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You’re NEVER Going to ‘Feel’ Like It…

I was waiting for an appointment yesterday and the woman noticed I was wearing a Mohr Results Boot Camp jacket.  She asked about it and said "wow, that sounds fun … we did a Biggest Loser program here at work, but IT didn’t work."

I came back and asked what didn’t work about it.

She said — OK, well I guess I didn’t try.  I really didn’t feel like working to change.

Now I didn’t quite say this, but in my head I thought…

"You’re NEVER going to feel like it!"

While she was talking about losing weight, this is really in reference to anything in life … any change you want to make.

Yes In "our" world, that’s losing weight.  Improving your diet.  Exercising daily. 

I recently made a confession how I had been slacking with my daily routine.

Although I’ve since been back at it in full force, mixing some variety into my workouts with more TRX, kettlebells, hill sprints (and loving the unseasonably warm weather in Louisville so I’m not out there in 20 degrees), etc … I too finally said in my head that "NOW is the time because I would never feel like it."

In fact we also heard a recent interview with author and radio personality Mel Robbins where she quotes some research saying it takes just 5 seconds for a thought to leave you.  In other words, if you’re sitting on the couch and thinking "I should get up and go exercise," within 5 seconds if you don’t act, it’s gone.

Interesting.

So here’s how you need to take this to the next level.

First, decide WHY you want to make change.  The outcome you’re after. 

Getting healthy is NOT a good reason.

‘Health’ is like a moving target without a solid definition because it’s different for everyone.

So scratch "I want to get healthy" off the list.  Of course that’s an outcome that will result from changing behaviors.

What’s the REAL reason?

It might be 100% focused on your appearance.  That’s fine. 

It may very well seem selfish.  Even better.

Why? 

Because when YOU personally want to make change, it needs to be about YOU and what’s in it for you.  Not your spouse, kids, girlfriend, boyfriend or whoever else.

Now here’s step #2.  You’ve figure out your REAL why.

Make it very specific.

Fit better in your clothes isn’t specific enough.

Do you want to drop a pants size?  Two pants sizes?

Now we’re getting somewhere.

Finally and most importantly, what behaviors are necessary to achieve this outcome?

A goal that’s focused on the behaviors to achieve the desired outcome is the one that will get you the results you want.  

Focus on the behaviors, not the outcome, if you want to achieve permanent success.

And this all goes back to the line from the interview we listened to the other day "You’re never going to feel like it."

You’re never going to feel like taking the necessary steps to make change permanent, but as soon as you do have that previously fleeting thought that you want to make change, TAKE ACTION.

Your action may not be perfect, but taking action is exactly what’s needed to get the ball rolling!

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5 Responses to You’re NEVER Going to ‘Feel’ Like It…

  1. jerry August 22, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I listened to the same interview on “Success Magazine.” I enjoy these inspiring interviews with people from war heros to captains of industry.
    Our brain will do its best to talk us out of expending any energy. This is some survival instinct left over from days when we actually hunted for food and stored fat when we had opportunity. Now our struggle is not finding food, but finding motiviation. A struggle against our lizard brain that is just as powerful as our primal struggle was for survival. Now we battle against our cravings for refined sugar, and other food that excites our taste buds. We battle against getting off our asses and interacting with family and friends. We battle against our lizard brains to pick up something heavy or even go for a walk.
    If people would just stop drinking soda pop they would realize a noticable difference in their waistline. Even this disciplined change will spill over into other nutritional food choices. Seeing some positive affect will lead to other steps in the direction of better wellness and strength.
    But alas, too many fat americans have simply given up hope. Mostly because the fitness industry has fed them lies about what gives results. These televagelists of thigh-master ilk do us all a great disservice.
    The best thing you can do for someone is give them a good reason to just show up. If they will see any results at all, they will be encouraged. Then maybe they will show up. Once anyone shows up for a workout, well they might as well do it. 80 percent of success is showing up.

  2. Dianna August 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    I did not want to workout this morning because I didn’t ‘Feel’ like it. I was tired, I ate too much over the weekend, blah, blah, blah. But, I know how good I feel after a boot camp workout and I just said “NO”. I wanted to “Feel” good about myself and stick with the program, so I got up and went and worked hard, and I’m not worrying about this past weekend, because “it’s a new day” and I worked hard this morning!
    You mentioned – in the interview Mel quotes some research saying it takes just 5 seconds for a thought to leave you. In other words, if you’re sitting on the couch and thinking “I should get up and go exercise,” within 5 seconds if you don’t act, it’s gone. – I guess that can work both ways. I had the negative thought of not getting up, but 5 seconds later, I was up and on my way!

  3. jj August 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    This was very inspiring because hardly a day goes by that I truly “feel” like getting up for my workout…it’s a daily effort because our human nature is to gravitate towards the path of least resistance. Ever notice how after lying on the couch a couple hours (as wonderful as that may sound sometimes) just makes you become part of the furniture? In other words, the longer you’re there, the more sluggish you get, and the harder it is to make yourself move. There’s a current commercial on for some drug and one of the lines is “a body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest”…I’m not a TV water much but that one stuck with me and I remember it alot of mornings to help get me out the door. I also like to remember “use it or lose it”…that’s so true the older we get. If we don’t keep ourselves moving on a regular basis, those body parts just want to stop working. Again, thanks for this reminder. I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with this sometimes! :)

  4. Julia P. August 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    “a body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest”…

    I like that saying!

  5. Ishtiaqur Rehman February 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    my wife thinks I have got into calorie mania. But I have made it clear that this is a crash programme that I have to implement religeously in order to survive. I have a BMI of 29.6 and I have cvd. Therefore come what may I will talk of calories, I will talk of balanced diet and I will talk of calorie consumption and spending day in and day out.

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