Yesterday, I got a call from a friend who wanted some “advice” on how to maintain his schedule, especially in regards to his workouts. He is committed to sleeping for 8 hours, and working out in the morning. Often he wakes up tired and doesn’t want to work out, and rather than managing his schedule the night before to ensure he gets his 8 hours AND still gets up in the morning to work out he stays in bed. Imagine how crazy making that must be! He wanted to know how I manage to go and work out AND be so excited about it.
There’s no easy answer to this. Exercise sucks. For most of us. I don’t really know anyone who loves getting up when it’s cold and dark and raining or God forbid – snowing, to get out of a nice cozy warm bed, and go do what you said you would do. But here’s the thing. If you said you would do something, and then you don’t do it, something happens.
For the most part, I like to think of the world, and the people in it, as kind and generous. We may not always be that for ourselves, and sometimes, we may not even be that to each other, but that’s how I like to view the world. We make promises to each other, and we do what we can to keep them. And sometimes, we are unable to keep them and then we apologize which is never bad. But what about those promises that we make to ourselves? What about those? You know the ones.
I’ll work out starting tomorrow.
Tomorrow I’m not going to eat out.
Tomorrow, I”m going to join the gym.
Tomorrow night I’m going to make sure I get 8 hours of sleep.
Tomorrow, I’m going to respond to that email.
And then, tomorrow happens, and we stay up too late, and wake up tired, so we can’t go work out, and after work we’re too tired from all the food we ate that we shouldn’t have eaten, that we just want to go home and have a nap, so maybe, I’ll wait until tomorrow to join the gym. One more day isn’t going to kill me.
But what if it does? What if the words you say to yourself are equally as valuable as the words and promises you say to another? Why is it easier for us to disappoint ourselves but we try and avoid that with others?
Why do your words not matter to you?
Something starts to happen inside when we stop honouring our own promises to ourselves. We start to doubt ourselves. We start to relate to ourselves as someone who is unreliable. We start to convince others that we can’t be relied upon. People start to stop believing us when we promise something. We take on some kind of fitness challenge, and secretly, others are thinking in the back of their minds “Yah..sure.” We start to see ourselves in a lesser light.
We stop being awesome.
All because we said something and then we didn’t do it.
We start to tolerate it, more and more, until we stop making promises. Until we can’t bring ourselves to take on another challenge, because even we know we won’t do it.
When deep down, all we really want is to be awesome.
Our words are what make us awesome. Who we be in the world, is all based on our words. We speak it. We be it. We are awesome.
So please. Don’t forget to be awesome.
It’s what makes the experience of life exceptional.
go be awesome