1. Make a PLAN.
In my family, my father is famous for reminding us to PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR PLAN. It's one thing to state your resolution. But how are you going to do it? You want to travel more? When? Where? How? You want to spend more time with your family? What are you going to do? When are you going to get together? Eight years ago I wanted to get healthy. How was I going to accomplish that? By training for and completing a 5k. I chose a local 5k and registered for it. I found a training plan on-line and mapped out how I would follow it marking training runs on my calendar. I planned my work.
2. Be PURPOSEFUL in working your plan.
Talking is easy. I can talk with others about what I plan to do. Great conversation take place in my head about what I'm going to do. Creating a plan is easy. I can write anything I want on my calendar or make charts all day long. In order to truly make a plan work you must put it into action. That means making decisions that go along with your plan. Reminding yourself of your resolution. Actually doing what you said you were going to do. For me, that meant posting motivational quotes and reminders of training deadlines around my home, car and desk. Making the conscious choice to get off the couch and head out the door for a run. Asking family and friends to hold me accountable. I worked my plan.
3. Be PATEINT with yourself.
Nobody is perfect and change does not happen overnight. There were days that I just couldn't get myself together to get out for that training run. Sometimes that happened two or three days in a row. I didn't throw in the towel and give up. No. I forgave myself, tied my running shoes and got out there. You're going to mess up. That's a fact. Accept it and move on. Don't let a single mistake or bad decision knock you off track. Stand up and start again. It's ok. Be patient with yourself.
Eight years ago I resolved to get healthy and I set in motion the plan to do that by training for and completing my first 5k. I beat the statistical odds of New Years Resolutions by successfully keeping my Resolution.
|Me and my brother-in-law at the Finish Line of my first 5k - April 2010|
And guess what? Eight years later I am STILL holding tight to that resolution. Every year I set a few goals for myself. I PLAN out how I'm going to accomplish them. I PURPOSEFULLY make decisions sticking with that plan. And I am PATIENT with myself when things don't go as planned.
|2017 Pittsburgh Marathon|
Team Muscle Relay Team
If you are serious about making a change in your life - whether it's health/fitness related or not - YOU CAN DO IT! It will take work and time and sacrifice, but it is possible and it is worth it.
Wishing you the happiest and healthiest 2018!