I hear people all the time talk about wanting to lose weight, get in shape, have a better mindset, etc, yet I see them do nothing about it. Or worse yet, a halfway committed effort is put forth, but since that only yields halfway results at the most, discouragement sets in and old habits come right back.
Imma keep saying it, for things to change, things have to change!
In our instant gratification society, people often want results as fast as possible. If someone needs to lose 50lbs, we all know it will not realistically happen in two weeks. However, what is possible is quick victories to foster a positive mindset, which in turn leads to a higher level of commitment to achieving a specific goal.
So how can you get some quick wins under your belt? You have to be all in.
We’ll use health and fitness as an example. The stats say 80% of people who start a new exercise program stop within 6 weeks. Why? Because they’re not seeing results, they’re sore, they’re hungry, they think they have to eat tilapia and steamed broccoli all the time, and the list goes on. Now the REAL reason people stop so soon is because they’re not getting the desired result. If you were getting better, you’d keep going even if you were sore and tired and hungry.
The solution lies in your commitment. You have to be FULLY dedicated to the goal you want to achieve. You can’t say you desperately want to lose weight, then drink alcohol Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. That’s not being committed, that’s half assing it. You gotta use your whole ass if you want the results!
Now, being fully committed to a health and fitness goal doesn’t mean giving up everything forever, but I believe going all in on a few key habits, for a concentrated amount of time, can give you the aforementioned quick victories and propel you to keep pushing towards your goals.
I recently started the 75 Hard Challenge (look it up if you’re not familiar with it), and to summarize, it’s about doing a few simple habits, consistently and without compromise. every single day over a 75 day span. I realize that’s a lot for some people to wrap their head around, but I KNOW it will change me for the better both physically and mentally. If we’re keeping perspective here, 75 days is not THAT long of a time frame (I can rationalize damn near anything:-)).
Now, if you need that quick win. If you’re looking for some momentum in your health and fitness journey, here’s what I would recommend. Take a 30 day span, and GO ALL IN! Commit to implementing healthy habits every single day, without exception, for 30 days. If you do, I promise you will keep going on day 31!
What would those habits entail? This is not an exhaustive list, but a good start for most:
- Do some form of activity every day
- No cheat meals
- Drink at least 100oz of water each day
- No alcohol
Those 4 things alone would do wonders for most people, regardless if you’ve been working on your health and fitness for years, or just getting started.
To reiterate, this doesn’t have to be an all or nothing endeavor all the time, but consider giving a full fledged effort for a short amount of time, build some internal encouragement and momentum, and take control over your mind and body.