Knowing you need to start a regular exercise program

Or clean up your diet

Or doing that whatever it is that you’ve been wanting to do

And actually doing it

Are two completely different things.

Thinking about it

Planning to start

Having the best intentions

Ain’t gonna do squat.

Squats are a great exercise, by the way.

The famous Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly once said, “If you go to the gym and do only one exercise, do squats.”

But I digress.

How to find motivation?

Here are a few ways:

Just do it: no easy way to say this. Just freakin’ get your ass up and do it. Take action. I guarantee you — 100 percent — taking action cures all kinds of things. Set the alarm an hour earlier than normal and get up. Too tired after work? Do it, anyway. It takes at least 21 days to form a new habit. When you gonna get started?

Find your reason “why”: what is the big reason you want to do whatever it is. Let’s take exercise, as an example? The BIG reason. Look better? Feel better? Have more energy for your hobbies? For your family? Look good on that trip to the islands? Get rid of those damn fat pants? Maintain your independence as you get older? Focus on your why.

Tell someone about your plan/goals: have someone hold you accountable. if you’re like me and a lot of other people, saying it out loud makes it more likely you’re actually gonna do it.

Whatever it takes to get started, do it.

And stick with it for six weeks.

Six weeks.

It’s not a long time.

And I promise you that by the end of that six weeks, you’re going to feel better about yourself.

Then what?

That’s easy …

You keep going!