Why not right now?

[This blog post is a little different. You may call it motivational, or upbeat, or maybe the inevitable speech of any trainer. But it doesn’t really matter how you categorize it, does it? Up next week is how to do 3 perfect pull-ups and this week: Why right now is the best time to start – anything.]

Remember the film Fight Club? Or the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk that it was based on?

I certainly do. In fact, and as my brother may attest, I am always willing to analyze each scene in the film and debate the meaning. But before I divert down a long and winding dirt road, let me zero in on the key takeaway: A quote that makes its appearance during the second act:

No fear, no distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter, truly slide.

This gem of wisdom came up when the narrator was describing Tyler Durden’s approach to life. As those of you that are familiar with the film will surely know, Tyler takes this notion to extremes.

Now I don’t know why, but this quote defined the entire film for me. There are lots of good quotes peppered throughout that film. But the one above is the most meaningful, most enlightening and yes, the most frustrating quote through all 139 minutes of cinema.


Why frustrating? Because it’s so simply said, yet so difficult to enact.

The dilemma 

We all have goals. Personal goals, relationship goals, career goals, and for the Motus crowd, most certainly fitness goals.

But there are plenty of distractions. The phone’s ringing, the kids are screaming, you can’t find a babysitter, work is awful, the list goes on and on. And we all have some sort of list like this. Mine may be different from yours, but it’s still my little list of troubles.

So, on the one hand, you have your goals and on the other reside your antagonistic distractions.

But to succeed in anything you have to first cut through the distractions. To succeed in your personal fitness it is absolutely imperative, absolutely mandatory that you understand that tomorrow does not exist. There is only this very moment. Right now. This instant.

To tell yourself that tomorrow you will resistance train or visit that gym you have been eyeing or go for a long walk is complete nonsense. But you know this. I’m not telling you anything new.

But how about this – here’s what I see from many people: The biggest roadblock I see is that the end result just seems too far away. Like standing at the base of a big mountain and knowing that your goal is on the other side. And it just seems impossible. And then maybe you turn on the TV or get lost on YouTube.

And now it’s 7:00 pm and well, it’s too late to go to the gym and you better get dinner going, then relax and decompress for work tomorrow…you know how the story line ends.

So why not right now?

Right this minute?

This blog post will still be here in an hour, next week, next month. You can finish reading it then.

Be like Todd Durkin

Write down your goals. Now outline the steps it takes to get there.

To be frank, I haven’t always been good about writing down my own goals. I feel like I can remember them on my own. While that may be true, it is far more difficult to remember all the steps in between. One of my takeaways from the Perform Better seminar a few weeks back was Todd Durkin’s little binder.


You see, Todd is a very organized guy. And he’s very ambitious. He showed all of us in attendance his binder that he carried with him everywhere he went. Seated in the second row I could make out the dividers in between sheets.

Starting to understand why he is such a successful guy?

He went on to say that he periodically flips through and ensures he is on track. Also, he uses it to explain to his wife why he may need to travel a particular weekend. Whenever he’s on the plane, guess what? Yup, out comes the binder and he spends a couple distraction free hours making sure he’s moving forward.

The best thing you can do to start working towards your goals is to do like Durkin and grab a pen and paper.

That’s the first thing. Easy. Why not right now?

Have you tried losing weigh before? Did it not work? Fail forward. You may have tried to slim your waistline and it didn’t work, but now you know what system doesn’t work for you. That’s good! You learned something. So now you can try something else.

No distractions. Try it again.

Then start going into detail. Do some research on food, recipes, gyms. Get advice from others who have lost weight. In my mind, writing down a plan of attack is just as important as burning calories on a long walk. So right there, that is a positive thing. That you can be in your apartment, in your home with kids running around the kitchen table, but so long as you have a pen and paper, you are working towards your fitness goal.

I sincerely hope this post helps you to take a positive step forward this summer.

No fear, no distractions. The ability to let that which does not matter, truly slide.

By Ryan Wagner


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