Have you given up on that New Year’s health resolution already?! If you haven’t, good for you! Last time I checked, you’re still part of that elite 8% crowd that actually follows through and commits to sustaining positive change in their life for the entire year. That’s quite the accomplishment considering roughly 80% of those with New Year’s resolutions have already abandoned them by February.
Now, if you’ve unfortunately already found yourself having traded in your carrots for Cheetos and your new Peloton is now unrecognizable under the mass of clothes being hung on it, there IS still hope for 2019 and beyond. And no, the solution doesn’t lie within yet another quick fix fad diet or program. In fact, it has very little to do with exercise or nutrition at all.
In talking with current and potential clients every day that are looking to create happier and healthier lives, the biggest and most common obstacles I identify in others lie beyond what they’re eating or doing in the gym. Their challenges are items such as not being able to plan and organize their time efficiently, failing to properly deal with stress or having self-limiting doubts and beliefs that hold them back from believing they’ll even have success to begin with.
Truth be told, in order to achieve the sustainable results you want, it takes a very multi-targeted approach to your overall health and wellness. Getting to the very core of why you’re failing to find the time to get to the gym in the first place, or why you’re eating healthy foods but your metabolism is still as sluggish as your car starting on an early January morning in Fargo is critical.
The good news is if you feel like you’ve already lost your way in the new year, don’t get down on yourself. Other than yesterday, today is the best time to discover and ignite that hidden potential deep within you.
Here are 3 ways to get started back on track toward success:
Let Your Why Motivate You
Self-reflect on why your health is truly important to you. Dive much deeper beyond wanting to look or feel better – those are obvious. Is it because you want more energy to play with your kids? Is it because deep down, you know you’re lacking self-confidence? Whatever the reason(s), explore what truly makes you tick and keep it top-of-mind.
Focus On Growth Over Goals
Stop handcuffing yourself to a weight loss or fitness goal that you envision as a tape stretched across a finish line. Your health and wellness is a lifelong journey, not a destination you seek. Instead, transition your thinking into small, daily habits and behaviors that will have a compounding effect over time. As the great John Maxwell stated, “If you focus on goals, you may hit goals – but that doesn’t guarantee growth. If you focus on growth, you will grow and always hit goals.”
Be The Gatekeeper Of Your Time
If you wait to find the time, you’ll never get started. Begin by prioritizing on your calendar the non-negotiables such as your family and taking care of yourself. From there, perform a self-audit of what you can honestly cut from your life and rid yourself of unnecessary distractions and those that crash your party with negativity. In the end, it comes down to you controlling your calendar and what you choose to fill it with.
Once you address your obstacles with a more comprehensive approach and develop an optimal mindset, you’ll realize where the foundation of your health and wellness success originates. Ultimately, you’ll be mentally steered toward true readiness for that transformation already lying within you that you’ve been waiting to discover all along.
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