"New Year. Same Mission. Same Goals." - Usain Bolt
Now let me be the first to admit. When it comes to all the hype surrounding new years resolutions, I'm not always the most positive of fellows.
My automatic way of being, includes the rolling of the eyes, the knowing head nod, and that gremlin voice in my head screeching, "Bullshitter!".
Because lets face it, if commercial gyms are anything to go by, come February and March, most peoples initial burst of enthusiasm would have imploded, leaving nothing but frustration, broken dreams, unfulfilled promises, guilt, shame and the eternal chant of the many who have fallen, "Maybe next year". Yeah. Maybe.
I know. I know. This doesn't fit into my positive mental attitude psychology. I can't help it. It's automatic. But I do have a choice whether I listen to it or not. A few years back I finally realised what exactly it was that pissed me off about new years resolutions, and since then I don't do them.
I'm sure in the past you may have had the best laid plans (as if just having a great plan will make it happen - you and I both know the truth about that one).
You've listened to the right motivational tapes, you've bought all the top notch training gear. Got yourself a dedicated gym buddy. And lets not forget a 12 month membership to your local gym, crossfit box or bodybuilding mecca.
You've been here before. Maybe even a year ago. Bursting with enthusiasm then 3 - 4 months in, your motivation all dried up, your dream dies a sorry death. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are 2 key things that you probably didn't even realise, that when you put in place can make the world of difference. What are they?
In the latest 20 minute Cj Sends Word podcast which you can download >>here<< I cover this in depth and more. If you want to make 2015 a year where your goals stick, you definitely want to listen to it.
Cj Sends Word Podcast Ep.2 : Beyond New Years Resolutions
Yours in strength
Take a good look at these pictures.
This is Dave. I met him about 3 to 4 years ago in Chicago while on a martial arts training camp.
He was about three stone overweight. A happily married, a dedicated father and a successful business man, he knew that he had to make a change in the area of his health. For his families sake and most importantly for himself.
That's when the journey started. We got talking, and I pointed Dave in the right direction about training and nutrition.
When I got back to the UK , over the following months we stayed in contact online, guiding him where needed. He began to get results. His enthusiasm for training grew as did his love for boxing and BJJ which he took up.
We dropped out of contact about a year down the line. But imagine my surprise when I got this message over on twitter 4 years later.
Now bridging forty he is in undeniably great shape, wouldn't you agree? And he's still keeping up with the martial arts and boxing that he loves.
I almost didn't recognise him.
He didn't undergo a quick fix solution. He went beyond body transformation programs ( you know, the 12 weeks or 28 day type). What he did was amazingly simplistic.
I first heard that term listening to Napoleon Hill. He got disturbed by his situation and his health, used that as inspiration and took appropriate action.
He changed his lifestyle.
Made simply changes to his nutrition. No magic potions.
Found a workout routine that fitted in with his lifestyle that he enjoyed.
Realised that progress only comes with consistent, appropriate action (the picture above illustrates what 4 years of consistent and appropriate action looks like)
Recognised that there would be good days and bad days.
And through all the process was pretty clear as to why he was doing it, what he wanted.
Yes there were some methods he used, but I can assure you they were not as glamourous or half as sexy as you think, or what the magazines would have you believe.
In fact, I cover a lot of them in my new free ebook Raw Strength : Wild Physique, and as for nutrition? Well again Dr Ragnar and Myself map that out in Beyond Body Transformation which you can get
With the new year kicking in, and resolutions of a "New Year, New Me" with it don't get suckered into false claims of detox programs, weight loss solutions and body transformations which amount to nothing more than 12 weeks of self flagellation.
This year keep it simple, make it count, and stick with it. You'll be glad that you did.
Most people overestimate what they can achieve in 12 weeks and underestimate what they can achieve in a year.
So where will you be in 4 years time?
Yours in strength