Ask anyone that has set New Year’s goals for health and fitness, or any athlete with a performance goal in mind, and they’ll tell you how excited they are to go “all out” to achieve their goals! It’s logical, right? In order to get the most out of your fitness journey, you have the put the most amount of work in as possible. For some people this may seem easy, but for many, this is a full-time commitment that doesn’t seem to stick. Why is that? Is it the classic scenario of life getting in the way? Perhaps one reason is because in order to go all out in one area of life, you need to examine if you’re doing the same in all the others.
Let’s say you’re pumped about an upcoming workout session, but you have other shifting responsibilities in life and maybe you feel like shortchanging them to focus on your fitness. That’s cool, but that might be a tell-tale sign for a pattern of behavior not conducive to overall success. If you’re willing to shortchange one aspect of your life, how long before your efforts towards peak fitness and performance are shortchanged as well?
We’re all guilty of this in some manner, right? We wait an extra day to get that letter to the post office. We don’t feel like doing the dishes at night before bed. Maybe we don’t call that person back even though we need to speak with them, because we can do to it later. Think about that for a second… if you can’t send out that letter, perform household chores adequately, and follow up with other people in a timely fashion, then how likely are you to consistently go “all out” with your workout regimen?
It’s this type of discipline that can be the ultimate difference maker between the dreamers, and the achievers. The ones that achieve success in one respect of their lives often exhibit great discipline in other areas as they worked to achieve their goals. So ask yourself, “Am I really going all out, in every aspect of my life?” Again, if you want to improve your health and fitness, look to all the other areas of your life and ensure your effort and discipline is in check. It will absolutely bleed over into your training, for better, or for worse!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013