It's crunch time for a lot of you reading this now.
For many of you January got off to a flying start. You were focused. This was going to be your year damn it. You were letting go of old things that you no longer wanted in your life. Getting into shape, and being more healthy was how your were going to turn things around.
But somewhere around mid-January you began to go to the gym less and less. Worse still, you noticed old eating habits creeping in. Life became hectic again. Now you're not so sure you can do this.
Then there are the others......
The many who have made it through Janaury, you know that this is something your really want. You love the feeling of being fitter, more confident, and you've noticed some pretty cool changes in your body. You're still motivated to change, and you know that you don't want old habits to return. But you're not sure how to continue your winning streak. Let me show you how.
Here's two things you need to keep in mind.
What you need is a feedback loop. Take some time. 10 - 20 minutes. Think back to the past month. Indentify what worked for you. Jot this down. Was it shorter workouts? Joining classes for the group support? Preparing lunches to take to work? Stopping when 80% full when eating out? Hiring a coach or joning a nutrition program? What was it?
Once you've identified what worked keep doing it. Write down one action step for each thing you've jotted down, and then take consistent action in the direction towards your goal. Don't set a time frame (unless you plan on dying some time soon). This is a lifestyle change. But if setting time frames work for you, set yourself a minimum of one year. Break it down into 3 month milestones if you have to.
Now remember, consistent doesn't mean everyday. Consistency could simply be 5 days out of 7, 3 days out of 5 - whatever the task may be. What you want to identify is if the actions you are taking are sufficient to bring you closer towards your goal. If the answer is yes - keep doing it.
If the answer is no, then revie and adjust - this is why a feedback loop is so important. It mimimises cloudy judgement which can occur when we have become emotionally hi-jacked, leading us to make ineffective decisions.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
The truth is that so many simply don't achieve what they want because they simply stop before they get there. Correct thinking is important - but taking action is key.