With the weather we’ve been experiencing in recent weeks, I think the mere mention that today is Groundhog Day may have provided a ray of hope for many. That and less than two weeks til pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Nevertheless, despite the fact that PunxsutawneyPhil DID NOT see his shadow today indicating an early spring, spring still does not officially arrive until March 21, or six more weeks from today. Now, I’m not trying to ruin anyone’s day by sounding pessimistic. I’m just reporting the facts.
How’s That Resolution Coming Along?
February 2 – a little more than 4 weeks since the start of 2011. Like many who started the year with good intentions, more than 45% have already dropped back to old habits. I’m just reporting the facts. So has your fitness regimen become a lot like Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors in Groundhog Day? Repeats and repeats and repeats with no result or end in sight? Isn’t it time you cleared away the ice that blocks your path and blurs your vision and put an end to the seamless spinning in circles that has become your quest for optimal health?
One Step at a Time
eThe perfect workout plan; the perfect diet – none of it works if you can’t adopt the following five steps. It takes work, and Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi said it best when he said, “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” But it all begins with that first step.
Step 1 – Create the Right Mindset. Believe in yourself. What you say to yourself matters. One of my favorite sayings, “If you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right.” I believe in you, I know you can do it, but I need you to believe it too.
Step 2 – Get Social Support. Surround yourself with the right people. Negative, pessimistic people will kill your progress. Find and seek out positive people. Positive people will support you and help you get results.
Step 3 – Plan and Prepare. When it comes to fitness and nutrition, you simply can’t wing it. That’s why you’re spinning in circles every year.
Step 4 – Stick to Your Guns. Social pressures and those who do not share your mindset will always try to pull you back to where they are comfortable. Be proud of who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish.
Step 5 – Never Stop. You are either moving forward or you are moving backwards. Always keep moving ahead.