It's easy to get wrapped up in the next thing, what others are doing, or some flashy new route that we can take. It's easy to think that we need to do more, to be more.
That's just not true.
Instead of shifting our focus on to the next thing, let's take a second to recognize that it's not the next shiny thing that's going to propel us forward. It's the small things right in front of us.
It's the smallest things that add up to make you who we are, that make up our current situation in life. It's always a good idea to pay attention to those small details, to pay attention to what we are doing, how we are thinking, and where we are at.
Even more important is to ask the hard question "how did I get here?"
It's a hard look in the mirror, and something that we can not afford to circumvent, that is, if we are serious about becoming better versions of ourselves.
How do we tell what small things matter? We've asked "What got me here?" And I assume that we are not happy with the answer.
We can theorize all day and then make some goals, create a plan, and implement a system over the course of 12 weeks. We would all probably do pretty well too. The real bummer, though, is that we didn't ask the fundamental question:
What am I doing here?
I'm not going to hold anybody's hand as they go down the rabbit hole of asking themselves the hard questions about what they are doing in life, but I will ask you to figure it out in your own way.
Here's my "why":
I train myself because it adds life to my days. I feel amazing, I'm a better person, a better husband and father, and a better human because of it. I train myself because I must. The "why" of it eventually becomes irrelevant. Just as a batter sprinting to first. He never asks why, he just does it, with vigor.
Because he must.
I train others for the same reason. Helping others live their lives more fully through personal training has been a privilege in the truest sense of the word. Sharing my systems, methods, and time has been enriching for me just as much as the client. I highly enjoy it!
Personal training has had a unforeseen affect on me, too. Instead of plugging people into a template or plan and say "ok run with this and you'll do great." I measure every step of the way, I talk to whoever I'm training about how they're doing. I find that extra one percent where we can improve their program. It's been an unexpected exercise in creativity, vision, and leadership.
That's why I enjoy personal training so much. There's no question about why a client is there with me. It's obvious.
They want to get better!
Nothing else matters in that moment, and everything we do is for that one reason.
If you want to be happy, focus on what you're doing. No distractions, no flash, no gimmicks.
You get bonus points if it's really hard.
You get all the bonus points if you're consistent.
Keep calm, and carry on.