Wowser we have finally hit December!
Where did this year go?
So as December hit the camp I started to ease off on the group a little, those that have worked hard can now enjoy party season and those that have struggled a little of late well let’s be honest here, you are not going to make a massive difference with 2-3 weeks to go.
It is really important that we accept where we are at, take responsibility for our progression and do not set ourselves up to fail.
So by rewarding all positive efforts with a little time to relax or by reflecting on our goals if perhaps we fell behind and making a new plan to fix those weak parts we can arrive back on our journey feeling stronger.
Now let’s be clear, this does not mean putting your trainers away and having a whole month off your workouts.
That would be crazy even if you had hit all your goals.
No what I mean is sticking to maintaining what you got rather than stepping up to the next level.
Now the reason we do this in December is because we work in seasons.
So the next big push will start in January and we will focus on preparing for spring and then summer.
That may seem a while of but it takes time to create fat loss that stays of and fitness that improves event times and delivers long lasting health.
Believe me every summer I meet new people who ask what’s the fastest way to drop the weight before their holiday in 2 weeks.
It’s not going to happen.
What will happen though is on the first of December a number of you guys will see the start of the New Year ahead and want to make a commitment to get closer to where you want to be.
You will feel positive and full of determination.
But its highly likely that by spring that dedication will have faulted and you will be standing where you are today.
Harsh yes I know, but let me ask you did this happen last year? The year before?
See the problem is as the saying goes if you always do what you have always done you will get what you have always got.
So here is the key.
Do not try to be the expert yourself, you will fail. Even if you are trained in this area. I always recruit a professional to help me with my triathlons. I could train myself this is my area of expertise, but I cannot be impartial and overlook my training program like another trainer can.
What would happen here is that I would not see development like another pair of eyes, I would not see overtraining, I would not see when I was being lazy and when I was in need of a rest.
The best athletes in the world are that way because they allow another expert to oversee their programme.
Now the next thing you must do is to take 100% responsibility.
Yes you have the expert on side delivering the expertise but only you can actually do the work.
The most motivational coach in the world cannot be responsible for if you do the work or not. In fact in my experience the more I have tried to do for my clients the less I have empowered them. So now I work alongside them and they must bring themselves to the sessions and put the effort required for their goals in.
And lastly accept that there will be change to your life but this change will be positive.
This change will feel uncomfortable at times and will bring about new challenges.
But that is the only way that you will ever get to where you want to be.
There are no short cuts, no hidden tunnels that avoid change and no easier paths.
You get what you work for always.
So let’s use this time to reflect and to pick our new year’s resolutions wisely
Where do you want to be this time next year?
Break down how you will use the year to get there.
And don’t put of starting, time is precious so just set the date and go…..
If you would like to run through any new years resolutions with me before new year i would be happy to advice you on some starting points, just contact me HERE