The older we get, the more we come to realize that time is our most precious asset. We can never have enough time for the people and things we love, and we never know precisely when that time will end. There is nothing we can do to add to the time that we have allotted to us. All we can do is make the best use of the time that we have. “I just don’t have the time for that” is common excuse for any number of things, but it is nearly always reserved for the things that are least important to us.
Am I capable of learning a new language or how to play the guitar? Absolutely. I just don’t have time for that. I would rather spend a bit more time in the morning getting my kids off to school. I would rather spend the evening sitting with my wife just enjoying her company. I would rather spend the day training, building my business, or fishing. The truth of the matter is that learning to speak french or play a musical instrument just isn’t that important to me. I will not make time for those things.
Much is said in the fitness industry about goal setting. It is often said that people should have short and long-term goals on which they can focus. The problem arises when those goals are selected arbitrarily. Irregardless if your goal is to lose twenty pounds, run a marathon or learn how to tap-dance, if you don’t consider it important you will not dedicate the time to achieving it. Select a goal. Decide how important achieving that goal is to you. Now we’re getting somewhere.
Need help sticking to your diet? Dedicate one hour on Sunday morning and one hour on Wednesday evening to preparing and packing your food for the week. Can’t do Wednesday evening? Cook for two hours on Sunday morning and stick half of the food in the freezer.
Can’t find the time to exercise? Do 100 squats and 50 push-ups while the kids are in the bath. Spend 10 minutes doing core exercises after you cut the grass. Wake up 20 minutes early a few days a week and do some DDP Yoga.
Big or small, no matter what your goals are, they need to be import to YOU. If your goals aren’t important, you won’t commit to them. If you aren’t committed, you won’t be disciplined. If you aren’t disciplined, you will not be consistent. If you aren’t consistent, then even with the best of intentions your efforts will be wasted.