It's about this time every year where gym reports show that attendance decreases dramatically from the start of the New Year. Now is the time to put your energy toward recommitting and refocusing on your Big Picture.
I know it's easy to let life get in the way of things and to lose steam with regards to the goals you set for yourself. That's why it's important to continually check in on where you stand with your goals and how focused you are.
Are you giving up too easily? Are you letting other things take priority over your health and wellness? Have you lost your focus?
How to Re-Focus
Here are some ways to help you get back on track so you can recommit, realign and refocus before time gets away and you find yourself in a mad rush to get in shape for Summer.
1. Go back to your original New Year Goals and either recommit to them, or alter them so that they are more realistic, do-able and FUN. The biggest reason for failure is that we often set lofty goals that are not specific, realistic or measurable.
2. Look at your weekly calendar and schedule in your workouts for the remainder of the month.
3. Be sure you are getting enough sleep and integrating a bedtime ritual each evening. For example, go to bed and wake up at the same time every day and commit to not using electronics at least 1 hour before you slumber.
4. Reassess your social commitments and family commitments. See where you can ask for help, and where you can start to say No (see last week’s blog on The Power Of No.)
5. Ask yourself these 3 questions, answer honestly and then adjust:
a. Am I making progress?
b. Am I fulfilled?
c. Am I still loving it?
Look, the bottom line when it comes to goals, is that if you don’t love what you are doing, then you won’t follow through. There’s a difference between doing something you don’t want to do because it achieves a higher goal, and doing something you don’t want to do when there is no good reason to do it in the first place.
Leave It If You Have To
I’m a big fan of, “If you don’t love it and it doesn’t serve your purpose, then leave it.” Life is way to short to be filled with unnecessary burdens, have-tos and shoulds. Taking on challenges is great, but if you’re adding stress to your life, you better make sure the endgame is worth it. If the light at the end of your “tunnel” isn’t filled with rainbows and sunshine that you can reach within a reasonable, measurable and defined time frame, then maybe it’s time to get out of the tunnel.
Doing things we don’t love that make us unhappy or anxious takes a huge hit on our health and well-being. I can’t think of a single thing that justifies living in a state of stress and unhappiness indefinitely.
So, take time to reevaluate where you are and then follow the steps provided here so you can recommit, realign and refocus. I promise it will be worth it.
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below on how you are going to refocus and realign your efforts to reach your goals.