Disclaimer: Before I begin this article I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Pokemon craze when I was young. I’m sure this game is incredibly fun and addicting, which is the whole reason I refuse to download it. I know I would get too sucked into it and waste a lot of time.
Onto the article:
So I had to laugh at society the other day.
And Ill lead it off by saying it had to do with a certain new cell phone game that has been re-incarnated from the 90’s.
My first real-life encounter (by this I mean other than everyone hyping it on facebook), was this past Sunday.
I decided to take a walk in the park to clear my head and have some time to mull over a few pressing thoughts.
However, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of people (read: EVERYONE) looking at their phones.
And by that I realize that everyone in the year 2016 over the age of 8 has a cell phone now.
I get that.
But im talking about the way in which people were using them.
Most of the time it is head down, shoulders hunched and thumbs running at hyperspeed, which, to me, usually indicate text messaging.
Side note: That is terrible posture, by the way, and we will pay for it when we hit our late 50’s. Talking to you, fellow millennials.
This time, everyone was using it like a magnifying glass, slowly scanning every available bit of real estate as if they lost a wedding ring.
One even ran into me from behind.
Apparantly he was ‘trying to catch a Pidgey’ that had landed on my shoulder.
Texting was bad enough. I’d hate to think of the traffic statistics in the upcoming few months. Weeks even.
An underlying thought hit me, not unlike the aforementioned pedestrian trying to catch a virtual reality bird perched on my shoulder.
We waste A LOT of freakin’ time!!
Like. A LOT!!!!
I’m not excluding myself from this statement.
And it wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have so many excuses that came along with it.
We complain so much these days about not having near enough time to even wipe after we use the pot, and yet here I find roughly 20-30 adults (over the age of 18) trying to catch mythical monsters with their smart phones.
This reminds me of a common theme within the fitness industry.
Many past, and even current, clients of mine have this same excuse.
“I just don’t have enough time to (fill in the blank).”
I have kids (little monsters), the dog took too long doing his business, my hamster needs a new wheel, I’m too tired, blah, blah…the list goes on.
We just (seemingly) don’t have enough time for the important things in our lives that will yield results.
But apparently we have time to drive around town looking for a freaking electric mouse that doesn’t even exist!
Think about it.
Here is the ultimate conclusion, and I will admit this isn’t an original thought:
We make time for the things that we deem important.
If we really want to do something, time will miraculously appear.
As a trainer, I understand how this works and I instantly know, within 5-10 minutes of meeting a person, whether or not they will succeed.
I have been proven wrong before, however my predictions have been right about 90 percent of the time.
Others will know too. Body language says a lot more than words.
So, the next time you wonder why you are not seeing the results you would like, or even fitness aside; the next time you THINK you want something, look at how you spend your time.
Are you putting in the work towards your goal?
Or are you on the bandwagon of the latest cell phone games?
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