How to Make Decisions FasterJul 16, 2022
If you're over the age of 40, and you've gained some unwanted weight or feel out-of-shape, it’s going to take commitment to re-build your body.
But what do most people do?
They start something new, all excited, and when it doesn’t work as well as they had hoped, they go and try something else.
I've served as a professional fitness-and-nutrition coach for over 25 years and delivered over 100,000 body-transformation programs worldwide.
And, with all of this experience, I have a personal hypothesis regarding why my clients succeed at a higher rate than regular gym goers.
They commit to the coaching agreement, the systems, and the approach.
My clients are 100% committed to the process.
They’re all in.
Now personally, even though I’ve been very involved in the gym industry, I prefer the fitness-and-nutrition coaching path.
I like the ability to produce measurable change in my client's lives and help them create generational health, rather than just mindlessly "go to the gym" and randomly use the equipment while taking five-minute breaks between sets to catch up on gossip with other gym members.
How to Make Decisions Faster
If you’re over 40 and struggling with feeling fat, sick, and out-of-shape, here’s the trick to getting leaner, stronger, and slowing aging.
Choose only one priority-one goal and make small daily progress until you hit the goal.
Don’t bounce from diet to diet and quick-fix workout to quick-fix workout.
Create a plan and work the plan.
Sure, you’ll have to tweak it constantly.
But that’s a course correction, no different than your car's GPS taking you down a different street to get to your destination.
Or adjusting your steering and speed so you arrive at your destination safely.
That’s a far better approach than jumping from shiny object to shiny object, which would be kind of like switching from car to bus to bicycle to boat to try to get where you’re going.
Perhaps a simple way of thinking about this is that you’re leading by example.
Imagine that your family, friends, and co-workers are counting on you to be the best version of you.
Maybe you're retired and your grand kids are looking up to you for guidance and direction.
It seems easier to commit with all of these people counting on you.
But you need confidence too.
Oprah Winfrey famously said, “It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.”
One of my Virtual Fitness-and-Nutrition Coaching clients is a pro when it comes to making good nutrition decisions.
The problem is, well, he operates at a snail’s pace.
He preps meals infrequently; however, when he does prep, the meals are perfectly portioned and delicious.
And, again, even though he almost always makes the right moves, he makes them slowly.
He could become more successful merely by increasing the velocity of his decisions.
There’s a million dollars' worth of coaching tips in that one sentence alone, so read it twice.
I think he moves so slowly because he’s not confident.
He needs a ton of facts… a ton of data… and a TON of reassurance before he will pull the trigger on anything.
A lot of successful men and women, over the age of 40, operate this way.
I like to think of it as the “confidence/capability cycle.”
When you’re confident, you make decisions quickly and take action even faster.
As a result of that, you “learn as you go” and become more capable.
Because you’re more capable, you become more confident.
Because you’re more confident, you eventually become more capable… and so on.
It’s an upward spiral that showers you with confidence and capability as long as you’ll let it.
The hard part is creating the initial spark to get your motor running.
Sometimes it requires a leap of faith.
That’s how I got started with my coaching career.
On day one, I had very little confidence and virtually no capability.
But I started learning and applying my knowledge.
I saw that certain things worked, and certain things didn’t.
I got more confidence, which led me to try bigger and better things.
Some of those things worked and some of them didn’t.
The things that worked gave me the confidence to go even BIGGER, and that momentum has continued to this day.
What's my point?
Sometimes you don’t need a million “tactics” or some motivational speech you watch on FaceTube.
If you want to create your Ideal Body (the leanest, strongest, happiest version of yourself), you must own these two beliefs:
- Your current body and your current life are a result of the choices you've made to this point.
- Your FUTURE body and future life are going to be a result of your choices from this moment forward.
You are a sum of your choices. Me too.
Plain and simple.
You are in your current situation because you've chosen to be there.
You may not always like it but it's true.
Sure you can say, "I didn't choose to feel out-of-shape and unhappy today."
But you did choose the approach, or lack of approach, you took to be leaner, stronger, and happier.
It may not feel good to read this if you're not thrilled with your present circumstances; but the truth is that it's AWESOME.
Building your Ideal Body and your Ideal Life both begin with understanding your tremendous powers of personal choice.
It comes down to taking personal responsibility for the hundreds of choices, big and small, that you make each day.
You have exactly what it takes to build your Ideal Body.
Simply put, it starts with making better decisions.
You can control what you choose when it comes to:
👉What you focus on
👉What success is to you
👉Who you learn from
👉Who you hang around and how you connect with them
👉How you spend your time
👉How you serve others
👉Controlling your schedule
👉Controlling your finances
👉Leading by example
👉Developing yourself... .
..and so much more.
So if you want something better, know that it starts with you and your choices.
And that's a great thing.
You don't need anyone's approval or permission to improve those choices starting today.
Take imperfect action right now.
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.