Habits Last Forever
Welcome to the new year! If you're anything like most people you've already set some resolutions and we know that well over 50% of them will be to do with your health. I wanted to put this post up before you get too far down the track and like most people inevitably fail in turning your resolutions into realisations.
You see most people make a resolution or set a goal concentrating on what they want to achieve and rely on will power to try and get them there. This is a great tactic.... for the first week or so... The problem comes when your will power runs out and there hasn't yet been enough time to see any results. What happens next? Most people give up! The great thing is overcoming this problem is really simple all it takes is a little planning. Before you throw your hands in the air and say you haven't got time think about this. How much time did you spend planning your last holiday? and how much time do you spend planning the direction your life is going to take?
You see instead of concentrating on the results at the end of the day it's much more effective to figure out what actions you need to take every month, every week and every day to get you there and concentrate on those. Focus on making these actions habits, the benefit of forming these habits means you are now non-reliant on will power. Even if you don't feel like working out one day, you will because it's a habit.
9 times out of 10 the things we need to do to achieve our goals are incredibly easy to do, the catch is they're also incredibly easy not to do. Think about it. If you want to lose weight, how hard is it in the scheme of things to take the stairs instead of the escalators? Pretty easy, but it's also easy to write it off as non important. If you did the stairs on average twice a day for a year and say burnt an extra 10 calories every time you will burn in excess of 7000 extra calories from that simple easy to do task alone. This could be saying no to the morning tea at work each friday or going to the gym 3 times a week - you get the idea...
Small decisions repeated and compounded over time deliver big results! With that in mind check out this video - take 5 minutes and make sure 2012 is better than 2011!
Dedicated to your fitness success, Jake