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What's Holding You Back

What’s Holding You Back?

Life sure is busy these days. There are so many competing priorities vying for our time and attention that it’s easy to let important things, like self-care, slide. Regardless of where you’re at in life, something or someone will want a piece of you. Between kids, spouses, jobs, school, family, volunteering, housework, yard work and many many others, there is barely enough time to relax and watch Netflix...forget things like, you know, eating well and going to the gym. 

I can almost guarantee you though, that there is a little voice in the back of your mind reminding you to take care of yourself, to eat a little healthier and to get moving. 

You probably acknowledge that voice, but say that now is just not the “right time”. There is too much going on. It’s too expensive. I don’t have the time. I’ll get to it in the new year/spring/summer….tomorrow. But tomorrow never comes. The “right time” doesn’t exist. 

Oh so noble...

The first step is to recognize these for what they are; excuses. They’re called Noble Excuses - the excuses we tell ourselves to make us feel better about not doing something. “I would go to the gym but I’m too busy taking my kids to soccer”. Noble! Who can argue with that?

I get it. I have a full-time job, a couple of side hustles, two kids under 5, a house that needs attention, a dog that needs walking (a lot) and a spouse that actually seems to enjoy spending time with me. It would be so easy to feel like I don’t have time because I’m serving others, but here’s the rub - behind each of those “noble excuses” are people or things that rely on me in some way, and if I don’t take care of myself I won’t be able to serve them. 

When we neglect ourselves we start to slow down. We put on weight. We feel the burden of stress. We get grumpy and can be snippy with those we love. We rely on coffee to get us through the day, and despite always being tired, we don’t sleep well. 

Eventually, we get sick or hurt and we take ourselves out of the game. 

Eventually, we let them down. 

Chances are good this neglect has been happening for years. You’re used to it, and that’s a shame. You deserve better. You deserve to feel strong, energetic, happy and full of vitality. When was the last time you could say that about yourself?

Ideally, I’d love for you to pop out of bed and crush the day for you. But if that doesn’t work, crush it for those that rely on you so that you can continue to serve them. That is noble. It takes being a bit selfish to be selfless. 

But if there is no right time….

I lied to you earlier. There absolutely is a “right time” to take back your life. It’s right now. It isn’t tomorrow. It isn’t in the new year or after hockey season. It’s RIGHT NOW!

There is a wonderful Chinese proverb that says ‘the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now’. 

There is no better time than right now. 

The wonderful thing is that taking charge of your health doesn’t have to be another full-time job. A one hour Crossfit class, 2 or 3 times a week will change your life. It’s efficient and will get you faster and stronger than you’ve ever been. You’ll surround yourself with people all looking to level up their lives and who will inspire you. 

You owe it to the people who rely on you, but most importantly you owe it to yourself. 

Take the first step. 

Connect with the amazing coaches at CrossFit Solid Ground and book an introductory, no pressure assessment and take charge of your life TODAY! Click HERE to get started. 

Joshua Laycock

IG: @mindsetreno

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