We all know the person who gets overly excited to try new things but then quickly gets bored or drops at the first sign of resistance. You know the one: the guy or gal who’s all gung-ho for the newest workout trend or the latest diet plan. They become hypnotized by their new found obsession and that’s all you ever hear them talk about! It’s all Keto-this and Paleo-that. And you hear it so much that it makes you want to puke! But, then, just as suddenly as it started, they lose their enthusiasm and get into a funk about how “it didn’t work for them.”
These people all share the 3 most common mistakes which prevent them from gaining a healthy lifestyle.
- No Plan. You’ve heard it so many times before that if you fail to plan then you are planning to fail. so, before you start write down your goals and your timeline for achieving them. For example, if you want to lose 20 lbs for your wedding that’s happening in 3 months, then write down “lose 20 lbs in 3 months.” Then write down what you’ll need to do over the course of those three months in order to help you lose those 20 lbs. If you’re not sure, then sit with someone knowledgeable who can help you reach that goal.
- No Follow Through. All too often people are initially excited, but then they let their enthusiasm fade. This usually happens because they get bored, aren’t getting results, or realize that it’s requiring them to put in more effort than they want. If you’re not getting results (and it’s been more than a week), then you need to re-evaluate and seek some advice. Otherwise, keep at it and make one good decision after another. When you’re reaching for that donut or hitting the snooze button to skip the gym ask yourself: Is this going to get me closer to my goal or push me further away? Then make the right decision to move you closer to your goal. Later on, when faced with another choice make another good decision. Follow that up with yet another good decision. And another. And another… you get the point. It’s all about being consistent and making the right choices.
- No Celebrating. You’ve been working hard all week at this workout and diet thing and when you step on the scale it says you lost 2 lbs! Woo-Hoo! Glorious! It’s time to go celebrate with your friends to share the good news… right? Wrong! While it’s ok to celebrate, just make sure you do it the right way. Instead of knocking back some booze or ordering that calorie busting desert why not go shopping for that new dress you plan on wearing when you reach your goal? There’s something very motivating about taking your hard-earned money and buying a dress that you don’t fit into now, but you will once you lose the weight. Oh, and leave it on a hanger outside your closet door. This way you’ll see it as soon as you wake up in the morning, when you return home from work and also before closing your eyes and going to sleep at night. It’s very motivating.
These are the top three mistakes you’ll want to avoid if you’re looking to make a change. Not surprisingly this formula works for everything you seek to accomplish in life. Plan, Follow Through. and Celebrate Wisely. You’ll be set up for success in no time!