Around about this time every year I start to hear the same phrase, or variations of it, from people who expressed interest in what we do.
I’ve just heard it for the first time this year.
“I think I’ll leave it till in New Year now”.
And, as always, I get it.
It’s tempting to think that we’d be starting at a time of year now where we “won’t be able to give it 100%”.
We might have a few things booked in the next few weeks, then it’s half term, and after that it’s only a few weeks till we start to slow down for Christmas.
But, just because I get it, doesn’t mean I won’t question it.
Because, like many things we tell ourselves, it doesn’t hold up to a bit of questioning all that well.
We create these narratives in part because that’s what everyone else around us is saying.
But, when those people aren’t achieving the results that we desire, listening to them probably isn’t the best idea.
There’s still 80 days until the new year.
Phileas Fogg went around the world in that time in 1872.
Even the most social of us will only have things getting in our way on maybe a quarter of those days.
Even if it’s half, we could still do 40 days of forward progress and 40 days of damage limitation.
We can still make better progress in any timeframe than we will do if we leave it until the end of that time frame.
And, from my experience, the eternal ‘leaving it until a better time’ approach is what has led many to regress over the years.
Because there’s always something.
When Christmas and New Year are out of the way, it’s tempting to leave it until February when we’ve ‘got back into the swing of things”.
Then they’ll be other social events, work things, holidays and just the general busyness of life.
Two decades of helping people make forward progress where they’ve struggled before has taught me, more than anything that……..
We make progress not when “things are a bit easier” and “all the stars align”……..
But when we become ok with making knowingly sub optimal forward progress now.
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Jon ‘Passepartout’ Hall
RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!