“That’s a good problem to have, Reills, but sumpin’s gotta give,” remarked a good friend as we were getting caught up on the usual stuff –  work, family, life.

“Sumpin’s gotta give” – something has to give

For so many people I know, no truer words have ever been spoken. Too many continually try to do too much. We delude ourselves that we can do it all, cram it all in, always say “yes”.

Comes at a cost. For some, a terrible price.

As the best year evah, 2020, draws to a close, I suggest we challenge ourselves to take stock of how we’ve been investing our only non-renewable resource – our time. And begin identifying the sumpin’s that we intend to eliminate.

We crowd our days with non-essential, shallow tasks and commitments.

The result – we fail to preserve time for what matters most.

The outcome – a crushing sense of overwhelm, exhaustion, frustration, stagnation, desperation.

Sumpin’s gotta give…

That expression that brings me a measure of comfort. It implies relief, like a pressure valve that releases pent up pressure after it reaches a certain threshold. Begs the question… shouldn’t we all have some sort of pressure valve?

Sounds great, right? But, what’s gonna give?

No, seriously, what are we going to give up? Reality is that we can’t do it all. Nor should we.

An exercise that I find useful and liberating, particularly at this time of year, is devising a list of stuff I need stop doing. These are my sumpin’s.

A necessary evil…

Allow me to share an example. A few years ago, I made the conscious decision to strictly limit my time on social media. We rely on it as a primary channel to share our message, connect with our tribe, and reach prospective clients. It has utility and I consider it a necessary evil.

But why an “evil”? Well, it can be a black hole of distraction and squandered time, particularly so for ADD spazzes, like me. So, I strictly control when and how much time I allow for scrolling, often, literally setting a timer. It’s just a guesstimate, but I feel like this one decision helped me to reclaim about two hours per week on average. That’s 104 hours over the course of the year – a veritable abundance of time to reallocate toward things that matter.

The best of intentions…

We’re about six weeks away from the New Year. If you’re like most Americans, your resolutions for 2021 will include the best of intentions for improved fitness and nutrition. Might I suggest, before you begin listing stuff you aspire to do, start by identifying things you know you need to stop doing – your sumpin’s?

Then, with the plethora of time that you reclaim, let’s discuss how MidStrong can help you put it to optimal use achieving your 2021 fitness and nutrition goals.

Hey, before you go… Julie and I just want to say that every ounce of time that we get to spend working with you on your fitness and nutrition is a privilege and a blessing. So, thank you very sincerely for allowing us to play that role and for your continued support and encouragement!

Paul Reilly

Paul is the Owner and Founder of MidStrong. He created MidStrong in 2017 to train men and women in midlife who are busy with work and family to build muscle and burn fat so they can look and feel better than they did in their 20’s. MidStrong is making Functional Fitness training safe and fun, and inclusive. He and his wife, Julie also own and operate MidStrong locally, their bricks and mortar business, previously called ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. It is a boutique fitness center specializing in training folks in and around Westborough through the challenges of midlife for more than five years.