There are a few topics I want you to think about as you start your new journey. These points have truly helped me to stay on course.
1. Know Your Why!
Knowing your WHY is very important. Your WHY is your motivator especially on the difficult days when you feel like giving up.
Your WHY will cause you to draw from an inner strength that you did not even know was there.
For me my WHY was to feel better physically. To have more energy and not feel sluggish on most days! To be able to use my asthma inhaler few times if at all. I also needed a healthy way to deal with the stresses of life. I wanted to LIVE and feel my best!
2. Mind set
Mind set is another key! Just as the word implies , Mind set is a frame of mind! Your mind set is a collection of your thoughts and beliefs that shapes your habits. Your thoughts affect how you think, what you feel and what you do!
Having the belief that you are in control of your own destiny, ability and that you can learn and improve is important. Yes hard work and persistence are important but not as important as having that underlying belief that you are in CONTROL of your own destiny!
3. SMART goals
Here is where a lot of us fail before we start! We make these unreachable New Years resolutions like ‘ I am going to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks’. We have to make SMART ( Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant and Time-bound ) goals!
Specific: ‘What do you hope to achieve?’ Measurable: ‘How will you know if you got there?’ Attainable: ‘Is this a goal you believe that you can realistically achieve ‘ Relevant: ‘ When you achieve this goal, how will you feel?’ Time-bound: ‘When you do want to achieve this goal?’ Make a specific date.
4. Find Something that you like doing
There are many different ways to be active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Find your niche. Something that you genuinely love doing. For me it is weight training and HITT. For you it might be swimming or riding or yoga. Find your niche. It will be a lot easier to stick to it.
Lastly, it is important to realize that this journey is not a straight line! You might start a new way of healthy eating and not like it. That doesn’t mean to give up, try something else. Or you may skip exercising for 2 weeks. A step back is not failure but you can learn from it and continue on.
Stay focused on your ultimate goal. Belief in yourself that you can do, accomplish, anything you put your hands to.
Success is little small goals each day that ultimately add up!