Do you really want to give a f*ck about your health?
Has your holiday season been merry and bright?
I can’t remember a Christmas since I was a little boy where I was as excited as I was this year.
The weather called for a White Christmas and man did we get it!
It was like every old fashioned story you hear about going to sleep Christmas Eve and waking up Christmas morning to blankets of white everywhere.
It was beautiful and quite frankly I couldn’t wait to put on my snow pants and go trounce around in it with our pup.
Coming inside to my beautiful, pregnant wife and spending the rest of the day eating delicious food with family only made it that much better.
In fact I was having so much fun that I pretty much decided to say “F*ck it” to anything work related.
That, “f*ck it” attitude carried over to my plane ride a couple days later when I decided to listen to the book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson.
The book was GREAT!
I’d highly recommend giving it a read or a listen ESPECIALLY if you’re hoping to achieve a lofty New Year’s resolution in 2018.
There were a few things that jumped out at me that I thought would be great to share considering the time of year, mainly this concept…
“When you choose to add a new value, you’re choosing to add a new pain in your life”
Hmm…. so what exactly does that mean?
It means that choosing to value materialistic goods means you’re always going to feel left out when the next best thing comes out.
It means choosing to value money means you’re going to live and die by how much money you’ve got in your bank account.
And yes it means choosing to value your health means you’re going to add pain to your life as well.
No, not the physical “work me till I puke” pain, but you definitely will experience pain at some point, and more than likely experience pain frequently.
I had a while to stew on this “value = pain” concept – 24hrs to be exact, I was flying out to LA and back to grab my son for the holidays.
After thinking about it for a while I realized that when you decide to value your health – like so many people decide to do this time of year – you’re really committing to a world of discomfort.
- Waking up early
- Going to the grocery store
- Meal prep
- Not drinking as much
- Not going out with friends as much
- Going to bed earlier
- Eating food you may not like
Heck valuing your health sounds awful, doesn’t it!?
Well yes and no.
To pull another quote from Manson’s book…
“Our struggles determine our successes”
The problem you have is this time of year the IDEA of valuing your health sounds great.
Maybe you have a friend or two who changed their life with a new diet or workout routine and you decided this year, “it’s going to be me!”
Or maybe you signed up for a race and are convinced it’s going to help you get into the best shape of your life.
So who’s to blame when 8, 6, 4, even just a couple weeks into the New Year you’ve already given up!?
Well, you are of course.
The problem you might not realize is that you love the end result, but aren’t exactly in love with the process.
Having a six pack sounds awesome, until you realize all the things you need to eliminate from your diet.
Losing 20lbs sounds great, until you realize that it means going to sleep earlier – and in turn not watching your favorite TV show – because you need to get up early to head to the gym 5 days a week.
Trying something completely new – like kettlebells maybe? – sounds like an awesome idea, until you realize that it actually takes focus, concentration, and consistency – 3 things you’ve probably never had with your training.
So what are you supposed to do?
Do you just say “f*ck it” to all your health needs?
Not exactly, which is probably why Manson titled his book “The SUBTLE Art of Not Giving a F*ck…
Because some things you should give a f*ck about, but most things you probably shouldn’t.
It really boils down to what do you value?
If you value your health than you make healthy decisions.
If you value your family then you prioritize spending time with them.
Regardless of what you value, there’s always a pain somewhere to be felt.
What matters more is whether or not you’re willing to sit in that discomfort for an extended period of time in order to reap the rewards.
With the New Year quickly approaching, what will you choose to give a f*ck about in 2018?
What struggles will you willingly put yourself through in order to achieve your goal?
Perhaps this doesn’t change your New Years resolution, but maybe – hopefully – it makes you realize, “hey, this shit ain’t easy” and inspires you to keep slopping through the messy times ahead.
– Coach Chris
Are you ready, willing, and able to commit to the person you want to become? If so then…
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