How To Make a Start


“Patience is a virtue”

I’ve never really had much time for this. I recognise the wisdom in it and all that. And moderation in all things, I suppose. But I wanted to write today about the purgatory that is procrastination.

Dr Seuss calls it “The Waiting Place” – “Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow, or waiting around for a Yes or No, or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for the wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.”

I’ve quoted the thing in its entirety, not just because my blog is charged per word, but because of the listing effect. A more worldly scholar than I would have used that Gandhi quote about being the change you want to see in the world no doubt. But Seuss perfectly captures all the self-negating reasons we give ourselves for failure to own our goals, to take action for our own damn badass selves.

Three times a week, my boot campers get up at dark o’clock and get themselves into Fitness Soul, where they take another step closer to their goals. They are taking action. And at the end, sweaty and tired and accomplished, they have smiled at The Waiting Place and said “Not today!”

So what is stopping you?

Here are a couple of things you could do – now – to make a start:

• Assuming you are reading this on a screen, go put it down about 10 meters away and then go back to where you were and try to jump back to your screen in as few jumps as possible
• Try to get up out of your chair without using your hands. If this is easy, try to only use one leg too
• Try to make it from the time you read this, till the end of today, without eating anything that has been “prepared” – just natural, fresh food
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We always give ourselves excuses for inactivity. We let ourselves get trapped in the Waiting Place. But we need to understand that – almost always – it is a room we create. We hold ourselves back. And that’s natural – if progress was easy, we would all be doing better. But we must own our progress for it is our journey alone.

So no matter what your goal – for your life, for today, for right now; make a start.

At Fitness Soul, we believe in starts.


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