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Start Those New Year Resolutions Now!

Whats up Motiv8ers!

Coach Ty here with another Motiv8ion tip for your Epic Monday!

Crew, we have one month left in 2017. The trend for most folks shows that we tend to slack off in December. When it comes to our goals, we usually put them on the back burner, saying “I’ll get serious about them when the New Year starts.”

But why wait? Why wait for the New Year to start making yourself the person you have always wanted to be?  Why are you letting yourself go over the holidays and falling back into your bad habits?

Crew, remember that exercise and nutrition shouldn’t be a program or a diet that you do when you want to be healthy. It should a part of your lifestyle. That is just who you are. A fit healthy person that exercises regularly and eats a whole foods diet for the majority of your week.

Now that you are a little fired up and Motiv8ed, let’s talk about New Year Resolutions.

Do you set New Year Resolutions? Why or why not? Are you Motiv8ed and excited to set a new goal that sounds challenging for 2018?

In Motiv8, I recommend setting New Year Resolutions. If you never set a goal you will never have the drive and desire to improve your current self. If you don’t know where you are going, then how will you know where to start? Setting goals and resolutions are important for Motiv8ing yourself to start.

But if you only think about the goal, you will fail!

What do I mean by that?

A while back, I was listening to the Rich Roll podcast Episode 310 with Jon Gordon, a bestselling author and prolific keynote speaker. He was discussing a talk he had with a collegiate sports team.  His goal was to get this team fired up about making their upcoming season the best they had ever had. First, he asked that each athlete take out a pen and paper and spend the next ten minutes writing out their goals and dreams for that season.

Once the ten minutes were up, he said, “I want you to take those goals and rip them up.” In that moment he saw a lot of upset faces. They had just spent ten minutes writing them out!

But then he said, “I don’t care about your goals and dreams, I care about what you are going to commit to, to make those dreams and goals come true!”  Goals give you a place to start, but goals alone will have you failing in the long run. Your main focus needs to be on the day-to-day, week-by-week actions to make that dream a reality.

Sounds a lot like last week’s blog post right? =)  Remember Turning Your Mountains into Hills!

Motiv8ers, this brings me to my main topic of the day!

What will you commit to in December! December Commitment Challenge!

Motiv8ers, every month we take on some sort of challenge to help you take that next step in your fitness and health. This month I want you to take on the December Commitment Challenge!

Before you go crazy with your New Year Resolutions, let’s start small. Get into the habit of picking a goal and then writing out the small actions you need to do each day to reach that goal. 

Right now, think of a goal that you wanted to conquer in 2017 but didn’t. Just one. Let’s start small so you can get the hang of it. Also, let’s keep this goal in the exercise and nutrition realm.

Did you slack on your diet? Did you not lose those 10 pounds? Have you not conquered that half marathon yet? Are you not able to do as many push ups as you wanted?

What is that one goal that you really wanted to accomplish?

Let’s revisit that goal. Write it down on a sheet of paper. Now, think about what you need to do every day to actually achieve this goal. Remember, start small!

Those actions are the commitment that you are going to make for the December Commitment Challenge!

Let’s see a few examples:

1. If your goal was to lose 10 pounds, commit to a healthier whole foods diet. Break it down even further. When are you going to go to the grocery store and what foods will you buy? Find recipes to fit the foods that you are committing to eating and then plan when you will prepare these meals. Plan everything into small, easy-to-do actions.

2. If your goal is to run a half marathon, find a plan that breaks down your training. Your plan should show each week with easy, manageable miles that slowly progress as you get stronger.

Note: Make sure you focus on committing to a positive action that you will be doing each week.  Don’t focus on a negative action that has you doing nothing. For example, don’t say “I am going to stop drinking cola cola every day.” Focus on the action that will replace that cola cola.

Motiv8ers, what are you committed to doing in December to help you get stronger and healthier?

Think about it and post below. Helping each other stay committed to our goals is a huge part of this process, so make sure you share what you are going to do. Motiv8ers, share your commitments in your Motiv8 Camps this week. Let’s do this!

So, you might be wondering, what is my commitment?

Making time in my busy schedule during the week to fit in my runs. Many times I say “I just have too much work to do” that I never plan my weekly running workouts into my schedule. I just do it when I have time. So this month, I commit to running 6 times a week with a minimum of 2 miles. =)

Motiv8ers, let’s do this.

Stay EPIC and Don’t Forget to Be AWESOME!

Coach Ty out!

P.S.  If you would like to check out a book by Jon Gordon, the book “The Carpenter: A Story about the Greatest Success Strategies of All” is a fantastic read.  Find it here.   Promise you will love this book and be inspired to take control of your life.

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