Beware of limiting your options! So often we believe we only have one or two options. That's almost NEVER the case! Find the 3rd, 4th and 5th options so you can stay more consistent with your actions and change your life!!! :-)
Hey Everybody, and Welcome to August! My name is Seann Jackson and thank you for joining me for a Few Minutes for this month. I just got done working out and I wanted to shoot this now because it actually times in to my message for you for this month.
You see, over the past few weeks or so, I’ve been becoming much more consistent with my efforts with my health, and consistency has been a thing that’s troubling. It’s difficult at times. My guess is you might be in the same situation. Because how many of you out there have a goal - probably an on-going goal - to get into better health? I think a lot of us have it, however we phrase it. Whether we say, “you know I need to lose 30 pounds” or “I need to become more fit” or “I need to be able to increase my strength.” Whatever terms you use, health tends to be an important goal for us, but consistency is difficult for many of us and there’s a reason for that. Life! Life somehow gets in the way and kind of circumvents our best intentions. Our intentions are great, but what we do consistently defines who we are.
Many of you know that I’m working on a program to help people stop smoking and the fact of the matter is, if you say, “You know what, I want to stop smoking. I want to quit,” (whatever words you want to use) and yet you’re still smoking half a pack a day., guess what? That’s what you’re doing consistently, and it defines you. You’re still a smoker. Same thing is true for anything we try to do. You have to develop consistent action to change whatever it is you’re trying to change. But, consistency in health can be difficult, and there’s a reason for that I tripped upon recently, and that’s the message I want to share with you.
You see, I think a lot of us get caught up in what I kind of call an “all or nothing” mindset. We basically define for ourselves that we’ve got two options; I’m either going to exercise today or I’m not. Those are our two options, and if life gets in the way, we shoot for the "not." We end up staying inconsistent because life intervenes.
So, as an example let’s say you go to bed the night before, and you decide “You know what - tomorrow right after work I’m going to the gym. I’m going to work out for an hour. I’m going to hit the treadmill. I’m going to hit the elliptical!” Whatever it is you want to do, and you say, “Yes!” And, you’re psyched for this. You truly are. You’re ready to do this. And then tomorrow comes. Bam! Life gets in the way. It does something. What happens? You go, “Shit! I’m not going to be able to make it to the gym. I don’t have an hour today.” What do you end up doing? “I’ll do it tomorrow.”
Well, what happens is, if we build up enough tomorrows we end up with a whole bunch of yesterdays, and that’s not what we want to do consistently.
So, I decided, I’m going to change this because I’m not a big gym person, but I do have a few of those Beachbody products; P90x, P90x3, Insanity. I’ve got that stuff, but they sit safely in my basement gathering dust most of the time because, hell, doing a session of P90x takes an hour. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have an hour, and what I’ve been doing is going “Tomorrow.” And then it dawned on me. Wait a minute. I’m using this “all or nothing.” I’m leaving two options for myself, and if I’ve only got two options, I’ve got no options.
What’s another choice? And I started to think. What’s a third option? And then I went, “Well wait, what if I only did half of a P90x work out? Would I get closer to my goal of better health if I did that?” Well, of course the answer’s yes! So I said, “Alright. I’m going to do what I can each and every day.” And, it’s really helped shape a change because I’ve been consistent for the last three weeks working out at least five days a week. That’s pretty good moving from where I was, which was more like once a week I was working out. And the whole reason I’m staying consistent with it is because I do what I can, regardless of what it is.
I have a plan every day and I say, “Hey I’m going to do this.” Sometimes my plan gets circumvented. Instead of going “Eh, I’ll do it tomorrow,” I end up going, “Great. What can I do instead?”
So what could you do instead? You can’t make the gym and commit an hour, but maybe you’ve got 15 minutes. Does that give you enough time to throw on some running shoes and go out and run a mile or run for 15 minutes? If so, do that. You may go, “You know what, it’s pouring like crazy. I’m not running.” Great! What else could you do? Maybe what might make sense is to go, “You know what, I’m not going to run, but I’ve got 10 minutes. And, in 10 minutes I can go down in the basement bust out a set of 10 pushups, a set of 10 sit-ups, 10 squats, and 10 burpees. And I can do that three times. That will take about 10 minutes.” If you did that, do you think you’d get to your goals of health, better health, sooner? I think we all know the answer’s yes.
And this is for whatever you’re trying to achieve. Let’s say you’re trying to learn Spanish and you’re only grabbing your Rosetta Stone once, like for an hour a week. What are the odds that you’re going to become fluent in a year? Do you think you’re going to be better if you said, “You know what, I don’t have an hour every day, but I have 10 minutes. For 10 minutes I’m going to bang out Rosetta Stone.” Do you think you’re going to become - your chances of becoming more fluent in that language are better by staying consistent? Because remember, what we do consistently defines who we are, and if you do that, in a year you’re going to be able to find yourself as someone who speaks Spanish.
Whatever those things are, you’ve got to look for multiple options. You’ve got to look for that third option, and if the third option sucks, look for the fourth option, look for the fifth option. Because if you can do something every single day, it leads to somewhere if that makes sense.
So, that’s the message for this month. Get away from this “all or nothing” approach. Get away from two options and start looking for more ways. Start looking for ways to become consistent with whatever it is you’re trying to achieve, and you’re going to find that you become that person through the consistency. Look for those ways in your life this month. Start to define it and start to figure out what those other options are. Do that and you’re going to get closer to your goals, okay?
Alright, that’s it for this month. I look forward to seeing you in September. September’s a special month. It’s my birthday month, and there will be a special message out for next month. There’s your little teaser. Until then, look for those options and do what you can to Stay Strong, Stay Inspired, and do what you can Transform this year and your life. I’ll see you next month. Thanks!