Its January 21, 2014, you have made a pledge to yourself that this year is going to be different. This year you are going to get in shape, lose 20lbs, and eat right. You are ready to make the change…
…But then, the alarm clock has just gone off. It’s cold outside, you’re tired, sore from your new workout plan and ready for a “well needed” day off (after 3 weeks). All the excuses you can think of are popping into your head. Let’s hit the snooze button or, even better, let’s just blow it off today. Start fresh tomorrow.
Tomorrow becomes next week, next week becomes next month, next month becomes next year. 2015 is our year! Right? Wrong!
Does this sound like you?
Our lives are a series of routines that we have become comfortable with. Good or bad, we do not like change. These recognizable daily rituals have kept us in our “comfort zone.” This is where the voices in your head are trying to keep you. It’s safe in there. It’s easy to be there. And your mind will do anything to protect it, with excuses that are free flowing. “I’m afraid to fail”, “This has never worked before”, “I’m so tired”, “I can’t do this.” The list goes on and on. This is the enemy that sits inside you. It is the devil on your shoulder, whispering in your ear. Being complacent is fine.
NO! IT IS NOT.
It’s time to do something about it. Today, we are going to take a stand! Today, we are going to make a commitment to a better you. And here is how we are going to do just that:
Step 1: Commitment to Change
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Going back to the alarm clock for a moment. There was a reason you set the alarm in the first place…”I want to lose 20lbs.” Get out of bed and take action. That is the first step towards change.
This needs to be an unwavering commitment. Consider it a battle between the “right” and “easy”. “Right” is taking hold of your goals and desires and doing everything to protect them. Telling yourself, “It’s not over until this is accomplished.”
It will take preparation, planning, and a belief in yourself.
Tip: Put your goals down on paper and keep it someplace that you see every day. Also, share your goal with others. This is a great motivational tool.
Step 2: Believe in Yourself
When it comes to attaining a goal, any goal it starts with believing in yourself. Think about your life outside of health and fitness for a moment. Are you successful in business? Do you work hard in school? Are you proud of your parenting skills?
All these things require an inner belief that you can accomplish your task. Believing in yourself pushing self-doubt out of your mind. It tells you, “I will do this and there is nothing that will stop me.” Now apply this mindset to your health.
Tip: Figure out the traits that make you successful in your job, your schooling, or your home life and find a way to apply them to your health goals. (ie. persistent, can work early in the AM, quick learner)
Step 3: Stay Focused
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
It’s a grind. Good days and bad days. Once you have that inner belief, the next step is maintaining it.
Making a change in anything is but easy. It takes time, patience, and focus.
Tip: Create daily to-do lists of everything you must accomplish in any given day.
Step 4: Never Give Up
No doubt about it, there will be hurdles along the way. If your goal is weight loss, there will be a few weeks where you do not see change. Weight loss is not linear process. Frustration will set in.
This is the time to rely on the three previous steps: stay committed, believe in yourself, and don’t lose your focus.
That will keep you on track until your mission is accomplished. Climb that mountain. Give it your best effort and you will be proud.
Don’t give up. NEVER GIVE UP!
Tip: This is simply the toughest to do. Use the previous three steps if you ever consider giving up. If successful you will find a new sense of self confidence as you realize there is nothing that can truly stop you.
Make this year, THE YEAR you accomplish all your goals.
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