January 02, 2016

A fresh start is all about moving forward and not looking back. I know it sounds a little strange, however recognising that the past can only take us where we’ve already been is really the only way forward. There’s saying I use often and it’s very true.

“If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the same results you always did. In order to make any change at all, you have to do differently than you’ve always done”

Don’t get me wrong, looking back can be a positive time for reflection, however the danger is that it can become very time consuming and all- encompassing when in reality our time could be better spent on focusing on what could actually help us to make significant progress towards reaching our goals and then actually moving in that direction.

So what you do from this point forward that will get you to where you want to be and give you the fresh start you’re looking for?

Rather than rattle off a list of New Year’s resolutions, try and make a list of all the things that you’d like to improve on and in another column list all the things that might be holding you back that you need to let go of. As yourself, what can you do each day to help you make progress towards where you want to be and avoid making the same mistakes you’ve always made?

So many people want to start the New Year with new found enthusiasm and set a goal of losing weight, or getting fit or making a life change. If you truly have goals that you want to achieve, then write down EXACTLY what your goals are and be specific so that you can hold yourself accountable. In order to succeed, you’ll need to measure whether you are actually making progress or whether it’s just another new years resolution that is tossed aside once you lose motivation. Sadly when motivation is lost, so is any progress you’ve made and the cycle begins again.

So in order to be specific, you need to ask specific questions. Do you have a pair of pants that you want to fit into? Do you want to lose a certain number of centimetres from your waist? Do you want to be able to squat your bodyweight? Do you want to run 5km non-stop? What has previously been holding you back from achieving these goals?

Do you not get up early enough? Guilty! Do you work too much? Guilty! By identifying these behaviours you can release them and move forward and put strategies in place to help you along the way. You need to commit to just doing it, so can you commit to getting up 20 minutes earlier to do a quick circuit each morning? If so, the benefits are enormous and your metabolism will be revved up all day! If the morning doesn’t suit, then what about at lunch? You could squeeze in a quick bodyweight circuit then? Or go for a quick walk around the block and get some fresh air and sunshine; it will do wonders for your afternoon productivity!

The message is, that there really are no excuses…if you want to be fitter or lose weight you HAVE to make time to move your body every day and make a solid commitment to do what it takes to get there. So go on! Write that list of things you want to improve on for the New Year and write the list of behaviours that are currently holding you back from making those improvements.

Just putting pen to paper can help us become aware of many things and help remind us of what’s important. By reflecting on these goals and making the commitment to take one step each day that helps you get a little closer to your goal, you’ll get there sooner than you think!

Happy fresh start and remember; train hard, keep fit and love life!

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