New Year....New You....Same Challenges
Hopefully, some of you were afforded a little time away from work and the stresses of real life over the Christmas period?!
If so, perhaps you gave some thought to what went well in 2018 and what didn’t work quite so well. Maybe it was something like your work/life balance not being quite where you want it to be, maybe it was wanting to dedicate more time relaxing and de-stressing, or maybe, like many people, it was to get fit and healthy in 2019.
Reflecting on your life, job and health, and making adjustments in this modern world is crucial.
In order to take control and make choices about what direction you are going to go in 2019 relies upon this analysis. The problem lies in the fact that once you have highlighted the areas you want to address and improve……….
You now need to implement this change
This is where the majority of people…myself included, fail. If you’re like me, the changes I want to put in place for 2019 are not small. Most people are not just a couple of tweaks and modifications away from where they see themselves.
Most people are a long way away from where they want to be, which means the changes are like mountains that need climbing, so far away it is almost impossible to be able to imagine what it will look like when you achieve it.
Lofty goals, as admirable as they are, and as committed as you may be at the time, are sometimes too big, and unrealistic for you to be able to achieve without further analysis. This is not suggesting that you shouldn’t aim high, having big long term goals are crucial, but the people who inevitably reach these long terms goals, have a very specific and realistic set of short term goals in place alongside.
I recently listened to a podcast called ‘The Minimalists’ who had the author of a book on called ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear. The book is all about how to make change in our habits and routines.
One of the points he makes is that people tend to break down big goals into what they perceive to be smaller goals, however, even these smaller goals need to be broken down further again and again in order to make them achievable.
For example, lets assume our goal for 2019 is to lose 10 kg in weight. We could break this down into the following :
Go to the gym 3 times per week every week the kids are at school, giving time off for holidays
Eat more vegetables
Drink less alcohol
We now need to break these down even further, so for goal 1 we could break it down into :
Go to bed 30 minutes earlier, to account for early morning starts
Lay out gym kit every night before going to the gym the following morning
Alter commute route to drive past the gym everyday, keeping it in your mind
Make a plan of what you are going to do at the gym when you are there
Block book some sports massages from your friendly Move4 Physio Northampton therapist to make sure muscle soreness doesn’t stop you going to the gym
Spend 30 minutes per week downloading some good podcasts/playlists to listen to whilst you’re at the gym