#003: Checking Your Expectations 🧐

Being a first-time stay-at-home dad is an incredible but often stressful experience.

I didn’t expect the level of stress that came with all of this change. My wife and I planned as best as we could, but you just can’t plan for everything.

Then, to make matters worse, I got laid off.

I started skipping workouts.

After a few days of missed workouts…tension built up, anxiety crept in, my focus slipped, and I became irritable (just ask my wife).

I’m telling you this because we all know the benefits of working out, but let’s be honest; it’s not always easy to make it a weekly priority.

That’s why I wanted to share my personal experience with you.

I want to stress the importance of taking care of yourself and finding ways to manage stress, especially during tough times.

Trust me; it’s worth it.

Because we all tend to aim too high in the short term while underestimating what we can achieve in the long run…

Which reminded me of a tweet I saw recently.

alex hormozi tweet

Fun fact: Research shows it takes, on average, 66 days to form a new habit (Lally et al., 2009).

So, here are a few quick tips for making a change that sticks:

  • Be realistic in the short term and optimistic in the long term.
  • Focus on the process (the actions), not just the result (goals).
  • Make working out fit into your schedule instead of the other way around.

Hope you have fan-freaking-tastic week! 

Ant Mancini

I'm Ant, and I've worked in the health and fitness industry since 2010. I've successfully trained & helped hundreds of people get stronger, feel & move better. I love coaching others to their strongest self, and I'm pumped you're here.

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