How are your New Year's Resolutions going?
I bet maybe 1 out of 10 people reading this have stuck with the goals they set out for themselves in January.
According to some estimates, less than 10% of people stick with their resolutions for more than a few months.
Is it because we are lazy and unmotivated? There's way more to it than that.
I think the real reason so many people are unsuccessful with change is simply that they don't know how to approach it.
Behaviour change is complex, but I wanted to share one simple tip with you that might make consistency a little more likely.
Shrink The Change
This means breaking up your larger goals into smaller more attainable steps. For example, if you want to start exercising don't set out with the goal of exercising for an hour/day, 6x/week.
Start with just deciding where you are going to exercise and what exercise program you are going to do. Maybe you want to look into hiring a coach (we recommend Athletic One) and you start by contacting them to set up a consultation and assessment to see if its the right fit to help you reach your goals.
Then you might get yourself a new pair of gym shoes and some gym clothes and have them ready either behind the door or in your car. Start with two or three times a week, for 30 minutes each time. That's 60-90 minutes more than you are doing right now if you're not doing anything. That's awesome. Be proud of that.
Then once you've got the hang of it progress to 4 times a week, or increase the amount of time per session to 60 minutes.
You can make faster progress when you experience a sense of achievement more frequently.
By breaking up bigger, overwhelming goals into smaller, more concrete actions your probability of success will drastically improve.
Hope this helps you be more human by achieving some of your health goals!
If you are determined to make lasting changes, please download the Think By Design Manual below. It will arm you with the background knowledge and action steps you need to take to finally get and stay well, and ultimately to be happy and fulfilled.