Is it possible to make changes starting today? How about these 7 steps to becoming the fittest you have ever been? Yes, why not? You are the best boss of that decision. The only one in complete control of what you do. I read a quote a few weeks ago that is quite appropriate to achieving your fitness goals…..and other goals too.
“If something is important enough, you will always find a way. If it`s not, you can easily find an excuse!”
Achieving your goals or making your dreams come true is something that I know about. So much in fact, that I wrote a book about it! While my book (Jump For Joy…When Your Dreams Come True) is related to business achievements, the 7 steps outlined can be applied to any goal, dream, business plan or idea.
Step One – Picture the Goal Achieved!
You need to be conscious of your desire for change and know what you want to achieve. Picture yourself having done it. If your goal is to lose 25 pounds think about the new clothes you will buy. How much more energy will you have? Who will notice? What great things will they say? What will you feel when you look in the mirror? Yes, daydream and feel what it will be like.
Step Two – Pay Attention to the Signs!
If you find yourself yearning to look better in your favourite jeans or you’re struggling to keep your energy up for the day, you are already telling yourself a need change is coming. If your doctor has said “exercise or die” the time is right. If you can calculate the time you spend watching TV in hours per day, there is opportunity for improvement. The fit people you see on TV aren’t just lucky, they work for it.
Step Three – Choose a Goal, Set a Plan!
One that is realistic and achievable based on your intelligent research. Create a plan on how you will achieve it. Will you join a gym and hire a personal trainer? Will you attend nutrition workshops? How much time will you invest? Is your level of commitment sufficient to achieve your goal? If your goal is to lose 25 pounds in 3 months but you aren’t going to consider your nutritional needs then you aren’t setting yourself up for success. Predict your challenges – what will be difficult for you and set a plan to be successful in those situations. Your goal and plan need to be cohesive and you may need professional advice to make the plan……and support to get to the end.
Step Four – Start Right Now!
There is no reason to delay fitness and health. Once your plan is determined and written you should start immediately. Remember that it is important enough you promised yourself that you would find a way. If you are busy in the evening then get up earlier in the morning to exercise. If you don’t have time to cook healthy meals every single day then choose one day and cook in bulk. Solutions or excuses……the choice is yours.
Step Five – Overcome Obstacles, Avoid Temptation!
The first few days or weeks working on your goal may be exciting….and easier. But as time goes by you may find your willpower weakening. Go back to your written plan and go back to your original dream of success. If the new challenge facing you is a holiday gathering where food is a focus, talk to your trainer about acceptable choices and make a plan for extra activity to compensate. Remember your “why” and recommit. Yes, you can do it. Other people do, and you can too!
Step Six – Celebrate!
Reward yourself for your effort, commitment and success. You deserve it. In fact you should plan your “success prize” early in your goal setting. An image of the treat at the end of the mission will keep you motivated. This is when you go out and buy a new bathing suit or enjoy a day at the spa. Maybe a nice dinner out (healthy choices of course), or a new pair of running shoes. It doesn’t matter what it is but it does matter that you do it!
Step Seven – Set a New Goal!
Why stop now? That would be silly. You know how to do it.
I hope that you choose fitness and health as one of your life goals. The body you have right now is the only one you get. We all choose how to treat it. I urge you to visit my other website for more information on “Jump For Joy…When Your Dreams Come True”. Order a copy of the book or download the ebook. I am sure you will find some inspiration on those pages that will encourage fitness success AND so much more.
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Until next time,