I recently wrote an article for The Voice Newspaper on how to achieve and plan your health & fitness goals for 2012 – I also gave a few tips on goal setting a couple of blogs ago.
I’m very mindful about what I write because people will notice my movements whether it be in person, Twitter or Facebook. When I write my blogs and articles for various publications I write with conviction and truth and put into practice my words.
A couple of snippets from one of my articles were:
‘Remember that successful people do things that unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do.’ and ‘It has been said that it takes around 28 days to form a new habit, but once it’s ‘ingrained’ it feels more uncomfortable not doing the activity than doing it.’
Let’s divide the above into two parts.
Part 1 – Successful people do things that unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do. That would be to work extremely hard and never give up. To be fit and healthy is not easy, it is and will be a continuous challenging task in your life especially if you have an unhealthy relationship with food or dislike exercising.
If you are not prepared to work hard for a fit and healthy lifestyle then you will be unsuccessful. Be honest with yourself and ask Am I prepared to work hard at achieve my fit & healthy goals? If yes, then what sacrifices are you prepared to make to achieve success?
Part 2 – it has been said that it takes around 28 days to form a new habit. I can tell you from personal experience this is so true.
I decided from last year that my goal or in this case my habit’ was to improve my cardiovascular, my running technique and speed. I put my goal/habit into action almost 4 weeks ago to the day and today after my workout I can honestly say I have improved not only my fitness but my speed/pace. Running 7 to 8 kilometres seems to be almost, dare I say it, EASY!
To begin with it wasn’t easy but I stuck with it, I endured, fought with myself numerous of times and made the necessary sacrifices; today I walked out of the gym very pleased with not just my workout but more importantly I practiced what I preached – I proved that it can take 28 days to form a new habit and/or reach any goal.
If you would like to read my article on How to Achieve Goals and Plan Your 2012 then click here.
Have a wonderful weekend.