How to Avoid the Ostrich TechniqueJun 09, 2021
When the titanic left the port, there was a very specific desired outcome for the people on board.
They wanted to enjoy the luxury of this incredible new boat and get to New York.
We all know what happens.
The plans of every single person on that ship changed in an instant when the ship hit the iceberg and sunk into the frigid depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
Back in 2020, you took any plans you had and crumbled them up because they weren't any good after COVID-19 hit.
All the stuff you wrote in your journal when you were fired up about the new year, well, it didn't apply anymore.
The lingering pandemic will swallow people that fail to adapt.
I’m not trying to paralyze you with fear.
Just the opposite.
The message today is about taking the time to re-group, build a new plan, and make some great things happen.
If you are hiding out and hoping the world will go back to where things were, you may become disappointed.
How to Avoid the Ostrich Technique
So many folks have struggled with exercising and nutrition since COVID-19 hit because they decided to use the "Ostrich Technique."
This wasn't the case for everyone.
In fact, my clients have maintained awesomeness or have gotten leaner and stronger during these incredibly challenging times... using "new" strategies like virtual coaching.
You're probably thinking, "Wait a minute, Ostrich Technique? Huh?"
It's when you bury your head in the sand and hope that the problem will simply go away.
But by ignoring a potential issue, you put their health at risk and, as we've seen, things may become difficult or even catastrophic.
And I'm seeing this happen again right now.
Side note: Ostriches do not actually stick their heads in the sand when there is trouble; however, this myth is a good metaphor for someone avoiding their problems.
With so many excuses to skip your workouts, it's more important now than ever to follow a smart training plan.
My threefold mantra has always been
1. Stay safe, 2. Have fun, and 3. Get results.
I know. I know. You're probably tired of hearing this because I've been saying it daily for the past 25+ years.
Never thought "staying safe" would involve staying safe from a killer virus that is spread person-to-person via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales.
But even with all of this craziness, now is NOT the time to bury your head in the sand and "wait around" for perfect because perfect never happens.
I'm not waiting around for anything.
Personally, I've been diligent with my workouts.
I'm still following mindful nutrition too.
Sleep? That's been tough, but I'm getting better.
If you're struggling, answer this question:
What can you do better?
(HINT: Do today's On-Demand Workout)
Don’t be oblivious to the fact that things outside of your control impact you.
Until you’ve done everything you can to move toward where you want to go, why worry about those external factors?
But I’m optimistic that things will continue to get better.
Schedule a few minutes to think about what you want to accomplish this year.
Here are seven questions to guide you:
1. What has to happen, both personally and professionally, for you to be happy with your progress on December 31st?
2. Are you on the right path? Getting everything done that you said you would?
3. Are you in better shape physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally?
4. Are you making consistent progress?
5. Are you improving your self confidence on a regular basis?
6. Getting out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself in ways you know you have to?
7. Overall, are you improving? Or are you in the same place you were in late December of 2019... or 2016... or 2013?
No matter where you are, today is the day to re-boot your mind and body.
We all waste time and make bad decisions.
We all procrastinate.
We all hold ourselves back.
We're all our own worst enemy from time to time or, in some cases, all the time.
That's why we all need coaching and mentors and a support team and accountability.
And that's why I started Arangio Athletic Fitness.
Years ago I had this crazy idea to help busy men and women, over the age of 40 years, get lean and strong like an athlete.
And slow aging too.
I had this strong desire to teach a performance-minded nutrition program, like college and pro athletes follow.
I also thought it would be smart to train like college and pro athletes do... using a dynamic warmup, resistance training, conditioning, and then recovery.
Tons of studies supported this method as the best way to succeed.
Countless national and world championship winners can attest to it's effectiveness.
And that was my eureka moment.
So I said: "Why not use the same system for my clients?"
Well, guess what? I've been coaching this method for over 25 years with excellent success.
Whether you get results virtually or in person, the main thing that matters is that you get results.
It's important that you stay safe and have fun too.
And I'm every bit as passionate about sharing my system with you.
I can literally guarantee your results because this method creates such predictable success.
If you commit to the proven program and do the work, you will create a leaner and stronger version of you.
You will lead by example for your family and for the people in your life who depend on you most.
You will create generational health, which will create a better life for your children and for your children's children.
So forgive yourself and get started.
We are counting on you.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.