The 3 Ss – Structure, Systems & Scheduling

Some days…you’re just not feeling it. Totally uninspired. More like Jabba the Hut than Chuck Norris.

But guess what…

We feel that way too sometimes.

There are three insidious myths about exercise and good nutrition – and good habits in general:

Myth #1: You have to be “inspired” to do good habits.

Myth #2: You should always be “motivated” to do them.

Myth #3: “Experts” are always motivated to do them.

Ha!

Even for PeakFAST coaches, there is no such thing as permanent motivation. Believe me!

You’re not always going to be motivated or inspired. You may not feel the “flow”.

Motivation comes and goes. Some days, motivation will be MIA.

Typically, action usually comes before motivation and that desired mental state.

For instance, maybe you’re not feeling exercise, but you show up anyway. After about 5 or 10 minutes of figuring your body out, the mental cobwebs start to clear and you feel renewed.

The movement is actually giving you energy.

Now the fuzz is gone, you can think clearly and you feel awesome.

What happened?

You acted first.

The 3 “Ss”

Motivation and inspiration are like cats: They are fickle in their affections, and they tend to disappear when you want them around.

You can’t depend on cats. Nor can you depend on motivation and inspiration.

At PeakFAST, we depend instead on the 3 Ss:

• Structure

• Systems

• Scheduling

Structure

Structures are things and environments that surround us, and the things we put in place to ensure things get done.

For instance:

• Have a daily or weekly routine that helps you stay organized.

• Look for a gym that is convenient, maybe on your way home from work.

• Make sure your kitchen is full of healthy food.

Ask yourself:

What needs to be around me in order to achieve my goals?

Then build those structures.

Systems

Acronym for: Save Yourself Time, Energy, Money, and Stress.

These are the processes and practices we use to get things done.

• Sunday or morning meal preparation.

• Starting your workout with a mobility routine that prepares you to move comfortably and effectively.

• Keeping a gym bag or emergency food kit in your car to be prepared for worst case scenarios at all times.

Ask yourself:

What needs to happen for me to be effective?

What processes and practices need to be in place?

Then create and do those things.

Scheduling

You don’t just wait for the morning when you feel like going to the dentist. You book an appointment

You can’t wait until inspiration strikes you to hit the gym or prepare food.

Make it a priority, put it into your calendar, and stick to it.

Ask yourself:

Do I have time set aside to support my fitness and nutrition goals?

Book your fitness and nutrition just like you book any other appointment.


Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.Vince Lombardi


Let us know how we can help you build your structure, systems and schedule!

 

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