What Happens When We Stop Half-Assing
getting back into my workout routine after birthing a human has taken some time. a few years ago, i realized that while working out helped to keep my body in shape, it more importantly helped my mental health. i knew i wanted to get back at it after a baby (because i’d really love for my jeans to fit again) and to help with my postpartum depression.
i have been working out fairly consistently over the past month and half. i typically start out strong but then fade out towards the end of my workouts or get easily distracted. sometimes sugar will come downstairs and conveniently lay down right next to my workout zone. when this happens, i have no choice but to stop my workout and lay down with her and ignore my 80’s 8-minute ab video to pet her while it plays on. when i’m on my jogs, i hear a text come in and i stop to respond.
during a workout a few weeks ago, as i was scrolling through instagram after responding to a text during my walk/run, i was hit with an epiphany.
i thought to myself, “if i half-ass my workouts, it’s going to take me TWICE as long to achieve results!”
then i started thinking about what else i half-ass. i half-ass the potential of this blog (until 3 weeks ago when i invested in a business program to help me ‘full-ass’ this space). i half-ass my own potential of what i’m capable of in my professional life.
this realization was disappointing but also oddly energizing. it sort of reminded me of when i get a tattoo and i’m like “damn, that hurts but at the same time adrenalineeeeeee! let’s get another one!”
what if we started going all in on things? how would the results differ? how much faster and smarter could we achieve our goals?
i made a conscious choice to start this during my workouts. it has made a huge difference already! when i thought about having to do twice the amount of crunches because i wasn’t giving them my all, it made my face scowl. no thank you. my workout time is already preciously slotted when my daughter is napping or my husband is home to take her so i really don’t feel like waiting around for results when i am capable of more.
when we half-ass in our lives, we are missing out on the whole result of what is possible.
continuing with the workout example – how much more could i achieve if i stopped halving my effort? i have no idea because i haven’t been.
of course there’s the fear saying “well i went all in and didn’t achieve as much as i thought i could” (this plays over and over in my head). however, i am in the midst of realizing that’s a cheap excuse. if we truly go all in and no more half-ass effort, then we will inevitably succeed because going all in means we don’t stop until we achieve what we are after.
have you found this to be true in certain areas of your life?
i am going to start putting my whole self in (you are not alone if you thought of the hokey-pokey after reading that) when it comes to effort. we capable of amazing things and we are doing a disservice to ourselves, our families, our community and the world by not going all in so start today and commit to using your whole self!