So you’ve just completed a Challenge Group, AWESOME JOB!! Or perhaps you’re just about to start your journey, in which case, completed or not, will eventually come to an end. Either way, the question of what’s next and where do I go is inevitable. The way our Challenges are designed is to have an official start and end date, giving you a window of opportunity to give it your all and help accomplish your goals. Let me start by saying that this was an area in my life that was a HUGE obstacle to overcome. Not so much from the perspective of getting into or completing the Challenge put on by my coach, but the game plan after the Challenge was completed.
Many of you face the same struggle, a struggle that relates to many factors outside of fitness. You start something getting all fired up, things are going great, and then suddenly because something unforeseen happens in your life, you get derailed and thrown off. To elaborate, by “derailed,” I don’t mean only in the form of something severe like the loss of a loved one or a major injury. Derailment can happen in many different forms. The key to success is finding what are the things that derail you? Is it the holidays with temptations of sweets? Is it negative people surrounding you with little encouragement? Is it a physical/mental struggle that throws you off? You need to identify what that is so you can address it.
For me, I get derailed when I don’t have a game plan. My personality is a touch OCD, so I like things very neat and organized. I function very well when things are in their place, there’s no guesswork, and I can confidently say this is what I want to do and here’s how I’m going to do it. For example, when I take on a 21, 30, 60, or 90 day Challenge, I have personal goals to achieve (which change based on the Challenge). By giving myself a targeted start/end time, including a set workout routine and meal plan, I’m very good at being consistent and dedicated to those goals because I know the plan works when followed.
When I don’t have a goal or defined plan, and I don’t have a set routine that I can follow, I tend to fall back into bad habits that take me away from what was making me successful in the first place. To help address this, I found that I always need to be in some sort of Challenge with a group for support and deadline to hit. That’s why for 2016, I made a 1 year commitment to tracking what I eat everyday, working out everyday, and continuing with one Beachbody program back to back until the year is over. Some may call it “CRAZY,” Jess and I call it “DEDICATED.”
Let’s explore this for a minute…
So if you were to tell others that you had a one year plan, what do you think they would say? Do you think they would say, “That’s awesome, you can totally do it and we believe in you!!!” ABSOLUTELY NOT. But why not? It’s because most people feel if they can’t do it, then it can’t be done. This mentality is the underlying factor of what holds so many people from achieving their full potential.
Ironically enough, if you tell someone you’re doing a 3 week Challenge where you’re going to eat right, exercise, and give it everything you’ve got, then they get super excited and may even want to join you. People look at short term Challenges as a fad, something that will fade away and be replaced by the next hottest infomercial product or fat loss pill on the market. But that doesn’t have to be the case!
What’s the biggest difference between a 3 week Challenge and a 1 year Challenge?
C O N S I S T E N C Y
If you can consistently do the small things over a long period of time, then you can achieve everything you want. This is true for your health, your finances, your relationships, education, etc. If you want to achieve your goals, push past your barriers, and make living a healthy and happy lifestyle the norm, then I highly recommend you commit to the next Challenge. Don’t look at your current Challenge as the be-all-end-all. Look at it as a launching pad to the next one, and the next one. Eventually, each will get you even better results, helping to push you further towards your goals than ever before.
You can do this, you should do this! But it starts by deciding that you’re going to take the little steps to get there; and your first little step is committing to take the next Challenge so you don’t scratch your head at the end of 2016 saying, “Dang, I’m the same and/or worse than when I started. Why does this always happen to me? I can never get ahead.”
I’ll finish with this: Remember that everything we do is about progress, not perfection. Don’t ask yourself “How long will this take?”, but rather, ask yourself “How long can I go?” Stop listening to the negative little voices in your head and get in the game!