Fail-safe Plan To Success
I had a Dentist appointment in my calendar from 6 months ago. My reminders started going off 2 weeks out, and started getting more frequent as it grew closer. And the day before my appointment, I got a phone call asking if I’d be there. I didn’t miss the appointment.
In fact, I had plenty of opportunities to schedule other appointments on Tuesday at 9:30am. And each opportunity would have been a far more enjoyable experience than that. But because healthy teeth is something that’s important to me, I kept my appointment.
If it were up to me to just decide to show up to the Dentist office when I felt like it, or when it is convenient to me, I’d never go. I would always find an excuse to wait till next week. I already know that I’m going again in September.
If you’re reading this as a member of my gym, you’ve probably heard me say on multiple occasions that the key to succeeding with your goals is to simply show up. We’ve done all the hard thinking and organizing so as to make your experience as simple as possible. And we’re really good at our job.
So your job is to just come in and let us do ours. But I have so many conversations with people who complain about how difficult it is for them to find the time to get into the gym. About how something always comes up.
Here’s the secret to success. Listen closely. This is the secret the “Pro’s” don’t want you to know.
Life happens as a habit. We all settle into routines that are harder and harder to break once they’re set. So, simply put; set a habit around showing up to the gym.
The key is to organize your schedule in a way that makes your trip to the gym the expectation, rather than the exception. Do you want to come at your lunch break? Make the appointments in your calendar, and keep your appointments. Don’t stand me up. That’s rude. Schedule other things around your trip to the gym. It’s an unbreakable appointment, as important as keeping your Dentist appointment… Multiple times per week…
Are you someone who needs to come after work? Set the appointment. Don’t go home first. That couch can become a trap. Don’t assume that you’ll have the motivation. You’ll be wrong. Just come in. You’ll be glad you did. Don’t just come when you’re motivated. Sometimes you wont be motivated, but you still need to show up.
Do you need to come before work? Kill the snooze button, and get out of bed. Make the appointment, and keep it. No exceptions.
The point is to set your rhythm and to have accountability. Set up your calendar. Put in your gym appointments. Tell your coach, a couple friends, and a few of your classmates.
Keep your appointments.
It may be a little difficult at first, but before long you’ll be accidentally walking through our doors and well on your way to that six pack.