I just watched the new Point Break film. It is not the Keanu one, but a slick 3D adventure film that had me pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time. I thought it was a brilliant and I came out buzzing, feeling like I could do anything and wanting to find a mountain to climb and then jump off!*
The concept in brief is that a small group of extreme sport athletes are trying to complete 8 insanely difficult and extreme tasks; of which only the first 4 have so far ever been completed. After successfully completing extraordinary feats across 4 continents, like falling off Angel Falls backwards, or surfing 70ft waves, they have to give something back to the earth. Unfortunately it is always something that involves illegal activity and the FBI get involved. However, I digress…
The reason the film struck such a cord with me was because the protagonists live each day like it could be their last. It was thrilling, exciting and completely unpractical, but they did not let their fear of death overcome them and rather than just thinking about doing these incredible tasks, they took action and did what most other people would deem impossible.
I think we can all do this to some extent, on a rather smaller scale, that preferably does not involve danger of death. With too many things, we think and we plan but we never actually do anything. How many times have you said that you are going to lose weight / learn a language / join a sports team / read more / find another job? And how many times have you done any of those things? It is definitely easier not to do anything out of the ordinary, to do what we always do and continue living as we have always done and to stick with our habits and make excuses why we should not make any changes, than it is do take action and make changes.
My point is that we should not continuously be taking the path of least resistance. It is easy to continue as you have always done, but that is fear talking. What are you scared of? What is stopping you? Why are you not making those changes you have been thinking about and talking about? Sometimes we worry that we will fail and no-one likes failure. Sometimes we worry what other people will think of us and sometimes we doubt ourselves and tell ourselves that we can’t do it. You reach Point Break. This is the point where we let our fears overcome us, which in the film is something dangerous as you end up smashing into a cliff. In day-to-day life it looks more like procrastination, inactivity, sticking with the same old habits, talking ourselves out of things.
I won’t be diving off any cliffs in a squirrel suit just yet (although why not?!), but there are things that I have always wanted to achieve and have started taking action to get there. I want to build my fitness business. This scares me as it seems like such a big task with lots of things to get my head around. Last year I talked myself out of it, I was scared and then ultimately I was sad and discouraged because nothing had changed. Lots of you I know want to lose weight. Every year you say you will lose those additional lbs that you will start exercising more and eating right and you think about how much better you will look and feel. However, for many this is as far is it gets. Why? What is really stopping you from making those changes? Don’t tell me work is too busy, or that you don’t know what you should be doing. These are excuses and can easily be solved if you wanted to. If this rings a bell with you then take a moment now to look at why you are not doing what you keep saying you want to do. Don’t listen to that little voice telling you that you can’t do it, or that you can start next week. Don’t let the fear overcome your potential.
I know this sounds really corny, but I want to be the best version of myself. Surely that is something we all wish for for ourselves?…Maybe you already have everything you want and if that is the case then great and I am very jealous. For the majority of us though there is always that voice in the back of our head telling us to lose that stone / find a job we actually like / go travelling more / write a book. All I can say is that you HAVE to take action. Don’t just stay in your comfort zone where nothing will change, unless of course you are completely happy there. Don’t just drift from one day to the next. Well you can of course, but will that make you feel any happier?
Seize the day! Another corny line I know, but do we do it? No we don’t! I have for one have been guilty of thinking and not doing and I don’t want to do that anymore. So join me in not overthinking and instead doing.
Let me know how you are seizing the day and if you need help on reaching your fitness and nutrition goals then I can help. Just take action and contact me now.