It’s been a long day at work and your friends or co-workers want to grab dinner and drinks. You haven’t been to the gym yet and it’s been a long day so you know afterwards it’s going to be late and your workout will suffer. You also don’t want to upset your friends or the cohesiveness with your co-workers. What do you do?
This situation recently happened to me on a business trip in Miami. We got off around 8 pm and everyone wanted to go right to dinner. I knew it was going to be a late-night and would be exhausted by the time I got to the gym. The gym is one of my top priorities. With that being said, instead of going out for dinner with everyone I went straight to the gym and got in an awesome shoulder day.
Actions can become habits very quickly. Keep yourself accountable with consistency. If you are already in shape, you are that way for a reason.
There are a few things to examine here. True friends will be understanding of your goals and lifestyle. If they give you a fit about not joining them then they probably aren’t truly in your corner. Remember, the top 5 people you hang around tend to be the biggest influencers in your lifestyle.
You have made a commitment and goal to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. This doesn’t mean you can’t miss a gym session or ever have pizza again. It means that there will always be an excuse to miss the gym or not eat clean again and again. Actions can become habits very quickly. Keep yourself accountable with consistency. If you are already in shape, you are that way for a reason. You do today what others say that they will do tomorrow. Everyone wishes to be healthy and fit, but it’s the ones that make it their lifestyle. That means you have to make sacrifices.
You may catch some heat for it at the moment, but remember that you are inspiring more people than you think. Some of the people that are inspired by your behaviour the most will never let you know. Keep that in mind and you always have that little extra motivation to do you.