Check Yo’ Self

March 19, 2008 · Print This Article

Being a subscriber to a blog or an email list is a great way to learn from other people and/or to communicate ideas with those having similar interests, or goals. Here’s part of an email I received from a fellow fitness professional, Jim Labadie.

“You’re never going to believe this.

If I didn’t know the person I would have a hard time believing this is true.

But sadly, it is.

It’s the perfect example of people buying things they want much more than things they need.

One of my clients was telling me today about a mutual friend’s hernia.

It’s going to require surgery.

Unfortunately, and for whatever reason, this self-employed business man doesn’t have health insurance.

This, and the fact that he claims he doesn’t have the money for the operation, are the reasons he uses to explain why he has not gone ahead and had the surgery.

Ok. So that’s not terribly unusual.

But here’s the catch:

This same man just went out and purchased 2 brand new motor scooters for $4,000.

I’m not a surgeon.

I’ve got no clue as to how much a hernia operation costs.

But I’ve got to imagine that $4,000 would have at least been a good start.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Amazing that someone would put aside even their health so they could buy something they want much more than spend the money on something they need.

But in reality, this happens all the time. Day in and day out.

Let’s face it, just about everyone could really use the help of a qualified fitness professional.

Yet how do you think you will convince someone of that when you know there are people in this world with hernias who are riding motor scooters?

You can’t. People buy what they want, not what they need. ”

It’s a familiar situation that we fitness professionals hear every day.

You are the only person on this planet that can set your priorities and execute of a plan of action. You just can’t help someone that doesn’t want to be helped.

“I don’t have time” is a poor excuse to me if you can rationalize spending 2-3 hours of your time each day in front of a television.

Even if you really are incredibly busy, there is no excuse. A small amount of exercise done consistently is going to pay tremendous dividends in the long run. Physical energy is the fundamental source of fuel for everything happening in your life. When you have more, you do everything better. You are better equipped to handle stressful situations and be a more productive person.

“I can’t afford it” is another poor excuse when it comes from someone that eats out more than twice a week, pays for golf lessons for an entire year, pays for premium cable, drives a $30,000 car, and gets manicures, and pedicures every other month.

Take a step back and take an honest look at how your values, and priorities compare to the ways you make use of your time and spend your money.

If you’re willing to sacrifice your appearance, your health, your well being, and your capacity to perform at your best; if getting your nails done, shopping, and eating out all the time is higher on your priority list than the aforementioned–there isn’t a fitness professional on the planet that can help you.

You’re either making excuses or you’re making it happen. If you’re one of those people making excuses, here’s a quote to help you…

“You better check yourself before you wreck yourself”.

–Ice Cube

Be Your Best,



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