I found myself having an interesting conversation with one of my clients, Lindsey Seitz, earlier this week, and I thought it would be a great topic for this week’s blog: How to Quit Being A Quitter. Are you the type of person that starts doing an activity or task, but tends to cut yourself short before the finish? This could be anything; cleaning the house, going to the gym, projects at work, etc.
Well, as I was talking with Lindsey, the topic of her (before) tending to cut herself short on some tasks in her past and overcoming this tendency was really interesting and got me thinking. For Lindsey, it was finding some small tasks around the house, and forcing herself to complete them before moving on to the next task, like above, cleaning the house, small projects, etc. Overtime, she started to feel accomplishment with finishing small tasks, and eventually, leading to motivation to feel that same sense of accomplishment after completing a large task. As her trainer over the last 2 years, I have realized how much that has carried over to her workouts. When an exercise gets difficult, she does not quit. Even if I give her an easy out like a modification to make it easier, she always has the same response to me: “Champions don’t make excuses.”
So, to be like Lindsey, and to feel accomplished with some tasks, here are my tips to you:
- Start small. Do the dishes each week. Make your bed every day. Return the cart at the grocery store. Whatever little tasks you catch yourself stopping short, correct them.
- Manage your time. We often cut ourselves short due to poor time management, and before you know it, you are overwhelmed with all of these things you need to get done that you could have done as you went. Get a planner. Put it on your phone. Do whatever it takes to keep you accountable.
- Hold yourself accountable. Lindsey has found that embodying a champion mindset is what holds her accountable. Find that within yourself. If you hold yourself accountable, you will do everything you can not to disappoint yourself.
- Never give up. No person is perfect. There will be times you come up short and that is perfectly okay. It is in adversity that you find strength to move forward. Just keep pushing and take small steps each day to be better than you were yesterday!
If you ever catch Lindsey in the gym, give her a high five! She has done awesome over the last 2 years with commitment to her goals and never ending drive to get there! And, if you have any questions or any advice on how to get jump started in the gym, talk with one of our personal trainers, as we are here to help you accomplish all of your goals.