January is here and your New Year's resolution is now being put into action. All throughout the month of December you put aside your goals, saving them for the new year. You wrote them down, spoke of them amongst your peers and set your mind to accomplishing them. Unfortunately, the odds of you successfully accomplishing your goals, are greatly stacked against you. It's been reported that roughly 80% of New Year's Resolutions fail before February 1st. Why might that be? There are numerous reasons as to why someone may fail to achieve their New Year's Resolution. The most likely is that between January 1st and January 31st, most people realize how tough achieving the goal is and how much effort must be put forth in order to reach that goal. You begin doubting yourself and asking if your goal is really something you could achieve. You begin to tell yourself that your goal was out of reach and what fell right below it was acceptable, because although you haven't reached what you set out to reach, you have made some progress. You begin making excuses. Excuses that I am going to invalidate, in hopes of encouraging you to continue to persevere when things get rough. .
Excuse #1 Time
Your first excuse will be that you didn't have enough time to work on reaching your goal. Prior to the New Year you had ambition, you were eager to begin working towards your goal and you were determined to do so by any means. Prior to the New Year you were on a schedule, a specific schedule that did not involve you working towards your goal. You were comfortable with this schedule because it was routine. You woke up at a certain time, participated in certain activities and events, and went to bed at a certain time. This was the old you. This was the you who wasn't working for what they wanted to become. In order for you to become more, you must do more. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and just because you are working towards a goal doesn't mean you get more hours. Therefore in order to make progress, you must make time. How do you make time? Here are a few tips to making time to work on your goal.
- Wake up earlier and get a head start on your day.
- Schedule time intervals throughout the day for 10-15 minutes that you can work on your goal.
- Set up a time everyday that you will dedicate towards working on your goals.
- Give up time spent watching tv or other miscellaneous activities and use this time to your advantage.
- Keep a calendar and keep track of your progress
Excuse #2 Energy
You don't have enough energy you say? You have a full time job, kids, a wife/husband and not to mention the dog that you have to tend to everyday. Where do you get the energy to work on your goals? Working out releases endorphins that actually wake you up and energize your body throughout the day. Have you ever worked out first thing in the morning and saw how your day went? Chances are you felt better that usual. Make it a habit to get up and get going and you will feel much better throughout your day. Here are a few tips you can use to help assure you are energized throughout the day.
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a proper nutrient dense diet
- Get Rest Stay Active
Excuse #3 Money
How much is achieving your goal worth to you? Hopefully more than your Netflix subscription, or your Spotify Premium account. Many people complain about the cost of gym passes when in reality they pay more for the very things that are keeping them from going to the gym. In all actuality, you don't need a gym to be physically active. Going for a jog is completely free and extremely beneficial. At home workout DVDs are great for parents who have kids and for those who may not be comfortable in a gym environment. There are endless options for those who want to workout and not join a gym. Here are a few tips for those who think money will prevent them from reaching their goals.
- Find a low price gymInvest in a workout DVD
- Go for runs in your neighborhood
- Take the stairs over the elevator
- Park further away from buildings to make yourself walk more
Excuses #4 No Results
We live in a world where we demand immediate results for everything. If our web browser take longer than 15 seconds to load a webpage we consider it to be slow. If our smartphone takes longer than 5 seconds to open an open it must be out of date. Unfortunately this is not how exercise works. Results take time and we can't just update our bodies. We must put in the work in order to gain results. Every year college students will wait until 2 weeks before spring break and began working out in an attempt to lose 10 lbs. The reality is that the most they will lose, if they do so in a healthy manner, is about 4 lbs. Results are not immediate so do not get discouraged by slow results. Be patient and be consistent, the results will come. Here are a few tips that will help you keep get quicker results.
- Stay Consistent with your routine
- Eat a clean diet and avoid junk
- Get rest to allow your body to recover and rebuild itself
- Take photos once a week and track your progress
Excuse #5 Motivation
We all have our ups and downs when it comes to motivation. Some say motivation doesn't last and this may be true. My way of approaching motivation is to look at your "why". Remember why you started working towards this goal. Why did you want to achieve this. Think of this everyday you don't feel like waking up. Everyday you think of giving up remember why you started. No matter how unmotivated you are, remembering your reason for doing what you are doing will push you to greatness. Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated.
- Write down your goal and look at it everyday
- Tell people about your goal to hold yourself accountable
- Read success stories and be inspired by others
- Be strong minded and don't let anyone discourage you
- Remind yourself of your "why"
If you can eliminate your excuses in life, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Remember why you started and think of how you will feel once you reach your goal. This will give you that push to do what you truly desire. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it, but it isn't. It is tough but you can endure the pain of sacrifice in order to reach your goal. I hope this helps you eliminate excuses and strive for greatness.