New Year’s diets and weight loss programs are not made to last, but fitness expert Emmet Rushe says you can achieve your goals with a new approach.
Happy New Year ladies.
I hope that it is what you expect it to be and you have a healthy and happy one 😀
If you are planning your New Year’s resolutions for this year, stop!
I want you all to think about what you have in mind. Now think back to the last few years and what you wanted then.
Is there any difference between what you wished for the last few years and what you are planning for 2017?
If not, ask yourself how the last few years went and if you managed to stick to your resolutions, or if you fell off the wagon 2-3 weeks into January and never got started again.
How we approach our goals at the beginning will ultimately make or break the outcomes of our goals.
This is one of the main reasons for the failure rate of New Year’s resolutions before the end of January.
So, why is this so important when it comes to you and your goals?
When we look at New Year’s resolutions, or diets, or the popular weight loss programs that the media like to flaunt at this time of year, they all have one thing in common;
High failure rates.
These programs are not made to last, and we know this.
In fact, if you look at some of the advertising for some of these products, they actually tell us that other similar products have failed, but theirs is different.
They are setting you up for failure before you even begin by planting the seed of thought that it might fail.
This is absolutely detrimental to you when you are starting out on an exercise or weight loss goal.
Think about it;
How many times have you tried and failed before?
How many times have you tried, only for your friends/family/co-workers to make it hard for you to succeed because of negativity or pointing out previous failures?
Self- belief plays an important role in how we approach goals, tasks and challenges.
If we start our journey with the mindset that we have been down this path before and we ‘know’ that failure is at the end, we will more than likely fail.
We have to approach our new goals with a new approach.
When you are planning out your 2017 goals, setting mini goals within a larger goal can help you to stay on track.
This is a way to increase your self-belief and chances of success when you are starting out.
We have 2 types of goals:
- Outcome focused goals
- Process focused goals
Outcome focused goals are easy. We all have them: “I want to lose 2 stone”, “I want to be rich”, “I want to have a 6 pack”.
These are all great goals to have, if you want them, but they are meaningless without having a clear process to get us to our outcome.
This is where the mini goals come into play.
If the outcome is to lose 2 stone, the process has to reflect this goal, and if it is set out right it can help to keep you on track.
OUTCOME – Lose 2 stone
- Drink water every day
- Workout 3 times per week
- Reduce the amount of sugary drinks I have per week
- Walk to work 3 out of 5 days per week.
- Reduce the amount of processed foods I eat.
- Eat some sort of protein with every meal
You might look at this process and think that ‘Sure that’s simple, WE ALL KNOW THAT’, and you would be right, but have you ever actually tried it?
Or do you always go for the extreme ‘quick fixes’ that always fail?
If you focus on the process you will always have ‘mini-wins’ that will lead you to your outcome.
Can you drink water every day for a week?
Yes? Congratulations, you have just had a mini accomplishment.
Can you do some sort of physical activity 3 days per week?
Yes? Congratulations, you have just had another mini-win.
With each ‘mini win’ that you have you are increasing your feeling of self-belief and your belief that you can actually accomplish that goal.
With process goals we want to win early and win often.
This will keep us on track.
The easier we can make the process for ourselves, the better able we will be to stick to the task at hand.
There is a great quote by Henry David Thoreau
“Things do not change; We change”.
I honestly think that people miss this simple point, we have to change, in order to get change.
If we don’t, we will always be in the same situation.
Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Setting out a clear process that will let you have small accomplishments every few weeks, will keep your motivation high, but more importantly it will keep your sense of self-worth and self-belief high and this will ultimately lead to your success.
My Drop a Dress Size challenge is kicking off on January 9th and it is designed to get the maximum results without severe dietary restriction. There are no diet pills, shakes or powders and we have a support community that will help you every step of the way.