A Single Step...

We stood in a crowd of 200 others jumping up and down…

The music was pumping nice and loud…

The countdown began…

10, 9, 8, 7….

3, 2, 1, Go!

And just like that we were off.

The 2018 Tough Mudder Northeast was underway.

5 miles, 13+ obstacles, and a free beer at the end.

But then reality set in.

The course started with climbing the side of the mountain, straight up.

As you walked up, you had to mentally talk to yourself to keep going, you passed people that had to stop on the side and catch their breath.

Whether it was the mountain climbing, or the obstacles that seemed impossible, there was always one thing I kept in mind.

A single step.

Just one more step.

Just one more…

There seems to be this massive hesitation in society when starting something new, especially when it comes to fitness. 

Now, "new" could be starting from scratch, someone that has never done anything in their life, and new could also mean a new goal or a new event. 

We quite often get the question of "how do I start?"

Although it's thought to be more complicated than this, I challenge you to realize, it's just a matter of doing something, anything. 

You don't just all of the sudden "find" motivation. 

That's why people who never start or attempt any action with fitness find it hard to have any kind of success. 

Motivation is built on action. 

It's a snowball effect. 

You need to do something to get the snowball moving. 

Once it's moving, it will build on itself and continue to roll down the hill faster and faster. 

That's why if you're feeling extra motivated it's usually the result of a chain of actions built on each other that has created it. 

Just like after climbing the mountain, I felt motivated to climb over the wall, then once I climbed over the wall I felt motivated to keep going.

Action breeds motivation.

So, how do you start?

Whether it's starting a brand new fitness routine, joining a gym for the first time, or conquering a new goal or event like a Tough Mudder.

Pick the easiest action you can do. 

Think of it as a project. 

Every project has a series of "to dos."

What is the first to do?

For example, it could be inquiring on the website. 

It could be going out and buying some new shoes. 

Maybe it's registering for the event.

Quite often we paralyze ourselves as we look at the big project ahead, or a new change, or new routine.

That analysis paralysis freezes us up mentally and physically and next thing you know six months go by and you're still in the same place you were. 

There's no magic answer, unfortunately, I think it's just a good reminder of the famous quote...

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

And it's just that...a step. 

Don't get overwhelmed by the journey, just take the first step. 

That will lead to the second step, the third step, and then, and only then, will the momentum and motivation start to build.

Oh, and who’s joining me for the 2019 Tough Mudder Northeast?

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling