A couple years ago I wrote a status on Facebook that went a little something like this:New Year's Resolutions are a joke. You shouldn't need a new year to bring upon a better life for yourself or a better you in general. You should be living to the best of your ability each and every day. Whether it's being kinder, healthier, or more spontaneous, you should be doing these things at every moment. Be the best person you can be. Love what you do. A new year is not a new beginning. Be thankful for who you are and what you do and strive to be better at all times.
So, here you are at the dawn of a New Year (I am till in poetic mode after my Shakespeare impersonation). You have decided it’s time to do something about those ……… (fill in the blanks such as extra 20 lbs., cigarettes, sodas) and you are determined to change. You were a little reluctant because those goals seem to repeat themselves year after year. You start off great, and then you fall off. Setting goals is great but there is a way to increase the odds of you actually achieving them, and here are some tips:
To make or not to make – that is the question:Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous portionOr to take up arms against a sea of gobbles,And, by opposing, end them. Oh Shakespeare, please forgive me. ‘Tis this time of year again. And the question in many minds is whether or not to make a New Year’s Resolution. The biggest argument I hear against it that people know that they will not be sticking to it anyway, so why bother making them in the first place.
Not too long ago, a fellow trainer and coach extraordinaire, Eric Cressey posted about “How Being an Optimist Will Help You in Strength and Conditioning”. I read the blog post and definitely agreed how Cressey relating strength and conditioning and being an optimalist will create a better overall environment. A better environment means more results.
Before starting a new exercise program or diet of the week, ask yourself, am I really ready to change my lifestyle? Because that’s exactly what it’s going to take to reach your goal. If you’re not ready and you begin a new program or diet you will not be successful. You will end up cheating or quitting and then you’ll be disappointed in yourself and frustrated.
So, let’s get real. 4 minute abs doesn’t mean you will get a six pack in 4 minutes.
This world is truly over-informed. Think about it. Every other infomercial has something to do with fitness. These 'Fitness Transformation' TV shows are running rampant. The internet is absolutely LITTERED with different programs that will all gurantee you the same result, "Lose weight in 21 days!" "Get diamond chisseled abs with this diet and exercise program in 30 days!" "Become a different, healthier, and fitter you in 90 days!"
Do you have a goal or goals that you really want to accomplished? Then this is for you. In my fitness career, I had the privilege of working with clients who had no support system in place with their goals. Trainer tip: If you have family, friend, co-workers, personal trainer, or anyone that encourage and believe in you and what you want to accomplish is your support. When making life changing goals, why do you allow yourself to be around anyone, or anything that does not support your goals.
Some people are exercise maniacs. You may have met them…you are in the middle of a conversation with them as they keep glancing at their watch. When you finally ask them what’s up they respond by saying “Hey, I gotta go lift Bro”. On the other side of the spectrum you have the person that signs up for a gym membership or buys and expensive treadmill with all the best intentions. A month later they have never stepped foot inside the gym or their treadmill has now become an expensive coat rack.
The top educators in the world list "Setting High Expectations" as a priority step to reaching great achievements: a belief that WONDERFUL THINGS ARE going to happen to you! From your first hot air balloon ride, to switching careers, to changing your health habits: aim high to reach high in your life. Once you set a high expectation, plan 1. Resources, 2. Timed Steps, and 3. Support to move from belief to reality.