How to Level Up
Usually I highlight a member on #transormationtuesday blogs. For the New Year, instead I'm sharing strategies and tactics to help you create your own #transformationtuesday story.
Did you know that there is a National Ditch New Year's Resolution Day? Yep! Failing at our New Year's Resolutions is so common it can be predicted down to the day and this year it is Sunday, Jan 17. How can you avoid this predictable crash and burn?
You can reframe your goals by "leveling up" on habits you already do to create a healthy and happy life.
Leveling up means using small, gradual steps to work toward your goals.
Let's say your goal is to run a 10k or do a multi-day backpacking trip through the Beartooth Mountains this summer. You probably think you need to start running a 5K every day NOW. NOPE!
Instead, level up a daily habit you already have. Let's say you take your dog for a daily walk. Level up your walks by wearing a small backpack with a 20# bag of rice. You've just leveled up your daily habit. Your heart rate will be higher and you'll increase your endurance. In a few weeks, when that becomes easy, add 5 mins to your walk. Or do an easy jog for 10 paces and walk for 20 paces. Level up again when it becomes easy and automatic.
The idea behind leveling up is to break down your goal into steps that are so ridiculously easy you can’t fail.
I have written many times on the habits of successful people. It's momentum and consistency that create success. Success creates motivation. It's a positive feedback loop. Start small. Succeed. Increase motivation. Keep going.
I have heard from many of you in our New Year Check-ins that you want to improve your mobility. Or, as someone in my noon class said, "I want to be more bendy." GREAT! I want you to be more bendy, too.
Start small. Start with 2 mins (yes, just TWO minutes.) Sit on the floor and reach for your toes for 2 mins. When that becomes easy, and it will, try for 3 minutes. Or level up by adding another pose for 2 mins. Start small and easy and then level up.
It's sexy to create big and exciting goals. A goal without consistency is doomed to failure. All too often we try to jump into achieving our goal with big and exciting changes. That is why we fail. Start small. Succeed. Level Up. Keep Going. Achieve Goal. That's it.
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