Do your fitness goals need a RESET?
It’s just over two months into 2017 and if things haven’t changed a little for you since the New Year, I suggest it’s time! to press the RESET button and change a few things up.
I was recently given a business book called REWORK and found the messages in the book had interesting parallels for me between WORK and MYSELF.
MYSELF defined for you simply as the investment in me and what makes me happy and healthy. The book gives many examples of businesses finding an easier way to succeed. This isn’t your typical business book by any means, in fact, some of the advice in it is the opposite of what I consider to be traditional business coaching.
Finding the motivation and strength to make the changes you need to live the healthiest and happiest life possible can be easier than you think. Warning: Some of these messages are a little different than you might have heard from me before.
Here are some new ways to RESET your way of thinking on a few things, and investing in the business of YOU:
Planning is Guessing
Can we say our goals should be SMART one more time? Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based is the traditional model you have heard from me before. The “failing to plan is planning to fail” mentality works for some but we don’t have the ability to control the variables that can bring our plans and goals to a halt. Not starting cause you don’t have a plan, or having a plan that is too detailed and doomed to fail are both problematic. Our path to success is never linear. So stop planning too far ahead and just start doing.
“Give up on the guesswork.” -1 Decide what you are going to do today, this week and let the successes build on themselves.
Decide on the most important thing and do it! No long term plan needed!
Time Is Not an Excuse, It’s a Strategic Opportunity
“It’s entirely your responsibility to make your dreams come true.” (-3) The perfect time will never come.
When you decide you want something bad enough, you will find the time. Say no to events that are not prioritizing the business of you. Often we regret saying yes to things, but rarely do we regret saying no!
There are enough hours in the day. You just didn’t want the change bad enough to find the time. Embrace your time constraints and take advantage of shorter quantity sessions keeping the quality high.
“You should feel an urgency to do this – you don’t have forever.” (-2) You can never be too old, too busy, too broke, or too fat to start working on you this time!
You are Better with a Kick-Ass Half than a Half-Assed Whole.
I love this saying because it got me thinking about how too many people try to change too many things at once and end up having no long term success.
“You can’t do everything you want to do and do it well.” (-4)
Creating change with habits leads to long-term success. Scale the habits to your lifestyle and in time see the results. Make good on half the things you need to change and make the habits stick before you go trying to change everything at once.
Start with the basics, apply appropriate amounts of intensity as the body allows. Training should be under your capacity so you don’t run the risk of injury. Getting hurt while trying to get fit is bad! You can have a “simple and sinister” training session built to your level!
Scratch Your Own Itch
The easiest way to make a change for yourself is to do something that you want and like to do!
You will be working on the business of You for years to come, maybe even the rest of your life. Do things that you want to do with people you enjoy doing it with. We all know the feeling that enjoyment brings. Remember to check in with yourself on the enjoyment factor because that feeling will fuel your momentum and motivation to continue.
Consistency is the magic to success for many of our goals so why not get there doing what it is you like!
You Need a Commitment Strategy
Just a reminder that you can make mistakes and change your mind and priorities without losing focus and momentum. Everything works for a while and then perhaps if the results aren’t materializing, you use your same old exit strategy and give up. The most important thing is that you stay committed to doing something! Change and redirect many times but stay committed to the business of you and don’t give up. The choice is yours and choosing fitness as a lifestyle is a commitment that you need to make for yourself on so many levels. Choose a commitment strategy not an exit strategy!
Never Brag About How Tired You Are
You will get more done if you sleep. Forgoing sleep is a bad idea. Staying up late to finish something (watch a show, fold the laundry, etc.) is a surefire way to destroy your creativity, attitude, and health long term. “If you encounter someone who is acting like a fool, there’s a good chance that person is suffering from sleep deprivation.” (-5)
We have many choices in life but the most important ones are the ones we make to take care of ourselves. Finding ways to make yourself healthy and happy first will lead to many years of enjoyment with those you choose to surround yourself with and care for.
Make the business of you important and RESET today if needed.
Click here to listen to Sheila discuss this topic on the Jon McComb show. The Fitness Segment airs live every Thursday at 9:05 on CKNW 980 am.
Written by: Sheila Hamilton February 2017
REWORK: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, Copyright 2010
Thank you to Brad Funk for gifting me this book!
-1 page 20
-2 page 31
-3 page 41
-4 page 70
-5 page 122