With January 1st around the corner, most of us are going to embark on some sort of New Year’s resolution.
The problem is that 97% of these resolutions are proven to fail each and every year.
That’s a pretty nauseating statistic when you think about it.
In fact, it’s literally the definition of insanity.
Fitness happens to be one of the more popular resolutions worldwide.
At the beginning of every year, millions of people sprint to their local gym and sign up for a 12 month membership.
If you’re someone that works out consistently, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Your gym is docile during the months of November and December. You seldom have to wait for a machine and know all the regulars by their first name.
Then January 1st rolls around and madness ensues.
All of a sudden there’s a 10 minute wait on every machine. It takes you 15 minutes to get dressed because you can’t even find a vacant locker.
Most of these people look familiar to you because you haven’t seen them in 12 months.
This is the group known as the Resolutionists.
Be respectful and kind to them.
But don’t spend too much time chatting with them.
They will vanish after the first week of January, and you won’t see them for another calendar year.
The Resolutionists are real, and I don’t want you to fall into this category.
Whether you’re pursing a personal, business, or fitness goal, I’m going to share 5 simple strategies that will ensure lasting change for this upcoming year.
1.) Throw Away Your Calendar
If your goals are predicated on an arbitrary flip of the calendar, then you’re in trouble my friend.
Sure…you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment during the first few days of your new workout routine. You might even have the social support of some of your friends and family members.
But after the first week or so, resistance starts to set in.
Your enthusiasm levels wear off as you leave the office on a cold dark night.
You decide to take “just one day off” to go home and watch Netflix.
One day off turns into two.
Two days turns into a week.
A week turns into a month.
And then you find yourself with the same New Year’s Resolution for another year.
There’s nothing wrong with leveraging the momentum of the New Year.
But if your resolutions are solely dependent on a calendar, you’re destined to fail each and every time.
Instead of waiting until January 1st to pursue your fitness goals, get a jump-start on the New Year.
Start your new workout routine on the 29th, 30th, or 31st.
This may seem subtle, but it will give you an edge going into the New Year.
Remember that the masses are always wrong.
Don’t follow the herd of sheep that are patiently waiting for January 1st to come around. Take control of your body and start taking action today.
2.) Determine Your “Why”
Clarity is the most important aspect of any goal.
The first step is to have a deep clear vision as to why you want to get in shape.
Do it for yourself and nobody else.
If your resolutions are predicated on the opinions of others, there will always be critics to find flaws in your success.
So don’t try to get in shape so you can impress some girl at the beach this summer.
Take an honest assessment of yourself and determine your “why.”
- Maybe you want to live a stronger, healthier life.
- Maybe you want to increase your confidence levels by looking and feeling your best each day.
- Maybe you want to get rid of your “dad bod” and become a better role model for your kids.
Or maybe you’re just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.
Be specific as possible and write down your goals.
The more clarity you have, the more likely you’ll be able to stick with your resolutions for the long-term.
3.) Choose A Plan That’s Right For You
As a trainer, I’m always surprised at how many people skip this step.
You can have an unyielding work ethic and desire to get in shape…but if you aren’t following a plan that’s conducive to your fitness goals, you’ll never get the results that you want.
Stop paying attention to these corporate brands that are trying to sell you a quick fix to a long-term solution. The vast majority of these products are sub-par, despite their paid testimonials from sellout fitness models.
Do your due diligence and find a workout and nutrition program that is proven to work for normal people.
Read the reviews and testimonials of the product before you make a decision. This may take a little bit of time, but it’s well worth it in the end.
Having clarity and finding the right plan is essential…but they are both worthless if you can’t get yourself to TAKE ACTION.
4.) Create Habits…Not Motivation
If you’re relying on motivation to compensate for years of poor exercise and eating habits, then you’ve already lost.
Motivation is finite, and we only get a small amount each day.
Once you’ve used it up, you can no longer depend on it to push through barriers of resistance.
