“New Year, New You”
I hear it every year and for that very same reason the fitness industry thrives on broken resolutions and get-fit-quick schemes.
To make real change, it’s not going to be as easy as saying you can do it.
As a fitness professional, it should make your skin crawl at how cyclical the fitness cycle is.
Most gyms make their money banking on people NOT SHOWING UP!
That’s bullshit and needs to change.
Here are a couple of hard truths for you:
1) The Person you are today is generally the person you will be this year
You are who you are. That means you need to find small, incremental ways to build on the person you are.
If you don’t cook your meals at home everyday that may be a lofty goal into the new year.
2) Why are your goals your goals?
There should be a concrete reason behind what you do.
Why that much weight?
Why that timeline?
WHY, WHY, WHY?!
Dig deep to get to the root of the cause.
3) Keep your goals PERSONAL
There is actually research to show that when you announce a goal in public such as a social media platform it can do the opposite of what you want.
For example - You may want to make your goals public for accountability. However, research shows the applause and congratulations your receive from simply making the goal may fill your “satisfaction tank” up enough to not even pursue the goal!
The reward without the competition.
So, how do I fix this?
Don’t try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to change. Here are a few quick steps to make changes towards a better you in 2022:
1) Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. The more concrete the better.
2) Less Targets, Less Ammo
If you want to really hit something out of the park, focus in on less things. Make ONE really concrete goal and drive towards that.
3) More Addition, Less Subtraction
Change is best when you ADD new things to your routine rather than SUBTRACTING them. It gets demoralizing when you keep taking away.
Add movement, add recovery, add social time!
4) Keep Chopping
You can’t cut down a tree with one swing of the axe. Keep chopping away at your goal and eventually the tree will come down.