Picture this: you’re a powerful, radiant being, who’s excitement is overflowing for the big goals you have on your mind.
You know exactly what you want.
You have the resources around you.
And yet, there is still something off.
It’s not quite clicking together for you, because as much as you try you can’t seem to get this ball rolling.
As simple as it may sound in theory (go workout, eat well, get enough sleep… etc.), successfully creating consistency with your new routine can be a whole other story.
Can you resonate with this? If you can, you’re not alone!
When I ask people what they find most challenging about their goals, it’s never about the method itself, instead it’s the simple act of getting started and staying consistent.
And hey, I’ve been exactly where you are. I used to psych myself out of ‘getting started’ so often, that I’ve come to realize theres more than what meets the eye. Subconsciously, our limiting beliefs can play a big role in keeping us stuck; we may not even be aware that it is a fear of failure that keeps us from taking action, or maybe even a fear of success.
The subconscious mind is a tricky game, but shining a light on how it likes to operate will allow us to regain control.
As someone who has been challenged by this lesson time and time again, I’m happy to offer my Top 5 Tips for getting started and staying consistent! After the countless books I’ve read, self-studies I’ve conducted, and client’s I’ve coached, I’m certain these practical and simple action items are going to help you too!
#1 – Commit to a Self-Discovery Process.
That’s right, do you feel the energy of what you just read? The light-hearted, playfulness you’ll maintain while moving through your experience? When you commit to self-discovery, there is no room for labelling ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Judgement has no place in your journey, so instead of feeling shame, guilt, or any other negative cocktails of emotion, you’ll be proactively learning more and more about yourself and your unique needs.
#2 – Schedule Your Workouts.
You are your own boss, so take control of your daily schedule, put it in your Calendar and set motivational reminders.
#3 – Workout First, then Mirror Your Effort With Nutrition.
Think about one thing at a time. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by ‘healthy-eating’ and how much it’s going to suck, focus on having that one intense workout where you give it your all.. then tell me how you feel about sabotaging all the work you just did.
Paradigm shift! Now that you’re exercising, you’ll naturally want to support this action with proper nutrition. It’s easy to align to a health-supportive nutrition plan when you’re putting effort into training sessions; when you’re in action, you’re more inclined to keep that momentum of success going. Don’t overthink this too much, after all, getting in flow is all about being in flow – one step at a time.
#4 – Acknowledge Yourself & Celebrate.
First, I want you to set time every evening to reflect. Whether you decide to journal what you are most proud of, or take a few minutes before you go to sleep to think about it with your eyes closed, I want you to acknowledge yourself for what you are most proud of doing that day. Use the power of affirmation, it may sounds something like this: “Thank you body, for your inner and outer strength in carrying me through today’s workout. I am so proud of you for showing up the way you did today, and I love you so much for always supporting me. Today, I honour myself for loving myself and building mental and physical resiliency through exercise.”
Second, it’s time to set small milestones and celebrate. After one week of sticking to your goals, I want you to CELEBRATE your success. Treat yourself – if you complete ALL of your workouts for the week, pick a celebration and reward yourself! Maybe there’s little crystal at the spiritual shop, or a new pair of yoga pants – get creative! Set milestones after 7 days, another one 2 weeks later, and one last one to celebrate the month! Play around with it, and have fun.
#5 – Focus on Systems, Review & Plan.
The power is in your daily routine – James Clear, who wrote the book Atomic Habits (highly recommend), tells us to forget about the big goal at the end of the journey and focus on the daily systems you have in place. Those systems will keep you grounded in your journey and carry you to your big goal! Focus on the 24 hours ahead of you, and what you can do to make today your best.
I would also recommend to do a check-in with yourself every two weeks to see how things are going, and assess whether you are still in alignment with your current plan in place. Life happens, things change, and you’ll want to observe what works and doesn’t work for you (remember, its a discovery process!). Stay flexible and adaptable. Dance with the journey, and never give up!
There you have it, friends. My Top 5 Tips that I am certain will KEEP YOU ON YOUR BEST GAME if you apply them effectively 🙂 give it a try and let me know how it goes! And hey, if you try and realize you’re just the kind of person who works better WITH someone, team up with a coach who’s already paved the road you want to walk on – one that can hold up a mirror for your blindspots.
Just like we talked about at the beginning of this blog, sometimes there is so much more going on beneath the surface. Don’t get down on yourself, instead, commit to uncover and discover more of who you really are.
To your success,