Do You Have These Good Problems?Oct 17, 2020
If you're on a journey to get better, you know the road is not smooth.
I'd say it's bumpy as heck.
Especially in the fourth quarter of every year.
October begins the holiday season, and with it, distractions and temptations that inadvertently mess you up.
You start getting some momentum, lose focus for a little while, get busy, and the longer you're "off track" the harder it is to get back on.
That's why I preach slow and steady consistency.
No need to beat yourself up if you miss a week here and there, because, in the long-term, it's more about just showing up daily and doing work.
Okay, you get that.
But, what if, on this road to health and happiness, you still have "problems."
And that's the problem.
You think that once you get going, once you hit a certain goal, once you accomplish something... all of your problems go away.
But life isn't about eliminating problems.
Instead you will trade your current problems for better problems.
Let me explain.
Do You Have These Good Problems?
When you first start your fitness journey you're scared, you're intimidated, and you're not in the shape you want to be in.
Maybe you're overweight and unhappy.
That's the problem that you're looking to solve.
So, let's assume things go great, you find the best online personal trainer, you're into a winning routine, and you're getting results.
And guess what?
Right when you think you've got everything figured out, new "good" problems appear.
☀️ You now have to fit three hours of weekly training into your already-hectic life.
Side note: The minimum effective dose of smart training is three hours per week, over four 45-minute sessions, which is less than 2% of your week.
☀️ You must decide who and what do you say "no" to in order to prioritize your health.
Still a problem, but a better problem.
Let's keep rolling.
A few weeks pass and you're crushing it, you've found balance in your schedule, and you're getting all kinds of results.
Yet another "good" problem emerges.
☀️ You may have to buy an entirely new wardrobe because you lost so much bodyfat.
☀️ You may have a non-supportive spouse or some jealous friends that make fun of you every time you practice portion-controlled eating and other mindful nutrition habits.
Again, better problems, but still challenges you must navigate.
Some folks may list "problems" associated with work and family.
But the way I see it, each day I enjoy these amazing opportunities to...
- Build my relationship with Sharon
- Parent two active elementary-school-age children at home
- Manage a bustling fitness-and-nutrition coaching business
- Run a healthy-home renovation TV show
- Plus a bunch of other behind-the-scenes stuff
By the way, these are all first-world problems because our basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, etc.) are already met.
Truth is, my life and "problems" are completely different (and better) than the problems I had to solve, years ago, when Sharon and I were dating.
Back then our "big problem" was choosing what fun thing we should do on the weekends.
Ha, imagine that!
But they’re still problems.
If you attempt to eliminate all problems in life, you're going to fail.
The goal is that you continue to grow and develop, in all aspects of life, so that you trade bad problems for better problems.
But, again, there will ALWAYS be problems...
And that's okay. That's what makes life interesting.
I'm strangely motivated to solve problems.
I guess that's why I got into coaching.
As much as I might dream of everything going smoothly 100% of the time, I still crave the ability to fix stuff that's temporarily broken.
The hope is that you're trading good problems for great problems.
Never forget that YOU are responsible for everything in your life.
No matter what the external circumstances may be.
You don’t always control what happens to you. But you always control how you interpret what happens to you, as well as how you respond.
Life is essentially an endless series of problems.
The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another.
Don’t hope for a life without problems.
There’s no such thing.
Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer near Bethlehem, PA, you can take a free 14-day trial.