Half the Battle is Showing Up
Whether it’s a workout, a tennis match, asking someone out on a first date, or making an engagement proposal, half the battle is just showing up.
This is particularly pertinent to getting fitter, because the only way you can get into better shape is by showing up to your workouts when you need to. It’s easy to come up with an excuse about why you can’t make it to the gym, or what other more pressing responsibilities you have on your plate. Instead, take the initiative to avoid the road of excuses, and show up. Then show up the next day –- and the day after. There’s a famous saying: “You will never regret going for a workout.”
The same idea applies to a tennis match. Last weekend, I was playing in a local prize money tournament in Ft. Lauderdale. I won the tournament with a default in both my semifinal and final matches (in both instances the opponent simply didn’t show up). Of course, I would rather have played the matches (even if I ended up losing them) – but the principle remains the same. You can win a tournament (not to mention a generous $250 pay-check), simply by virtue of showing up and being there ready to compete.
Finally, you want to show up when it comes to your romantic pursuits. The first day I met Lyuda, she was working out on the indoor track at Harvard. She was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen, and I knew I had to ask her out. I did indeed "show up" that day by asking her out on a date – and three and a half years later here we are, blog and all.
Not only that, but we both benefited that day from showing up to our workouts -- otherwise we never would have met. It just goes to show that you can find a life partner simply by making it to your training session! (It's probably better to meet your significant other at the track or gym anyway, as opposed to some bar.)
Half the battle is showing up. So make sure you get to your workout when you need to, and ask that girl out when you have the opportunity.