I am sure some of you are wondering… “Where’s the End of Three Fitness New Year’s Resolution post?”
I mean, this is a fitness website, right?
At End of Three Fitness, we do what we want when we want. Definitely not anti-resolution, but there is no time like the present to become a better human, anytime of the year. However, if you have committed to something this year; whether a new exercise program or diet regimen…I’m here to make sure you stick with it. I was raised in a family where if you said you were going to do something…you would do it.
So you’ve made the commitment…Now it’s time to commit like you sit!
Wondering what that term means? Think about it. On a daily basis you fall backwards into a chair at some point. And I mean fall, most people do not control themselves all the way down to the seated position. You are fully committed to whatever is going to happen. You are 100% confident and prepared for that chair to support your weight and do exactly what it was designed to do. You, and I, never really think…
”What if someone moved the chair out from under me at the last second?”
“Will the chair break?”
“Was I perfectly aligned with the chair when I went to sit?”
No, these are not questions we ask. We are fully committed and fully confident that we are going to succeed in sitting.
Now to bring that level of confidence and commitment to your fitness and health.
Step 1: Decide that is what you want to do
Usually when you decide that you want to sit down, it is something that you will be doing for a prolonged amount of time. You have decided that being in the seated position, whether to work, rest, etc., would be a good use of your time.
Same for health and fitness. Do your research on the exercise programs, websites, diets and all things out there before you decided that is what you are going to do. Make sure that it comes from a credible source and be sure that is doesn’t “promise the world”. Normally, if it sounds too good to be true…it is. Find something that has no dramatic claims and where the core principle is hard work or, in the diet realm, that it starts with some sort of educational foundation.
Decided on what you you want to do? Ok, we are almost ready to sit.
Step 2: Before You Sit, Make Sure You Have Everything (nobody likes to get back up)
Now, before you sit down it is best to make sure you have everything you need. I mean, seriously, nobody likes to get back up after they have already sat down.
So what do you need? You will most likely need some things for this commitment, before you get comfortable. Are you going to need a barbell? pull-up bands? grocery lists? a workout partner? will you need to save money? The list goes on and on…
After you decide what you want to do (you have decided to sit), you need to make sure you know everything about what you are going to do (while seated) before you sit down. This will make the commitment easier and will make you less likely to regress, by needing to get back up.
Make a list. Get it all done. Then get ready to sit.
Step 3: The Controlled Fall
You have decided for 100% certainty on what you want to do. You have gathered all necessary items and done any applicable research. Now it is time to fall.
Time to fully immerse yourself in the commitment.
You have to throw out all of the following:
“What does X person think about this?”
“Did I make the right decision?”
“Can I really keep this up?
Like I said earlier, when you sit, you don’t ask any questions. You don’t doubt yourself. You don’t wonder ‘what if?’. You are 100% confident and fully committed to sitting down. Whatever you have decided to do should be no different.
Maybe Abraham Lincoln can shed some light on this:
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
You are ready. Time to fall. Time to sit. Time to commit!!
What are you committed to this year?