I hear this kind of thing all the time:
“Uncle Steve, I really want to make a change in my life, but I just can’t seem to get motivated to do it.”
“Can you help me drop 20 pounds in a month so I can get ready for a wedding?”
“I want to feel better and look better, but it’s just so hard with all I have going on.”
Look…I get it. You want to make changes, but “life” keeps getting in the way.
Never enough time.
Too much to do.
Gotta take care of this or that….
We’re all busy. And we all have the same 24 hours in a day.
So how in the world does one get it all done?
Commit To The Process
One of the biggest shifts I’ve experienced in terms of successfully achieving what it is I desire to get away from an outcome based mentality and turn toward a process based one. When you commit to and focus on the process, you become consistent in your daily actions, and by proxy the outcome takes care of itself.
Simple…just the way I like it.
I’m going to suggest 4 things that will get you the health, fitness and wellness you desire. It ain’t gonna happen overnight, but it will happen if you’ll do these 4 things consistently. If you don’t, all bets are off.
1) Stop complicating things. “Complexity is the enemy of execution.” – Tony Robbins
The more complex you make something, the less apt you are to continue with doing it. Beginning a task is no problem. But as the complexity of it grows, continuing with it becomes more and more difficult. Simple, basic tasks performed consistently work. They always have and they always will.
For example: Stop laboring over whether to eat 40 grams of carbs today or 100. If you’re keeping things simple, this becomes a non-issue. This is where consistency comes into play.
2) Consistency, coupled with simplicity, equals success. Years ago, I was very interested in competitive karate, and I learned a valuable lesson about consistency. The man who is consistent in his training will have greater success than the man who is merely talented. An old saying goes, “I do not fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks. I fear the man who has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times.”
The body responds to consistency because it must. We are designed to maintain and strive toward homeostasis, or a level of consistency. When we force regulation of that consistency from the outside, with say a beneficial exercise program or supportive nutritional choices, the body must adapt to maintain this new level of homeostasis. And that adaptation results in better health, fitness and wellness.
“How do I do that, Uncle Steve?”
Consistently eat foods like God made them, daily, and get some good quality weight lifting with a little bit of cardio in 3 to 5 days per week. I would also recommend taking these minerals to assist in your body’s regulatory functions. You can watch a video here I did with the manufacturer about them and why they’re important.
3) Sleep. Your #1 recovery tool. This is a must have, especially if your goal is fat loss. There is simply too much research to argue this point.
We do not get better, stronger or healthier by how hard we work out. We do so by how well we RECOVER from how hard we work out.
Sleep is your #1 recovery tool, and good nutrition is #2. Get both on a consistent and regular basis. Do what you have to do, but get it.
End of story.
4) You must believe in yourself. All the failures to complete the tasks you once started in the past don’t matter. You cannot go back in time and get a “do over”, so get that negative self-talk out of your head.
You’re not a failure; you have failed in the past. That’s history.
You’re not broken; you know how to do what you want but, until today, you lacked the game plan and foresight to commit to the process.
Don’t let the “you” that you internally identify with talk to you in a way that no one else on earth is allowed to. You’re all you’ve got, so be kind to yourself.
Instead, focus on the process and be consistent with it and the outcome, your desire, will take care of itself.
I guarantee it.
P.S. If I can be of assistance to you, please do contact me.