On Fridays, I like to post quick-hitting thoughts about the major topic that’s been on my mind this past week. I call it The Friday Reflex. This week’s topic: clichés
The fitness world is full of clichés. Overused words and phrases dominate in the form of canned social media posts and overdone YouTube videos.
As you seek out your health and fitness goals, strive to live a life without clichés. Said another way: figure out what works best for you and your unique challenges and goals, and then go do it.
Do it for the reasons that make the most sense to you and your situation, not because some fitness model on Facebook posted their latest “progress picture” of them staring off into the sky from the balcony of a high-rise building with the caption: “The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.”
Too often, you’ll see pictures on Instagram or Snapchat of a dude showing off his abs with a caption quoting Ghandi or John F. Kennedy, and we’re supposed to act like that’s motivating and inspiring.
Wrong. It’s cliché. It’s been done. And it rarely spurs real action.
For me, I didn’t start Fit Dad Fitness because I wanted a way to show everyone how good I looked. The intent behind my message has never been: “Do what I do and you could look like me.”
Instead, my aim is to tell my story about why and how I made my own commitment to health and fitness, and to inspire others – namely fathers – to do their own searching and find what works best for them.
Do I want to offer up tips, suggestions and motivation? Sure I do. But I want to do it in such a way that allows people to come to their own conclusions about the best way to make it work for them.
Don’t live a clichéd life. Create a path for yourself that suits your goals.