If I had to guess, I’d bet that you’re getting blasted from all angles on the whole “New Year’s Resolutions” thing right now, huh?
I know I am. My email in-box is full and my Facebook news feed looks like one giant boot camp ad campaign.
And I totally get it. I mean, I’m in the fitness industry myself (though I like to think I’m pretty different than most of the fitness guru wannabes on the intrawebz).
Problem is that most of these people aren’t going to really be able to help you with *any* of your “resolutions”… because they’re totally trying to “help” you in all the wrong ways.
So how are these self-professed gurus goofing up? Because they’re helping you in totally the wrong way.
See, they’re all trying help you by getting you on a program. Or a workout. In a class.
That sort of thing.
But this is all wrong.
Let’s be honest, a ton of people every year set “resolutions” that are physical goals, weight loss, burn body fat, or something else along those lines.
And if we’re still honest, the vast majority of them totally screw them up and never achieve anything.
Because their focus is totally wrong.
They can’t achieve their physical goals, because their mindset is jacked all to hell. And that’s a fact.
Look, resolutions are nice, but damn near nobody approaches them the right way.
First of all, they attack them like band-aids.
By that, I mean they don’t look to fix the real problems they’re dealing with. And they’re not looking to make lifelong changes. They’re looking for a quick fix.
That’s not solving a problem, that’s putting a band-aid on it until it gets better.
Problem is that as soon as it gets better (if it even does in the first place), they take the band-aid off.
In other words, they attend their boot camp or go to their class or start that hardcore workout or do that insane diet. They make a little bit of progress, maybe even achieving whatever their goal really is.
Then they proceed to quit doing everything that got them there and go back to the way they always did things… which is what got them in lousy shape in the first place.
This leads to the second major reason people screw up their “resolutions.” They pretty much never consider them what they really should be…
A lifestyle change.
Listen, if you’re weak and frail, do you really think hitting the weights hard for three months is gonna change that forever if you quit lifting after that three months?
Of if you’re 80 pounds overweight, do you think a 60-day crash diet is gonna help you lose that weight when you go back to stuffing your pie hole afterward?
The answer is no and no.
People don’t consider the long game here.
It’s not a matter of where you’ll be in six months or a year or three years. It’s a matter of “I wanna lose 30 pounds by March” and that’s it. No thought of what happens after that.
So they don’t plan for it.
Instead of putting changes to how they approach life in general that will make sure they don’t only achieve their goals, but keep them achieved forever, they haul ass on some cock-and-bull idea that nobody could ever maintain for any length of time.
They wonder why they either crash and burn halfway through or if they do make any headway, end up right back where they were (or worse) in six months.
TIP – if you’ve had the same New Year’s resolutions every single year for more than a few years in a row, chances are you’re not approaching it right.
Change how you look at things, get in it for the long haul, realize this isn’t a contest to see who can do the craziest thing to make progress, and remember that real achievement comes from real change… not band-aids.
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