“There Is No Try...Only Do!” - Yoda

With 2018 in the rear vision mirror a whole heap of goals have been set.

Now it’s time to put things in gear and achieve.

As the wise Jedi Master Yoda once said, “There is no try...only do.”

Yes, some things out of our control can derail progress like, injuries, unforeseen issues with the kids and work. But most of the time the decision to change...or not...is ours!

Rome wasn’t built in a day!

If your goal is to lose 10kgs in 2019, break it into smaller goals.

Losing 1kg per month would obviously see 12kgs lost in 2019. An even bigger win.

The smaller wins along the way will keep you on track.

Think of the long term.

Every January people can be seen jogging along looking like they are hating it.

Most of the time with a running style pounding away on joints, in shoes dug out of the wardrobe after they played touch football six years ago!

The intention is good, but this often leads to injury rather than achieving a fitness goal.

After a week or two, feet and joints start giving them grief.

I’d give it away too!

A lot of people would be better off walking and easing into things.

Think of it as literally a marathon not a sprint and plan. This is the case for any goal.

Tell people about your goal - put yourself under some pressure.

There is nothing like embarrassment as a motivator.

Tell your family and friends about your goal to keep you accountable.

Eventually you will either have the jubilation of telling them you achieved it or the embarrassment of  admitting you didn’t work hard enough.

Another way is to find a few friends with similar goals, make it interesting and make a bet. Each friends puts some money in the pot and first one to achieve the goal (or last one to give up, depending on the goal) takes the purse.

Just like “Master of my own domain” for those Seinfeld fans!

Take some pressure off

Above I said to put pressure on...so which one is it?

I’ll tell you what I mean...

Lets say your goal is to eat better and lose some weight.

Some people think… “I have to be disciplined, I have to have willpower.”

Why not remove the temptations like chocolates, biscuits and snacks from the cupboard?

Don’t buy them.

We’ve all heard smokers say… “I only smoke when I have a drink.”

So don’t have a drink for the first few weeks.

Remove the pressure, the temptation or yourself from whatever makes achieving your goal more difficult.

If you truly want to achieve your goal, you will do the things to get there. It will get easier with time but at first give yourself the best opportunity to have a win.

Surround yourself with the right people.

Going through tough times with others makes them easier. It creates a special bond with those people.

Surround yourself with people excited about your decision to make change.

Many times I’ve seen people make a decision to eat healthy only to have a partner eat takeaway in front of them.

Or “friends” that smoke, encourage the recent quitter to join them…wtf!

The right people around you, encouraging you to attend the gym, to stick to your training, to keep at your new eating choices...there is the best chance of success.

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Matt O'Brien