So how do you stop feeling as if you have to “push” yourself?
By creating a habit.
Most people honestly believe they are in full control of their actions each day.
The reality is that they aren’t.
I’m willing to bet your actions today are the same as yesterday, and your actions tomorrow will be the same as today.
You don’t decide your future. You decide your habits, and your habits decide your future.
Understanding this one concept puts you ahead of 98% of people.
So how exactly do you create a habit?
By focusing on the short-term, rather than the long-term.
Don’t worry about how long it will take for you to completely transform your body. This can be discouraging, especially if you’re just beginning a new routine.
Instead, commit to showing up for the first 21 days of your workout routine.
Will there be days when you feel like laying on the couch and skipping your workout?
But it’s how you respond to this resistance that will ultimately dictate your level of success.
Just focus on taking action for the next 21 days.
Show up on the days that you don’t feel like it…even if your just do 10 pushups on your living room floor.
It takes a full 21 days to make or break a habit. When you reach this point, you’ll start acting unconsciously and won’t have to push yourself to take action.
In fact, you’ll actually feel PULLED to train and eat healthy each day.
Transforming your body is all about momentum and consistency.
Far too often, people bail on their fitness goals when they’re on the verge of cultivating a habit that will pay dividends to their body and life over the long-term.
Commit to showing up for 21 days. You’ll thank me later for it.
5.) Social Support
Pursuing success always attracts critics, and getting in shape is no exception to this rule.
Your social circle will probably support your New Year’s resolution (at first).
Some of them will address the fact that you’ve fallen out of shape…while passively reminding you that they’re in better shape.
Everyone loves to see you grow…until you start to outgrow them.
When the second week of January approaches, they will realize that you’re part of the 3% of people that’s taking their fitness goals seriously. They might even notice a difference in your body and energy levels.
This is usually when the “pretend friends” start to reveal their true colors.
Your peers perceive you as the current version of yourself.
When you decide to raise your standards, it will cause others around you to feel uncomfortable.
All of a sudden, the people that were encouraging you will start mocking your efforts in the gym.
They will tell you to dial it down a notch and “not take this fitness thing too seriously.”
What they are really saying is that your success is highlighting their mediocrity.
It forces them to take an honest inventory of their own personal choices…and they don’t like what they see in the mirror.
Rather than looking at you as a source of inspiration, they will do anything in their power to impede your progress.
There are two ways to build the biggest building in town:
1.) Build the biggest building in town
2.) Tear down all the other buildings
Most people don’t want to see you fall flat on your face and fail. They actually want to see you succeed…just not one bit more than them.
Unfortunately, these are the most toxic people that you can surround yourself with. They will encourage you to play it safe so they can justify their small existence.
Often times, these people are disguised as genuine friends.
If the people in your social circle aren’t rooting for your success, then cut them out of your life.
It’s really that simple.
These people are energy vampires that will resort to extremes to sabotage your success.
Don’t offer them an explanation because they don’t deserve it.
You are the average income of the 5 people that you surround yourself with.
If you choose to hang out with broke people that constantly complain, then you’ll most likely struggle to become financially independent.
Don’t think for a second that this doesn’t apply to your fitness endeavors.
If you surround yourself with slobs, then it’s going to be virtually impossible for you to take your body to the next level. These people will impose their unhealthy lifestyle on your whether you like it or not.
Be cautious of who you let in your social circle. Put barriers in place for people with negative tendencies, and sever all relationships with energy vampires.
These 5 strategies will help you take your body and life to the next level this year.
The benefits of being in shape go way beyond the vanity of the mirror. It requires just as much mental strength as it does physical.
Don’t be another one of these Resolutionists relying on their calendar for motivation.
Determine your “why” today. Find a plan that works and focus on taking action for the next 21 days. And last but not least, surround yourself with positive like-minded people that want to see you succeed.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced with your New Year’s resolutions?