Kicking off the New Year is always heady business and each week in January I am sharing my ideas with you to make 2014 an amazing year. Previously, I have written about resolutions and motivation. Commitment is the 3rd installment of this series.
FOR CHANGE TO HAPPEN
You must commit to change. Sounds so simple doesn’t it? If only we could wish it and it would happen. But to make change happen we have to work at it and it can be complicated.
HERE ARE 4 STEPS TO MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN
- Identify WHY you want to change. You’ve got the short answer: I want to feel better or I want to look better. But go deeper…if you want to feel better, why do you want to feel better? What will change if you feel better? If you want to look better. Why do you want to look better and what will change when you do look better. Keep asking yourself those questions for each reason you want to change. After you answer the question, ask why again and again. Go deeper and deeper into your why.
- Change One Thing at a Time. Work on one area of your life. If you want to be more fit, then laser focus on that. Find exercise that you enjoy, find a person or group you want to do it with and go for it. If your attention gets diverted into to many places like working out, joining the investment club or a book club, or taking painting classes then you lose your focus. It doesn’t mean you can’t do those things but master one at a time. Workout, read a book to relax on your schedule, and eat more veggies. Keep it simple and focus on what is most important to you.
- Take Baby Steps. Put too much on your plate and what happens? The plate spills over and you have a big mess in your lap. Start small with easy changes like drinking water everyday or walking for 15 minutes everyday. When you accomplish this small goal and it becomes second nature, move on to your next goal. When you complete small things your confidence will grow and you’ll be able to chip away at the big stuff. If your big goal is to lose 20 pounds and you start walking everyday for 15 minutes, then 30, then 45 eventually you will lose 2 pounds, then 5 pounds, 10 pounds and so on.
- No Time Limits. Who doesn’t want a six-pack in four weeks or to lose 40 pounds in 20 days! Sign me up! Changes that last take time to integrate into your life. Rushing the process usually leaves us frustrated because our expectations aren’t met. Or you burn out by the constant pressure you place on yourself to get it done (by yesterday, please). It’s too overwhelming. The most successful people have a plan in place, they take their time and they build on smaller accomplishments to get to the big success.
Let’s face it, we are all over scheduled and overworked. You go to the doctor, the dentist or the chiropractor because you value these key areas and take care of yourself. Fitness is no different than these. Fitness isn’t optional and excuses are not welcome. If you have limitations or physical issues find what works for you and get it done no matter what. Not every workout has to be an hour. Use the time that you have and get the most out of that time.
Choose the best days and times that you know you can consistently commit too. Start with 3 days and build up if it works for your schedule.
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Dillon Kreider, ACSM-CHFS, is a nationally certified personal trainer, bridal fitness expert and owner of the Healthy Bride. Dillon has been helping brides and grooms lose weight safely, quickly and permanently while getting into the the best shape of their lives for over 10 years. Visit us at Facebook.