeeding in utilizing their support. The goal is mutually shared and mutually understood at that point.
But instead check out things like group exercise classes, accountability groups and coaching or personal training.
There is nothing quite like sweating alongside other people in a class who are just as uncomfortable (in a good way) as you. Pushing each other to the brink in order to not look like a Sally. And the best part is, everyone is so caught up in merely surviving the difficult ordeal that no eyes will be directly on you.
The option that’s a little more hands off would be joining an accountability group. This could be digital, physical or both, but it is different from the friends and family cop-out because the people in this group will be pursuing similar goals as you. There are loads of potential resources across the web and likely locally that you could benefit from.
These are awesome because they aren’t necessarily competitively based. Everyone just wants to succeed and see others who they develop relationships with succeed as well. People typically share their “wins” in the gym or at home, recipes, fun exercises, and will even meet-up and tackle the gym together, depending on proximity.
The last and probably most effective option would be to pursue hiring a personal trainer or coach. This could be either in person, online or some combination of both.
The heights you will reach by having a trainer are unparalleled. It is their job to make sure you never stagnant in the results that you are getting. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to work hard, but your life is made easier because a lot of the indecision about knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to do it is taken from your hands and optimized by your trainer.
You still have to be dedicated to work on your own, but you’re provided a roadmap for your journey with every step of the way planned accordingly. The only thing you’re actually accountable for is the execution of that plan. It’s nice because it can be as effective as you want it to be, but you don’t have the crushing responsibility of figuring anything out.
If you made it this far, admit it, you're hooked. There's plenty more where that came from!
There's a ton of mindset info in here to pick through. But, I want to make sure you focus on the big things and don't get overwhelmed. Pick a direction and go. Just go, do something, work hard at it and I can guarantee it will be more effective than what you're doing now.
And I don't mean literally now, because you're reading this and this is obviously the greatest thing you've read in a fortnight (that's 14 days in case you're wondering). If you ever need to chat about your progress or what's been keeping you from succeeding, definitely reach out to me and we can work through it together.
If I were to take my own advice and actually get working on the things I need to get finished, I would take a deep breath, firmly grab my laptop, whip my arm back and throopppo acrsojddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddjf0ije0ojo iiiiiifdkjl
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