Why the couch wins so frequently
If you have no emotional attachment to the purpose of the workout. It’s just something you want, but you haven’t connected it as one of your highest priorities in life and you haven’t connected its significance to anything that does have that level of importance. Then you’re going to choose the couch every time.
Because that is the path of least resistance.
If, however, you have previously reflected on your life goals and priorities and you concluded that improved fitness is of the highest priority as it is the driving force behind all your current life goals and aspirations, then by connecting to that and comparing that to a night on the couch you will now make an informed decision.
The couch may still win from time to time.
Because you may conclude that you’ve been overdoing it and this is the best thing for you to do at that moment to avoid burnout, illness or exacerbating a strain.
But in the main, you will be driven by the thought of your greater purpose.
Which, if truly significant, will be all the motivation you need.
Do You Regret Your Decisions?
A good way to assess if you are getting this right is to reflect on moments of regret.
If you choose the couch and then regret it the next day, you’re not making choices for yourself.
You have bad habits that you are defaulting to.
But at least now you know what to address.
If, however, you make your decision and continue to feel good about it when the moment has passed. Then it was most likely the right decision for you.