Most of you reading this have heard this phrase in some form before, whether from a spouse, a friend, someone at church, or even a coach. It is a straightforward phrase too. I believe it applies to everything that we do not only for ourselves but for others around us. Here are a few examples:
Have you ever heard the people on Dave Ramsey’s financial radio show coming on and doing a ‘debt free’ scream? If you haven’t, you should. It’s very funny, yet really inspiring after hearing their personal stories. What most of those personal stories have in common with each other is the fact that they consistently kept at their goal of paying off debt month after month, year after year, until it was gone. They had to sacrifice on this vacation and on that new toy, eating out, etc. It was the small things that got them out of debt.
Another example. I was driving the other day and heard a commercial on the radio about a divorce lawyer, saying “you’ve worked so hard to accumulate a lifetime of wealth, then suddenly by surprise, your spouse wants a divorce, and you suddenly foresee your hard-earned life savings potentially being wiped out.” What made me laugh was the “suddenly” or “by surprise” phrases they used as if you had no idea your relationship was poor for years and now it’s a shock to you that your spouse wants a divorce. Perhaps he or she never put in the time or didn’t do “the small things” that nurtures the relationship and keeps it healthy.
I’m sure you can personally think of other examples of where the small things make the biggest differences over time, whether it be spiritually, mentally or emotionally. So why should physical results be any different from the rest of these examples?! There’s value and an irreplaceable satisfaction in working hard for something and achieving it.
Let’s face it, we live in a culture of “I want it now!” Guess what….losing that stubborn belly fat or those love handles ain’t gonna happen with those body wraps or magic firming lotions. But that’s why those fads sell, because we all want it now and we don’t want to put in the effort or time. Putting on muscle and looking physically healthy takes time and it’s the small things that will get you there. It’s getting in those workouts, sometimes only for a few minutes. It’s avoiding that sugary soda or the candy jar on a daily basis and choosing healthier options. It’s getting the rest that you need. It’s doing the small things every day. And sometimes you might fail and that’s okay.
When clients come into our office for a consultation, I never promise them unrealistic results, but I do tell them how long it will take them to reach their goals if they are patient, put in the consistency required, and keep at it with determination, always eyeing the prize. Once someone has a real expectation, it’s easier to accomplish the goal. The nice thing is that working out with a personal trainer increases your fitness-goal success rate by over 30 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or advice! Have a healthy week and remember, it’s the small things that count!
Travis Lott is a certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, certified nutritionist, and certified weight-loss specialist at Leantrition. He has trained many diverse individuals and groups over the years including people of all ages, weight classes, and medical histories. Many of his clients have seen very successful results that have changed their lives. Travis is passionate about the health industry and takes pride in helping others achieve a new, healthy way of living.