By Ramese Long
“I’m going to do it this year…but, I do wish there was a faster way to get in shape.”
How many times have you had a similar thought? Give it up. Really, is a resolution enough incentive for you to truly stick with “it” (whatever it means), or does it “feel” like something you’re just saying? You can’t continue to lie to yourself … this is your health.
Set an unrealistic goal
I know you‘re saying, “why would I set myself up for failure?” First, everything you do in fitness revolves around failure…then progress, then more failure then more progress. Setting your sights extremely high is not about the goal per se, its about the entirely new approach you will have to create from the start. You’ll remain focused because you have no idea what you‘re looking for.
Imagine you’re on a road trip stranded in the middle of nowhere. The nearest gas station is more than two miles away. You have no choice but to walk the two miles, right? You set out on this journey to get gas with no idea how long its going to take for you to get there, but you have no choice. Along the walk…where is your focus? Are you looking ahead, moving step by step to get to the gas station or constantly looking back? I imagine you’re stepping one foot in front of the other determined to walk those two miles. With your focus ahead on this destination that you know exists though you can’t see it, before you know it, when you turn around to take a peek,you may have walked a lot further than you realized. Don’t forget you have to walk back.