It’s especially relevant being a Monday to bring up one of the most important mantras when trying to make a major improvement.
“Just show up”
Sounds a little like the Nike slogan, doesn’t it? While it’s similar in nature, just showing up is such a powerful thing to say over and over in your head until you realize that you’ve been doing exactly that. We live in a culture that prioritizes things we don’t really want long-term, but feel good in the short. It’s easy on a Monday to create reasons why you can’t go to the gym. It’s easy to procrastinate on something that doesn’t get you any closer to your goals. But, you have goals. We are the average of all decisions we make on a daily basis. Do you make more good choices than bad? By how much? 50% good/50% bad? 80% good/20% bad?
I’ve been asked over the years, “If I’m tired, isn’t it better to rest and then go to the gym when I have more energy?” The short answer is no. There are going to be more days where you’re exhausted than days you are fully energized. If we wait around for the perfect day, you may end up waiting too long and never start.
Showing up each and every day is so powerful even if the workout isn’t great. Something in the gym is going to be better than nothing. Just for the sake of keeping the routine, show up and do a 15 minute bike ride or elliptical. Now, you can go home and do anything else knowing you stuck with your routine and will feel much better about staying on track. Keeping the routine also allows you to have something to rely on each and every day. Your workday might be crazy, things at home can be unpredictable, but your gym routine is always there and you know exactly what you’re going to get.
So shake off the Monday’s and don’t fall into the trap of letting your mind get you off of where you want to go. One step forward at a constant pace is a lot better than 2 steps forward, 1 back, 1 forward, 2 back, 3 forward….you get it.
Comment below your biggest issue with going to the gym.