Mindset. So how do we make good behaviours habit?
We first started talking about expectations of ourselves, goals, ambitions and hurdles to overcome to pave the way for success. Above all, having the right mindset and attitude to make change is fundamentally important. Mental perseverance and resilience in all that you do will help you to push towards your goals. How do we get started though in setting up good habits? It’s much the same as what we’re thinking about already – start small, think big. Start with a goal – something SMART. Specific, Measurable, achievable, Realistic and Timely. Yes, the acronyms are rife in the last few posts but it is true. To stick to something, a training plan for example, it needs to be SMART so you are accountable, and we need to be persistent so whatever you’re doing becomes habit. Say for example your SMART goal (settle, I’ll cut the acronyms soon) is to achieve a 5km run in 35 minutes before the end of January. To do this, you plan on small achievable steps (pun intended) along the way, such as setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier to go for a run. When you find something that motivates you, it becomes easier to do it more often. Find what you enjoy, make it a part of your day and allow yourself to feel good by turning positive behaviours into long term habits. When you achieve your goal, you feel a sense of accomplishment and you repeat the actions which lead to the reward. I’m sure you’ve heard or seen someone training say for a 1 RM or max effort back squat and then one day it just happens so they keep going adding 10 kilograms to their PB. You may only see the PB but you don’t see the small manageable steps put in pace to achieve their goal. This sort of achievement becomes a reward and we want to feel that same reward again. Come up with a goal, stick to it, acknowledge small achievements and keep pushing forward to future success.
So, you’ve achieved something big – a PB run time, 1RM lift, you’ve started eating better or perhaps you decided your goal was to be more thoughtful and a better person to those around you. Now I don’t know about you, but I want to be doing the things I enjoy, the things that make me excited, happy and help me to grow. Longevity in all that we do also requires thoughtful consideration of how we tackle things today. Longevity includes how we train: We’re not out there to destroy the body every time we train but keep the intensity hard enough to allow the body to change, adapt and grow. Train hard but train smart. How do we find the balance to grow and do what we love and that will keep us fit and healthy for the rest of our lives? Focus on the things you want to see improve, keep in mind your SMART goals (acronym now done, promise), but learn how to do what you’re doing well; to enjoy it and you can do it for a long period. I’ve said it before and will say it again, find what makes you happy and work at achieving that day in and day out. I’m a strong believer in seeking out new challenges and experiences, constantly searching for what motivates you to be better, stronger, fitter and healthier. Why wait? Even better, need a quote to get you putting things into action? Well, here is one of my favourites by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe: “Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do.” That said, what is it that you are going to do, or is there something you are planning towards to turn what you enjoy and the things that are good for you and others into habit?
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