Now that the summer is over, the kids are back in school and everyone is getting settled into a “normal” routine, many people have said that they want to get back into the grove of eating well and exercising. Just like New Years, this time of year is filled with lots of promises and grand visions for the future. However, the narrative is often, “I’ll start tomorrow,” or “I’ll start on Monday.” The problem is, often times this does not happen. It is a way of coping with wanting the results, but knowing that it is going to take a lot of time and effort to get them.
Changing how you think is a major key to achieving results. Below are my top 3 actions that can help with shifting your mindset from an “I’ll start tomorrow,” to “I’ll start right now,” approach.
#1. Action Plan
Start with becoming action-oriented, and not goals oriented. When you set a goal of losing 20 pounds or fitting into a dress that is 5 sizes smaller, the outcome of the goal is subconsciously impossible to achieve. It sounds reasonable when you say it to yourself, but for a lot of people, the magnitude of the task becomes overwhelming. Instead of looking at what you want the end result to be, start by breaking it into action steps. Set an action step to workout three times a week, or track your food daily. When you can put it into action steps, as opposed to overall goals, you will be more likely to get started on accomplishing the task today, instead of procrastinating until tomorrow.
#2. Stop Trying to Be Perfect
Having the mindset that you need to be perfect is a sure way of procrastinating getting started. The pressure of being perfect will stop most people in their tracts of ever getting started at something. Fear of failure leads too procrastinating because we all know that we are not going to be perfect. However, understanding the lapses in your diet, exercise routine, or both is a part of the process. Having a lapse doesn’t mean that you have failed in achieving your goals, it just means that you took a small step back for the short term. Take the approach that every day is an opportunity to improve from the day before, and the longer you wait to get started, the longer it will be before accomplishing your goals.
#3. Start by Crawling
A lot of times the thought of trying to accomplish big goals can be paralyzing. Not knowing where to start, or seeing how far off you may be from your end result can make the task seem extremely daunting. This could lead to putting it off until later. To overcome this, start with one small task that will propel you in the right direction. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, start by making a small change today. Maybe it is ordering healthier food for lunch, or going for a walk after work. By starting with one small task, you will gain confidence and momentum towards your goal. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 20 pounds starting on Monday,” you should say, “I am going to eat a healthier lunch today,” and start working towards your goals now.