The Right Thing To Do
“You already know what the right thing to do is…you just gotta do it.” - Jocko Willink
I will readily admit that I have a hard time with this idea because day-to-day life doesn’t seem that black and white. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE excuses. “I can’t train today because I’m too busy with work and kids.” That excuse moves into nutrition. “Of course I can have that infinite list of sugar-bombed foods because I’ve already failed the day. I’ll do better tomorrow.”
The truth in all of this is that I really do know what the right thing is. The other truth is so do you.
This isn’t just in the health and wellness space but life in general. If you’re reading this and you can legally buy alcohol then you know what the right thing do in the majority of areas in your life.
For the sake of time and profession, I will keep this in the health and wellness space.
If we already know a majority of the right answers, the question then becomes why do we actively make destructive choices? Maybe it’s because when life seems out of our control, we want to find something within our control that gives us an escape from the discomfort of reality. Maybe we need to move towards being okay with living in uncertainty and tension. With things not being perfect all the time. Not turning to cake or drinks to make us feel better. Maybe we need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
What are your goals? In the fitness industry, I notice that people’s goals are future-oriented. I want to do this thing that is going to take me 3 - 6 - 9 months or 2 - 3 - 4 years or a lifetime. But in the moment, decisions are made with only today in mind. This vicious cycle ends in people months and years down the road who carry disappointment that they never reached their goals.
I’m not saying that you have to be perfect; nobody is. I’m not saying that you can’t have a bad day; you will. What I am saying is that the quote at the top of this post is hard to swallow because it’s absolutely true.
You are in full control of your goals. You can be what you want to be. It won’t always be easy and it won’t always happen fast, but the RIGHT things will happen if you do the RIGHT things. And the good news is that you already know what the right thing is.
Stop looking for permission to be weak. Just go out and do the right thing. Take the next right step, day by day.