Saving. Resistance. Flexibility. And Habit.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, thus, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

Tuesday, 7:36 a.m.
Boulder, CO

How many of you save as much as you think you should? If you’re anything like me, not even close. On some level, most of us know we should be saving more money. Currently most Americans owe more than they have saved. Saving money is one of our greatest challenges. Why is that?

Is it because…

“You have more bills then income?” “There’s a new dress, gizmo, what have you that you absolutely must have?” “Your car is in the shop?”

Nope. That’s not it.

The reason why saving money is so difficult is…

RESISTANCE.

Resistance opposes action. It is the little voice inside our head that says, “I’ll start tomorrow, or next week, or when I get a raise.” Resistance is anything that keeps us from doing what we know we should be doing.

One of its greatest allies is RATIONALIZATION.

If you find yourself rationalizing your way out of doing something, anything — whether it’s saving money, finishing that long overdue house project, or increasing your flexibility — then you are saddled with resistance. Everybody experiences it; no one is immune to it. A precious few have discovered how to overcome it.

When we commit to stretching everyday to increase our flexibility, we most definitely experience resistance. Some of us feel it immediately. We never even get off the couch. A few of us begin stretching right away, but then one thing or another pops up and soon we find ourselves back where we started — stiff and uncomfortable. And a couple of us stick with it and reap the benefits. We’re more active, we sleep better, we no longer feel like we’re about to break in two, and we may even lose some weight.

Even though stretching is only one aspect of becoming more physically flexible, it is the one that creates the most resistance. It can hurt and feel uncomfortable. It is far easier to sit on the couch then spend 10 to 15, or even 20 minutes stretching our overly tight limbs. It is difficult to stick with it. There is always something else to do… something more SEDUCTIVE.

These are all lies trying to convince us that they are more important than taking care of ourselves. They are ALL manifestations of RESISTANCE. So when you begin feeling resistance, as you certainly will, here are few ideas to overcome putting it off until tomorrow:

  • Remember, that the world will resist your efforts to better yourself. So you must remain vigilant. Do not get sucked into that black hole of apathy and rationalization.
  • Schedule a time to stretch everyday. If you schedule it, you are more likely to do it.
  • Commit to yourself in writing or tell someone about your plan. You’ll have more incentive to stick with it.
  • Find a stretching partner. If someone is counting on you, then you’re less apt to rationalize your way out of it.

Stretching is like saving money. We all know we should do it, but there is always something we’d rather be doing. Stretching, like saving money, produces geometric returns. When you stretch you don’t have to spend as much time at the gym because flexible muscles are naturally stronger than inflexible muscle. You know the saying…

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

If you stick with stretching everyday for the next 21 days you will start to view your life in a different and new light. 21 days is all it takes to create a transforming life habit.

NOW is a perfect opportunity to start. Be Stubborn. Don’t succumb to temptation. Make a commitment TODAY to stretch everyday for the next 21 days. Mark it on your calendar. Do whatever it takes to make it happen.

You’re body will thank you!

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