Does this sound like you?
Feeling a little stuck a rut and no idea where to start?
When I was in my early twenties I learned to love reading. This was a complete and utter reversal to how I felt about reading as a student. In college I was a history major, which means I was forced to read a huge amount. To be honest I didn’t enjoy it all and I did the bare minimum. However, the summer before my senior year I had one of those lightbulb moments. The realization I came to, was when you’re not being forced to read for a paper or a test, reading can be very enjoyable. Yes, I was slow to the game and many learn this earlier in life but it was a game changer for me. I still remember the first book I couldn’t put down. It was Lance Armstrong’s autobiography “It’s not about the bike”. He was at the height of his success and I was intrigued because of how dominant he was.
From then on I was always looking for good books. Mostly nonfiction and biographies, I developed a love of learning I never felt as a student. It wasn’t long before I was devouring any content I could on coaching, fitness and health. About three years ago I discovered podcasts and audiobooks, specifically audible.com. Again, game changer, major game changer. I have a podcast or book going every single opportunity I can. To the point it’s obsessive and probably annoying if you have to live with me and hear them constantly. My wife will verify this.
When I started a business I started “reading” different types of business and entrepreneur books. Now when I say I read that book, it’s a 95% chance I listened to it on audible but it’s 2016 and I genuinely believe listening to books is the same as reading. I read countless books in college I can’t tell you anything about, not even the title. This isn’t a debate on comprehension and the difference between listening to a book and reading it. This is about what I have learned.
It all started with the podcast Barbell Shrugged. That was probably the first podcast I became truly obsessed with. Like so many I would eagerly await every Wednesday for the release of a new episode. I would read the books they guys at Barbell Shrugged recommended, I would Google the guests they had on the show and discover new podcasts. As I listened to different podcasts I started to put together a list of books I wanted to read.
It’s been well over a year since I created that list. A few of the books I read were “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill, “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink, “The 10x Rule” by Grant Cardone, “Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk. I know these are all trendy books to read right now but it doesn’t make them any less valuable.
Every book I read I loved, it didn’t matter if it was about success, business, marketing or leadership. They were all great and motivating. What I kept taking away from them was Take Action.
That brings me to my point. It doesn’t matter what you want to do, you need to Take Action. For me it started off as becoming the best possible coach I can be. From there my “Take Action” was turning my love of health and fitness and genuinely wanting to help people into a business. It is so easy to say I’m going to start on Monday or it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start when you take on a new challenge but you can not let that stop you from Taking Action.
Here is how I Take Action. First, I set a goal and I reverse engineer the goal. What will it take for me to get to the end result? I did a blog on goal setting and the steps to achieving a goal, you can read that for more information on reverse engineering your goals.
Next, I do something everyday that will move me closer to my end result. I don’t worry about doing things perfectly anymore. I prioritize what I need to do that day and I don’t worry about anything else. I don’t worry about perfection. What I’ve realized is what you think is done perfectly one day you will look back on two weeks later and want to make so many adjustments to. Nothing is done perfectly. It might be the best you could’ve have done when you started but it won’t be perfect. Just get something done.
Let’s take getting started on a health and fitness journey. Just show up. Go to the gym, everyday for a week. You may not have the best workout everyday but you will be substantially better at the end of the week then you were when you started. Keep it going and before you know a month will have flown by and how you feel will be exponentially better. Eating well is the same thing. Fad Crash diets fail because it’s too many changes at once. It’s not a lifestyle, it’s a band aid on an issue that may need thirty stitches. Take Action towards a healthy lifestyle. Maybe it’s as simple as cutting back how much soda you drink for a week. Week two add a second item, limit the deserts you have to once a week. These are small sustainable action steps that can be built upon week after week.
Building a healthy lifestyle is the same as building a house. You start with building a foundation you know is going to hold firm over a lifetime. Everyone is different and has different points to start at. Figure out where you are, what you want, and what changes you’re going to make. Then do something. It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be something. If you do something moving you towards your goal everyday eventually you will immersed in the compound effect. The compound effect is simple, small actions building over and over again having a large end result. On the flip side doing nothing or making the same negative choices over and over again will also add up over time. At some point you have to decide when you are going to Take Action. We are truly here to help anyone who is committed to healthy lifestyle. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need to help Taking Action and getting started on your health and fitness journey.