What is the biggest problem with having goals? Not the goals themselves. Most of us have goals with self improvement in mind. The problem is they lead us to try to do everything at once. When that proves too much or too hard, we give up.
What we don't realize is the steps that will lead us toward our goals are very different from the goals themselves.
Have you ever said: "I wish I had more motivation" or "I'm just too lazy" or "I wish I had as much willpower as you"?
We all have. But what if I were to tell you that anyone can build sustainable habits starting RIGHT NOW using a simple formula?
This fits in nicely with my 7 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Be Building Muscle series.
Habit building guru James Clear believes weight training can make you into a more happy, confident and healthy person, who can then contribute more value to the world. Are you wondering what makes this statement true?
Did you ever think you weren't smart, talented, outgoing, fast, or [insert trait] enough to reach your health, career or life goals? While it is true that your unique DNA is fixed, your mental toughness or grit is not. Anyone can develop it and be successful. Yes, you too!
Now you are probably wondering why grit is so important and how you can develop it. The secret is turning the mental into the physical.
Do you always feel like things are happening TO YOU? According to Carl Jung, you have a lot more control than you think.
Self-knowledge is the understanding of our thoughts and behaviors and how they influence our everyday lives. Armed with this knowledge we will have made the unconscious conscious. Once above the surface, we can notice and name false beliefs, negative emotions and self-sabotaging behaviors. Then we can begin to take action against these tendencies and can better direct the course of our own lives.
Let's say you decide you want to build muscle (yay, you!). So you go out and purchase a gym membership, a workout plan you saw on the internet, or a package of personal training sessions 😎. Then you think, what will I wear? I don't want to look like a slob! So you go out and buy new workout clothes and shoes. Surfing on the net, you see all sorts of great fitness-related accessories. Next thing you know you have a new stay-cool water bottle, activity tracker watch, foam roller, ........ the list is endless! James Clear explains this phenomenon - the Diderot Effect - purchasing numerous things we don't need (or can't afford) after buying only one thing. This urge can strike at any time or for any type of purchase. But in a previous Mindset Monday post, we found out we already have everything we need to get started on a new fitness goal. What gives?
Goals. We all have them. What do your goals look like? For most people goals are Outcome Oriented. This is WHAT you want to achieve: "I want to lose 50 pounds. I want to get rid of this fat belly. I want to run a 5K without getting injured (heh)". And so on.
We also know how hard it is to reach our goals. Why is it so hard?
James Clear illustrates today's Mindset Monday point in his blog by telling the story of billionaire Sir Richard Branson, an entrepreneur with a well-known record label and airline (plus over 400 companies) under his control. Despite his inexperience this dyslexic high-school dropout kept on trying new things. No matter how outlandish or controversial the idea, no matter how many said it was impossible, too hard, or the time wasn't right, Branson forged ahead.
I've posted previously on the importance of saying no. In his blog James Clear lays out the difference between yes and no. In reality, they are not just opposites, but of entirely different magnitudes in commitment.
According to James Clear, anxiety is the result of a mismatch between what our brain was designed to do and life in modern society.
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