Friday, October 24, 2014

Kicking the can ...

We love the enthusiasm in Adventure Boot Camp … people showing up early to run around the track, talking about and planning out their fat loss foods, and putting in the extra effort during the workouts.

Looking back over some of the fitness challenges at ABC, it was a turning point in health and fitness for some.  They pinpoint a challenge as being the push they needed to get moving in the right direction, and ultimately the stimulus to set a new standard. 

As we alluded to yesterday, a huge victory over these 8 weeks would be to get to 2015 without the "baggage" the holidays bring.  Losing body fat would then be another major win.  And then on top of those victories, continuing into the new year with some new lifestyle skills and patterns might be the ultimate victory. 

Consider this about human nature: all other things being equal, we would rather have what we want sooner rather than later, easier rather than harder, and more rather than less.

In other words, we tend to be impatient, lazy and greedy. That's not a judgment on any of us individually, rather a general tendency that's built into human nature.  We tend to want what we want NOW, not next year, or in 10 years from now.

That built-in tendency is fertile ground for marketing the quick, easy and magical results from the Bowflex, the Shake Weight, by drinking that shake or taking that pill. 

Anyone can lose weight, and many do.  The key is keeping that weight off.

If you look at anyone at the top of their game.... the ones winning gold medals, or those with abundant health and fitness year in and year out, ... you will find a common denominator: They did not achieve this success overnight.

Instead they "Kicked the Can."

Remember as a kid coming upon a rock, or bottle or can as you made your way to a friend's house?  It was in your path and perhaps you gave it a kick over the asphalt for a yard or two.  And then maybe you kicked it again?  

My best friend Steve loved to kick things as we walked a couple of miles to our favorite pizza place (Pizza Jake's in Fairfield … the pizza was pretty good, but they also had arcade machines!)  Much to my displeasure, Steve kept kicking a crumpled up Coke can for our entire two mile walk!  

What is the likelihood that my friend could have seen this can at the beginning of our walk, got a running start and kicked this can as hard as he could and it travel two miles with one mighty kick? Zero.

You already understand and have employed the analogy of kicking the can.  Pick anything you are currently good at and ask this question: Did I achieve mastery at this as a result of something huge I did last Tuesday or was it a result of consistent effort over a period of time?

Think about the outcomes you want for the 8 Week Challenge in terms of Kicking the Can on a daily basis.  What do you need to do day in and day out, consistently? 

Here it is on a bumper sticker: Ordinary things consistently done produce extraordinary results.

To help you, think about these questions:

  • Where are you avoiding paying the price of hard work or learning and practicing new skills? 
  • Where are you searching for shortcuts where none exist? 
  • What are the ordinary things that need to be done on a consistent basis which will produce your desired outcomes?                                                                                                  ·                                                                                                

Recommit EVERY DAY. 

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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