Sell everything and move to the wilderness to be happy and healthy. I want to lose 50 pounds next week. Or, I am going to work out 3 hours a day. Drastic decisions and resolutions can lead to stopping quickly, just as fast and excited as you were to start. While your ideas are great and awesome, you must think realistically and logically to create progression with consistency. So, let’s see the dos and don’ts to making a successful New Year’s resolution.
Number one, make it fun!
Everyone likes to have fun! Fun is the main factor to increase your participation in anything you do. So, if you want to start a fitness regimen, and the treadmill is just plain old “blah” for you, then do fitness classes.
Fitness classes are great for motivation because they are fun and social. They will help push you and, at the same time, move at your own pace. Many affordable fitness studios have classes for all levels and fitness goals if joining the gym is not your thing.
Trying to change everything at once will lead to quitting. It feels great, fun, and exciting to commit to change, but it has to be realistic. It is essential to use the time you have and don’t have. If you don’t, you will be forcing the situation. And forcing takes away your will to want to do by stressing.
For example, if you want to start exercising, find the appropriate time in your schedule to do it. Or, do something you are interested in doing. If your friend has to keep dragging you to the gym or class, it is just a matter of time before you avoid their call.
KISS it! (Keep It So Simple)
Everyone overlooks simplicity when consistency and simplicity are the names of the game. Bruce Lee was so simple when it came to his training. He learned to perfect and maximize his flexibility, strength, and speed by, you guessed it, being consistent and straightforward. People think he had some advanced concoction and formula to being the best. It was none of that.
Bruce mastered simple training first with consistency. Once he achieved the desired effect, he could make advanced moves. However, you can too. Keep your goals for weight loss and strength simple. Just start walking consistently. After you master walking and lose some weight, you can jog. After jogging consistently, you will run. So, KISS your training, and you will understand perfection.
Don’t let you let your eyes be bigger than your stomach.
When you fill up your plate and don’t eat all your food, you know the expression. Well, the same goes for developing fitness. Don’t let your eyes be bigger than your body! Use a step-by-step approach. Accomplish one to get to two, and do two to get to three. Choose the easy small changes first. Most people forget adaptation is a process. It is a habit you need to develop.
For example, start exercising by being more active going to work. If you take the elevator, then take the stairs. If your office is on the upper floors, have no fear; your solution is here. Take the steps for some of the ways. Ditch the steps at whatever floor you want and then take the elevator. You can do many things to increase your activity to make it bigger and more, without overshooting.
Avoid the list!
Don’t let your mind be held captive by the list. It will demotivate you and create stress. Yes, even looking at a list full of many good things you want to accomplish looks exhausting. The list is like an amusement park. It is fun and exciting, and you can’t wait to get there, but at the end of the day, you can’t wait to go home.
So, avoid making a long list that will create demands and stress. Avoid the long list of positive things that will turn that smile upside down. Write only two things on a list at a time. When accomplished or in motion, add one more each time.
Nothing has to be complicated. It just has to be put into motion.
As I said, simplicity leads to consistency. And those things that are so simple and small are the most important because they are interconnected to the whole. That’s why the small things affect more than one aspect of change. It puts the wheels in motion.
Many times, to achieve something you want, you have to flank it. You have to look at form the side. Take a complicated process and break it down and put the small pieces into motion. Sometimes the path is not straightforward but does not need to be difficult.
You gotta feel it!
Negative emotions weigh you down like a boat anchor setting to dock. Don’t let your feelings interfere with the task. To grow and progress, it has to feel right, good, and positive. If it does not, you feel belabored by the experience and quit.
Think about it like this, put your positive feelings into motion, and the rest will follow. Also, how you speak to and about yourself is how you function. So, change your speech to be self-positive and motivating to inspire you. That is what is most important. Your accomplishments create happiness, and that happiness helps you to help others. Physical energy follows positive energy.
Remember, Rome was not built in a day. It was constructed through consistent effort to create results and progress. But as you are being consistent, keep it fun. Make what you are doing or trying to accomplish fun and exciting so you will want to come back to it each day. It becomes easier. Like I do with my daughter when it is time to clean up her toys. If I see how fast you can do it, she will do it because it is fun for her rather than asking her to do it.