Hey folks. I’ve had a couple of conversations over the last week or so with folks that are falling into the same category. The conversation tends to go like this:
Person: I’m frustrated with (X) because I have all this other stuff going on in my life right now that is taking priority.
Me: Why are you frustrated with (X)?
Person: Because I used to be here (uses a comparison of where they were with X in the past to where they are right now) and now I’m not anymore.
Now these conversations typically are related to fitness but it could apply to any aspect of life. It could be your spiritual life, it could be work, it could be your relationships with your family, it could be lots of things. But let me give you a better example.
Client “A” is frustrated because he/she isn’t as consistent with his/her workouts as he/she was a year ago. Right now, the amount of time they can commit to the gym has been cut back because they are studying to get a new certification for their job. This certification could mean a substantial raise which could have a significant impact on their income. This is good for their whole family, so it’s kind of a big deal.
But all Client “A” can see in the moment is that they aren’t as lean and muscular as they were last year around this time. Last year, things were pretty stable and they could devote a larger portion of their free time to training and nutrition prep. They still workout but it’s been more of a maintenance mode type of approach. All that person sees is the perceived deficiency. They are frustrated because their life feels out of balance. And it is. In this moment.
See, people tell us that we are supposed to have life balance and that we should be taking care of all the different aspects of who we are. Our jobs/professional lives, our family and personal relationships, our spiritual lives, our health all have a role in who we are. But I think we have bought into the idea that they are supposed to be perfectly balanced all the time.
I just don’t think that’s true. I believe that if we zoom out and take a look at the big picture, then yes, there needs to be balance. But the Bible tells us that there are seasons for everything. There are seasons for focusing on your professional life. There are seasons for taking care of yourself physically. There are seasons for strengthening relationships with your spouse, children and friends. The key is to understand that when you’re “in-season” for one thing, you have to go into maintenance mode for the others. That DOESN’T mean that you stop working on them. They just get relegated to the back seat. If you are in a “work season” then your workouts will likely be less than what you might have done getting “beach ready” the previous spring and summer. Just don’t quit. Understand that life is different right now and because of that your workouts will be as well.
The final thing I want to say here is that don’t hold yourself to a standard for any aspect of your life that may apply to a different season. Meaning don’t focus on the fact that your workouts aren’t as intense right now. Focus on the fact that you have other stuff going on. Do the other stuff to the best of your ability and just punch the clock in the gym. And when your life gets to the point where you can focus on the gym again (Side note, this will often times be a decision. If you wait for it to happen, it ain’t going to.), you crush it. Hope this makes sense. Have a great day.