How to get past “I should start working out” and start reaching your goals

Showing up is the most important exercise, regardless of your goal.

Showing up torches fat, tones muscles, and does pretty much anything you want it to. But, YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP. The differences between barbells, dumbbells,TRX, bootcamp, crossfit, cardio etc. don’t matter if you don’t show up.

The aim of today’s post is to get you to start showing up by addressing some common objections from folks who know they should start, yet have not. If that describes you, keep reading!

Paralysis by analysis

Doing something is almost always better than nothing. Sure there are better ways of doing things, but you won’t know what those are until you get started. And, as I said, it doesn’t matter what the BEST method is if you don’t show up.

The wonderful world of the internet can do more harm than good when a newbie googles info on workouts and nutrition. And it’s a damn shame too. This information seeker is ambitious and wants to do things nice and proper. However, this person has not taken into account how much of a shitstorm the fitness industry is, and may hesitate to begin until finding the “perfect” program.

Now, I’m not saying ambition and seeking knowledge is a bad thing. Far from it. However, too much information can often result in confusion, hesitation, and stagnation.

Start a program, complete it, and if it doesn’t work, do something else. Once again, you’ll never know what works until you start. And as the bizarre saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. A lot of different methods work, if you manage to follow them to completion.

Procrastination: “I’ll start on Monday”

Will you really though? What is so special about Monday anyways?  The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll get results.

Physique change takes time and is almost never linear so you better start ASAP. You don’t have to be perfect immediately, or ever really. You simply have to be good enough.

Perfect is the natural enemy of good enough. In other words, if perfection is your only option, you are preventing yourself from reaching good enough.

“I’m just waiting for things to settle down”

Life will never fully settle down. And even when it does, it’s only temporary, certainly not long enough to build sustainable habits that will keep you lean in the long term.

The people who are the most successful are those who are able to make progress even when times are tough.

You need to be consistent to reach your goals. And let’s be real, life is NEVER consistent, thus it’s problematic to depend on life’s consistency for your results. It’s like wanting to learn to ride a horse, but accepting nothing less than a unicorn.


Life will continue to ebb, flow, and crash as it always does. You can’t change that. What you can change are the choices you make.

Furthermore, changing your nutrition doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be, a dramatic, sudden change. Changes to your diet should be small and manageable. Even something as small as eating a salad once a week, or going for a walk after dinner, is a good start. This is still progress! Eventually you’ll want to add more little changes of course, but for now just make progress, no matter how small.

To get from point A to point B you need to get the hell out of point A, even if just by an inch. Those inches of progress will eventually add up to a mile, so long as you consistently keep pushing those inches forward.

Know that placing your success in the hands of fate is doomed to fail; you simply need to be able to move forward an inch when things inevitably get tough. Stop waiting for the right moment and make a move.

Did I mention you need to be consistent?

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