After Christmas, many of us will make changes to our lives to be happier, fitter, healthier and more successful.
This is a really exciting time as many people will take their first steps on journeys that will lead them to life changing results.
It isn’t a quick process. And it isn’t easy.
Changes to lifestyle, diet, exercises, habits, thought processes, mindset.
Introducing new exercises, rehab strategies.
All of this stuff takes work, effort and commitment.
What makes it is easier is remembering why you started.
And many people start, not even understanding why they did!
As Captain Sparrow brilliantly says, “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?”
The gym, cardio, dieting, etc, etc; these are tools not the end result.
When you start to make your changes, think about what you want from all of this effort.
Think about what the drivers are for you:
Is it to have more energy?
To move more freely?
To feel confident in your body, whether that is in terms of looks or function?
Is it to improve your mental health?
Is it to lose weight?
Is it to feel happier?
Is it to be able to play your sport or play with the kids or grandchildren?
Get a clear perspective on what success will look like for you. Think about all of the reasons that living a healthier live is a good idea.
If you can have a clear idea of where you want to go, then you use that vision to keep you going.
The Neurotransmitter Dopamine is often referred to as the ‘reward molecule’.
But Dopamine is actually released in anticipation of the reward, not when you get the reward.
If you want to make changes in the New Year, start to think about what you want things to look like.
When you can do that, you will find it easier to maintain momentum and move towards your goals.
Get planning, get visualising.