I was waiting for an appointment yesterday and the woman noticed I was wearing a Mohr Results Boot Camp jacket. She asked about it and said "wow, that sounds fun … we did a Biggest Loser program here at work, but IT didn’t work."
I came back and asked what didn’t work about it.
She said — OK, well I guess I didn’t try. I really didn’t feel like working to change.
Now I didn’t quite say this, but in my head I thought…
"You’re NEVER going to feel like it!"
While she was talking about losing weight, this is really in reference to anything in life … any change you want to make.
Yes In "our" world, that’s losing weight. Improving your diet. Exercising daily.
Although I’ve since been back at it in full force, mixing some variety into my workouts with more TRX, kettlebells, hill sprints (and loving the unseasonably warm weather in Louisville so I’m not out there in 20 degrees), etc … I too finally said in my head that "NOW is the time because I would never feel like it."
In fact we also heard a recent interview with author and radio personality Mel Robbins where she quotes some research saying it takes just 5 seconds for a thought to leave you. In other words, if you’re sitting on the couch and thinking "I should get up and go exercise," within 5 seconds if you don’t act, it’s gone.
So here’s how you need to take this to the next level.
First, decide WHY you want to make change. The outcome you’re after.
Getting healthy is NOT a good reason.
‘Health’ is like a moving target without a solid definition because it’s different for everyone.
So scratch "I want to get healthy" off the list. Of course that’s an outcome that will result from changing behaviors.
What’s the REAL reason?
It might be 100% focused on your appearance. That’s fine.
It may very well seem selfish. Even better.
Because when YOU personally want to make change, it needs to be about YOU and what’s in it for you. Not your spouse, kids, girlfriend, boyfriend or whoever else.
Now here’s step #2. You’ve figure out your REAL why.
Make it very specific.
Fit better in your clothes isn’t specific enough.
Do you want to drop a pants size? Two pants sizes?
Now we’re getting somewhere.
Finally and most importantly, what behaviors are necessary to achieve this outcome?
A goal that’s focused on the behaviors to achieve the desired outcome is the one that will get you the results you want.
Focus on the behaviors, not the outcome, if you want to achieve permanent success.
And this all goes back to the line from the interview we listened to the other day "You’re never going to feel like it."
You’re never going to feel like taking the necessary steps to make change permanent, but as soon as you do have that previously fleeting thought that you want to make change, TAKE ACTION.
Your action may not be perfect, but taking action is exactly what’s needed to get the ball rolling!
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