I was talking with a client the other day and he told me something that made me laugh, so I thought I'd share it.
We were discussing the swell of activity in gyms and people out running in the dark that we see every January.
He was telling me about his son who is an early morning gym-goer all year round who had said to him “it's usually only me in the gym at 6:30AM but now it's full of ‘Resolutionists'!”
I wish I could lay claim to that phrase!
Anyhow, round about now is often when that early January enthusiasm wanes, reality sets in:
“If I miss one session it won't matter”
“I'll do it tomorrow”
“I deserve a rest”
“I deserve a treat”
All of which may or may not be true and may or may not happen.
But it's all too easy for a small intended pause to become a grinding halt.
It's easy to start off at 100 mph, change everything about the way we eat and exercise and look after ourselves before running out of steam.
If that's happened to you before, or you can feel it happening, here's a small tip that might help - I know it's worked for others.
Call what has gone so far “phase 1 - getting started”. Now it's time for phase 2...
What are the 3 things that have had the most impact that you think you could continue with?
Maybe it's having breakfast everyday?
Getting to bed by 10.30?
Maybe it's the gym sessions (but the extra running is too much right now)?
If you pause and reflect it doesn't have to be all or nothing. Pick 3 things - pick just 1 if you want - but stick with that and see what happens.
And if you like, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what they are…!