The majority of people think of the new year as a new beginning. The start to a new and improved you. The beginning of your journey to finally chase your dreams.
It is easy to get fired up for a short period of time. Think of a diet fad or a crash diet program. Almost everyone can follow a plan for 1,3, maybe 6 months, but eventually almost every single person will revert to their old habits.
And that is because your life is shaped around your habits. Every single thing that you do in your life can be traced back to a habit. Everyone brushes their teeth. It is a habit that was instilled in us as young kids. But conversely most people watch a lot of TV. A bad habit that has also been ingrained into our society. This particular habit got a hold of me lately.
9 months ago when Kristen and I created Elite Life and Wellness, I was busy. Busy doing everything to get this website, career, DREAM going! I was far too busy to watch TV so we just put it on hold for 6 months. Well in December our cable was switched back on and I found myself watching a few too many basketball games.
In that last 6 months I not only was able to build this website, design programs, get my nutrition certification, and read about 15 books, but I improved as a person probably more than I ever have in my life.
Well in this last month I felt some of that slip away. I haven't read a book in about 6 weeks and I am not as far on a few projects as I would like. I have watched the Toronto Raptors kick some ass but does that really matter?
My wife and I have a HUGE vision of how we want our life to be and watching TV doesn't really fit into the equation. Especially when I need to devote more time to building the career that I want.
So in about one hour the cable company will be getting a call!
These past 9 months have been amazing. We are completely changing the path of our lives. Starting new careers, creating our own business. It is all things that people (us included) usually only talk and dream about, but we finally said "screw it...let's do this thing".
We took a huge leap and a guarantee you that 2015 will be even bigger and it all began with creating new habits and kicking old ones to the curb.
Instead of watching TV I began a relentless reading regime.
Instead of taking a "beach" vacation together, we would fly to conferences to learn everything we could about creating your own business.
Instead of going on YouTube, I would begin designing nutrition programs.
Goals are important but I think that habits are more important. It is the reason that most of our new years resolutions fail. For example, in 3 days a lot of people are going to say "time to get in shape". And to do so they are going to tell themselves that they are going to exercise for 90 minutes a day 5 days a week.
Well that is a great strategy, for the majority of people it is a huge change for their typical sedentary lives. So what will they do?
Week 1 they will probably exercise for 90 minutes per day 5 days a week. Weeks 2 and 3 will probably be similar. Week 4 they might only make it in 3 days per week. Week five they only make it in twice for 60 minutes instead of 90 minutes.
Guess what...they get frustrated because they are not meeting the goal that they set for themselves and they say "screw it!"
They quit. They give up.
Well the goal of exercising 5 days a week for 90 minutes per day is achievable, it is a habit that most people do not have the ability to create for themselves right off the get go. A far better approach is to start implementing small changes that will eventually lead to your bigger goal of exercising 5 days a week for 90 minutes per session.
Start by telling yourself you will substitute 30 minutes of TV twice a week for exercising. Easy enough right? And most people can do this.
Once that is achieved, up it to 3 times per week, then 4 times per week. Perhaps once you have mastered that you increase each session from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, then to 60 minutes.
Before you know it you will be exercising 5 days a week for 90 minutes at a time and loving it!
The same goes for any goal or dream in your life.
I wanted to become a nutrition and fitness coach, start helping people, a create a dream life for Kristen and I. But what do you think would happen if I had quit my regular job, and said that in 12 months I will be making $200,000 per year? I would probably fail, get frustrated, think that it is impossible, and go back to my old way of life.
Instead what we did was sit down, set goals for ourselves (some HUGE), but then break down those goals into habits that will turn into our large vision.
To think that I could go from zero to 30 nutrition clients in one month would be completely unrealistic. It might be the number that we need to reach a certain goal but that needs to be broken down into small habits. Market, build authority, become an expert in your field, successfully help a few people, then after a period of time...30 clients. But it won't happen over night.
I guess what I am trying to get at here is this...
1. Set HUGE goals for yourself!
2. Break those goals down into habits.
You only get one chance at this. There is no trail "life" run. No do overs.
Really think about that for a second?
When you are on your death bed what do you want your life to have been like? Will you have travelled every where you want?
What will people say about you? Did you change peoples lives or just go through the motions?
Tell yourself that 2015 is going to be the year this all changes! The year you finally take the plunge.
It is going to be uncomfortable...trust me. In a couple weeks I will be presenting a youth athletic nutrition seminar to approximately 1000 people. If you think that doesn't make me uncomfortable think again! But I know has to be done to create our dream life and help create a better life for others.
I would say this "stop living a life that others want you to live and start living a life that you want to live".
Happy New Year and start chasin' your dreams...for real this time!
Live Your Best Life!