In the immortal words of The Clash, “Should I stay or should I go?”
Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that have the biggest impact on our lives. Should I go to the gym or just stay home? Should I go out and drink or stay in? Should I have a large soda with lunch or a bottle of water instead? Should I grab a pizza and beer or make a fresh chicken salad at home?
It’s easy to see how the proverbial “wrong turn” in our decision-making can have serious consequences on our goals and plans.
Now, we’re not suggesting that you remove all of life’s fun little treats and rewards from your daily routine. But we are suggesting that for those of us pursuing a life of fitness – one in which progress is a priority – we must seriously evaluate how our decisions impact our plans.
At any time our decisions have the ability to take us in one of two directions: the Right Way, and the Wrong Way. But which path you take depends on what your personal and athletic goals are – and how serious you are about them.
“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.”
Successful people make the decision to adhere to a ‘no exceptions rule’ when it comes to their daily disciplines. Once you make the decision to commit to something, there are no exceptions. It’s a done deal. There’s no going back.
“Today I will do what you won’t, so that tomorrow I can do what you can’t.”
Training is a commitment you make every day. Some days you are more committed than others. Some days you may have to work harder to get motivated. Every day will be different. So draw on your discipline to get you into the gym.
This philosophy extends to every corner of life. We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us. Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.