Enjoy – Day 3 – Go small to go big.
First up today, let’s talk briefly on some of the ways TAL Family members enjoy moving their body daily…just to open the brain to other possibilities:
Some enjoy Running, Swimming, Biking (road or mountain), Weight Training, Walks during lunch hour, Spinning classes.
Pushups, pull-ups, sit ups, other simple core strength exercises like leg lifts or planks.
Yoga, Pilates, group exercises, kicking a ball around, hiking trails, running stairs.
Others like to play sports like basketball, tennis, soccer, racquetball, or do martial arts, Tai Bo, or Qi Gong
That’s just a small list, there are many other ways you could move your body.
A quick search of the Internet on ‘home workout ideas’ will show you dozens of options for working out right at home or in a park.
There are no valid excuses for not moving your body vigorously somehow.
Unless you are actually incapacitated and stuck in bed or something, but even then, there is probably something you can do to move.
When I was in the hospital for a month in 2012 I just barely had the strength to walk across the room.
But I forced myself to do it at least once per day (most days)
And that was a victory…I celebrated it.
Soon enough I was making it a few steps down the hall.
Don’t allow yourself excuses. Do what you can with what you have…even if your situation is bleak.
And ‘there’s not enough time’ is the LEAST VALID excuse, we’ll bust that myth tomorrow.
Moving your body daily is extremely important.
And small, simple things, on a daily basis have a HUGE effect over time.
Don’t overcomplicate it. Pushups and walking or running is easy and you can do it anywhere.
Now…why is it better to go small rather than BIG?
I’ve already told you that 20 minutes is sufficient for a daily goal.
Well, for some that may be too big still.
I chose 20 minutes because it is most likely achievable for most people, and it is sufficient to make a significant impact when done daily.
However, some are not in the habit of exercising even one minute per day, so it’s imperative that you start with a goal that is NOT overwhelming.
The key is to set a SMALL daily goal, and get into motion.
The law of inertia states that an object in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by another force.
If you will give yourself a small achievable goal that does not overwhelm your mind and zap your energy just thinking about it…
…that is the way to get yourself into motion, which is your path to success.
If 20 minutes is overwhelming, do 5 Minutes!
5 minutes per day is INFINITELY better than 0 minutes per day.
Every little daily effort you make REALLY ADDS UP.
TAL Family member Crystal turned me on to this book called “Mini Habits” by Stephen Guise, which is exactly in line with one of the fundamental principles of living a Truly Amazing Life which states:
“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.” – Alma 37:6
That principle is SO important that it cannot be overemphasized enough.
In his book Stephen shares the story of how setting the goal to do JUST ONE pushup changed his whole life.
It got him into motion, which led him to getting into shape, which was the catalyst that changed his whole direction in life and enabled him to write a bestselling book among other things.
He was completely stuck, unable to ‘willpower’ himself into working out at all.
But after giving himself the “one push-up challenge” and doing it he said he noticed two things:
“First, just a few push-ups a day does make a difference in how you feel. I felt stronger and my muscles were better conditioned. Second, I realized that exercise was becoming habitual: even with such a wimpy challenge, I was doing something every day. Regular workouts were becoming easier.” – Stephen Guise
If you are feeling stuck, or demotivated, or lacking will power to exercise at all let alone every day, read Stephen’s article “the one push-up challenge” on his blog at deepexistence.com.
Even if you AREN’T feeling stuck it’s worth a read…the principle is so important to your success in this habit of MOVE and in every other area of life.
He said “Think small (no, even smaller than what you just thought)… and you’ll conquer the world.”
Do you notice a theme here?
“Small means in many instances doth confound the wise” remember?
That is an extremely powerful truth to convince yourself of at a deep level.
Because when you truly believe that, then you will be EXCITED to do JUST ONE PUSHUP – and create the habit of doing that every single day.
If you don’t believe that small things make any real difference, then you set yourself up for a never ending fight against your will power trying to always do big things.
And I’m not saying don’t dream BIG…there’s magic in that…
…but you need to set SMALL goals for today to achieve your big dreams someday.
The small and simple way is the ENJOYABLE way.
And it’s the way to have HUGE success ironically.
So start small, and build up as it feels natural and ENJOYABLE to you.
It’s not the amount you do, but simply building the habit of DAILY MOVEMENT that is of the utmost importance in your life.
So…MOVE YOUR BODY VIGOROUSLY TODAY!
DON’T ALLOW YOURSELF TO GO TO SLEEP WITHOUT HAVING MOVED VIGOROUSLY IN SOME WAY.
Even if it’s as simple as one pushup in your bed before you close eyes.
Do the smallest thing possible that will get you in motion, and don’t discount the power of habit.
Make Today Amazing…and I really mean that!