Have you ever met someone who fell off the wagon?
I have definitely met these people – and they are “I” as well as “them.”
There are many reasons people fall off the wagon – and I’ve perfected a number of them.
Along the way I’ve also become fairly proficient in getting back on my feet, dusting off my clothes and starting over.
So whenever a client complains to me, saying, “I fell off the wagon,” – my answer is as follows:
“You’re a member of a very big club. I’m a lifetime member. But I’m also a member of the “Get Started Again Club. Whenever you fall off the wagon, instead of pouting about it or feeling ashamed, just get back on.”
And now a word of caution when it comes to fitness:
We have a tendency to remember when we were at our peak, and attempt to regain that form as quickly as possible.
This is a mistake of epic proportion.
When you restart your fitness campaign, do so with “baby steps.” Start out slowly, the way you would if you’d never trained before in your life.
Set really small, daily goals for yourself. Goals that may make you laugh because you have no doubt you can accomplish them.
That’s how you build momentum. You build it with small steps.
Quantum leaps are accomplished one step at a time – or one jump at a time.
This past summer I taught my daughter how to jump rope. We began with one jump.
Just one jump.
Then we went to two in a row. Then three. And so on.
You may think this silly and unnecessary – but within six weeks she was knocking out 1,000 to 2,000 jumps per workout.
The alternative route is to NOT build on any small successes. It’s to jump until you miss, get upset at yourself for missing, then restart.
This method can work, but there’s not nearly as much fun involved. There’s no journey. There’s no “living in the moment.”
When you go until you miss or fail – you train your brain to forget about everything that came before the failure.
There’s no gratitude or appreciation – only frustration for missing.
Getting physically fit isn’t about being “over the top” or being a daredevil.
It’s about taking small steps that add up over time – and appear to be huge gains, quantum leaps and so on.
I’d love to help you take your next step forward. Just dip your big toe in the water and see how you feel. Then dip it a bit further – and reassess.
You can follow this procedure when you’re involved with the FureyFaithful.com membership site.
Go to the webpage and take a look for a minute or so, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you’re ready to take one small step forward.
If not, that’s fine. Just return to the page each day for a week and ask the same question. Or ask without looking at the page.
Either way, just asking this question will start catapulting you to greatness.