Starting anything new is hard. There is a reason why over 90% of New Year’s resolutions are given up on by March 1st. Change is’nt easy, and learning new skills and changing habits takes a lot of time and perseverence.
If your’e reading this, wheter it’s January or June, you don’t want that to be your story. And I don’t want that either. My goal is to help set you up for success from the start.
First Things First, What is Your Vision of Success?
Close your eyes. Imagine you are the person you want to be when you have accomplished your goals. Now describe yourself. Not how you look, but who are you? How do you act? How do you think? What are your characteristics you exhibiut when you are that person?
This part is the most fun for me. I love watching the faces of my clients when they start talking about who they want to become. But thats not the only part of this step. Write down all the things you aredescribing as I Am statements.
I AM ____________________________________. Write at least 5 or more. And be specific. But avoid talking about your physical appearance. This is more about the person you want to be, noit just how you will look in a bikini.
Step Two, Understand Your Why
Most times the first question you will be asked by a trainer or fitness professional is what is your goal. And although that is an important part of the process, the next question you need to answer is why.
Why is this important to you? Why now? Why not next month or next year?
But don’t stop there. Keep going. Why is that important to you? And why is that important to you?
We call this the 5 Whys Test. Most people will give a very surface-level answer on the first few why questions. It’s only after we keep digging do we get to the root of the emotion you are feeling that is the true motivation for why you are embarking on this journey. Until you know that real why, the emotional reason, it will be too easy to quit when things get tough.
But when you really have connected with, and accepted, your true why, then things can really start to happen.
Step Three, Identify the Behaviors that are Preventing Your from Living Your Vision
What are you doing each day that is hindering your growth? Are you watching TV for hours everyday? Or are you stopping at Starbucks every morning?
Be critical. List out all the behaviors you are currently doing that you know are keepiong you from being the you in your vision. Write these down.
Step Four, Choose 1 or 2 Behaviors to Work On
Choose no more than 2 of the behaviors you listed that are preventing you from living your vision, and create a plan to change them. For instance, if you get sugar cravings after dinner, and you find that you are always looking for something sweet each night, you might find a healthier alternative that will still satisfy your craving.
Also, it is REALLY important that you do not try to change more than 2 behaviors at a time. As tempting as it is to try to change all of them at once, you are much more likely to stick with the changes when they are few.
These four steps are critical to your long-term success. Spending the time to get started on the right foot, and in the right mental space, is key to sticking with your program and not giving up when life gets tough.
In the next article I will discuss the 3 key areas of fitness that we focus on to help our clients acheive success, and how you can start to implement them to continue down your fitness path.
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