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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Vogel

Getting started sucks.

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

The military, cross-training community, and sports teams -

They all have phrases or pep-talks they use to mentally prepare for something unpleasant yet unavoidable.

It could be basic training, a nasty workout, or a tough practice.

But they get in the zone by just accepting the fact that what they’re about to experience is going to suck.

The cross-training community embraces these mantras in preparation for the intensity and extreme discomfort of the workouts—all in pursuit of better health and fitness.

If you’re familiar with these grueling workouts, you know that when the clock starts counting down…


You’re about to feel some pain.

So why do people keep showing up if it really feels THAT bad?

Because when you’re done, it feels SO good. And eventually that “suck” leads to incredible results.

Suffering creates resilience. And resilience is what is takes to be successful.

We all know being fit and healthy isn’t easy. If it was, gyms, trainers and doctors would all be out of business.

Being financially fit isn’t easy either. Budgets, numbers, and making decisions isn’t exactly fun… So most people avoid it, or do the absolute bare minimum.

Is this you? Or anyone you know?

The dread you face when staring at a large and uncomfortable task can be enough to keep you from getting started in first place.

But really, getting started is the hardest part.

Why? Because you can’t wait for the motivation to get started.

You’ve just got to commit to it.Just get on with it.

When it comes to doing the hard things in life, commitment almost always precedes motivation.

This concept is relevant in many areas of our lives, but especially in physical fitness.

I spent many years as a trainer and I saw this sad scenario over and over again:

Someone never made the commitment to show up at the gym one day, then fast forward 15 years and now the doctor is saying they‘ve developed major health issues and they HAVE to get back in shape. They didn’t have a choice anymore.

See, you have to find a way to just get started.

The best way to do that is to make a commitment to someone or something. If we find a way to hold ourselves accountable we’re much more likely to succeed—not just in fitness but in anything!

Just show up and say “I’m ready to go” even if in that moment, you’re totally faking it. Everything else will follow that commitment.

If you avoid physical fitness and taking care of yourself today, you’re likely to have significant health problems in the future.

Same goes for your finances.

If you avoid your fiscal fitness, or just do the bare minimum, you could potentially end up with significant financial problems in the future.

Luckily, getting financial help is not as painful as Basic Training or a cross-training workout, but it does require a commitment and some discomfort. I’ll be honest about that.

But you know what? You’re going to feel a heck of a lot better after you get started and…you might find out you’re not as out of shape as you think.

I’ve devoted my life to helping people do things they NEED to do, but that they don’t really WANT to do. And I’ve become pretty good at it.

We’ve made it as easy as possible to get started. Just give me a holler and we’ll show you how.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get moving!


Book a call with me.

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