I hate to be the bearer of bad news but studies show that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after 30 days and only 8% of people will actually accomplish them by year end.
But you do not have to be a statistic, you have me and my no bullshit advice.
I believe that the majority of people fail to achieve their new years resolutions because although they enter them with the best intentions they leave out 3 key components to successful goal setting.
1. Why do you want to accomplish this goal?
2. What consistent actions can you take to help you accomplish your goal?
3. Why Haven’t I Accomplished This Already?
Lately I have been making a conscious effort to pay more attention to the words I use and in general the way I speak to myself. When I started my fitness journey this is one of the first and ultimately most important steps I took.
Shifting my inner dialogue to “I get to” rather than “I have to” workout.
Referring to myself as someone who goes to the gym, vs someone who just started and is trying.
I decided that the only way to be the version of myself that I envisioned was to simply start acting like that person.
Life is a verb and is all about action, you are ultimately a result of the actions you take.
“Don’t you feel deprived? Me, I just want to live life and enjoy it”.
I hear something to this effect quite often. This is what I wish people understood.
I don’t deprive myself.
I eat like I love myself.
I train like I love myself.
I live like I love myself.
And I am currently enjoying the hell out of life.
Ignore all this “no pain no gain” or “sweat is fat crying“, bullshit.
Too often we are bombarded with these messages that equate healthy choices with deprivation and pain.
It is simply macho gym talk.
You know what word I hate?
A word I hear all the damn time.
“What was your motivation to embark on a weight loss journey?”
I get asked this questions all of the time. And I get why. People are curious, they want to know if finding out what gave someone else an intial push maybe they to can find their own kick in the ass to get moving.
But motivation is fleeting. It is not going to be there when you need it most. Come to think about it whenever bagels or onion rings are in my vicinity it is no where to be found!