Small changes turn into BIG results
April 9, 2021
Change your long-term goals into short-term, achievable habits
One of the biggest contributors to failing in fitness and nutrition is due to doing too much, too fast. In a day and age of instant gratification, we want our results and WE WANT THEM NOW. Millennial or not, technology has sucked many of us into this way of thinking.
As it relates to fitness, this can result in us overloading our bodies with HIIT, or just a significant training volume in general without the proper progression, which can lead to overtraining. In regards to nutrition, being that eating is largely habitual, emotional and even cultural, trying to make a complete diet overhaul can set you up for failure. It can simply seem like too big of a task when looking at it as a whole.
A way to get around this is to better manage your expectations, so that your approach to changing your lifestyle is more healthy and reasonable. This can be done by setting an overall metric of success (otherwise, how will you know when you’ve reached your standard of being fit, which means something different for all of us), and then setting small incremental goals that will help you get there over time.
Once you’ve broken your big goals into small goals, then we can look at the skills necessary to reach each small goal. Once we’ve got an idea of the skill requirements, we can determine what reasonable daily tasks will help us develop the necessary skills to get us where we need to go.
Get the trend here? Break it down - think about it in smaller pieces and then put your head down and just focus on that one small thing. You’d be surprised at the significant amount of progress you can achieve in 6 months.
The BEST part about all of this, is that these changes help you develop the long term habits that help you not only achieve your goal in the short to medium term, but also maintain those achievements over a lifetime! Let’s be healthy for the rest of our lives, not just for the next 6 months.