Most new years resolution fail for a number of reasons, none of which are a lack of wanting them to succeed. Are you making several critical mistakes that prevent you from reaching your goals year after year?
It's January, which means new years resolutions are a hot topic right now. For most, motivation is at an all time. You're determined and very confident that you are going to achieve all of your goals this year. However, many were just as determined this time last year, and how many didn't end up achieving their goals?
It's so easy to have motivation in January, so we can tell ourselves that this year will be different. Who still has the same motivation in April though?
Most who fail end up doing so because they make several critical mistakes that sabotage their progress and leave themselves no better off than they were last year. If you want to learn how to finally break free from this frustrating cycle and make 2018 your best year yet, we've got you.
Most People Rely Too Much On Motivation To Reach Their New Years Resolutions
Motivation will leave you. I promise that. It's probably really easy right now to do all of the right things. Going to the gym is still enjoyable and easy. You've been killing your diet this far. You've cut carbs way down, and you haven't had any drinks or desserts yet in 2018. If you keep this going all year, you're going to be in the best shape ever! You're motivated because it's January, and you've set some big goals.
But what will happen when you're not as motivated? There will come a day soon where you just don't feel like going to the gym because you'd rather get drinks with co-workers, or you're just tired after work. So you skip it, and then you skip it the next day. Before you know it, we're in March and you haven't worked out since late January. You've put back all the weight you lost, and then some.
"Why does this keep happening to me?"
You've been using the wrong "fuel source" to fuel your new years resolutions every year. When you're very motivated, you can do anything. It's like a turbo boost. You can suddenly start working out 5 days a week, cutting out all "cheat foods", and overall you just feel unstoppable. This is because you get a really big dopamine rush when you're motivated. Motivation is like a giant shot of espresso, but one that leaves with a big sugary crash.
When you're motivated, you don't just do the bare minimum. You go full Rocky and start training and dieting like you've been doing this for years. You don't just workout one or two times a week, when you weren't working out at all before. You workout hard and as often as you can now. And you went cold turkey on your diet real quick, because why not?
But then motivation starts slipping away...
You can lose motivation for any number of reasons. I'll give examples of the 2 most common we see.
You start training really hard. You go to the gym and do "high intensity" training 4 to 5 days a week. The pounds start coming off, and you're loving this honeymoon period. However, about 3 to 4 weeks into it, things start to change. Number 1 is you stop losing weight, although you're killing yourself in the gym and you're barely eating any carbs.
So why aren't you losing any more weight? You've simply done too much. You've functionally overtraining, and you are starving yourself. Your body knows it, so it's holding on to any calories for dear life. Can you blame it?
The other common scenario that we see is similar. You see, it all starts with trying to do too much, too soon. You might even know that motivation will leave you some, so you try to cram in as much training before than as possible. You train like a madman, and you're getting so much stronger, leaner, and more confident. All is well and good, until you wake up one morning and you notice it.
By it, I mean the pain. Your knees hurt, your back aches all day, or your shoulder hurts every time you go overhead now. You can't go from being sedentary to training hard 5 times a week in a manner of a month. Your body just can't catch up in time, and even if it could, you most likely have movement dysfunctions from sitting at a desk and not being active that are contributing to placing too much stress on certain structures. Instead of progressing slowly and taking the time to improve technique, you threw caution to the wind and went all in, because you had so much motivation.
In either scenario, motivation has now left you, you've stopped making progress, and I guarantee this is where most new years resolutions end. You've treated a marathon like a sprint, and you've gassed out.
So in 2018, I encourage you to treat your resolutions and goals less like January Resolutions and more like year long resolutions that they are.
Do this by focusing on creating small, long lasting behavioral and lifestyle changes that you can implement one at a time, and stick to them. Only implement one at a time, and once you feel like you don't have to think about it, then you can implement the next one.
Not working out right now? Go for a walk twice a week to start. Only when you are consistent doing that can you begin doing some strength training or higher intensity cardio on two other days a week.
Diet nothing to write home about? Don't go from typical American diet of pizza and Coke to Paleo or low carb right away. Instead, change 1 thing at a time. Maybe switch your regular Coke to Diet Coke for the first week, and aim to get a serving of vegetables in with each meal in week 2.
This method of focusing on long lasting behavioral and lifestyle changes might not be sexy, but I guarantee you will be at the end of the year if you follow it and don't fall prey to the heaps of gyms and advertisements that guarantee they can help you lose 10 pounds a month. You have my word.
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