I'm right there with you.
February may be the shortest month in days, but it sure seems like the longest month to slog through.
And while the days are getting longer and it's not getting dark quite as soon, it seems more like a tease as we not so patiently wait for the warmer weather.
And our motivation wanes.
We are sick and tired of getting up early and driving to the gym in the dark, or doing the same on the way home from work.
I get it.
And I also know if we aren't careful and proactive about pushing through, we are going to get on that slippery slope from always to sometimes to seldom to never.
So what are we going to do about it?
Here Are Your 3 Steps to Finding Your Fitness Focus (in February).
First, go back and revisit why you train in the first place. When we get tired, or discouraged or sore, we lose focus on the vision we had when we started. We forget "why" we are on this personal journey of better health through fitness.
The solution is straightforward.
Make sure you have your "Why" written down. Seriously, take out a 3x5 card and write it down.
Then post it where you will see it EVERY day. Mine is on the cabinet right above my workstation. It hits me in the face every time I sit down and stand up.
And of course there is no "right or wrong" here. Your why is, well, yours. It is not for anyone else to judge.
The second part of the "find your fitness focus" process is to hang around the right people. And I don't just mean your friends and family. We get inundated by voices all around us; on the radio, on television, social media - all of it.
In fact most of "hang around" the virtual world more than the real world. And frankly most of those voices are full of negativity, whining and complaining. What effect do you think this is having on your emotional well-being? You can't hang around with pigs without getting muddy and a bit smelly.
Instead of consuming so much media, focus your attention on habits that will build and enrich your mind. Reading, keeping a journal, playing games. These things strengthen your "mind muscle" rather than fill it with garbage and tear it down.
Who or what do you need to not hang out with anymore?
Lastly, you need to take action toward your "Why", every single day. Nobody I know feels like showing up and training every single day. I know I don't. As the old saying goes, "If it were easy, everyone would do it". It's not going to be easy all the time, maybe most of the time. And that's ok. Rarely does anything great get accomplished taking the easy road.
In his book Unstoppable, author and coach Craig Ballantyne reminds of us of one of his favorite phrases;
"Action Beats Anxiety. Motion Beats Meditation. Work Beats Worry."
There is a time for taking a break and slowing down. In the training context, that's what rest days and recovery weeks are for. But when you miss scheduled training days, you are setting yourself back, sometimes farther than you think. And worrying about stuff does nothing positive for us, in fact just the opposite.
My "Why" reminds me of that. I see too many good people sell themselves short, and never realize the amazing potential that resides in each one of us. People as young as 40's thinking life has already passed them by. That is not good.
I was listening to Tim Ferris' podcast interview of former Stanford professor and author Jim Collins, whose books such as "Good To Great" and "Built To Last" are multi-time best sellers and award winners.
Jim is 61 now, and he said this; "The big years to are 60 to 90, to me."
He went on to share that many of the hero's of his life did more work, and their best work in those "later" years, as opposed to when they were younger. He sought to emulate that in his own life, and as he has just released another book he is well on his way.
I love that.
I love that a guy who has already accomplished more than most of us will in our lifetime is not content to settle. In fact he also asks himself the question "How can I be more useful?"
That's why I think it's worth it for you and me to keep showing up, keep working hard, and keep focused on our why. If you haven't written it down yet, go do it now. If you'd like to share it with me, putting it in the comments below will make it even more real.
The best is still to come.
You coming with me?