Day #4: Set Realistic Goals & Expectations
You may have been advised to do this in the past with a project or career, I know I have been. It really does work! Instead of setting a seemingly unrealistic goal, set a goal you can easily achieve. It may be to workout 3 days a week starting out and then once you have completed this goal for a few months try for 4 days a week. You can also apply this to your eating habits. Maybe one meal a day should be extremely healthy and the others can remain the same as usual until you are ready to eat more healthy meals throughout the day. (see Tip #18) You might even set a goal to do 50 sit-ups and 20 push-ups a day, every day for a month. Once you have achieved that goal, you raise the bar to 75 situps and 35 push ups. Something attainable, but well worth the effort. This doesn’t mean to not aim high as I suggested in Tip #10, but if you are having trouble sticking to a routine and always seem to lose track of time and miss your workout, something like this will keep you on track. It will get you started in the right direction until you are confident and comfortable working out longer every day or eating healthy every day and it won’t seem like a daunting task. Sometimes we can’t see the finish line, because we are too focused on the obstacles in between, but if we take it one step at a time, eventually the whole race will seem like a piece of cake.
A good example of this mind trick is if you watch a sport like American Ninja Warrior. You will see all the competitors get to a certain obstacle and it seems like nobody can beat it. It almost becomes understood that it is too hard and no one will complete the course. Then, all of a sudden someone comes out and dominates it! Then another and another. It’s as if the one, unbeatable obstacle is no match for the competitors anymore, because now they know it is doable. Once you break that barrier, you will be on your way to knocking down hurdle after hurdle on your health adventure!