What’s it going to take?

You’ve probably joined a gym, bought a treadmill or Bowflex, or started a diet on “Monday” at some point in your life up to this point—but if your gym membership went unused, that Bowflex doubles as a clothes rack and you plan to start that diet “next” Monday—you’re not alone.
But fear not, if you wait long enough, the motivation to change might eventually hit you in the face in the form of a stroke or heart attack—and then you’ll have no choice. So, what then, can you do to start making lasting changes TODAY so that wake-up call never has to come?
Start with 20 minutes a day. That’s it. Get a good sweat on and be consistent with it and progress further when you feel you are capable. It needs to become a habit – part of your daily routine. Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. If it doesn’t sit well, you know what to do. Eventually you’ll wonder how you could live without exercise.
I think people fail in their health and fitness goals when they look too far ahead or come roaring out of the gates training like a lunatic. Twenty minutes of daily exercise is an improvement on zero.
Arnold Schwarzenegger calls it “The Spark.” When you find it, nothing can stop you. Discover YOUR spark today.
Not feeling it yet? Read the quote from Jeff Haden below. I know it’s just words, but if it doesn’t stir something inside of you, check for a pulse.
The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.
Everyone says they go the extra mile. Almost no one actually does. Most people who go there think, “Wait… no one else is here… why am I doing this?” and leave, never to return.
That’s why the extra mile is such a lonely place.
That’s also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities.
Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don’t wait to be asked; offer. Don’t just tell employees what to do–show them what to do and work beside them.
Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do–especially if other people aren’t doing that one thing. Sure, it’s hard.
But that’s what will make you different.
And over time, that’s what will make you incredibly successful.
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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.