How’s your diet going during the holiday season? Are you resisting temptation or giving in? Are you getting your workouts in or making excuses about not having enough time?
Are you working on your personal development? Your relationships? Your finances? Or putting it off til tomorrow? Waiting til New Years like those who will never even come close to reaching their goals?
New Years resolutions don’t work and whatever lies you’re telling yourself, it’s time to make some changes NOW.
As part of our program we believe in goal setting from a standpoint of having something to shoot for. The problem that most people make is that they focus on the OUTCOME: “I want to lose weight”, “I want to make more money”, “I want better relationships with friends and family members”. All of these focus on the end goal, reaching the peak of the mountain, winning the championship or whatever other catch phrase you want to use.
“Do Your Job” – This has been the mantra of one of the greatest sports dynasties in recent history, the New England Patriots. Why? Because it focuses on what needs to be done today, to get the greatest output for today. Great days stacked up lead to great weeks, great weeks turn into great games and those turn into the opportunity to play for the ultimate prize. The Patriots locker room is famous around the NFL for the “Patriot Way”. What is the way? They focus on the PROCESS of giving everything they have for that day and the pursuit of excellence. Are they perfect, nope. They lose games every year but their commitment to the PROCESS is what has enabled them to win 5 Super Bowls.
How does this pertain to you? Well, that’s really up to you. Where do you want to be in 90 days from the standpoint of health, wealth/career, social, spiritual and family? Pick 3 areas that you want to work on and ATTACK those 3 areas for the next 90 days. Let’s take the example of health as that is the area of expertise for us.
What is the PROCESS that you will follow? What are the daily activities that will lead to a healthier and happier you? Will these activities become part of the fiber of you or is it the latest quick fix to lose 20 pounds as fast as possible. Losing 20 pounds is the OUTCOME, an example of the PROCESS looks something like this:
- I go to the gym 3 days per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a mix of strength training and cardiovascular training. On Tuesday and Thursday, I walk outside for 30 minutes. On Saturdays I find a family activity to do. On Sunday, I rest and plan for the week ahead.
- I eat vegetables and lean protein at each meal.
- I don’t eat sugar, flour or any food that comes out of a package
- I limit alcohol to 2 or 3 drinks per week, if at all
- I get 7-8 hours of sleep per night
These are 5 relatively simple PROCESS goals. From an exercise standpoint, just showing up is half the battle.
Do #1 90% of the time over the next 90 days and watch your strength and stamina improve.
Do #2 90% of the time over the next 90 days and watch your recovery from exercise and your mood improve.
Do #3 90% of the time over the next 90 days and watch your energy levels improve and cravings decrease as your body no longer becomes dependent on sugar for its main fuel source.
Do #4 90% of the time over the next 90 days and see how your mood changes and notice patterns in sleep improve.
Do #5 90% over the next 90 days and watch how everything improves: body composition, mood, mental clarity, focus, etc.
Over the next 90 days give yourself 5 PROCESS goals to follow, follow them 90% of the time and see what happens. Once you’ve made these PROCESSSES part of your daily fiber, dig a little deeper into the finer points of training, nutrition and recovery if you want to, if everything is moving along fine, keep it up and focus on another area of life with these same PROCESSES.
This may be a major shift in how you think about your health goals or you may be currently working through these. Focus on the PROCESS and being consistent with it (90%) and see what happens.