Let’s face it, most people don’t have a problem setting a goal or stating a new habit that they want to develop. It’s staying accountable and consistent with working towards that goal or habit, right? Think about a time when you set a goal or stated that you wanted to make a change in your life, but weren’t able to make it come to fruition. Let’s be honest for a moment, why didn’t you make it happen? Naturally, we will look at external things like people, situations, circumstances, time, money, etc to point the blame. However, at the end of the day, 9 times out of 10, the reason why that habit didn’t stick or that goal wasn’t met, is because you weren’t set up for success in the first place.
Here are a few tips that I share with my clients to help them stick with their goals and work towards success.
1. Believe that you can do it: If you don’t believe that you can’t reach that goal, you won’t. Period. The mindset that you have is the #1 thing that will determine your success in anything that you do. If you have set the goal that you want to run a marathon by the end of the year, believe that you can do it. Visualize yourself crossing the finish line, create affirmations that will help you to stay focused on that goal. Here is a video that I created that talks more about Mindset.
2. Set mini goals: Most people focus so much on the end result that they neglect the progress they are making along the way. Instead of having your timeline on the finished product, create a few mini goals that you can shoot for. If you have set a goal to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year, break up your goal and focus on how much weight you want to lose each month, that is about 4 pounds a month. Chances are, if you make minor tweaks to your diet and stick with a fitness program, you will definitely lose 4 pounds (or more) a month. I’ve seen most people in my 21 Day Online Bootcamps lose up to 10 – 15 pounds with the 21 Day Fix, so I know that it is possible.
3. Drop the “All or Nothing” mentality: I had a client who would start out each year with her goals and the second that she “failed”, she would give up. She looked at her failure to eat healthy for that day, as completely ruining her chances of reaching that goal. She thought that she would either give it her all or nothing at all. That type of thinking will always keep you stuck…because WE ARE HUMANS AND WE ARE NOT PERFECT! WE WILL FAIL TIME TO TIME! You will have awesome days and you will have days that you fall off track. The key is not to focus on the failure, but to linger on the lesson. When you fall off track, think about what you can do differently to improve and reach that goal.
If you are at a point where you want to make your health and fitness goals stick this year, but need a bit more accountability to make it happen. I want to invite you to join me in my next 21 Day Online Fitness & Clean Eating Bootcamp! Click here for more information.