By Clint Fuqua
I want it all… I want it ALL… I want IT ALL… AND I WANT IT NOOOWWW! But WAIT, there’s more. These are the mantras of the day and it is killing us quickly at a slow rate. The New York Times recently published an article about the impossible task of losing large amounts of weight successfully. The article covered a study that followed season 8 contestants of “The Biggest Loser” and the fact that they had all gained much of the weight back and destroyed their metabolism, potentially for life.
The reality is that any “get fit quick program” will leave you broken just like any “get rich quick scheme” will leave you broke. The difference is that you can always make more money, but you only get one body and maybe only one (1) second chance at health. Everyone wants to get on the “fast track to the elevator of easy success”. The reality is that there is only a long staircase of many steps with long waits at the bottom and a heavy load of everything weighing you down. You can either start taking each step carefully and slowly so you don’t stumble and fall, or sit and get crushed under the never ending weight and the people stumbling over you. Start with these steps and realize that it never gets easier; you just get better, lighter, stronger, and have less crowds the higher you climb.
Life is what you make it and many today are satisfied with 140 character hashtag and emoticon filled picture on a digital wall. I like posting the occasional meme and edited selfie as well, but only with the purpose of fulfilling my lifetime goal. It’s not about the number of “likes”, it’s about that one like that gets a person to improve their life day after day. Forget about the abs and the size four pants until you set a REAL goal for your life. Writing a book is an event, teaching children to think is a goal. Getting first place in a competition is an event, helping people achieve greatness in life or business is a goal. Buying a nice house is an event, helping people get into homes is a goal. Selling out a concert is an event, inspiring the world is a goal. Look at the world and create a goal so big it will improve the world IF ONLY you are healthy enough to achieve that goal. Then you can start working on that six pack and fitting into those jeans so you can look good on the cover of Success Magazine.
Moderation in all things is the key to long term sustained success in anything including losing weight, gaining muscle, making billions, and watching “Game of Thrones” (seriously, how many seasons are there). The best way and the best program for getting healthy is to know where you want to go, know where you are, and start there with a LONG TERM plan to get there and SUSTAIN that level of health. Running before you can crawl makes for a great Youtube baby video, but is the very thing that can ruin an entire life and kill a dream before it can even start to be lived.
Flying with the eagles is impossible for a fish unless it’s dinner and that my fishy friend makes you chopped sushi unless you focus on swimming deep and fast.
The opposite is true for the eagle, so know who you are and what will help you live better or suffer the fate of extreme insanity in exercise and in life.
If waiting is for the birds, then why does the early bird catch the worm? The reason comes down to the fact that the “early bird” just waited for the other birds to leave during the long dark hours of night. It worked the wait and had enough patience to stick around until the worm came out of the hole at first light. The lesson here is that persistence and patience during the long dark hours will pay off when the light comes to shine on your success. Work the wait with calm confidence that success will be found. Be willing and ready to do the tedious and boring things others will not do in order to achieve the things they can’t or won’t. The best 10 second highlight videos all come down to years of continuously working the waits and never giving up faith. Work the wait and keep faith in your ability to do the “Im(ake)possible”.
- Know Your REAL Goal. Forget about getting that perfect body or fitting in the “right size”. Make a real goal for your life. Make a goal so incredible that you MUST be healthy to achieve it. Write that goal down and make your health a part of achieving it.
- Make A SANE Plan. In a world of programs called “Insanity” and “Extreme …” everyone has lost all sense of reason. The reality is that it is extremely insane to think that you can beat yourself into shape. Make a plan that starts where you are and builds to enable you ability meet that life goal you just created.
- Work the Waits. The time you grow and improve is that dreaded time between activities. Use the waiting time to improve yourself and to focus on other tasks that need to be done. Rest and waiting are both under utilized and are the reason many never grow or become better.
Originally featured in The OffBeat Business Magazine June 2016 issue.