Welcome back to another year of Monday Motivation!
I got a lot of great feedback about the “Monday Motivator” emails last year and the plan for 2012 is to give you more motivation, more often.
If I can help you escape your day for 5 mins to gain new insight, perspective, education or motivation on the topic of health and fitness -you’re gunna be well placed to make make this the year of lasting change. And that gets me to today’s topic…
It’s a perfect time of year to bring this up as many of you will have lofty goals and New Year’s Resolutions to make this year the one; This is the year that I’m finally going to lose that weight. This is the year I’m “serious” about getting fit and eating better. Altough the above examples are way too vague and destined for failure, you absolutely MUST set goals for yourself and I encourage you to take some time THIS WEEK to set some time aside to really think about what you want to acheive this year. Then, WRITE IT DOWN.
“Anytime you; sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life all those years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming. Anthony Robbins.
How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution only to find a week later you’ve slipped back into your old habits? In fact, an amazing 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail within the first week! So many people attempt change and fail. There are two key reasons why. Firstly, change is hard. Secondly, people only change when they can see it is in their best interest to do so.
Over the next 2 weeks I’ll help you with some SMART strategies to help you acheive your goals.
5 Tips for Making Change
When you do decide to take action there are 5 simple things you should make sure you keep in mind:
1. Only change when you’re ready to.
2. Weigh up the pros and cons
3. Be realistic. Set yourself goals that stretch but don’t strain. While relapse is part of the process, avoid setting yourself up for failure.
4. Replace is not failure. If you do relapse into your old behaviour, this isn’t a failure. Review what happened and redifine what you’re trying to achieve.
5. Get support – change is hard enough at the best of times, so when you’re ready to change, make a commitment to others and communicate your intentions in an effort to rally support and celebrate your successes.