For the last several months I’ve been absent from writing because I have lost my way. I had lost my compelling “why” that drove me to write in the first place. I started writing to inspire people to make a significant change in their lives—to change the standard they live by and what they expect for themselves.
However, I started expecting less of myself. I began making excuses for why I was not writing. The last blog post I wrote was titled, Is It Really Good Enough? I never published it. As I was writing, I became discouraged with the thought of how many people say “that’s good enough” to their fitness goals. My question for you today is, what is your standard?
Webster defines standard as “something set up or established by an authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality.” As we determine what our standards are, we must remember that these standards will determine our level of success.
When people start working out, they have a picture in their mind of what they want to look like, feel like, or perform like. At that point the reality of how much work it’s going to take hits them and the excuses begin. Their “must” turn into “should,” and their goals start to slip away. If you’re just starting your fitness lifestyle ask yourself if your daily rituals are conducive to reaching your goals? Think about it, if you’re trying to lose weight and you eat at restaurants every day, the likelihood of you succeeding is slim. When you go out to eat, you give up control. Without control you can’t be successful. To lose weight, you need to add meal prepping as part of your daily routine. When we change our standards to align with our goals, we create a recipe for success.
I want you to ask yourself if you are doing what it takes to reach your goal. Are your standards high enough? Are your daily rituals in line with your goals?
One final thing, do you have the support around you? No one makes it alone. Make sure you have the knowledge and support to ensure that when things get tough you will have the standards, rituals, and support to succeed.
My biggest goal in life is to help people get the most out of their own experience, so if I can help, just let me know. Feel free to email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org