Well, here we are again.....You made yourself promises for new years and a couple months later, well, the gym membership is going unused. But let’s focus on how to get back on track...
Pulled from Kevin’s Kruse’s book, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management , Mel Robbin’s inspirational 5 Second Rule, and from my personal experience with counselling clients, I’ve compiled some pro tips to get you on track and stay on track.
#1 - MAKE A GOAL. Make that goal very specific. An example: "I want to get fit". HOW are you going to be fit. What does being fit mean to you? HOW soon do you want to achieve this goal? Be specific about how you are going to accomplish the goal as well as the metric by which you’re measuring yourself.
...and after a month, reevaluate and measure your progress. Is what you’re doing actually working? Are you only doing it 25% of the time? What is keeping you from making it 75% or 100%? Brainstorm ideas and make a tweak. It could be as simple as taking your walking shoes WITH you to work instead of keeping them in the house.
Then reevaluate after another month! Repeat. Progress doesn’t happen overnight. Baby steps. Making a lasting change takes time.
#2 - Tell your close family and friends about what you’re doing. If they are a good friend, they’ll support you, they might even join you a few times! Telling people about what you’re up to creates a sense of personal accountability. You could even ask one person to “check in on you” and you can report to them. It’s like having a free personal coach.
#3 - Schedule it. Make time for whatever change you decide on. If you’re sitting on the couch and that thought weasels in “I should be doing xy or z.” Quick. Mel Robbins suggests you literally have five seconds before your brain starts self-sabotaging yourself. You’ll start making excuses and start convincing yourself that the couch is a safe, comfy place to stay. Yeah, why would you get up anyway? Treat yourself to a rest on the couch after you do whatever it is you want to be doing.
#4 - A Little something is better than nothing. It is true. How many times do you get home and think I need to do exercise but I’m SO TIRED. Get those shoes on quick and do a little walk around the block. If you think it’s silly to go just around the block, then keep going! You might surprise yourself and walk for 15 or 20 minutes. Chances are you will get home feeling refreshed-- like you can start the laundry, dinner, empty the dishwasher, and start that jigsaw puzzle. (If you have a partner, get them involved, too!)
Finally, You’ve said it before. I was bad yesterday. Why do I need to do it today? No one is watching. Instead of counting the number of failed attempts, readjust and count the number of times you tried. Making a change is hard, but these hints might make it a little easier. Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said....
#4 - “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.”
Keep it up and show yourself who’s boss!