It’s that time again. The unofficial end of summer and the start of everyday routines. September and January mark the biggest months for initiating change for most people throughout the year. This is due to the feeling of starting fresh and new beginnings.
Now of course this feeling can be felt all the time even in May, but that’s usually not the case. If you are like my Toronto Personal Training clients or like me and are feeling extra motivated to implement some positive changes this fall, then here are the 5 stages to reaching it.
STEP 1. What Do You Want?
Think of what you want. Think of how you want to feel? How do you want to look? What do you want to achieve? Be very specific and detailed in this step. If you say you just want to lose weight, then if you lose 1 lb guess what, you’ve reached your goal. If you want to feel better then what does that actually mean? A good example is I want to lose 10 lbs, be a size 6, have better energy in the morning, and to get rid of pain in low back.
STEP 2. Why Do You Want It?
Reasons come first, answers come second. If you know why you want it and have enough empowering reasons for it, then you will find a way to get it.
Many people will say they want to lose weight for a wedding they’re going to that is 2 months away. That’s great, but why? They’ll say something like “because I want to look good!” That’s great, but why? As you dig deeper you will find the reason(s).
This sort of scenario happened to me a few weeks ago. It turned out my Toronto Personal Training client’s ex-boyfriend was going to be at a wedding. She really wanted to let him know that he screwed up and is totally missing out.
Now although this may not be the most empowering reason, it is still very useful to know. Now all we have to do is get a few more reasons that empower her to make lasting changes past the wedding.
STEP 3. Take Massive Action
No more just talking about it, it’s time to take action. This is the step where most people will drop off. Call it fear of failure of even fear of success, but nothing changes unless you do. You know what you want and why you want it, so go and get it.
I also like to call taking massive action – GSD. GET $HI+ DONE.
Plan it out. Know your steps. Model successful behaviour of others who have done the work.
STEP 4. Know What You Are After, Review Results
Be very aware of what’s working, but more importantly what’s not. If your goal was to eliminate low back pain and after 1 month it’s worse than ever, then it’s time to rethink what you’re doing and adapt accordingly.
As Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.”
Record, track and analyze what is and isn’t working. This is why us trainers love tools like Thought Journals, MyFitnessPal and Fitbit.
STEP 5. Change Your Approach
Continuing on from step 4, if what you’re doing to reach your goal doesn’t seem to be working, then change your approach! If you have truly decided that there is no turning back, then one or two speed-bumps along the way will not deter you.
Don’t be afraid to completely alter your game plan. If the goal is to lose 15 pounds in 3 months and after 6 weeks you’re only 3 lbs down, then it’s time to change some things like…what you’re eating, how much you’re eating, what kind of exercises you’re doing, how many workouts per week you’re doing, how much sleep per night you’re getting, the list goes on and on.
Long story short is that there is no shortage of changes you can make to your game-plan to reach your ultimate goal. Isaac Newton failed thousands of times before he successfully invented the light bulb. Each time he ‘failed’ he would tell people that he didn’t fail, he just learned another way not to invent the light bulb.
If your approach is working, stay on that path to success. Keep doing the successful things you have been doing and don’t stop. Don’t lose momentum.
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by Jon Thomas, Toronto Personal Training.