“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”—Earl Nightingale
We all did it, whether it was explicitly written, openly talked about, or our little secret, we all set goals for this year. Come on, I know you did.
Well we’re 1 month in. 1/12th of the year. If you’re still sticking to it, nice work, statistics have shown most people fell off at least two weeks ago.
Whatever your goal was, to lose weight, spend more time with the family, drink less, workout more. I’ve included three tips to help you keep going. For those of you that fell off already or haven’t started, these 3 tips will help you get back on or get started. It’s never too late to start!
1 – Pat yourself on the back
Making change isn’t easy, and any significant change takes time. Take a look at any and all positives from your first month. Maybe you lost 2lbs, maybe you added 5lbs to your squat, maybe you’ve rushed home earlier then normal a couple times to have dinner with the family.
Good for you, those are all movement in a positive direction and the foundation for building those good habits.
Be proud of yourself. Don’t get down on yourself because it’s not enough, or you still have a ways to go. You’re on the path, and starting is always the hardest part.
2 – Remember why you started
Think back to what you wanted and why you wanted to make a change. Take some time to reflect on what your vision was when you started. When times are tough, and things aren’t going as quickly or easily as we would like it’s easy to say to ourselves “what’s the point?”.
Remember what the point is, and odds are if you put in some effort this last month, you’ve had some success. If you’re trying to lose weight remember in order to lose say 20lbs, you must first lose one pound. If you were able to drop 2lbs this month, and another 2 next month, and continue that for the rest of the year, you’d be down 24lbs, that’s literally amazing.
Keep this in mind too, had you not been working towards losing weight, odds are you’d gain weight over this time. So it’s not only a 2lbs improvement, but a 2+lbs swing from where you’d have been right now.
If you wanted to add 50lbs to your squat, and you added just 5lbs a month, you’d hit that in 10 months. May seem like forever, but ten months from now it won’t. Time can be your friend or your enemy, it just depends on how you spend it.
3 – Assess The Current Situation
Take an account of the success and failures over the month and make the necessary changes. Couldn’t stick to your plan? Why? Was it too aggressive, or too challenging? Did you make enough effort? Maybe you did, and maybe it was just too much. That’s fine, make the changes you need to make.
Don’t forget though, real change takes time. The plan may be working, look for those signs of success, if there aren’t any, talk to someone who may know whether it’s a good plan or not.
I hate totally scrapping a plan after merely a month, so really look at it. This is the phase where we check in and make sure
A. Are we sticking to our plan. If not, why not, and how can we?
B. Can I continue with this journey. If not, why not?
C. Are there any early signs of adjustments I need to make?
Keep working hard, and remember big success is the sum of many small successes. Any real change takes time and effort. And summer weather is only 100 days away!