3 Things I’ve Learned About Taking Action on Your Health and Fitness Goals
The whole point of this blog is to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. I like to write, but I don’t write this blog because it makes me feel good. I write it to help you. And quite honestly, I’m still surprised that there are people out there who enjoy reading this, and that I actually have subscribers. I’m certainly not the most brilliant person out in the fitness world. But if I do have one thing going for me – that I hope comes through in my content – and it’s that I care. I really, truly want to help you succeed. That’s why I do this.
And so, today, I’m going to have a little heart-to-heart, Sifferman-style. You see, when I’m not on the Internet – out in “real life” – people would probably describe me as a somewhat reserved person. By nature, I’m usually a man of few words, but I tend to get a lot more blabby when you put a keyboard in front of me.
Today, I’m going to tell you a few things I’ve learned so that you can begin to take more action on your health and fitness goals this year. I’ve found that this knowledge, while very simple, can make all the difference. And so, rather than giving you 101 tips to take action, I thought I’d just focus on three of the biggies so that, hopefully, you can internalize them. So, here they are.
Taking action is better than planning. Taking action is not only easier than planning, but in my experience, it also works better – not only in the short-term, but the long-term, too. This was a hard thing for me to accept – and it still is – because I’m a planner. But it’s true.
Taking action always produces some kind of result while inaction rarely produces anything. It sounds so obvious. And yet, so many people choose not to take action due to fear, procrastination, or sheer laziness, among other reasons. So, don’t forget that inaction is also a choice. It might be the easier choice, but it’s rarely the better choice. In almost all cases, it’s better to do something – anything!
Speaking of which, here’s one of my favorite things about taking action…
Taking action makes it easier to take action in the future. And it’s because taking action is motivating. Plus, it also builds courage, among other things. So, the more you act, the easier it gets. And if that doesn’t get you up and running, I don’t know what will.
So, how do you get started and become an expert action-taker?
With just one small step – a baby step.
First, identify what you’re trying to achieve. Next, establish the tasks necessary for success. Then select one task that makes the most sense to start with (i.e., simplest, easiest, etc.), and do that one task to the best of your ability.
You don’t need to figure things out beforehand. You don’t need to research or plan. You don’t need to check with a guru first. You don’t need to talk to so-and-so. You don’t need to wait. You just need to get going. You’ll be glad you did.
Now, if you actually put this into practice – and read nothing else about health and fitness this month – you’ll still be much better off. And if that’s what it takes, then I think you should go for it. Choose what you’re going to do, and then get to it. You’ll figure out the rest as you go.
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