Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 12/60: Personal Return on Investment

Insanity Workouts:
Day 12 - Cardio Power & Resistance
Day 11 - Cardio Recovery
Day 10 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Apparently my comment about people not working out on vacation resonated with a lot of of my readers.

Don't feel badly. It's not you, it's the stupid exercise.

Just kidding; it's you.   

But, maybe I can help with a little loving perspective. 

In everyday life, the easiest excuse is no time.  It's a common mantra:
         "I'd like to work out more to I don't have the time."
  "I would eat healthier but the food prep take too much time."
     "I'm so exhausted, I think I may lose my mind.  There's just not enough time for me."
Who can argue?  Time is, in fact, limited and finite.  There are only so many minutes and hours in a day.   The catch is that the demands for those precious clock ticks could be infinite.  Everyone wants a piece of us.  There are multiple external needs; planned and unplanned.

Maybe this is another place where my experience as a sales professional comes in handy.  People have been telling me "no budget" as an objection for nearly three decades.  

Here's my theory:  "No time" is the "no budget" of life balance.

For most companies, financial resources are as limited and finite as time itself.  At a very high level (so as not to go off into a sales training tangent), a prospect has to believe in the value of having or doing something enough to prioritize it over the other demands for those same resources.  Ideally, I can create the case that investing in my thing actually creates more resources and/or makes them more valuable. That's a "return on investment" (ROI) and done well, should be a no brainer.

With that perspective, when someone tells me they don't have the time to workout, make healthy food choices, meditate, or whatever, I usually hear one of two things:

     1) They wouldn't do these things even if they had the time because they just don't see the value.

     2) They see the value at some level, but don't value themselves enough (or don't know how) to set boundaries with other people, places, or things.

Vacation is life's way of calling your bluff.   (Okay, and now mine.)  If the demands of the crazy daily routine are the only things keeping you from making personal vitality a priority in your life, then vacation is indeed the perfect time to focus on yourself!

Think of vacation as your own personal "pilot program."

While you are away from work and school, make fitness a priority.  Try some new foods or stop eating something you suspect doesn't make you feel great.   See what happens when you make your kids be more independent and/or accountable.  Messes are okay on vacation! Ask your partner for support so you have an hour to workout or take a walk or sit in peace.

Maybe do this "pilot" even when you're not on vacation.   Try just 10 days of investing in yourself.  Let everyone know.  Set expectations and boundaries.  

The key to success is this:  You have to see the value in investing in yourself.  Visualize your ideal outcome.  Believe that there will be an ROI.  There will be!

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!

Carpe Diem!

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webb said...

Excellent advice. We tend to want to pamper ourselves on vacation, but what is really more of a pamper than doing something good for our bodies?

Am I the only one who constantly types "food" instead of "good" Very Freudian, I believe.

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