By Jeremy Jones
As you take a look at this month’s quote, think about all of the different aspects of your life it can apply to. “It’s important to get things right, but it’s even more important to get things going.” This take action statement came from a book I recently finished titled Millionaire Upgrade by Richard Parkes Cordock. How many times have you had the best intentions of starting something or achieving something, but you spend all of your time planning it out and researching it and studying the “what ifs” and the “why nots,” and all of a sudden days, weeks, months, and sometimes years pass you by and you haven’t accomplished a thing. This is also referred as paralysis by analysis. You spend so much time analyzing a project that you never actually take action to complete the project.
Does this sound like your health and fitness goals? Did you have it all planned at out at the beginning of the year? You were going to go to the gym 3 times per week and you were going to run 2 times a week and you were going to hike 1 time per week. But then you figured you better buy some new workout shoes, and then you needed to research all of the local gyms, and then you wanted to study a map of all of the mountains in the valley. You’ve spent so much time researching and you have all of this great information and 1 week trial passes to gyms, but you haven’t even worked out once. Your fitness goals aren’t close to being reached and you are still in the same physical condition. Though several months have been wasted, the great news is you can choose to get on track today. An old Chinese proverb states the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today. Use this same philosophy and take action on your fitness goals. Start moving and getting things going, and then continue to focus on getting things right.
Here are 5 steps you can implement today to get things going and eliminate the “what ifs” and “why nots.” Pick any of these and see if you can overcome the paralysis by analysis that has set in over the last few months.
1) Call 2-4 of your friends and ask them to meet you at the local park this weekend. Bring a Frisbee or a football and have some fun in the sun for 45-60 minutes. And no, you don’t need to shop for Frisbee shoes or football cleats. Grab what you’ve got and go!
2) Do you remember that Ab Roller, or that Chuck Norris apparatus, or even that jumprope that’s stuck in the corner of your garage? Grab one of the infomercial exercise tools you ordered months ago and put it to work for 20 minutes. Heck, even getting to it while moving things around and unburying it might be a workout in itself!
3) Fido, your family dog, is probably wondering what the rest of the neighborhood looks like. Grab his or her leash and go out exploring. See how many different street names you can walk by during a half-hour walk. Your heart and lungs will appreciate it and Fido will be happy to be somewhere other than the couch or the 10×10 patch of grass in your backyard.
4) When was the last time you re-arranged the furniture in your house, or better yet, vacuumed behind the couch and love seat? Put on some workout clothes, turn up the stereo, open the windows, and get to work! Set a timer for 10 minutes per room and see what you can get done. Your creativity will shine while your heart rate is increased and those exercise endorphins get released. Your family will appreciate the new look and your body will feel great.
5) Finally take advantage of that trial offer that’s been sitting on your counter for months now and head to your local gym. Better yet, if you are in Gilbert, or close by, head to Funktional Fitness and take advantage of a 30 day trial that will get your body moving in every direction, your heart and lungs working as efficiently as they did while you were in high school, and all the while, meet others who are or once were in the same exact condition as you. Improve your fitness and meet new friends while traveling the “right” direction on your fitness path and having fun along the way.
There you have it. Try one of these or all of these. Don’t worry about it being done exactly right, or wearing the exact right shoes or clothes, or finding the exact right place. Just get things going and move. The rest will work itself out along the way.
You may not have started your fitness journey 20 years ago, but the next best time to start is today.