Are You A Fitness Psychic?
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Peter Drucker
Did you know, at times, you might possess the ability to predict the future?
It happens almost every day. Amazing feats of psychic ability and future telling are used to plan daily fitness routines and nutrition choices.
Don’t think you can do it? I bet you can. I know I have.
Maybe you didn’t realize you were predicting the future when you did it, but it happens for everyone. It looks something like this:
- “I am just going to skip my workout this morning, because I know I am going to have time this afternoon.”
- “I have plenty of time tomorrow to run, so I will just push this workout until then.”
- “I am really going to watch what I eat this weekend, so I can go ahead and eat 7 slices of pizza tonight.”
- “Things will be more settled next week, so I will just wait until then to start my fitness routine.”
See, I told you.
Because you are able to see into the future and predict what your schedule, mood and habits will be… you can make decisions about today armed with that knowledge.
As exciting as that sounds, maybe we need to think this through a bit more.
One of the most common ways to rationalize poor health and fitness choices is to predict future behavior. You use what you think you might be able to do in the future, to justify not taking action in the moment.
If you could go back in time and record how often your predictions came true, I wonder what your prediction success rate would be. I would be willing to bet that if you tried to use the same skill in Las Vegas, you’d be broke… sleeping on a bench… cleaning taxi cab advertising boards for enough change to get closer to home.
My personal success rate for predicting the future has been awful. It was so awful, and became such an issue, that it led me to make some serious changes in my scheduling and how I prepared for each day.
You are a busy parent. You know, and I know, your schedule is never predictable. That free time you think you will have tomorrow, may very well be taken over by work or parenting responsibilities. The hectic nature of your schedule this week is probably going to be the same next week. Those cravings for poor food choices aren’t going anywhere either.
The only way to make healthy and long-lasting changes in your health and fitness is to win each and every day.
Unfortunately, there are numerous excuses, outside of predicting future behavior, that we can use to justify poor decisions. While predicting the future is a pretty cool party trick, it is time to eliminate it from the list of options you can use as an excuse.
Next time you think to yourself, “I am good not doing this today, because of what I will do tomorrow”… stop yourself. Understand that the same reasons preventing you from action today are going to be around tomorrow.
You have to take action in the moment, and break the thought habit of looking ahead.
Instead of trying to predict the future… change your future. Do it today.
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