Ask someone who hasn’t been exercising why.
“I haven’t had time”
“I’ve been busy”
“I’ve been meaning to”
“I’ll start tomorrow”
The truth of the matter is… it’s not a priority in their life.
I had a conversation recently about things and what I do in my life and what I don’t and how much time I spend on various activites.
The conversation involved saying to ourselves “It’s not a priority”
Because here’s the thing: We have the time. It’s just not a priority in our lives.
There’s enough time in the day.
I have 5 scrabble games on the go on Facebook. I play mindless “Price is Right” slots on Facebook.
I’m up to date on all my TV shows. I’ve read a book recently.
I have the time.
So why don’t we exercise? It’s not a priority.
That extra 45 minutes of sleep is a priority. The homework that needs to be done is a priority.
And tonight, I tried to say to myself before derby… “It’s not a priority.”
The problem with that? It felt shitty. Because it IS a priority. Derby IS important to me. And missing derby makes me feel bad. But when I DO bail on derby, I have a whole lotta excuses. “I’m tired.” “I’ve got homework” “I need time with my kids” and I have no problem with bailing after giving myself excuses.
I can get away with excuses. But if I put it into perspective.. “It’s not a priority” the truth is… I got up and went. Because it is a priority.
The things that are important to me feel bad when I say they’re not a priority.
The things that are truly not a priority I’m ok with letting slide.
It is such a freeing statement.
And tomorrow, when my alarm goes off, I’ll get up and go work out, because it IS a priority. Regardless of how tired I am, the priority is to get fit and healthy. Sleep? I can go to bed earlier. Because I’m making it a priority.