Why people don’t exercise

A pug laying down on the sidewalk

Last year, I made a vlog every day for two months straight. I was certain I’d be the next Casey Neistat. I had cheesy dreams of having thousands of subscribers and making a living off YouTube. I was ready to die chasing this dream.

Until I wasn’t.

After about 60 days of waking up at 5am, editing for three or four hours a day, and trying to film my life and make it seem more interesting than it actually was….I quit.

Why?

The same reason that:

• people don’t exercise even though they would love to look and feel better.
• we stay constantly stimulated even though we know we’re addicted to our phones and apps.
• folks are passive aggressive and mean even though they know everything is better when they are patient and respectful…

Because we so often love the idea of something more than we enjoy the process of actually making it happen.

I loved the image of being a successful YouTuber. But when it came to actually doing the work necessary to step in that direction, my mind and body said fuck that.

I’ve said in the past that we can never force or make anybody do, think, or believe anything; they have to get there on their own.

In other words, we have no control over peoples’ (or even our own) priorities. If someone is overweight, but doesn’t truly care to work it off, they won’t do anything about it until something shifts in their mind. The same is true for anyone who wants to pursue anything.

If someone can talk us out of a dream then it was never really a dream to begin with.

What’s something you’ve been talked out of in the past? What’s something no one can talk you out of now?