So… how’s it ‘Goaling’???
The average New Year’s resolution is abandoned by JANUARY 18th!
How to keep this from happening to YOU!
By Mark Fournier
In my last post I explained ‘How to GUARANTEE your Goals’… and now it’s time to follow up.
So, did you start out with a big list of small resolutions, or perhaps a small list of big ones?
How’s it going so far?
I’m posting this message TODAY because tomorrow is the 18th of January, the date by which most people have already compromised their New Year’s resolutions or abandoned them altogether.
If you’re not one of them… congratulations! You’ve passed the first milestone. Keep up the good work. IF, however, you’ve already ‘skipped a day’, begun to wane, or felt discouraged, there’s still hope. NOW is the time to follow the directions I shared in my ‘How to GURARANTEE your Goals’ blog, which I will now reframe:
The most important part of reaching your goals all comes down to consistency. The goals we turn into ‘habits’ are the ones we keep.
So how do we turn them into habits? We do so by NOT skipping days, giving up, or allowing excuses to stop us. As an example, I work-out 7 days per week, and I do this for a very good reason… its because my brain no longer has to think about whether or not this is a ‘workout day’; it knows that I am going to work out today… NO MATTER WHAT. And because of that, I DO.
Before you dismiss me as a zealot, consider this… I don’t work out HARD 7 days per week; I just do ‘something’. And that ‘something’ is enough to both reinforce my habits, AND keep me moving forward (or at the very least, keep me from slipping backwards).
So if you’re having a difficult day, or you’re traveling, under the weather, or just too busy to ‘do’ your goal today… do it anyhow… but just don’t do it as much. If you’re writing a book at the rate of a page-per-day, write a paragraph… or a sentence… ANYTHING that keeps you in the process, keeps you moving forward, and keeps the habits forming.
The same holds true for exercising, or for nearly anything else… rather than skipping it all together, just do a mini version. And if you’re wondering if we NEED to take a break sometimes… the answer is NO… that has never been proven. YES, you need to rest your body after a hard workout, but that doesn’t mean doing NOTHING. Every time you ‘do nothing’ you compromise your habits. So if for example, you have a great upper body workout where you totally crush it, breaking all of your records, that's awesome, celebrate! And then tomorrow, go easy… even if you only do just 10 or 20 sit-ups, it will allow your body to rest, while continuing to reinforce your habits.
You will read LOTS of blogs about ‘taking breaks’ but consider this… has taking breaks worked for YOU? Were you still able to forge iron-clad habits, that now GURARANTEE your Goals? If so, GREAT, keep it up. But if the answer is ‘NO’, you might consider a different approach. One thing I do know… it works for me! In fact, since my last blog, I’ve now increased my daily core reps from 350 to 500, just as I had planned. And remember… it started out with just 5 reps per day.
A little of anything EVERY DAY, can grow into a LOT of everything!
Mark Fournier is the founder of the Center for Empowerment, and creator of 'THRIVE 5'.