Insanity vs. Perseverance

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By: Reggie Collier – Contributing Writer

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Although it can be debated on so many levels I’d much rather define the word PERSERVERANCE, as it resonates with me and has a pretty huge impact on my clients’ success. Perseverance is defined as “steadfast in doing something despite difficulty or DELAY.” Once I get through to clients the importance of perseverance and not allowing their current mindset set to keep them at their current weight, the rest is easy.

Often women express how much they want to lose weight, get healthier and/or be more active during our initial conversations, however majority of them follow-up their statements with a “BUT.” “But I don’t have time,” “but my work schedule is too hectic,” “but I’m too tired when I get home.”  Excuse after excuse gets thrown out only for me to offer up what seems to be simple solutions until they are finally out of excuses. My final question is always, “what are you waiting on?”

We all know the saying, “no one knows what tomorrow holds,” and it’s true. Many people love to put their diet or new exercise regimens in to play on “next Monday,” “next month,” and my all-time favorite… “at the beginning of the year.” But, WHY NOT TODAY?  Who says your guaranteed all that EXTRA time? There’s absolutely no point in waiting to do something you’ve been wanting or needing to do, especially when it could benefit your life. There will be obstacles, hurdles and setbacks no matter when you begin this fitness journey. However, if you allow the fear of failing to hold you back then you will never allow yourself the chance to accomplish something great. How long are you going to continue to maintain a terrible diet and no form of physical activity with the belief that the weight will just “fall off on its own?” If that method hadn’t worked in all this time it probably won’t and quite frankly, that sounds a bit like the definition of insanity.

The time is now. It’s never too early or too late to work on being a fitter, faster, healthier and better you. Stop allowing that little voice in the back of your mind to say, “I’ll do it later.” Remember that everything you want in life is OUTSIDE of your comfort zone.  You can’t expect to see CHANGE until you make it, so set a goal and persevere until you reach it.

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