You VS You

By: Nick Niedzwiecki

have dreams. You have goals you want to accomplish in life, maybe places you want to see. What’s holding you back from doing that thing that you’ve always wanted to do? Is it just not the right time yet? Will it ever be the right time? When is the right time? The only reason, truly deep down, that we have not accomplished what we want to in life is because we don’t allow ourselves to accomplish them. We make excuses for why we can’t do “it” right now and at the end of the day it boils down to just that, an excuse.

We’ll look at the health and wellness side of these goals. You want to get in better shape BUT now is not the right time. You have work, school, kids have sports, and your sister’s boyfriend is having people over to watch football this weekend…so you can’t stick to your diet plan…so you’re better off just not starting at all. These are all the excuses we allow ourselves to believe as the reason why we can’t start something new right now or we’ll start when the time is right. News flash! — The time will never be right; we have to win the battle between our ears. It’s always only YOU VS YOU.

You have to make the decision to rearrange your schedule to make health and fitness a priority in your life. You have to communicate with your spouse to let them know that you want to start on a new journey and would like their support. You have to show your children that taking care of yourself is the first step in being able to properly take care of others. You have to be the example at work, show your coworkers that bringing a healthy lunch from home is possible, and you don’t have to eat the doughnuts in the breakroom every single day.

Once you learn the power of YOU, your world will completely change. You will stop making excuses for why you can’t reach the goals you’ve set for yourself, you will actually start to achieve them. After you achieve one goal, the next becomes a little easier. You’ve now established a routine of success and you are unstoppable.

Then you fall back into some old habits because you’ve gotten comfortable; maybe this is where you are now and you’re feeling like you can never get back on track. Go back to the basics — YOU can do anything you set your mind to. Start small. Tomorrow you will not grab that doughnut in the breakroom, simple as that. Making the tough decision is hard in the moment, but just a couple of hard decisions can lead to a lifetime of happiness.

Just remember, next time you get in a little funk or feel like you’re not working towards the goals you have set for yourself, YOU CAN DO IT! And YOU are the only reason IT has not been accomplished yet.

By: Nick Niedzwiecki – Owner, CrossFit Athens