PLAN is the first operative word here. Making a plan will increase the chances of it actually happening.
WRITE IT DOWN is the second key. Writing it down will increase the chances from 20% to about 80%.
SHARE THE PLAN to seal your fate. If you tell someone close to you what your plan is, then your chances are pretty darn great!
A sense of accountability will do wonders for your motivation and your ability to problem solve minor glitches.
If we are counting on a vague sense of “oh yeah, I really need to get out and get some exercise this week”, without a real thought out plan of when and how it is actually going to happen, it is amazing how the end of the week is here before we know it…and got filled up with a lot of things other than exercise.
Coming up with tricks and tips that work for us to help stay on the exercise band wagon is imperative. For almost everyone, exercise is going to be something that we have to make a conscious effort to do if it is going to be consistent.
Sometimes it seems like there are those people that are just athletic machines and it all comes so easy to them, but I am going to go out on a limb here and say that, I don’t believe that is the case. Regular exercise takes dedication and effort no matter who you are, and people who do it successfully probably have an arsenal of “tricks” to keep them going.
I think that the key is to figure out what tricks work for you, and exactly how what is feasible for you looks in your life. It would be nice if there were a standard answer for everyone, but we are just too different.
However, the three points in this week’s challenge are a pretty good place to begin. I personally always like to have another person ON the same plan as me, not just someone to share it with. But, if you don’t have a buddy just yet, then we’ll settle for sharing the plan.
We all know that it’s not so bad once we get going, it is just a matter of getting started, and I find that accountability REALLY helps me to get started. Otherwise the snooze button is just way too tempting.
So, in the words of Dr. Seuss:
“Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way.”