I’ve read a lot recently about designing the life of your dreams and behaving now in a manner which reflects the life you are designing, rather than aiming for those things at some point in the future. I thought I fully understood this point until today.
Last week, I wrote about joining the gym and how I’d let my fitness drop down very low on my list of priorities so I readdressed this and found myself a gym.
I went for a meeting with the manager who showed me the facilities. The hotel is 4* and well regarded but the gym left me feeling a little disappointed. The decor was shabby and the atmosphere was a little flat with an overall feeling of being tired and I’m not sure when the decor was last given a full refurb. However, I was keen to join as it was quiet, less expensive and not packed with the typical gym crowd that I feel so uncomfortable around. Friday came, I pulled out my old trainers and gym clothes from the back of the wardrobe and drove down there feeling excited & raring to throw myself in . . .
Disappointingly, the staff were reluctant to get stuck in to my training and it was clear I was an interruption to their (seemingly dull and lack lustre) day. The feelings I had towards the lack of glossiness to the place suddenly became a lot more crucial to my wanting to join and I started to see more things that I wasn’t happy with. I justified the feelings telling myself it had the quiet atmosphere I was looking for, it was a third cheaper than the alternative and this would balance out the feelings of unrest regarding the equipment and decor.
My insecurities lead to me choosing this gym because well, I’m not at my best physically right now and I can’t stand the thought of being on view in front of the super-fit gym set who I know hang out at the large glossy gym just down the road. After sleeping on it, I woke up feeling reluctant to go back and very unsettled about the contract I had signed.
The first thing I read this morning was about the first class lives without compromise we are supposed to be designing. What was I thinking?!
I realised the modern, slick facilities of my local gym are much more crucial for me and was ruling it out based on current insecurities and the fact it is more expensive. This is not the way to design a first class life!
I like new shiny equipment! I love new gadgets to train with! I adore over enthusiastic personal trainers!
“. . . I choose first class and this is my first conscious upgrade to it . . .”
I should be making this decision based upon the service the personal trainers can give me so I can get back to fantastic fitness, coupled with the surroundings that make me feel like I am investing well in myself. The higher fee? Well that’s down to the well trained, fully engaged staff and state of the art equipment. I choose first class and this is my first conscious upgrade to it.
So I cancelled with the first gym and signed up to this one on the spot and I feel great. I am so happy with my decision and on Monday morning at 8am I will be having my first personal training session. I cannot think of a better way to start the week!