By Dave Durell, Fitness Coach, Rock Solid Fitness
The start of a New Year brings feelings of optimism and excitement for what lies ahead in the coming year. As a Dunedin personal trainer, I see many people start off the new year with the best of intentions to finally get in shape and achieve their fitness goals once and for all. Unfortunately, the majority of those people will fall short, and many will end up giving up altogether before the year is even half way over.
But some will actually achieve the goals they set for themselves. Why is that? What allows some people to be succesful, while other equally motivated people don’t even come close?
The difference in many cases lies in the way they set their goals in the first place. The secret to goal achievement is to make a commitment.
Commitment is the starting point of all worthwhile achievement. And making a decision is the starting point of commitment.
You can turn any aspect of your life around, taking it from miserable failure to triumphant success, in a matter of a few seconds. You do this by making a decision, and then committing to that decision.
Commitment means being “all in”. You push all your chips to the middle of the table; you burn your bridges behind you. There is no turning back. Without commitment, very little of great value is possible. With it, very little is impossible.
Once you make a committed decision, something special happens to you. You will find an inner drive taking hold of you, propelling you in the direction of your desired value.
If you want to get in shape, the first thing you need to do is decide you are going to get in shape, and then commit to that decision. Many people set a goal of getting in shape, often in the form of a New Year’s resolution. Very few of these people actually see their goal through and achieve the desired result; perhaps you were one of them. The reason is they have not turned their goal into a commitment.
How do you turn a goal into a commitment?
“No matter what”
You turn a goal into a commitment by stating your goal, then adding the words “No Matter What”. For example:
“I will work out 2 times a week for the rest of the year, no matter what”.
“I will not eat dessert with dinner this month, no matter what”.
“I will stick with the Rock Solid Fitness training program until I gain 10 pounds with the same size waist, no matter what”.
Adding the words “no matter what” to a goal transforms a mere desire into a committed decision, thereby increasing the chances of reaching the goal to practically inevitable. This is the power of commitment.
Take a moment now to reflect on why you want to get in shape. What do you think being in shape will do for you? How will it improve the quality of your life? Why is it important to you? Answering these questions will help you successfully make your way through the myriad of distractions we all deal with in day-to-day life and get your workouts done.
Withstanding the distractions
As you begin and progress through your workout program, there will be a lot of “whats” that try to get in your way. The key to staying on course and ultimately getting your body to look and feel the way you want is to create a mental environment where being in shape is among your highest values.
You must make the achievement of your fitness goals a top priority in your life, more important than any of the other time-consuming activities that you might be confronted with. No matter what, you have to get that workout done!
Right now, that might sound like an easy thing to do. But what will happen when day-to-day living sets in? When an old friend comes in unexpectedly from out of town for only one day and wants to meet with you? When somebody at work calls in sick and the boss asks you to stay late? When one of your friends has an extra free ticket for the big game tonight? What will your decision be then? How can you remain committed to your workout program in the face of such temptations?
You do so by reminding yourself what you want to accomplish through your program and why it is important to you to accomplish it. This mental self-conditioning will help you withstand the pull of the daily distractions that are part of life.
So embrace the “No Matter What” philosophy, Stand firm in your commitments, and you will be well on your way to achieving your goals and dreams.
Dave Durell is a Dunedin Personal Trainer and co-owner of Rock Solid Fitness, the premier personal training studio in the Dunedin area. He has formerly worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.