We all want a quick fix. Whether we’re feeling pain or wanting some physical change. We want it to happen NOW and we want to put the least amount of effort possible into it. We want the change to be immediate and with minimal cost.
This mentality seems to run rampant in our society and is definitely the case when it comes to losing weight and gaining muscle.
We want the changes to happen right now. We want those bigger biceps and we want them yesterday. We want to rock that swimsuit and we want it to fit by Friday.
It doesn’t help that media and advertising love to promote this. We want to “hack” everything.
Don’t get me wrong, I like to find the most efficient and effective way to solve a problem but there is also a level of putting in the work.
Any worthwhile change or accomplishment takes time, sacrifice and dedication. Some claim it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in something. If you spend an hour a day, 7 days a week for 52 weeks a year it will take you over 27 years to become an expert.
Is this how long it will take to get where you want to go?...
If your goal is to lose weight or gain muscle, then no, I don’t think it will take you 10,000 hours. However, I think this time frame is worth noting as the opposite mentality is faulty and seems to result in more harm than good.
There are things we all want to accomplish, the question is: what is the real goal? If you want to lose 20 lbs, what is it you really want to achieve? Is it just the loss of the 20 lbs? Or are you really looking for greater health and confidence? Are you looking for greater strength, mobility and less pain? Are you really looking for an improved state of health and wellbeing? Are you looking to improve how you look and feel about yourself?
I see so many people fail to reach their goals or at least believe they have failed to reach their goals because they’re not plugged into what they really want and why they really want it. We focus so much on the physical. I believe this is because its easier to determine. The physical falls short. It’s limited. There is no emotion there.
What do you really want and why do you want it? Compare that to the work and timeline necessary to truly facilitate that change. Then ask yourself what are you willing to sacrifice.
Consider this…How long did it take to get where you are? How many years have you been practicing the habits that have brought you to where you currently are? Now reassess and ask yourself how long it’s going to take to get where you want to go?
What sacrifices are you willing to make?...How many days a week are you willing to commit to working out or practicing? At what level of intensity are you willing to train? Are you willing to add the self care (massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy) necessary to support that level of intensity?
Are you willing to restrict the meals you eat? Are you willing to plan and prep your meals? Are you willing to eat your lunches and possibly dinners out of Pyrex or Tupperware? Are you willing to choose the healthier option on the menu while your friends and family eat the fries, chips and desserts? Are you willing to choose that less flavorful beer or drink to cut the calories, carbs and sugar? Are you willing to go to bed early for the morning run or workout?
It’s never easy to make change. But if you are following a proven path, using the tools that have worked for people pursuing that same goal then you can make it happen with determination, consistency and patience.
"An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force." says Sir Isaac Newton. This is all of us. What is the unbalanced force that needs to act on you to faciliate the change you want to make?