Paying the Man: What are you willing to pay to reach your goals?

//Paying the Man: What are you willing to pay to reach your goals?

Paying the Man: What are you willing to pay to reach your goals?

“PAY THE MAN!” We’ve heard it time and time again, but what does it mean? What are paying “him?” Who is he (other than Chuck Norris, obviously)? Why do we have to pay? What it all boils down to, is that we all have goals, and we all have a place where we draw that line in saying “my goals are worth more than X.” For some people, money/cost of a membership is the defining factor in where they work out, or wh3you: 5 Starbucks Coffees a week or an extra $80 a month. Sometimes you have to sit down and actually write out where your money is going on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to see how much of it you’re throwing away on things that aren’t bringing you closer to your goals, but are actually driving you further away from them.
Time. It’s the one thing in life that’s worth the most, but we’ll never get more of… ever. There will never be more than 24 hours in a day, for anyone. How you spend those precious hours, is your choice and your choice alone. Are your days ticking away spent tending to the needs of everyone else, at the cost of your own health and happiness? If you answered yes, think about how much that makes sense (or doesn’t). Fact: If you are not happy, AND healthy, you will not be able to continue tending to the needs of those around you. There will come a point in time when your body and your health will deteriorate to a degree that will then impact your ability to live on a basic level. Think about what your goals are, and if you’re having trouble meeting them due to your perceived lack of time. Take notice of whether or not your goals align; are you only willing to commit to 3 days a week at the gym but your goals require 5-6? Is your goal to lose 15 lbs, but your commitment to preparing the right food to fuel that goal is almost nonexistent? It’s time you change your level of commitment, or change your goals.
Ego. In order to get anything different, you must be willing to do/try something different. With trying new things, learning new skills, and reaching new levels of strength and fitness, must come the willingness to not be “the best,” at least for some period of time. You have to be willing to show up and suck, before you can show up and shine. Progress in anything is only the result of continuous effort put in over time. If you show up on day 1, embarrassed and self-loathing over all of the things you cant do, and never come back, then you’ll never get better. It’s that simple. Too many people write off too many things simply because they can’t do it, and therefore it must not be right for them. Staying within your comfort zone and sticking to the things you know and are good at will never yield massive change or results. Only leaving your ego at the door and committing to the journey will do that.
At the end of the day, there is always a price to pay if you expect to reach a new level in anything, not just fitness. Nothing worth while in life comes easily. The future that you hope to have isn’t free. Put the work in. Decrease your number of excuses and increase your commitment to #paytheman.

2017-11-28T15:48:10+00:00