Your Action Plan To Success
In order to get to where you want to be, you must plan out where you would like to end up. Very rarely do you see someone just walk into a gym one day, then 3-6 months later be fit and in shape.
Sure, it can happen this way, but for the vast majority of individuals, success takes planning, dedication, having the right knowledge and information, and pushing through no matter what gets thrown at you.
Over at our sister site, FatBurningWorkoutsHQ.com, a 21-day challenge was recently posted. Essentially, this is providing a plan for the next 21-days to help those who joined get started on taking back their health.
They have the plan, now all they need is the dedication and will to push through the tough parts.
The beginning of anything new is always going to be the hardest part of the journey. Think back to the last time you started something brand new, what happened?
Did you quit? Did you do it consistently or inconsistently? Did you give it everything you had or did you go half speed?
The truth is, whether or not you answered yes or no to any of those questions above, what it all really comes down to is if you cared enough to make your success happen.
Take Michael Jordan for instance:
There was never a day that went by that he wasn’t pushing to get better and better. Even on his off days, he was shooting free throws, watching film, visualizing, etc.
The main reason we quit something is because we really just do not care that much. For example, recently I decided I wanted to take the time to learn French. As cool as this sounded, deep down I didn’t really care that much about learning it.
That is why after about a week, I stopped. I am sure this exact story holds true for you as well when it comes to something in your life. And for many, this directly correlates to the last time they tried to get healthy.
In my many experiences of trying to start something new, only to end up quitting, I have learned more than a few things along the way. Below, I will share with you three key aspects everyone must do if they want to succeed at achieving their goals. Sure there may be some other aspects, but the three below are very important:
1. Have an end result with a time frame:
Part of the reason I failed to learn French was because the goal to learn it was open ended. There was no end date, or set time I needed to learn it by. Let’s say, however, that I were going to Paris in 6 months; Don’t you think I would be much more motivated to learn? Of course I would. Speaking good French in Paris would have been my end results, and the time frame would be 6 months.
For those looking to get fit and healthy, putting a time frame on your goals is very important. Have an end result of where you would like to be in a certain period of time.
Be realistic, but challenge yourself.
For example, set a longer term goal of competing in a Tough Mudder six months from now or plan a beach vacation that is three months away. Simple things like this will help keep you on track with your goals.
2. Change your mindset:
One of the biggest excuses I hear when it comes to why people don’t workout or eat right is this: “I just don’t like it.”
If that’s you, a mindset shift must be in store. When I was trying to learn French, in my mind I just didn’t want to do it. So every time I sat down to learn, I had a bad attitude about it.
If you have a bad attitude towards working out and eating right, do you really think you will ever want to do it? Of course not!
In fact, it will only be a matter of time before you give up on your goal, even if you have an end result and time frame on it.
Because you will dread every second of what you are doing. You will find excuses to miss your workouts, eat junk food, watch TV instead of go for a walk, etc.
To quote Joshua Fields from The Minimalists:
“Virtually everything that’s meaningful—everything worth doing—requires a good amount of effort. But of course that’s where all the reward is.”
In order to change, realize that what you are doing is meaningful. Getting healthy is meaningful because it will allow you to live a more full and vibrant life. At some point, you must learn to change your mindset about exercise and eating the right foods.
This simple step will not only help you stay on track, but it will allow the process to be an enjoyable one instead of a dreadful one.
3. Learn stick-to-itiveness:
As defined by Webster’s dictionary: stick-to-itiveness is “dogged perseverance. Tenacity.”
I absolutely love that definition. When I think of tenacious person, I think of someone who stops at nothing and pushes through no matter what. The excuses to stop will always be there.
Too tired, too sore, don’t have time, traffic, work, kids, … The excuses aren’t going anywhere. It is up to you whether you are going to use them or not.
Someone with stick-to-itiveness is a problem solver. They figure out a way to persevere and get the job done.
Traffic? Then I will workout at home. Busy at work? Then I will do a quick 10 minute workout. Too sore? Then I will walk and do some dynamic stretching.
Don’t let excuses be what stops you from getting healthy. Remember, the excuses will always be there. But know that unless you take action now, your health will just keep slipping further and further out of your grasp.
Don’t put off your health any longer.
Make it a priority.
Plan to succeed, enjoy the process, and simply get it done!
If you would like a place to start, the 21-Day Challenge over at FatBurningWorkoutsHQ.com is a great option. Another would be to sign up for your free gift on the right and get started on the challenge that comes with that report.
A simple 21-day challenge may just be what you need to get you on the path to great health.
Keep in mind: A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step. Take that first step today!
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