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Are You Interested Or Committed?

Time to cut to the chase. Time for some straight-to-the-point, “no-hugs-for-you!” rhetorical truth. Why? Because I know you can handle it. Because I think you’re awesome. Because I know if you get sensitive about it or it causes you to think and make a change, it was something you needed. And I know many of you may need it.

First, a quote:

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

Where are you, right now, mentally when it comes to your commitment to P90X, Insanity or Turbofire? Determined and after it? Pedal to the metal with your program, crashing through gates and road blocks that would have stopped the fat, unfit old you? Or just taking a Sunday drive? Telling yourself (and maybe even me) “It’s on! I’m ready!” all while backing up traffic behind you and readying a “U-Turn” because you see the sign “Bumps Ahead”?

If you’re on a Sunday Drive with your program, it’s time to suck it up. Stop giving me excuses and new start dates and empty promises. Even more, stop giving YOU excuses and new start dates and empty promises. It’s time to stop tricking yourself into thinking you’re doing something you’re not for results you will never ever see if you stay on the same weak course. The only person you’re fooling is yourself… and even you know you’re full of it. Stop thinking that doing the same thing you’re doing (or doing something new tomorrow… I promise) is going to get you what you set out with your program to achieve.

Daaaang! I know, right? I’m not pulling punches today because man, I CARE..and here’s the smiley emoticon to prove it :). I care about your success even if you don’t.  I care because I KNOW where you’re at. Five years ago, I was in the same boat! I wanted to lose the fat, stop having to tell jokes about my gut so other people wouldn’t do it behind my back first. Why? Because I was only interested in losing fat and winning back my self esteem.

Interest Isn’t Committed. Ever.

Granted, interest can lead to commitment but initially, for me, interest left room for other things… like my inner 5-year-old. You know, the one that has excuses for everything. I mean, I worked all day. I had other things to do. I was busy. I wasn’t a “morning person”. I hated cardio. I didn’t want to “eat like a rabbit”. I liked ice cream too much. I wanted to “enjoy life”. The excuses went on and on. And since I was only interested, I’d go run a mile or so (or until it was too uncomfortable… maybe a block or two) and then come back and finish off the ice cream that night.

But hey- I deserved it, right? And you may have thought you deserved it too.

I’d totally worked out and burned some calories! I’d keep eating out and ordering whatever looked the greasiest thinking I could burn it off the next day. I’d order whole appetizers for myself, with shake, with a meal and then with dessert. Why? Because I was… you guessed it.. interested– aka, UNCOMMITTED. I remained overweight, embarrassed and disappointed.

Your interest in P90X, Insanity, Turbofire… whatever program you’ve chosen to do today, well… it’s not ever going to get you to the successful place you saw when you ordered it if you’re just “interested” in doing the program. Because interest… the different between interest and commitment goes a little something like this:

Interest is what you give when you want to keep your options open. Commitment is what you’ve decided there is no other option.

Interest is the crutch of the fearful. Commitment is the engine of the brave.

Interest is frustration. Commitment is success.

The interested are daydreaming window shoppers. The committed are buyers.

Interested leaves room for “I’m not interested any more”. Commitment doesn’t even consider it a possibility.

Interest is passive. Commitment is passion.

Interest is wishful thinking. Commitment is doing.

Interest is a hobby. Commitment is a gold medal.

Interested stays fat. Committed gets torches fat.

My success came only when I realized I had to do the things I didn’t want to do right now to get the things I wanted– when I stopped letting my inner 5-year-old dictate the healthy course of my adult life– that “interest” became commitment. And you know what? It didn’t take all that long to stick.

Still, you’ll ALWAYS do battle with “interested”. Habit, commitment and accountability will put “interested” on the sidelines, but it’ll still there, calling out on a rough day. But you’ll then know you have the strength to say “STICK IT” and do what needs to be done. Because the other option? Well, you may be living it right now.

Don’t be part of the majority who are simply “interested”. Become part of the elite minority who are COMMITTED when it comes to getting results they’d never though they’d see! Complete strangers in Fit Spot! care and want to help motivate you. Complete strangers are waiting to be INSPIRED BY YOU.

Right now is the time to take stock of where you’re at. It’s time to fish or cut bait– to rock your goals or keep making excuses.

So here’s to being honest and finally claiming your success. It’s time to commit. Let’s do this. 

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  1. Ken Stark says:

    Spot on Dan, I agree with every word of it. Feel like I wrote it. Got a buddy who’s been ” interested” , sent him your article…now he iS COMMITTED!!!

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