Just Start

Who you are today doesn’t define who you will be tomorrow.

You can be anyone you want to be.

And you can decide to be that person any time you want as well.

You can be someone who reads? Good. You can do it.

You want to be someone who is fit? Great. You can do it.

You see, we’re constantly changing and evolving. Think about yourself just five years ago. Were you the same exact individual?

No, of course not.

You were doing different tasks daily. You probably had a different goal. And that’s okay. Learning, evolving, and changing is part of the human experience.

How do you become the you that you want to become tomorrow though?

All it takes is starting.

And I think that’s something most people struggle with.

Because starting something often means sucking at first.

Starting something is naturally difficult.

The reasons for doing something won’t always be obvious before you start. In fact, if you are consistent and disciplined, the reasons for doing something will often pop up as you go.

Let me explain with a concrete example from my own life.

When I first started going to the gym, I was not strong.

I actually remember it like it was yesterday.

I remember I was so nervous to step inside the gym because I was afraid. In hindsight, I didn’t have anything to be fearful about. Nobody was going to laugh at my form. Nobody was going to laugh at how light the weights are. Nobody was going to say (or think) much of anything about me.

Looking back, my fear was all quite self-absorbed.

So, I really didn’t want to go to the gym when I first started.

So, I made it my goal every week…

Just go to the gym four times a week.

If I did that, I won the week. This made me feel like I could accomplish something. And it was completely within my control.

It wasn’t about looking good for anyone else.

It wasn’t about making progress.

It was simply: If I complete this, I win…

(Almost like a video game.)

And let me tell you – it was hard. I struggled through those first few weeks of workouts. But I knew I was cultivating the habit of going to the gym.

Soon after I cultivated the habit, I was rewarded.

I started lifting heavier weights. I was cashing in on some newbie gains. And it felt absolutely great.

I gained another reason to go to the gym. Not only was I cultivating the habit of going to the gym, I was also trying to push heavier weights. Not just one, but two reasons to go to the gym. Way better than just one. And if I hadn’t started, I wouldn’t have realized either of these reasons.

I was worried though.

Because even though I had cultivated the habit of going to the gym and I enjoyed the gym, I tended to be someone whose environment got the best of him. When my environment changed, I lost my old habits.

So, eight weeks of summer came… and went.

I went from living at home in the summer to living at school for my senior year of college.

Now, when I went back to school.. most of my friends hadn’t seen me in eight weeks (since I began my training).

Their responses to seeing me for the first time in eight weeks was nothing short of incredible. It was a huge dopamine hit.

  • “You’re jacked!”
  • “Dude, are you taking steroids?”
  • “You look great, man!”

I knew I had made a physical transformation. But I didn’t realize that every person I saw would instantly notice a change.

Now, I had a third reason to go to the gym.

Not only did I want to win the week and get stronger… becoming jacked was now a part of my identity.

All of a sudden, I didn’t have to think about going to the gym anymore. It just was.

Eight weeks was all it took to change my life forever.

All of this is a long way of saying the following:

When you begin a journey, you don’t know what reasons will pop up to continue on that path. You can’t possibly predict the future. All you can do is work hard. Embrace a little bit of the suck. And eventually, trust the process that the work you’re putting in will lead to a brighter future.

(Also, lifting weights is a great habit to cultivate. It makes you look good, feel good, and become a better version of you tomorrow than you were today.)

The story above is proof that who you were yesterday does not have to be who you will be tomorrow. It’s proof you can change your life and change your fate if you are willing to put in the work. It’s proof that the reasons will develop so long as you continue to work hard.

So, I beg you to take a hard look in the mirror and ask yourself…

Can I become a better version of myself tomorrow than I was yesterday?

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