There comes a time in everyone’s life where forward motion staggers to a stop. This isn’t limited to just fitness goals. Other things in life that you used to be sprinting toward seem to turn into more of a stroll. There’s also a bench along the way that you’ve sat on and rested for longer than anticipated. You debate throwing in the towel and walking away from the path you’ve chosen. It happens all the time in life. The only thing that you can rely on is yourself to get you out of the “rut” you’re in.
There’s a saying that most things in life are only 5% physical and 95% mental. I have to agree with this. Sure you may have to do something physically to accomplish something, but your thought process and self propulsion is what gets you going and is what keeps you going. You just need to keep asking yourself certain things.
Why are you here?
This is a question I’ve asked myself a lot in the past year. It was asked regarding school, work, seeking an internship, and in the gym. It’s a bit of a thinker, but after a while if you tell yourself the same reasons repeatedly, you’ll barely scratch the surface of the meaning. The idea of being able to look past the main reason and think ahead is where you’ll be able to grab a new perspective on your outlooks.
A simple answer such as, “to graduate” or “to make more money” is, well, an answer. Think deeper, though. What about graduation? What about more hours or a raise?
A deeper way of thinking would involve.”to graduate, and have the grades to push me into another degree and good career.” Or “to save up money for a vehicle or home.”
Always, always question things deeper than just the surface. It will only benefit you and help you grasp and manipulate things early to avoid negative feedback in the future. Being able to think deeper and question things more brings me to my next question.
How bad do YOU want it?
After you figure out what you want to do past the surface, ask yourself how much you’re willing to do for it. What will be the consequence of succeeding? The amount of time and effort you put into something should reflect the amount of recognition and credit you receive in return. There maybe others who are willing to help you, but remember that you need to achieve whatever goal you have for you. Stay focused on your goals.
What else can YOU do?
Once you get out of a rut and that stroll turns into a jog again, it’s good to think about other things you can do to help achieve your goal.
Staying focused on them is paramount. Keep your cross hairs on what you’re shooting for but keep an eye out for other things that could benefit you along the way. Don’t every be afraid to pick up new things to aid yourself.
So what’s it going to be?
You decide your future. Making a decision is the easy part. The method in which you follow through to achieve the decision you chose
is what takes commitment, courage, and mental and physical strength. Remember that it’s up to you to make a goal reality. No one ever said the path to your future would be an easy or pretty one. You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust the sails, though.
Above all else, stay safe and drink water. Do things that make you happy.