All Talk, No Action
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say things they don’t mean. And I don’t mean a change of opinion. When presented with new information, you should be able to change your opinion. What I’m referring to is when someone says they are going to do something, and it never happens. Of course, at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter to me. But think about it, if you know someone who is always just saying things and their actions don’t line up with whatever they are saying, you’re going to think they are pretty unreliable right?
There is one experience that always sticks out in my head for stuff like this. We had just had a coaching change at Pitt in the spring of 2016. Playing soccer in the spring in front of a new staff was like being a freshman on the team all over again. Everything was changing and life was flipped upside down. In times like this, a new coaching staff is evaluating all of the current players they are now inheriting. It might be decided that some players don’t fit the vision that the new staff has. It happens. I knew that this change was something that I wanted to be a part of.
Getting to the point, I had an end of semester meeting with our new head coach. One of the points that was brought up was my bodyfat percentage. Bodyfat can be a massive difference maker in high level athletics. Now at this time, I had been lifting for a while but I really had no idea about nutrition. I was also under the impression that I should be trying to get bigger because I was a shorter goalkeeper. I’m really not sure where I got that from because gaining weight wasn’t going to make me taller and I should have been trying to hone my speed. Anyway, at the end of the spring I was weighing around 167lbs. and at about 14.5% bodyfat. I was told that I needed to get that percentage under 10%. I said, “no problem, I’ll do it.” That summer I went on the paleo diet. (disclaimer: I am not recommending any kind of diet over another. Do your own research.) If you’re unfamiliar, it’s pretty strict. It consists of foods that cavemen ate, to put it simply. No refined carbohydrates. I came back later in the summer and my entire body type had changed. At my lowest, I weighed 152lbs and my bodyfat measurement came back at 8.6%. I felt much quicker and my strength level increased. Now imagine what kind of impression it would’ve given off if I hadn’t done what I said I was going to do? Instead, I made it happen. I, hopefully, gave off the impression that I was reliable and committed.
When it comes to setting goals or setting out to do something, I feel it’s best to move in silence. There’s the Lil Wayne lyric, “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna,” yeah exactly. Save the “I’m going to do…” until it becomes “I’m doing…” Take Marshall Fitness for example, all of this was just an idea in my head. I thought about doing this for a while, but there wasn’t a time where I made an announcement that this was what I was going to do, because then what if it didn’t happen?
On the flip side, there is something to telling someone you really don’t want to disappoint/want to impress about what you’re doing. This is exactly what happened when I said I would cut my bodyfat percentage. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t that significant, but I was in the process of proving myself all over again and I was going to make sure that delivered. If that helps you stay focused and locked into whatever you’re doing, then absolutely roll with it. Otherwise, let the moves you’re making speak for themselves.
All that being said, contrary to popular belief, if there’s something you want to do, you can. It’s really really easy to find a million excuses for why you can’t do something. The timing will never be perfect, so stop waiting. All you have to do it start. The clock’s ticking. Go make it happen.