We wake up every day not knowing where to focus our efforts. What do we want to achieve? Are we consistent each day with our efforts? What can we do to make it better?
You first have to start by setting a Goal and giving yourself a time frame. Make it specific and achievable. If you want to lose 5lbs in 30 days or run 5 miles in 30 days without stopping you need to know what you want so you can then understand what you need to do to get there.
Break that goal into smaller checkpoints. If you want to lose 5 lbs in 30 days that means you have to aim to lose 1.1 lbs per week. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? If this is your goal, ask yourself, “What is one thing I can do every day to achieve this goal?” Is the answer walking 20 minutes a day every day? Is the answer eat a balanced meal twice a day every day with proper portions? Is the answer to get to the gym 3x a week and on the days you don’t, spend 20 minutes stretching or meditating?
This is all very dependent on the individual, but asking yourself and being completely honest with yourself about the answer is going to make the biggest difference. One thing. One thing each day that will get you one step closer to your goal.
The trouble isn’t the one thing, the trouble lies in the consistency of doing that one thing. Who will care if you achieve this goal? Often times the reason most people won’t stick with their goals is that they have no one to celebrate with or no one to say, “Hey! You are doing a great job!” and we will focus on what isn’t working instead of continuing our efforts.
Self-discipline can be tough to achieve without outside support. You will see a lot of people tell you that you have to have discipline and do things even when you don’t want to do them. That character trait doesn’t come so easily for most people. I include myself in that regard. I thrive when others are around me and will be very lazy when they aren’t. I enjoy working with a small group and almost detest doing anything physical on my own. It’s more fun with others around you and with a Coach to guide you. You feel empowered, you feel like you’re learning something and you are making progress because someone is there with you.
You have to first want to help yourself before you can accept someone else’s help. If you really want to do something, you have to get yourself up and start. It doesn’t matter how badly it goes, you just have to start. If you feel lost about where to begin and feel alone on this journey, just know you don’t have to be. Find someone to hold you accountable. Be it a Coach, a friend or a family member. Someone who you can trust is going to get you going in the right direction. But the journey won’t start without you saying to yourself, “I can do this…every day for 30 days to see results.” When you do and when you’re consistent, you can then accept more help and get even further on your journey.
Set your goals and give yourself 30 days. What do you want to achieve in 30 days? Make it specific and attainable. Then pick one thing you can do each day to get closer to that goal. Be consistent and be diligent in your efforts for 30 days. You might surprise yourself with the results.
If you need extra help or guidance and want to fast-track those results, come see us here at Marble Strength!