Getting started might be the second hardest thing on Earth. The actual hardest would be getting started all over again when you’ve been half way there, forgot where you were going and ended up back where you started from.
Unfortunately, that’s the EASIEST thing in the world to happen.
Especially if to begin with you weren’t so happy, felt frustrated, stagnant, whatever else. Putting a strategy in place to change all of that seems like an enormous task when you have so far to go, and it will take so long, and you’re a little low on self belief that you’ll back to stay on track.
Once people do get started though, the perspective soon changes. Rather than being overwelmed by how far you have to go, you’re proud of how far you have already come. Rather than being focussed negatively on not being in some “ideal” body condition, you’re more aware and more appreciative of what your body can do now, and what it is becoming as the results of training become more apparant. Seeing progress, you lose self doubt and build self beleif.
At this point, perhaps for the first time in quite a while, you feel pretty damn good. Confident, empowered, in control and moving forward in life. At least in regard to training and body condition, but hopefully with some of that sense of confidence and empowerment spilling over into other areas of life as well. The easist thing in the world at this point is to become complacent and to gravitate back towards your old habits, your old life, and therefore your old condition. And when this happens, unfortunately it will not be until you are right back where you started from before you realise and remember just how much that is not where you want to be any more.
Getting started all over again the second time as we mentioned at the start of the article, is probably the only thing harder than getting started in the first place.
For this reason, it is impertitive that we are ever mindful to be diligent and not allow ourselves to become complacent. Not to develop some unhealthy obsession with the pursuit of an unrealistic ideal, but simply to keep pushing forward consistently at our own pace, and to celebrate every step in the right direction.
We should live in the present and enjoy the moment, but have one eye on the future while being conscious of learning from the past.