Building good habits, breaking bad habits, and transforming your body can be hard…
But here’s a secret: You CAN do hard things.
Think about some of the challenges people face and overcome in life:
- Beat cancer
- Cope with losing a loved one
- Learn a new language
- Get out of debt
- Move to a new country
- Quit cocaine
- Change career
- Give birth
- Raise children as a single parent
- Change their beliefs
- Live with disabilities
Those are the REAL hard things that can involve an incredible amount of effort, pain, sacrifice, time, and discomfort.
And yet thousands of people overcome them every single day! In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve had to deal with at least one of those things in your own life.
Now think about some of the things that we often THINK are hard when it comes to health and fitness:
- Getting up an hour earlier to do a workout.
- Skipping the afternoon snack and pushing on until dinner time.
- Turning off the TV after only 1 episode so that you can go to sleep earlier.
- Using willpower to not impulse buy junk food while out shopping.
- Putting in the effort to actually plan and prepare healthy meals for yourself.
- Dealing with FOMO (fear of missing out) around social events and junk food.
- Saying no to late-night junk food cravings.
Sure, those can be challenging… But they’re NOT hard in comparison to the previous list above.
Even if they are hard for YOU, if other people just like you can beat cancer, quit cocaine, get out of debt, or raise a kid by themselves… then you CAN build healthier habits and break bad ones.
If you blow daily health and fitness challenges out of proportion and make them out to be these giant scary things, they’ll always be really hard to overcome. But if you shrink them down and put them into perspective compared to other really hard things that you’ve overcome in the past, they become much more do-able.
The next time you think about how hard it is to stay on track, remind yourself that YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!