What Do You Do When No One is Watching?


I write this in hopes that maybe just one person will read it and let it ignite their journey towards making a positive change in their life... whether it be health and fitness related, or not. The worst thing I experience as a Coach and Gym Owner is meeting people who don't even know what it feels like to be healthy. If you're not healthy, chances are you aren't happy, and if you aren't happy, you likely don't wake up motivated, hungry to be better today than you were yesterday. I wake up every morning excited to get to work because I love to train and I love to help people. I love being a part of the process of helping people reach their goals, and accomplishing feats that they never thought possible.

Every morning when I get in my car and head down to The Lab to open up for the 4:00-5:00am crew, I click the podcast app on my iPhone and the last thing I was listening to the day before comes on the stereo. Yesterday morning, it was a short motivational talk about "working when no one is watching". Two things came to mind.

1. Every day we make hundreds, probably more like thousands of decisions... Most of which when no one is watching. We decide when to get out of bed, how many times we hit snooze, what to eat for breakfast, what to wear to work, shower or no shower, workout now or later...? Everything in life is a choice whether you view it that way or not. Your weight, your body composition, the majority of your current medical conditions, and your overall health (minus some genetic predispositions) can all be attributed to decisions you have made in your life up until now. This resonated so heavily with me because, in my line of work, every single day I have to find a way to convince people that this is in fact true, and despite your current state, anything is possible. I have to convince them to trust me, and to trust the process, and that making a commitment to make time to eat a certain way and to train a certain way will undoubtedly change their life for the better. Ultimately, these are just simple decisions, and no one can make them but you.

2. Find your "why" and don't let anything stop you from getting where you want to be. Why do you want to change your eating habits? Why don't you make time to train every single day when you know it will make you better? Why do you go to work every day at a job that you don't love? Why do you neglect your own health and happiness for those around you? Why don't you take that leap of faith, whatever it may be? These are some questions that I myself have faced in the past couple of years, and I find that so many others I come across are struggling with themselves. At some point, you have to look yourself in the mirror and figure out for yourself why you are the way you are. Whether you are happy, depressed, overweight, in great shape, stressed, unmotivated, strong, weak, injured, etc... Figure out the reason(s) why. This may require the help of a friend, family member, doctor, therapist, trainer, health coach, etc.. but I highly recommend you figure it out on your own. At the end of the day, you know yourself better than anyone, right? Once you have done some self-reflection and really narrowed down the reasoning behind your current state of being, your "why", the next step is to take action, and by take action I mean don't let anybody or anything stop you from getting where you want to be.

Persevere. Be relentless. Don't make any excuses for yourself. Be your biggest fan and your toughest critic. Learn to motivate yourself. Do the extra work. Don't get comfortable. Appreciate the grind. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WORK WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING.