Control is one of those subjects that I could talk about for hours…. Because I think it can be seen in both a positive and negative light.
Control can mean that you dictate what is going on around you, which is great. But the need for total control over one area of life because you feel that other areas of life are simply out of control can be a huge red flag, and lead to some pretty unhealthy behaviors.
Today I want to talk about control in it’s most empowering fashion, and explain how it affects YOUR life. Over the past 10 + years that I’ve been in the fitness industry, I have heard a lot of excuses from a lot of people as to why they can’t reach their fitness goals. [I’d guess that they’re likely not reaching goals in other areas of life either, but that’s a different conversation for a different day]
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard things like
- “I just don’t have any time for working out. Between driving my kids to school and practice, work, and helping out at my local congregation, there’s no time left!”
- “I don’t have a nice gym near my house…the only place near me is a Planet Fitness that doesn’t have that nice of equipment and it’s pretty low end.”
- “Eating healthy is hard when you have to cook for a whole family… my kids won’t eat the healthy things I make, and my spouse is picky, too. I can’t just NOT buy the things they like. But then my cabinets are full of those unhealthy things and I don’t have enough willpower to say no.”
Any of these sound familiar?
The truth of the matter is that if you are using any of the above excuses, or something similar, you’re relinquishing control of your outcomes [the way you look and feel in your clothes/skin, your strength, your health, energy, etc] to something or someone else.
Let me rephrase that, because I want to really drive the point home:
You let other people / things / situations have complete control over what happens to YOU.
And I think, quite frankly, people allow this to happen as a way to take the easy way out. Owning it and saying “I don’t prioritize my own workouts because I spend my time helping other people out” is a LOT more uncomfortable….nobody wants to admit that they have the control but they choose to hand that control over to someone/something else.
You do not have control over what happens in life, that’s for sure. But you have 100% control over how you respond…. You have 100% control over what you do with your time….you have 100% control over your life and what you make of it.
If you’ve been letting other factors control you, make a change today.
Take back control of YOU and YOUR life… and do what’s necessary to make it the BEST it can be.
- Coach Michelle
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