I’ll be happy when I reach my goal weight.
I’ll be happy when I set a new deadlift PR.
I’ll be happy once I get my blood sugar under control.
How many times do we tell ourselves that we’ll be happy once we reach some milestone with our health and fitness?
How many of those times are we sorely disappointed once that goal is achieved?
We have a few minutes of satisfaction.
Perhaps even a bit of pride.
Yet, shortly thereafter, the excitement wanes.
Emptiness sets in.
We can’t help but start thinking “what’s next?”
“Is this it?”
Changing your gravitational relationship with the earth alone won’t change your life.
Neither will developing the requisite muscle and skill to pull a certain amount of weight from the ground.
Or even getting a health risk factor under control.
What will change your life is, well, changing your life.
If you’re not happy with who you are and what you’re doing when you’re out of shape or in ill health, changing those alone won’t bring happiness.
Can deficits in health and fitness keep you from living your best life?
However, resolving those deficits alone won’t bring lasting satisfaction or fulfillment.
You can get super lean.
You can get strong AF.
You can get a clean bill of health.
None of these will make you happy.
It’s what you do with them that matters.
Working towards these goals is a means to a separate end.
To support your efforts elsewhere to live your best life.
Be cautious not to look to working on yourself – physically or otherwise – to bring you happiness.
Consider how your efforts help you pursue your purpose.
How you use the vitality, strength, and energy that you create to live your best life.
This may take some time.
This may take some work.
You’re worth it, though.
You’ve got this.