Are You Willing to Stay Committed and Consistent?
As a child, I was a dreamer and always had these big plans for what I would do with my life. My dad, an old-school Sicilian right off the boat, would look at me with a mind that struggled to understand my English and these things I called dreams. Having been born during the wars and leaving his home country to come to America, made him more of a “survival mode” man than a dreamer. But, one of the greatest lessons he ever taught me was to finish what I started.
As a fitness professional, I think about “finish what you start” often when I’m working with clients. After 12 years in the industry, I've seen it countless times: people who start strong as they pursue their goals, but eventually fade out. Maybe you've done that. You made the choice to get fit or eat better. Maybe do both, so you can enjoy your body more and live with heightened levels of energy, find better rest at night, even feel attractive again. But, you gave up too soon. You didn't see it through.
I believe everyone makes that choice at least once in their life. So why is it that so many people don’t stick with that choice? As John Maxwell said, “It’s not about making one choice; everyone can make one choice. It’s about managing that decision every day.”
As an example, I've found that when it comes to weight loss and managing your fitness or health, people often don’t finish because it’s always harder than they thought. And, the reality is that when something is harder than you think, you feel frustrated and alone when things aren't going as you hoped. And then things get overwhelming.
It’s for this reason, that I've always surrounded myself with coaches who can help me see past the struggles I’m enduring and teach me to embrace that struggle. That’s what winners do.
Here’s the thing, and there’s really no way around it: anything important in your life is hard.
As a matter of fact, it’s because it‘s hard that we do it! If the things we treasure and value were easy, we wouldn't be challenged. And without challenge, we don’t grow.
For instance, anyone who has tried to lose fat has come to the point where they realize that results don’t come as fast as you hope. The inches didn't just melt away. It became more work than you thought. People didn't support you the way you thought they would. Things weren't as easy as you would've suspected, and your big dream didn't come as fast as you wanted.
That’s the story of triumph. The story of woe to win that inspires us. We remember the stories of the people who failed, got back up and kept striving to meet their goals. Many expect an easy solution to fall at their feet, and this what separates them from the winners. It’s also why 80 percent of people fail in attempts to achieve their goals.
But not you. Here’s the difference between the people who make it and those who don’t: those people who make it, the people we tell stories about, they stay the course. They keep going, no matter how difficult, no matter how many setbacks because a life well lived is the one worth living. Those who make it to their goal in life, are the ones who stay committed and consistent until their dreams show up.
Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it takes consistency and a relentless spirit, but here’s the change in perspective that will allow you to reach your full potential: you realize that being inconsistent is the easiest thing to do in life. But, being consistent and staying consistent will actually make your life easier.