With the first month of 2018 coming to an end how are the goals you set for yourself at the start of the year shaping up? Have you managed to stay on track or have you given up already?
If you’ve given up:
One of the main reasons people give up on goals is because they try to change too much at once. I was listening to a podcast the other day featuring Jamie Alderton and he gave this amazing analogy he said that when we first learn to drive a car we spend most of the lesson in discussion and figuring out what everything is, what it does and how it works. We aren’t taken onto the motorway on our very first lesson.
Yet when it comes to the gym this is exactly what people do. Instead of making small manageable changes (i.e focusing on getting into the gym a set number of days and then once that is achieved moving on to make another change) we attempt to change everything at once. This then causes us to feel overwhelmed and stressed and before we know it we’ve given up on our goals.
If you can relate to this try focusing on making small manageable changes. For example lets say you set yourself over the course of month to go the gym 3x a week (which is totally do-able). Once you’ve done this you can then maybe look at adding an additional gym session as well as focusing on being more diligent in terms of your nutrition and movement outside of the gym. Now guys this is just meant to serve as an example of how you may go about doing this. It doesn’t need to be in this order or even this way. All I want you guys to take from this is that you need to be patient and take this process one step at a time.
Another reasons people tend to give up on their goals is that they don’t realise that “being fit isn’t some magical permanent state of being. It’s an act of constant becoming.” When I first started my fitness journey I was naive enough to believe that everything I was doing to achieve my goals (i.e. training hard and eating well) was temporary. When the reality was that my goal was temporary. I’ve learnt that just because you’ve achieved your desired end result doesn’t meant that you should stop exercising and eating well.
I’ve also learnt the approach needed when it comes to fitness is to view it as a lifestyle change. Can you see yourself doing the things (i.e. workouts and approach to nutrition) a year from now? If you can’t this is most likely a sign that the approach you’ve chosen isn’t right for you. You are human, you will make mistakes, but as long as the approach you’ve chosen allows you to be consistent and you can see yourself using it a year from now, five years from now and even ten years from now then you’re on the right track to achieving your goals.
Just some food for thought