Resolutions aren’t enough.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a conversation with someone, discussing another great idea, and then nothing comes of it. We’re always so gung-ho during the planning stages but when it comes to the follow through, we fall through.

A few years ago, a friend and I decided we should get in the gym. We were gonna get yoked. We spent hours talking about how tough we were gonna be and how many girls we were gonna get. We made it to the gym once. To pick up our membership.

We didn’t even workout that day. We had taken the first step but never took the second, which was the important one. Boy, it cost me. The thing about gym memberships, you can’t really back out of them or else they’ll charge you a big fee. I paid $20 a month for over a year before I actually worked out in that gym.

As we cross the bridge into a new year and a new decade, our old habits won’t be enough. No longer can we live in our old ways, if we’re to achieve the dreams we’ve laid out for ourselves. 2020 has to be the year of execution. It has to be the year that we believe so strongly, that we continue to plod the path no matter what. This has to be the year that we put the effort in taking the steps, instead of daydreaming about them.

Otherwise, we just stay the same. Which actually takes effort. More effort, to be honest. Have you ever met someone who complains constantly instead of doing something to change their situation? How exhausting it must be to carry that negative mindset everywhere you go.

And exhausting it is. As someone who used to complain, I can tell you firsthand. Being self conscious kept me from getting in the gym a lot earlier. For some reason, I thought I’d be shamed for being skinnier, and not being able to lift much. I didn’t know how to use the equipment and I was mortified of the judgment that came with making a mistake.

I didn’t even realize that I was keeping myself from what I wanted most. I was the one standing in my way. You can’t get muscles if you don’t use them, and stewing about how I got a bad draw wasn’t putting them to use. I wasn’t going to learn to use the equipment by sitting on my couch. I was going to have to do the work.

After a solid year, I can say it works. I’ve never weighed more than 150 pounds in my entire life. I’ve been holding steady at 170 for the last several months. Ironically, it didn’t even take that much effort. I’ve missed a week or three, here and there, and I’ve been out with the flu for the last month. The effort I’ve given for the gains I’ve recieved seems trivial to say the least. I can’t wait to get back to it when I’m no longer contagious.

It’s time to be intentional. It’s time to execute. It’s time to make those dreams reality. We deserve to live our lives the way we imagine. We truly can live on our own personal version of cloud 9 if we’re just willing to create it. But we have to take the steps and there’s going to be a lot. Let’s keep each other motivated.


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