7 Tips to Be More Successful With Your New Year Resolution
Many of you have set out to get in shape in 2018. However, the odds are highly stacked against you – or for any resolution for that matter. Earlier this month, I wrote a blog about #BeMoreYou in 2018, and the silver lining really is making everything you do about improving you because it better sets you up for success. While this list is about your health and fitness resolution, you can apply it to most areas of your life for success. I actually found a blog on “Inc.” that I reworded because it can be applied to health and fitness.
- Find a fitness program that you want to do. Sure there are many of different types to choose from and yes some do work better than others. However, if you enjoy what you’re doing, then you’re more likely to stick to it. Also, give it a fair chance too. Lots of our members have reported that they just disliked working out, even after the first few classes here their feelings stayed the same. But we offered 2 Week Free Trials, Groupon Deals, and Extended-time promotions so you can decide if our style of working out was for you or not. Our members often times say, their workout is their best time of the day, so find the one that works best for you. That might be Cross-Training; CrossFit; Endurance Training; Rock Climbing; Rowing; etc, but you won’t know until you try it and try it for at least a few weeks.
- Your Mentality Matters. If you go into a new workout plan saying to yourself “This won’t work,”, “I know I’ll hate it,” etc., then you’re already setting yourself up for failure. Also, if you’re just approaching your new health and fitness resolutions as being required to do something, then you’re just removing self-choice from that equation. Remember, achievements and results don’t happen instantaneously – overnight success is really the product of doing something countless times. Everyone wants that quick wave of the magic wand results and I’ll let you know it doesn’t exist. But we’ve had members here lose over 100 pounds since we opened in 2014; we’ve had members increase their strength numbers from being not able to squat a barbell to squatting 200 pounds in a year, but how? Because personal growth starts with you and your mentality.
- Don’t focus on the result, instead focus on the process. Often times you’ll be too focus on the abs you want to see, the weight you want to lose, the strength you want to gain, etc., and you lose focus on the result. If you’ve hired a trainer/coach or joined a group fitness program you must trust the process. Too many times do people think, “If I do this, then that will happen,” rather than following the program and path that’s laid out for them.
- Kick fear right between the legs and believe. I’ve already said it a few times, and I want you to listen just in case you didn’t hear me before, “Progress and results takes time, it’s happening even if you can’t see it. You will never see it in a single moment.” With any transformation, I wish I could have seen a snapshot every single day because it’s the accumulation of those that leads you to where you are today. In this journey, just know you’re going to face doubt and every single insecurity you have about your health, fitness, and physical appearance will likely surface at some point. But trust, the process and know that the result will be there when you’re ready, when you’re fully committed. I, as your coach can’t want that for you – you have to want it for yourself. When you trust the process of working out and balancing your nutrition, I assure you the results will come, but only when you’re ready and willing.
- Talk is cheap, so take action. As a coach one of the most frustrating things is hearing how people want progress, but their actions say otherwise. In honesty, it’s a defense mechanism where you’re shielding yourself from the fear of, “What if I do all this and it doesn’t work?” Essentially, you’re evading commitment, but this doesn’t mean it’ll always be that way and that’s okay. All it means is you’re still trying to ready yourself for this lifelong journey. However, don’t confuse talk with action because it’s not and that’s preventing you from success.
- Love yourself, it’s okay! One of the reasons for stalling is not being able to love who you are. Trust me, if you’re not happy with who you are as a person, no amount of muscle gain, fat loss, weight loss, healthy eating, etc., will change that. We did a challenge here where our members had to take a picture in front of the mirror exposing themselves to themselves. Many said it was scary, but one of the most freeing things they had ever done. If you can’t look at yourself in the mirror and love the person you are, then things might be deeper than simply wanting to make a physical transformation and it’s okay for you to speak to someone about this.
- Results are actually measured in fulfillment. Sure, you’re probably setting out on this quest because you want to make some sort of health or fitness transformation. But the number one most important thing is how it improves your life. The feeling of validity comes from things that can’t be physically measured or quantified, such as being happier and having more energy.