“The title of this post was inspired by the Matthew Sweet song of the same name.”
My mind tends to swim in chaos. At any point in time, there are so many things that I want to read, listen to, digest, and execute on. Of course, I only can take in so much stimulus at one time and as much as I wish I could multitask effectively, I just don’t. As far as being a business owner goes, there are many avenues where I would like to take my business. Unfortunately, there is a certain fear and trepidation that I have when I am looking to embark on some new adventure with my business.
I can say that I don’t have a great fear of risk but I do fear failure. In many ways, I can swallow a little bit of pride and dive in to see what happens. But in other ways, I find myself wanting to learn more, read more, ask more questions in the hopes that I will stumble onto the “perfect” solution.
Here’s a hint: it doesn’t exist.
Recently, I had to make a decision for my business. It was a way for me to add another stream of revenue. Who doesn’t want more money, right? That should be motivation in and of itself. But there were too many questions left unanswered.
How would I advertise it?
What if no one was interested?
What if the decision flat out sucks and I have to tuck my tail between my legs, lick my wounds and admit defeat?
Then I made a change.
I paid someone to help me. There was someone I knew who had solved these problems. Someone with years of experience. The investment wasn’t high and our time together wasn’t lengthy. But making the investment forced me to act.
And, I could breathe a sigh of relief because the decision didn’t fail and this avenue continues to be productive and beneficial. Had I not reached out to an expert to help me, I don’t know how long I would have labored over this process. Indefinitely maybe.
If you find your story shares a parallel with mine and you have been laboring over the decision to do something with your health, let me give you some unsolicited advice: Pull the trigger.
Inactivity and inaction will do more to paralyze you and take you further from your goal than anything else out there.
No, you don’t have to hire me. I’d be happy to help but if there’s anything I’ve learned after years of doing this and hundreds of clients served, is that personal training is exactly that: a “personal” experience.
Some of you will be able to pick up a random fitness magazine at a newsrack, flip to a lifting program and get started.
Some of you need to be involved in group fitness for unity and a cultural experience.
Others may have a history of injuries and need more personalized care.
But I promise you, if all you do is seek information, you will push yourself further and further away from action. That lack of action can and will cripple you.
Next thing you know, you will have wasted weeks, months, maybe years trying to find that “one thing.” In the meantime, you could have been putting in quality work getting yourself closer to where you want to be.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be progress. One small step forward as opposed to two feet in the same damn place.
It doesn’t have to start on a Monday, it can happen on a Wednesday. Your body doesn’t care when you decide to make a positive change.