Do you ever wonder why you seem to set the same goal over and over? “I will get fit this year” or “I want to lose 2 stone” or “I want to be bikini ready for the summer”. Setting goals is like a Rugby team standing in the middle of the pitch and just looking at the scoreboard, hoping to win the match. People who win and people who lose have the same goals. The difference is the systems and processes they put in place to enable them to reach their goals. These are commonly known as our habits.
When asked how long it takes to develop a habit, research suggests it could take 21 days, 30 days or 66 days depending on the study you read. However, habits aren’t a finish line to be crossed, they are a lifestyle to be lived. If you’re having a problem changing your habits the problem isn’t you, it’s your system in place. Not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system to change.
Did you know that we have 11 million receptions in our body for smell, touch, noise and sight. Of these, 10 million are for our sight. Many of our habits are just a reaction to our environment, for example if you walk into your kitchen and see a biscuit, you will eat it. Or when you sit on the sofa, you turn on the games console. To develop new habits, you must remove the stimuli from the environment: put the biscuits in the back of the cupboard out of sight, move the games console so it is not easily accessible and on show. Very small changes to your environment can make a huge difference to your habits, which can in turn help you to achieve your goals.
Focus on one small change at a time, rather than big goals you set yourself and try to improve your systems to make the changes really happen. Then when you get asked how you got into the best shape of your life, you’ll reply “it was easy, I just moved the biscuits!”
I hope you’re reading this and thinking of how you can achieve your health and fitness goals with a sense of confidence and know how. If not, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help where I can.