Exercise, fitness, health, Nutrition, Opinion, Progress, wellness

Do What You Can

Motivation is the absolute worst. It’s your drive to accomplish tasks, your drive to do better, and can be your main deciding factor in habits. Motivation is amazing when it’s present, but a total pain in the ass when it’s absent. That’s the thing, it’s never a constant. One day it’s up, one day it’s down, sometimes it stays for week, and sometimes it leaves for months. Dealing with the absence of motivation can be one of the most difficult things to overcome in life. And spoiler alert: it doesn’t get any easier.

Trying to accomplish anything when you’re unmotivated is like trying to shove a circle into a square opening. It won’t get done, and you’re going to frustrate the hell out of yourself trying. You all know me by now, you know what I’m about. I’m about listening to your body and your mind and doing what feels right for you in the moment. Except for when it comes to motivation. If you rely on motivation to accomplish everything in your life, you’re going to be real annoyed after a while. Like I said above, when you’re motivated, life is great. You feel like you can do everything, like you’re on top of the world and can create a new one. But what happens once that motivation leaves? You can’t just lay down and wait for it to come back. Will you work with the same ferocity that you had while you were motivated? Probably not. Can you still progress during times of less motivation? Absolutely.

There are some projects that you undertake that require inspiration. When the inspiration strikes, you’re on a roll. You’re creating left and right, and when that inspiration leaves, it can be devastating on progress. That’s not the case for everything in life. Even without motivation and inspiration, you still need to live your life. Healthy habits and actions tend to fall back during these lulls in motivation, but that’s the last thing we want to happen. Health, fitness, and wellness thrive on consistency. They don’t really care that you aren’t feeling it today, all that matters is whether you complete the task or not. So what do we do in this situation? We do what we can.

Even in the lulls, simply completing a task can help to pull you through it, and even help pull you out. You don’t need to give 150% in this time, you just need to give 100% of what you got today, even if that’s only about 50%. A good rule of thumb is that when motivation lacks, discipline takes over. That’s why establishing these healthy habits is so damn important to your success. When you don’t feel like working out, when you aren’t motivated, what gets you to the gym? It’s obviously not motivation, but it’s discipline to continue with the habit. It’s intrinsic motivation to achieve your goal, even when you’re overall motivation lacks.

I’m not here to tell you that you’re always going to be motivated. I’m not going to give you tips and tricks to stay motivated, because even when you try your hardest to keep it around, you will lose it at some point. The main thing to remember, especially when the last thing you want to do is what you’re supposed to, is that doing something is better than nothing. Doing what you can will keep you more on track than giving up. Don’t let your motivation be anything more than extra drive. Let it carry you through the waves of inspiration and drive, but don’t let the lack of it ground and halt you. Motivation is a tricky, tricky thing, and don’t rely on it to move any mountains. Do what you can, carry some stones, and keep going.

Opinion, Progress, wellness

Change is For the Better

“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” – Alfred North Whitehead

There comes a point in life, everyone’s life, where you go through a change. This could be a small change, like a haircut, or a much larger change, like a total career switch. No matter the degree of change, we all go through it. Change is one of the only constants we have.

Change is not easy. As humans, we are creatures of habit and routine, enjoying our comfort zones. The problem with the comfort zone is that you will never grow inside of it. No one has ever progressed from doing the same thing over and over. That’s actually the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. In order to grow, and achieve something you never have before, you need to go do something you’ve never done before. Knowing all of this doesn’t make the process of change any easier.

Recently, in the past year or so, my whole life has changed. My view of health, fitness, the fitness industry in general, and what it means to be healthy have taken a total 180. Before, my job as a fitness professional meant changing my client’s physical appearances. Now, my job as a fitness professional is to use healthy habits and fitness as tools to change their physical and mental health for the better, with a physical change being an added benefit. I realized that, without your mind being healthy and happy, your body will never be healthy and happy. This threw me for a damn loop. Imagine working for years towards a certain goal and, in the span of a few weeks, turning around and going in another direction. It is scary. It’s scary to not really know my new terrain. It’s what I’m passionate about, but a whole new world to me. However, to start a new subset of health and fitness, I need to put myself out there and show people what it is all about. I have to venture into the great unknown in order to keep growing.

The only mistake we can make when it comes to change is resisting it. Like I stated above, change is the only constant we have in life. To resist change, to resist the world pointing you in a new direction, is to resist growth itself. No one wants to stay the same. We are constantly after the next best thing, the next big thing. How do you expect to become the next big thing, if you refuse to change any aspect of you? The best thing you can do with change (and believe me, this is way easier said than done) is to embrace it. You’re allowed to struggle with it, you’re allowed to be nervous and scared, and you’re allowed to panic. What you aren’t allowed to do, in my mind, is resist. Embrace the change. Embrace what the change can bring to you. Embrace what your life could be after the change.