Are You Choosing Results or Reasons?

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What are you gonna do? It’s SOOOO hard.

“You will either have reasons…or results.” 

Vince Lombardi

The successful football coach used to inspire his athletes with those words before their games. He wanted them to know that without their best efforts they wouldn’t have the results they wanted. You can’t explain away an unsuccessful performance, despite any reasons you might give. It’s a cop-out.

So Many Reasons

You can probably come up with plenty of reasons why you can’t get the physique you want. You’re too busy with work, too old, haven’t got the genetics, want to spend more time with your partner, you have kids, you haven’t got the support you need from your family, your health isn’t great, or you haven’t got the knowledge to achieve what you want.

I have plenty of examples of people who have overcome those excuses and got the results they wanted. Mothers of four kids with busy careers who get up at 5am to squeeze in a workout and prepare healthy meals. Top executives who travel for work and make time to fit in four workouts a week and still catch their son’s soccer game.

No Time?

Everyone has the same amount of time every day, but some people use it more effectively than others. The average person watches over five hours of TV a day! How many hours do you think Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Warren Buffett or Barrack Obama watch? How many hours do you think the average Olympic athlete watches? Not many, I imagine.

Achieving Your Goal

If you’re serious about your goal, you might need to change your life to achieve it. You can’t expect massive physique changes to come from minimal changes in your nutrition and training.

That’s what everyone wants though, isn’t it? The quick-fix, take a pill and get the body of your dreams BS that sells millions of bottles of raspberry ketones (bogus!) and meal replacement shakes. If you aren’t changing the effort you put in, you won’t see any change in the results you’re currently getting.

Stop finding reasons that you’re failing and put in the effort to win.

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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