Even though I was lying in a pool of my own sweat and had spent the last 5 minutes swearing at the little man on my phone, I had to agree with him.
“I’ve never regretted doing a workout”
Typing that out, it seems silly to think of how hard the truth of this simple sentence hit me, but it did.
If coming up with excuses not to exercise were an Olympic sport, I – like a few other people I imagine – would have a subscription with IKEA for all the display cabinets I’d be needing.
“I don’t want to get too big”, says me, curling 5lb dumbells every other Tuesday.
“I had a lifting session last week”
(Carrying the entire big shop from the car to the house in one trip counts as “lifting”, right? I mean… do you even Aldi, bro?)
“I don’t want to push my body too close to its limits”, says the man who did a dad run to catch a bus… in 2008.
I’ve been all those people before a workout… and many more besides.
After the workout though, I’m always the same guy – the “I’m glad I rolled out the mat” guy.
I can’t remember a time when I looked back on my day and regretted doing a workout.
Skipping a workout, yes.
Doing one? No.
Regret’s a powerful emotion – one you can use to your advantage… as long as you do it right.
If you’re your own boss, there’s an easy way to look back and know whether you’ve done the right things or not.
You’ll feel it.
Yeah, you might be able to blag to your family that your four hours of doom scrolling was “important research” for your next offer, but YOU know the truth…
You were wasting time, and you regret doing it.
Having a quick look back on your day is a great way to test the waters about what really matters to you.
It’s not about getting shit done. It’s about spending time on the shit that matters.
You might have only written one email, but if you spent the day focused on it, coming up with new angles and insights, and reworking multiple drafts over and over until it got tighter and clearer…
That’s work well done.
You won’t regret that.
Do me a favour. Try it today.
When you close the laptop later, have a quick mental recap of what you’ve done and test how each feels to you.
Does it fall in the “I regret doing this” or the “glad I did it” camp?
Oh, and most importantly – don’t beat yourself up.
Just try and do less of the former and more of the latter next time out.
Have a great week,
P.S. Nope. I’ve still not come up with a prize worthy of the big 4-0-0 celebration.
I’ve been too busy overtraining and doom scrolling…