Many of us put off things until tomorrow.
The diet starts tomorrow.
I’ll start working out tomorrow.
Most of the time this tomorrow isn’t actually tomorrow, but just a date that keeps getting pushed later and later.
Procrastination keeps people from many goals, not just plans to change their bodies.
Delaying often means that progress and opportunities are lost.
When I pursued acting and modelling for about 4 years, from 2004-2008, I often delayed parts of the process:
“I’ll look for an agent when I lose 10 pounds.”
“I’ll start going to more auditions after I finish one more acting class.”
“I’ll get new headshots done once my skin clears up a little and I get my hair highlighted.”
Procrastination isn’t the reason I didn’t succeed at acting.
I didn’t really have the passion needed to get through the shitty early years (or decades!) of struggle as an actor.
I had worn out all that energy as an amateur international athlete in karate…and my passion and dedication there was more real.
The process I went through still serves an important point though.
It was emotionally exhausting always waiting and never feeling quite ready.
DON’T PUT IT OFF.
Those little things you think matter really don’t.
One more acting class wasn’t going to significantly improve my odds at auditions.
Sometimes starting “imperfectly” is fine.
Done is better than perfect.
Improving your nutrition a little is better than not making any changes.
Exercising once or twice a week for 30 minutes is better than sitting on the couch or browsing the Internet every night.
And guess what?
Those small changes may encourage you to make more changes.
Sometimes you just need a little momentum.
Get started, even if it’s a baby step.
If you’re not moving forward, you’ll eventually fall behind.
It doesn’t get easier to lose weight or build muscle as you get older, so you’re better off starting as soon as you can.
Waiting for the stars to align isn’t helpful.
The stars will never perfectly align for you.
You’ll always be busy at work.
Your kids will always be going through some phase.
You probably won’t feel like you’re energetic enough to start a serious workout regime…ever.
Be consistent (we talked about that last week, remember?).
A series of positive decisions will edge you closer and closer to your goal.
If you’re keeping track of your weight, calories, or workout routine, you might not even notice how far you’re come until you look back on your records.
And yes, you should try to keep track of things that you’re doing to move towards your goal.
I encourage all my Online Coaching and Lean365 members to record the weight they’re lifting, and how often they’re working out, as well as check their weight and measurements (as appropriate) at least every couple of weeks.
This serves as an important reality check on a regular basis and also gives you the opportunity to make modifications along the way.
When I was coaching people over a decade ago, I didn’t get regular measurements or ask clients to do a weigh-in more than once every 3 months.
Granted, not everyone’s goal is weight loss so a weigh-in isn’t always appropriate.
Many people are just looking to improve their posture, be more healthy, or feel stronger and more energetic.
Tracking your weight isn’t necessarily helpful in those cases.
But if your goal is weight loss or just improving body composition (fat loss!), taking some sort of objective measure is valuable.
There are a lot of ups and downs during the fat loss process and you want to know where you’re at.
Regular monitoring is important.
So is accountability.
It’s a rare person who can weather the tough parts of the weight loss process on their own.
Having someone around checking in and providing the right thing to say at the right time is invaluable.
That’s why I created my Online Coaching program.
I work One-On-One with you and give individual feedback as often as you need it (some people need daily check-ins, but most of my clients do it once a week).
My Lean365 Group Coaching Program also provides accountability.
In that case, you not only have the opportunity to check-in with me, but also with the small group of other Lean365 members who are pursuing the same goal.
Either way, having someone to be accountable to can really keep you pushing in the right direction.
Few people have the tools to get their nutrition and workouts right, and even fewer can do those things without some support along the way.
But the most important thing is to get started.
If you’re doing it on your own, make sure that you’re keeping track of your progress.
Start small and build…don’t wait for the perfect time.
The right time is now.
Because tomorrow is always too far away.