1.) A Plan
2.) Commitment to that plan
No matter how you slice it, it boils down to those 2 things.
I know time and time again you've heard me share, encourage, scold, and even preach the importance of those 2 simple items.
Because I continue to run into 2 types of people it seems.
- One is the group that feels they need more information to get the process started.
- The other is the group that tends to often feel overwhelmed because of the long lists they continue to make for themselves on their daily tasks lists.
Let's start with the people I know who fall into the first group. These friends and clients of mine always seem to have questions about some new product or training philosophy they just read about. They want to know does it work, how does it work and will it work faster than . . . . .
Be clear, I do understand why we all do this at times. We live in the information age. A time when our typical Sunday paper contains more information than the average person in the middle ages would consume in an entire lifetime. So it actually makes sense that we all want to be informed before we go out and just do it!
But sometimes there is such a thing as paralysis through analysis. I believe most of you out there reading this already have enough information to get started transforming your body today. You know the importance of a good warm-up, the importance of using rollers and tubes for self massage to alleviate pain and tight muscles, as well as how resistance circuit training and cardio intervals can speed up your body transformation process. All that's really needed is for you to make a realistic plan and commit to it. I suspect you don't need more info before you get started, you just need to get started.
Then there's the second group, the group of long list makers. No matter when you run into them they don't have much time to talk because they are rushing off to do such and such, the next item on their long list of "to-dos". For some reason these people seem to feel that the only way they can reach their goal is to over schedule themselves.
You know what I've learned?
All it does is make you feel frustrated and overwhelmed. The true secret to accomplishing your goals, making serious changes, is creating a reasonable plan. Trying to make it happen faster by adding more things to your list is just a recipe for disaster and frustration. Don't beat yourself up.
- First get clear on what your priorities are, what you want to accomplish in the next 30, 60, or 90 days. I urge you to be fair and realistic about what it is that you want to change.
- Second, make a plan -- with a timeline (timelines work wonders for making you accountable). Chances are you have enough information to create a good plan. You can modify it along the way, but it will get you started and making progress.
- Third, do your absolute best to follow this plan no matter what!
I'll let you in on a little secret, I've been a member of both groups at one time or another. But with practice and focus you can accomplish anything.
Now Go Out and Get It Done!
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