It's that time of the year again. Christmas carols, greeting cards, overpriced gifts, time with the in-laws and all other cheeriness that coincides with the "Holidays." All Grinchiness aside; tis the season.
In the gym world, it's time for New Year's resolutions, challenges, significant diet changes and an unraveling of the excuse scroll.
We've heard it all. "I'm not fit enough to start." "I'm not going to fit in." "Workouts are too hard, too easy, this won't work for me, and I've already tried that."
I get it.
Starting something is scary. Even worse we live in a society flooded with everyone's highlight reel. Instagram and Facebook tend to be a smorgasbord of the best moments of peoples lives filtered just right. It's understandable that we are scared to fail, to struggle or to not excel at something right away.
I read this quote today, from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and so should you, and though it is directed to want to be musicians, it's more than relevant for whatever journey you are thinking about starting.
“It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old f*ing drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in, and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll f*ing start playing, and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some s*ty old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-ass music, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a f*ing computer or the Internet or The Voice or American Idol.”
What's the point?
That starting is more important than anything else. The fancy gym, the new equipment, the perfect workout routine, supplement or diet won't do shit unless you start. Nirvana didn't wait to start, they picked up their instruments and developed skill along the way.
So make that your New Years resolution. Be more like Nirvana. Start. Start something. Start small, slow or whatever works best, but for god sakes, freaking start and see it through.