A Revolutionary Step toward Keeping Your Resolution!
By Michael Kurkowski
Happy New Year and welcome to 2014! Now that the holidays are behind us, for many people, it's a time to think ahead and regroup their fitness life. I know many of you stay strong throughout the holidays, watch what you eat, and keep consistent at the gym, but setting up new goals and intentions for a new year in your health and fitness can be tough. Whether you have serious goals to transform your body, or you need some adjustments here and there, you’re like many people who have health and fitness on the mind when the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December. Sadly, the majority of people will fail at reaching the goals they set for themselves this year. You can give a million reasons why--didn’t have the will, didn't do enough cardio, followed the wrong diet, etc. Some of these might be true, but the biggest step to being successful that people miss is identifying the WHY behind their goal.
When you start a fitness program, the first thing your friends, family, or a trainer asks you is, “What is your goal?" Great question. You have to start with a goal but most people stop here and fail to follow-up and ponder and answer the most important question:
WHY is this important to YOU?
This is where it gets tricky. You have done the first step: you set a goal. The second step is to plan out how to reach that goal. You are going to join the local gym, going after work every day, getting on a strict diet, or even hiring a personal trainer to help you. All of these can be good ideas or even part of the solution that will get you there. But, what is going to motivate you to stick with these changes when the initial excitement fades?
No matter what you want to achieve, reaching or completing a fitness goal is HARD! It requires CHANGE, something that threatens most people and makes them very uncomfortable. However, if you are going to lose 20lbs this year, or compete in your first half marathon, you will need to make significant changes in your daily habits in order to be successful. If you don’t have a motivating factor powerful enough to keep you moving forward and sustaining that change, you are setting up for failure. This is where your follow-up question comes into play: WHY is this important to YOU?
It is time to get personal here. Write down what you want to accomplish in fitness and health this year. Now, think deeply and underneath that goal write:
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO ME?
This is not a one-sentence answer. I know you will look fitter if you lose 20lbs or you will have more endurance when you finish training for a race, but why does this matter to YOU? So, take out your pen and paper and think about why you set this goal. What is this going to do for you? How will it affect your daily life? What internal positives will come out of achieving this goal? What has stopped you in reaching it before? Why can you do it now?
Once you write these answers, keep the paper close to you. Look at it every day. The goal is the ignition; the reason why you chose it is the fuel that will set you ablaze and keep your fire burning.
Here’s to a fit and healthy you in 2014!
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