'New Year, New Me'.
What’s stopping you from achieving your goals?
January. February. The trial run for 2019 is over and here we are in March. February has been used as the 'extra life' for the things we couldn't do in January. By now, we're all in the swing of how we feel the year will go...
Towards the end of last year, most of us posted what we were grateful for from 2018 and also posted our vision for 2019. Every year we write down our New year’s resolutions and try our utmost best to make changes and achieve our goals. Let’s be honest, most times by the end of January most of us forget about these goals because January is a trying month and the new year excitement has worn off...
I have been going to the gym consistently for 3 years now and every January there is an influx of 'new year, new me' gym newbies who are so eager to achieve their dream bodies and take charge of their health. You can see the excitement in them... the gym becomes more active, busier and louder but without fail, guaranteed by mid February, order is restored and only a select few remain consistent. I always laughed about it but this year I questioned it.
What stops you from achieving your goals?
I immediately reflected back on my own weight-loss journey. I used to be one of those 'new year, new me' individuals. I used to write down goals but never actually made a plan to execute them, I never actually made any commitment to it. Whilst the goal was still fresh in my mind, I would attend the gym and attempt to eat healthy but after 3 weeks I would have forgotten all about it and I would have been back to my old ways.
Sounds a lot similar to the January gym saga.
The first thing I realised was that, a goal without a plan is just an idea. A very good idea as a matter of fact, but, a well detailed plan is required in order to achieve any desired outcome.
The most important thing that was missing was DESIRE. It starts in the mind, you have to be hungry for your success.
How badly do you want to achieve your weight loss goal? On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed are you to achieving your goal?
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind”
Desire is what allowed me to lose 70lbs in 5 months for good! Having a strong sense of desire enabled me to put in effort into planning and executing my goal. I was sick and tired of constantly not achieving anything because there was no commitment or yearning for it. When I finally made the decision to change; on a scale of 1 to 10, my commitment level was a solid 10 and still is.
Often times we seek external motivation to help us achieve our goals, but with desire it comes from within. Desire drives you, the goal post is constantly in front of you and your efforts and attention will consistently be directed towards it.
When you desire something so badly, you don’t need reminding on what you should be doing, you will just do it. This behaviour often leads to repetition which creates consistency which forms discipline and most of all forges a lifestyle. Once something becomes a lifestyle, you have successfully changed. It shows that you are thinking of long term success and are well on your way to achieving your goal.
Once I figured this out, I started to obtain my motivation from within. I was clear on why I wanted to achieve my goal and I had planned how I was going to do it.
Once you have desire for something, you will work for it - you will want it!
'On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed am I to achieving my goal?'
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