New Year. New You. Does this sound like you? Hey, I hope so. I think the beginning of the year is as good as any to start a new thing. Whether it is your health, your money, a bad habit you want to quit, or anything else.
But do you want to know what is even better than a new start or a fresh start? To never quit in the first place.
I have been looking at my Facebook feed since the beginning of 2018. Which is exactly 31 days ago from the time I am writing this blog. Today is February 1, 2018. I see a lot of people on there pursuing these new things, and many of them said the same thing last year. And most of them quit by this time last year, and many quit before the end of the year on whatever it was they were doing. They are now attempting it again. I am proud of you. Stay with it this time.
Hey, I have been there before. I am no different from anyone else. Working out is a discipline that I just do. I don’t have to think about it. I just do it. I have been doing it for so long that it is just past of who am I.
However, where my opportunity for a fresh start exists. Is eating better. Just like many of the people in my Facebook feed, I have made some changes to my diet this year. When I was younger, I always thought I could just exercise my way through a bad diet. And what I have found the older I have gotten, that this has become increasingly more difficult. So I had to make a fresh start as well.
In this blog I want to suggest a few ideas that can keep you consistent versus always having to start over.
A new year is a great place to start a new thing. However, it doesn’t only have to be at the beginning of a New Year though. In Daniel Pinks new book “When: The Scientific Secrets to Perfect Timing” He actually provides a list of 86 different days, dates, events, etc. that could be a great time for you to make a fresh start. The first year being one of them and here are just a few more from his book:
- First day of the month
- Mondays (52)
- Seasons (4)
- Your birthday
- Your anniversary of whatever
- First day back from vacation
- A Holiday
His goal was to get us thinking about the different days that we could use other than the first of the year to provide us a fresh start.
If you made a commitment on January 1, 2018, and have already quit, today would be a great day to start over again. You don’t have to wait until next year. The first of the month is as good or better day to start than others.
Here is the good news. If you are someone who quits and has had to start again. Don’t wait until another year goes by before you start again. Use another date and start your commitment from that date. Today would be a good day to do that.
How else can you keep going? As a runner, I have had a few injuries along the way. And I am the opposite of my most people. If I don’t workout or exercise, I get very irritable, because it is breaking my routine. And I hate to break my routine. Over the years, as I have had these injuries, I would just have to modify my workouts. If my leg or calf is bothering me, then I would just do an upper body workout. If my upper body is sore, maybe I just do a leg workout or run.
The key is to not stop. But you may have to make adjustments and modify. What is it that you are trying to accomplish? If you have already quit. Why did you quit? Were you trying to go all-in too fast? If that is the case, don’t quit, make adjustments.
I had someone tell me one time, that you only have to get in shape once. And that is the hard part. Once you do, then you just have to maintain it. Since then, I have never quit. Are there times where I more focused and disciplined than others? Absolutely, but I never quit and that is the key to success when it comes to health and fitness and most anything else in life.
Another way to keep your commitment and not quit. Is to remember why you wanted this in the first place. And when I say remember it, I highly demand that you write it down. By writing it down you put it to memory.
If you want to become healthier? Why? Is it because you want to look good in a bikini or without a shirt on if you are a guy. If it is to quit spending so much. Why is this so important to you? Is it because you want to have a more secure future? Is your job situation uncertain? Or is it because you hate your job and you need to be prepared for an exit?
I have written about goals a lot here. And if you are interested in taking your goal setting and goal accomplishing to the next level, then I would encourage you to reach out to me. I have some resources that could be beneficial to you.
But I want you to do this one thing to increase the likelihood that you don’t have to start all over again. And that is write down your goal, why that goal is important to you, and when you will accomplish it by. Once you do this, you will be well on your way to accomplishing the things you want to accomplish.
To your success and your future.