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Self help advice crosses over

There was a time in the not so distant past when I was (briefly) a professional organizer. I still find the idea fascinating and my attention tends to be drawn to articles about decluttering and storage. I came upon this article awhile back and was struck by how the general idea that passivity, procrastination, and perfectionism stop us from moving forward in organizing our spaces can also be applied to moving forward with our fitness goals.

Passivity is essentially the opposite of Nike’s “Just Do It!” Campaign. I don’t know about you, but if I come home and sit down “just for a minute” I generally tend to stay exactly there for the rest of the evening. But if I force myself to do “just a couple of things” before I sit down, I end up doing those things and more.  Newton’s first law is that an object at rest stays at rest unless acted on by an outside force. Whatever you need to do to motivate yourself, once you get yourself moving (and to the gym), even for a little while, you’ll keep going.

Procrastination. Funny how the only thing we don’t procrastinate about is procrastination. We get right on it – “I’ll have more time to get to the gym tomorrow.” Tomorrow has come and gone and you still haven’t set foot in the gym. Now you’ve probably got guilt on top of the procrastination. Guilt at spending money on a gym you never go to. Guilt at not achieving your weight loss and fitness goals. Guilt at raiding the fridge because you were feeling guilty about not going to the gym. It’s a viscous cycle. Unless you do something about it. Now.

Perfectionism. Have you ever said, “I’ll go to the gym when I look better.”? Although I know where that thought comes from, it’s not really logical, is it? If everyone waited until they were good, no, perfect at something, nothing would ever get done. Below is one of my favorite posters from Despair.com. It says, “Ineptitude: If you can’t learn to do something well, learn to enjoy doing it poorly.”

Amen.

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