You're not too busy. Trust me, you're not.You may not have the time to take care of yourself - to get in some training time, to eat like a grown up, to read real things, but it's not because you're too busy.
Don't believe me? Start logging your social media, tv, and game time. Any time you get on a social media platform, flip on the tv, or play a game, make a note of the start and end time. At the end of the day, add it all up. Do it for a few days. I'm willing to bet that within your social media and entertainment time you'll find the time needed for a training session, to cook proper meals, to read and learn something new, or to connect with a friend or relative you haven't seen or spoken with for a while.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not bagging social media or entertainment in general, but when it gets in the way of real life, there's a problem. The average person spends around 4 hours a day on social media. Think about that. What could you do with 4 hours a day?
Imagine if you prioritized yourself. If strength, health, and performance were a prominent, non-negotiable standard in your life. What if you developed your body and mind through the labors of regular training, eating strong meals to fuel that, and getting the proper rest needed to support the development of your mind and body? Would that not be better than getting pulled into the black hole of never ending news, gossip, and opinions of social media? Why view someone else's life digitally when you can work on living out and improving your own?
People seem to have less time than ever these days. Between more work, longer commutes, and family, it can seem like your schedule is full. If this is you, than you absolutely must control your time and make it work for you. You would be surprised at what a dedicated individual can accomplish with a minimal amount of time in a day. In fact, in the past, I've been the most focused and most effective with my training when I only had 30 - 45 minutes to train.
Recently I had a great training session that took 30 minutes. I only had time for an incredibly brief warmup, and then an aggressive attack of 2 exercises. I did everything I needed to in that session to make progress and I didn't let the circumstances dictate whether I would be strong that day or put it off for tomorrow. I was fired up at accomplishing my training for the day, and in a robust manner - despite the little time I had to do it.
For me, part of the training is developing and maintaining a mindset to overcome, persevere, and push through - to find a way, no matter what. This really has carried over to my life. When things go wrong, I may get upset, angry, whatever, but I'm able to focus through that and find a way to deal with the situation, thereby growing as a person and becoming harder to kill.
Let me encourage and challenge you to disconnect from virtual life and connect with the real one you're living right now. You don't have the time to lose.
If you don't know what to do, where or how to start, or you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out. I'm here to help.
Eric Chasko is the head of Redemption Fight Club. He is a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Progressive Fighting Systems Full Instructor. From young athletes to busy professionals, he helps people develop the physical, mental, and emotional strength to win on the field, on the street, and in life.