We are walking right into the last full week of January, and almost the end of the first month of 2018. How are you guys and gals doing with your new years resolutions?? Hanging tight I hope… *crossing fingers*
Right at the start of the year I’ve seen major, MAJOR, traffic at the gym. There were so many people coming in to work out – fitness classes were full to the max, cardio machines had their personal waiting lines (some machines even overheated due to constant use!), and the weight room sounded like the animal kingdom with all the grunting and vocal expressions from the intense workouts being performed. The gym was packed with people and packed with enthusiasm to crush goals!
But, starting from last week, I’ve already started seeing the traffic dial down. Not surprising. The expected trend is that the traffic will die down and the commitment & motivation levels starts to drop around this time. People start to (sad to say) give up on their goals. And I believe it is due to the mistaken focus in the way we are setting most of our goals outside of the gym.
In the conversations I’ve had with people about their new years health & fitness resolutions it has been a pattern of statements like, “I’m going to drink less soda’… or ‘I’m going to spend less time sitting’... or ‘I’m going to take out dairy completely’… or ‘I’m going to stop ordering that Chinese take-out every night”… and so on and so forth. You see the pattern? Sound familiar? It’s revolved around taking things away from us, and giving less to ourselves.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying “drinking less soda,” is not a great new years resolution to have for one’s health – because it surely is a good one. What I’m trying to get at is that this way of thinking, this mindset, is often what keeps us from succeeding in our goals. Why? Because the focus on doing less of this and that, and taking away this and that can be so unappealing, overwhelming, and overtime can really start to break us down – leading to being demotivated. The demotivation from one thing will trickle over to other areas of your life (ex: going to the gym).
So, why don’t we shift our mindset? Why don’t we start off the year with giving more to ourselves? Instead of putting the focus on taking things away, how about we think about what we can give ourselves more of to fuel our success?
Sounds appealing, yes?
... give our bodies more cups of water in the day for proper hydration.
... give ourselves more hours of sleep so we can wake up well rested.
... give our minds more time to reset and be refreshed for creativity to foster.
... give ourselves more time to ourselves so we build a stronger connection from within.
... give ourselves more time to do things we love, & time to feel good doing it.
... give ourselves more room to live.