5 things you can do to make sure you actually achieve your 2017 fitness goals
It's the beginning of a new year and motivation is on many of our minds. January is a fresh start and it's smart to leverage the energy that comes with a New Year to begin training for a new fitness goal. Motivation is definitely easier to find in January and it's all you need to keep your fitness resolutions, the seed of a resolution.
No, definitely wrong.
How many times have you imagined yourself in excellent shape, fit and full of energy, and then slowly talked yourself out of it because you'll workout later? Or because you'll have more money for running gear later in the year, or are planning to move closer to a great gym — everything will work out later. Except, of course, it won't.
We all self-sabotage our dreams and aspirations because we can sell ourselves anything we want. And it's easier to do nothing than something until you realize you've done nothing at all! If you cherish your potential, and set goals for yourself, there will be nothing more stressful than realizing nothing has changed and you're in the same place as last year.
In fact, the trick to achieving your goals isn't motivation at all. The trick to getting stuff done is to simply to stop thinking about finding motivation and start following through with action instead.
When you stop thinking and start doing, motivation will grow organically through positive reinforcement and the seeds of change you planted by doing. You'll be so proud of yourself that you'll want to keep going, and run another kilometer.
Sure, you'll need discipline in the first few weeks after beginning your fitness goals but, after that, momentum will take over and motivation will come naturally. You won't even have to think about it!
Fuel your motivation with action so you can actually — finally! — run a 10K race. Here are 5 tips that are rooted in action for Canadian ladies and gents who will achieve their fitness goals in 2017.
1. Start with a super-short checklist. Give yourself one or two things to do per day with your workout that will keep you on track to achieving your goals, but no more than two. You'll set yourself up for success if your daily checklist is short and manageable.
2. Set the stage for your workout goals by working out early in the morning, before you have the chance to talk yourself out of it — which is way easier in the evening. Nighttime is for winding down, not turning up.
3. Be specific with a goal that is easy to quantify. Commit to 50 squats twice per day for a perkier posterior. Try 45 minutes of writing before 9am to boost your blog traffic. Quantifiable goals are easier to wrap your head around.
4. Get good at Google. There are infinite resources available online from those who achieved your goal before you. Download, click "subscribe", buy a book, take a webinar or go to class. All of these will help you help yourself.
5. Don't forget to stop thinking. Just lace up your shoes and get outside, and the threat of self-sabotaging your fitness dreams will fly out the window. Lose the risk of only thinking about motivation by removing the opportunity to talk yourself out of it.
There a million ways that being mindful is kind and good but, when it comes to achieving your fitness goals, over-thinking can be be destructive. Stop listening to your self-sabotaging mind that says Netflix will be more satisfying than skipping rope for 20 minutes because your mind is wrong.
Motivation will be found in the follow-through.