THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR….#BULL SH!T
Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome back to The Health Bloke Blog for 2017!
Over the festive season I have enjoyed a little R and R listening to Triple J whilst catching some Vitamin D and couldn’t help getting my vocal cords warmed up by singing a little bit of the Dune Rats, particularly there song #BULLSH!T, ‘Everything you say is BULLSH!T…” which got me thinking?
When it comes to New Years Resolutions (NYR) why is it that before or after the clock hits 12’oclock we convince ourselves that “this year is the year”. Are we pre programmed to assume that as we get older the years simply get better without really formulating a strategic plan. Or are we simply looking for a distraction and not willing to address the cause as to why the previous year wasn’t ‘The Year’. Or does the desire to create change just add to your motivation levels, and hope simply breeds happiness?
Whatever it is, it doesn’t last as the University of Scranton found that only 8% of people actually achieve theirs.
Motivation is a state or condition of being or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something, so how strong is your reason…
Let’s begin by getting personal and look at WHAT you want to change and your WHY and then create a blueprint to suit your desired outcome…
If it is health, ‘what’ aspect of your health?
Is it weight loss…? If it is, then ‘what’ are you willing to change and or give up (reducing your intake of chocolate, alcohol, pastries, cakes etc.)? Then ‘why’ do you believe you need to lose weight (overweight, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes etc.)?
Is it fitness…? If it is fitness, how many sessions can you do a week? What are your barriers? What is your tangible test and measuring tool? Then ‘why’ do you want to improve your fitness? It is for general health, weight loss, an event?
Is it wellness…? If it is wellness, get specific, as wellness is very ‘holistic’! Is it emotional or spiritual? Why do you feel you need to improve this…are you stressed, up happy, directionless and or disheartened?
Whatever your NYR is, whatever your ‘what’, whatever your ‘why’ you need a strategic plan that involves 4 simple processes;
- Keep it simple– to many people use the NY to make large bucket lists or attempt extreme makeovers. This is more aspirational and certainly wont become inspirational as so many competing priorities can become psychologically daunting.
- Make it Tangible– NYR can be fun and inspiring, but the difficulty in achieving them means your elation can quickly lead to frustration. Make it measurable…NOT I’m going to lose my beer gut, but I will lose 4 kilos
- Make it obvious– this is where I love visual displays. So make a chart, a vision board, a to do list, and share your goals with others. This is a very simple but useful strategy for success, &
- Continue to Believe– You have as much willpower as you think you have but YOU are the only one that can do it. It is not your spouse, partner, lover, boss, friends, family or others, it is YOU.
However, remember if you want to drive a car you employ a driving instructor, if you wish to build a house you employ a builder, if you wish to improve your finances you employ a financial advisor. So if you wish to improve your health and fitness, you speak with me there will be no #BULLSH!T! I hope you have a fantastic 2017.