When you’re in a gym as much as I am for as many years as I have been, you start to see certain trends.
The most obvious trend is the New Year’s Resolution rush of people swarming the gym with their new found conviction to make the next 12 months healthier than the last.
For the dedicated ones that have been in the gym all year, this typically means bracing for a crowded gym starting around the first week of January. By the first week of February we’re usually back to business as usual.
During a conversation with a client this morning we were talking about this. She said it the gym seemed to be back to the usual busyness and that the New Year’s crowd must have fallen off already.
I responded with, “I’m not even sure we had a rush this year.”
Maybe I just didn’t notice, but this year felt different in January. It felt like the rush of newly motivated people never ended up coming.
This could mean a couple things…
1. There’s more options for people who are making their “health/fitness” related resolutions, so the rush is spread out more over those various options.
2. The people who would have been resolving to change their health or fitness have simply given up setting the same goals every year and have decided that “this is just the way I am”.
I sincerely hope it’s the former, because the latter would just be a very sad state to think about people being in.
Either way, here we are in the first week of February, when most people’s health, fitness or weight loss related goals have already begun to dwindle.
If you’re reading this email, chances are you’re one of those dedicated few who have been in the gym since before NYE anyways, so your decade is off to a great start.
However, if 2020 isn’t off to the start you would have liked or you’ve been bumped off track by a couple roadblocks already, here’s what you can do…
1. Shake it off – roadblocks are normal and they happen to everyone. It’s never going to be perfect and you’re going to get bumped off course sometimes. It’s alright.
2. Write down ONE very easy thing you can do today to get things moving in the right direction again. Maybe it’s simply going for a walk after work or cooking one healthy meal for dinner. It doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure it’s ONE thing and it’s simple to do.
3. Use that small victory to motivate yourself to take another small step tomorrow, then again the next day and the next. Use those small wins to build some momentum again.
4. Don’t give up! This is the most important one. The only difference between people that are successful and those that aren’t is that the successful people never gave up when times got tough. Keep going and never give up.
We’ve got a lot of time left in 2020, so just because January wasn’t as stellar as you might have hoped or your motivation has started to fade a little bit, please don’t give up.
-Think about your goals.
– Make a plan.
– Take a small step forward on that plan.
– And when times get tough, take a step back to re-evaluate and then get back on track as soon as possible.
If you’re happy with your progress in 2020 so far, then keep going. You’re doing awesome! 👏
But if you’re not happy with your progress, use this is your wake up call to get back on track today – like right now.
You got this 💪