I almost succumbed to it this morning… Some folks imagine that I’m blessed with iron discipline. Not so. The truth is, I’m just as susceptible to distraction, laziness, and procrastination as anybody.

This morning it was procrastination that nearly brought me down when I was tempted to put off my morning workout.

“We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Anybody here old enough to remember the comic strip, by Walt Kelly? Well, Pogo’s take on Commodore Perry’s famous quote from the War of 1812 has become something of an iconic saying that’s been co-opted for countless uses.

In our discussion today, I’d like to borrow the expression to explore how, through procrastination, we often become our own worst enemies.

As a youngster, I was a champion procrastinator. All through school, I don’t recall even beginning a paper before 9 PM the night before it was due. And I’ve battled with it ever since.

As this morning’s test of will exemplifies, I still wrestle with it.

I thought of lots of justifications, all fairly plausible, such as, “I’ll get a bunch of work done this morning, then I’ll workout later in the day.” Or, “I feel really stiff this morning, if I ‘reschedule’ my training to later in the afternoon, I’ll probably feel more up to it then and might even get a better workout.”

From long experience, I knew that if I put it off, the probability of actually getting the workout done in the evening decreases exponentially as each hour ticks away. Inevitable distraction and fatigue will sap my enthusiasm and strain my self discipline. It’s a certainty, happens every time.

I love that feeling of relief I experience later in the day when I’ve gotten my workout done, and it’s not looming over me like some important unfinished task.

I also feel a sense of obligation to “walk the talk”. It’s important to me that I model the behaviors that I espouse and try to coach to others. So, in a sense, all of you good people helped to hold me accountable to my own standards. You may not have known it, but you were there for me when I needed you. Thanks!

Which got me thinking about how at ASB/MidStrong we are so different from typical gyms and exercise programs. With us, there’s a whole community of friends, coaches, and supporters who truly care about you and your health and fitness. If you have “met the enemy” and it is you, no worries. We get it. Whether it’s support, encouragement, or accountability that you need to stop procrastinating, we’ll work with you, shoulder to shoulder, to overcome such self-defeating behaviors, to form new habits, and to succeed at whatever your goals are.We want you to put your hard earned fitness to good use building your best life possible. After all, that’s ultimately what we’re all about.

Be strong, have fun!

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.