Actions Steps: (follow in order)
- Learn to value your physical goals! This means to give at least the same priority to your diet and physical training as you do to other things in your life. It does a person no good to make $200,000 a year if it drives you to working 60 hours a week and you are constantly tired and sick. Once you have learned to value your health, you are ready to proceed.
- Simplify your life! Take a hard look at what is occupying your time and make cuts where you can and eliminate activities with no real value. We all tend to do things that really do not further our goals! Ask yourself if each activity is furthering your goals--or worse-- actually prevent you from achieving them.
- Reconfigure your schedule! Look at your current schedule (make one if you don’t have one) and delete all items that do not further your goals. After that is done, take a harder look at what you have left and see if you can whittle some time away from those activities. A good analogy is throwing stuff away when planning to move—if you throw away items every day for 30 days as a goal prior to your move, you realize items you did not see as junk on day 1 become junk on day 15 or 27…you soon realize you did not need what you thought you needed.
- Begin activities of your new life slowly! Never try to implement too many things at one time unless your goal is failure. One change at a time is fine. After all, progress needs to occur, but not at such a pace that you kill yourself! Once an activity can be sustained for one week, implement the next. (Example: get out of bed 15 minutes earlier on week one and then proceed to going to bed 15 minutes earlier and getting up 15 minutes earlier than before).
- Track progress towards goals! Always track your progress and have visual reminders of your success—otherwise you will fall back into your old habits because you have no objective measure of the benefit provided. This tracking is usually done in written format and can be very simple, provided you are tracking your progress.
- Lastly, Reward yourself periodically! This reward is totally subjective as it pertains to something you want or desire. The only catch is to give yourself parameters of indulgence. (Example: I will allow myself to eat one comfort food if I can go 3 days in a row without violating my diet—or I will buy myself new clothes once I lose 10 pounds.) The idea is to allow enjoyable activities such that they promote rather than delay your goals. You must have control as it is a lack of control of one’s life that allows for the “never will be” mentality.
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