I'll Quit Tomorrow

Do you wish you could change something about your life right now? I’m here to argue that change can happen in an instant. I know this goes against popular thought. Most people believe that change has to be worked at for months or even years. We expect to try and fail numerous times before we ultimately give up or succeed. Vernon Johnson wrote a book called "I'll Quit Tomorrow", which is written more for alcoholics or people addicted to cigarettes and how they constantly put off quitting until another day. Well I want you to take that same mentality with your health and fitness! Being a Precision Nutrition coach, I have access to all kinds of success stories. One story is of a group of soldiers who were going through boot camp and were put through hell every single day. Their bodies and minds were pushed to the limit. They made an agreement that they could never quit in the middle of a training day. If they wanted to quit at night, after they were done struggling, and still didn't think they could make it, then that was allowed. They would always tell each other "I'm going to quit tomorrow". But when tomorrow came, they realized that even though it was very difficult at times, they were able to get through the previous days struggles, so no sense quit yet. I'll quit tomorrow... How many people do you know who struggle with their health or fitness? Is it because they had one bad day and just gave up? I bet there were a lot of other days where they felt great and could conquer the world. We're all going to have those bad days where we don't feel like our normal 100%. On those days, yes, it's ok to quit, have that piece of chocolate and say screw it! But once that day is over, will you be the person that says to yourself "I failed, I quit today and so I'm done"? Or will you be the person that says "Yes, I quit today, but tomorrow I will be back with a vengeance!" So what is keeping you from making a positive change in your life? Why do most people fail to make lasting change? They leave it up to willpower. This works for awhile, but you’ll always revert back to what’s comfortable. So how do you create change? You change what you're comfortable with. Over time those soldiers eventually became "somewhat" comfortable (you can never be totally comfortable going through what they go through), but they know that there body is capable of doing what is required, they've done it before and survived, so they are comfortable and know what to expect. So until something becomes so unbearable, why not keep going? I challenge you to do the same. You may crave that piece of cake, or not want to get out of bed, but just tell yourself that you can have that piece of cake tomorrow, or you can sleep in tomorrow. I bet when tomorrow does come, that craving for the piece of cake will be gone and your motivation to get out of bed will still be just as strong. Remember, you can always quit tomorrow!

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