This morning was a bit chilly – actually, it was freezing and I sat in bed for ages reading before finally convincing myself that I’d regret not getting up to exercise.
I know you all assume that I’m raring to go everyday. That making the choice to train is an easy one for me. But no, you’d be wrong.
In fact, I go through periods of skipping workouts, eating crap and just generally telling myself ‘tomorrow’ just like you do which leads me back to this morning and what that real estate sign has to do with anything fitness related.
So I made my coffee today and sat up in bed to read. I was actually being quite productive as I also wrote a couple of emails for a fitness challenge starting soon, but my thoughts kept coming back to remind me that last night, I’d promised I’d get up for a run even if it was raining.
So eventually I got out of bed by telling myself that a short walk would be okay. Yep, a quick walk would be fine and I could rug up against the freezing temperature outside so no need to get cold in the process. So I got up, put on my massive thick coat and headed out the door.
I should have known better, because 500m into it and I felt like running. Just a nice easy run, no record breaking here, but a run nonetheless. To cut a long story short, I ended up getting so hot in my coat that unzipping it and letting it fall off my shoulders wasn’t enough. I ended up taking it off and carrying it, which if you run, or even walk, you know is a total pain to deal with.
I ended up being out for about 45 mins with my walk/run (I stopped a few times to admire the beautiful sunrise and walked a bit too) and when I was nearly home, I passed a house that has had a For Sale sign out the front for some time.
Pasted across the sign, there was now an ‘OFFER ACCEPTED’ sticker. Not a ‘SOLD’ one, but a sticker that was one of the best real estate marketing tactics I think I’ve seen. Or at least noticed anyway.
That sticker suggested that the buyer didn’t pay full price.
That you could make an offer that was below what the seller had asked for and still get the property. Ingenious!!
Now buyers everywhere, in their subconscious minds, could start looking at those properties again that were out of their price range. And once the offer was made, whether accepted or not, the agent then has your details, knows you’re in the market and can follow up with that.
This is exactly what I did this morning and I suggest that clients do all the time.
‘Make an offer’ to yourself.
Instead of just making up an excuse or convincing yourself that you don’t need to exercise today, make an offer and agree to at least do something.
It could be like me, set out to walk for at least 10 minutes and if that’s all you do, that’s a win. Most likely you’ll end up going for a bit longer, or if you are a ‘runner’ (and I use that term loosely for myself) you may end up running like I did even.
If you had an organised session at a gym or fitness facility planned *such as PeakFit or FitForce at FitterFaster) yep, you may have missed your alarm and therefore the start of the training session, but you could still get up and do a quick circuit for just 10 minutes. Heck, you don’t even need to get dressed for that.
This also applies if you’ve decided to go it alone and do a workout video or the free workouts in Get Fit Maryborough or other home workouts. Just ‘offer’ to do just 10 minutes and if you want to stop then, that’s fine. It’s still a win on the board.
Unless you’re honestly out of time, I reckon you’ll end up doing more. And if you don’t, getting up and staying in routine, even for a super quick session, is fantastic on its own. You’re still building habits.
All of this still applies if your planned workout routine includes doing something during the day while your kids sleep or after work in the evening.
Making an offer to yourself is a fantastic way to get something done and build or maintain the habit of training.
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