I've been doubling up on my cardio classes lately, going from a boot camp style class directly to a watered down version of that class in the second hour. Total time spent cardio - 2 hours. The reason I'm doing this is to get rid of that little bit of fat covering my abs before my wife and I go on our cruise in a few months.
I can tell I'm progressing faster than I have been in losing fat % (I've got a scale at home that measures body fat %...not entirely accurate, but accurate enough to give me a good baseline).
It all comes down to purpose. Someone in the second class asked me the other day why in the world I would do bootcamp AND go to the second class. The word crazy came up in conversation as an adjective she used to describe me. After explaining why I was taking my actions, she understood, although she still called me crazy.
If you have a goal that you're stagnating on (which we all do), sit down today and figure out all of the underlying reasons that you're actually trying to accomplish the goal. If your reasons are strong enough, you won't even think about taking the necessary actions, regardless of what they are. If your reasons are not strong enough, you'll not take the actions necessary. Simple.
If there's something you're not doing, get stronger reasons. Now, that is MUCH easier said than done. However, if you can't find overwhelmingly strong reasons, get rid of the goal. Just take it off your list. Trust me, if it's meant to be in your life, it will manifest as a goal again at some point in time.
For example, at one point in my life about 16 years ago, I had a goal of learning Italian and Spanish. I knew I'd be traveling to Mexico at some point within two years of setting that goal. I ended up learning Spanish...never learned Italian. Why? Not strong enough reasons. I had no plans to visit Italy. I never even took an INITIAL action to learn Italian. Never picked up a book or language program. Nothing. No action. I just thought it would be cool to learn it since Italian was so "close" to Spanish. But, that wasn't a great enough reason.
Spanish...sailed right through. Didn't even think about the actions I was taking...I just did them. I devoured every book I could get my hands on about the language. I would, in my spare time, be reading the 500 verb book and how to conjugate each one. I didn't even consider that it might be "painful". I just knew I was going to Mexico and wanted to be able to at least talk to someone when I got there. During that time, I never thought once to myself that any of the actions I was taking were painful. I didn't even think about it.
So, if you're procrastinating and all your tricks to get you to take action aren't working, don't keep bumping your head. Go back and look at your goal and figure out why you're wanting to accomplish that goal. It could make all the difference in the world.
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