A common behavior as the new year gets closer is to start thinking about those goals or resolutions that you would like to achieve.
“The Statistics Brain 2017 survey of 1,129 American adults¹ found that only 9.2% of resolvers successfully achieved their resolution last year and that 42.4% never succeed and fail on resolution every year. 72.6% of resolvers maintain resolution through the first week, but only 58.4% get through 1 month, and 44.8% get through 6 months.”
Those statistics should not discourage you but to make you more intentional and honest about why you are saying you want to do something and how you are going to do it.
As a fitness coach, I see and hear many clients start their year with the best intentions and energy. Some sounds like this:
“ I want to lose weight”
“I want to eat better”
“Or I want to exercise”
Those are great intentions but the question I always want you to answer is: why? and for what?. If you cannot state a clear reason to lose weight or/and for what you want to lose weight, then it is very likely your motivation will not build discipline. There is when you become part of that 72.76% that could not maintain their resolution for more than a month.
To answer the question of where is your motivation? It is misplaced in a vague idea.
Wait, do not lose hope! Let me give you 2 actionable ways to define your why and prepare the way to build up your discipline.
1. Do the work
You need to take the time to brainstorm about your intentions. Are they manageable? Are they realistic? Do you really need to work for that now?
Examining one of the most common resolutions: losing weight is the result of increasing your calorie burn and keeping a healthful energy balance to help your body to get rid of the unwanted fat storage (that is the simple part).
Ask to yourself (again, you have to do the work):
-Why do I need to lose weight?
-How is my body weight affecting my daily tasks?
-How I will feel when I lose weight?
-And how much weight I should lose?
-What I am going to do when I lose weight?
2. Fall in love with your resolution:
“There is only love. Love is the most powerful creative force in the universe. You are the result of what you love most. You either love finely etched muscular abs more than donuts or you love donuts more than washboard abs you could do your laundry on”
The Myth of Discipline by Charles Poliqui
Again that is the simple part. How many times do your alarm sound and you know that you have to get done your 5 am workout before your crazy schedule changes but here comes the struggle:
“I did my workout yesterday, do I really need to workout today too?” or “Yesterday, I felt so powerful and I am so close to that 10th push-up, let’s keep working on that” (off the bed you go)
Can you see the difference there? Reframe the way you talk to yourself and define what is that that makes you jump out of bed every day. @boldfitwomen we build up behaviors that work towards your why. Every workout is tailored to you and to allow you to become the most courageous version of yourself.
Why courageous? I define being courageous as the ability to take on activities and actions that make the uncertain possible. To be courageous you need to take steps to move away from self-doubt, trusting that the journey is not perfect nor easy but worthy.
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