Reprogram your mind so you’re not a 3-week wonder this January
When you hear the phrase ‘reprogram your mind’, what do you think of? If you think of a computer being reformatted, you’re closer to the truth than you know! Our minds are like complex computer systems, and if we’re running bad software, we won’t get the results we want. Today we’re going to give you the information you need to reprogram your mind to achieve the transformation you seek – whether you want to change your eating habits, exercise routines, or anything else!
Over the past several weeks, we’ve been talking to you about transforming your life. In the first installment, we revealed how starting a physical fitness routine is the foundation of positive change. Next we talked about the importance of nourishing your body properly, and how good nutrition promotes mental and emotional well-being in addition to slowing the aging process. This time we’re going to talk about the KEYS to creating new, healthy habits. This is a game changer, so make sure to read until the end! (But in case you don’t, here is the link to download the booklet). First, here’s a story:
December 29th: New Year’s was fast approaching, and Jackie was excited and nervous. This year was going to be different! She was determined to lose the weight she’d put on after Charlie was born, and had even bought a gym membership to hold herself accountable. New Year’s was actually on Monday this year, which had to be a good sign, right? She’d told a couple friends and Matt, her husband, about her decision to finally start eating better and get back into shape. “Resolutions, never work,” was what her best friend told her. “Don’t call it a resolution, just do it.” Whatever she called it, Jenny was determined to stick to it this year.
January 5th: Well, she’d done it! She’d shown up to the gym every day all week, and hadn’t eaten anything bad. Jenny was super proud of herself and Matt, who’d also worked out every day. It was Friday, which always meant pizza and movie night – something they’d started after Charlie was born and they’d both been too tired to cook. “Should we do something else?” Matt asked. “It doesn’t really feel like Friday, not having Pizza, but I guess we should,” Jenny answered. They settled for sandwiches.
January 12th: They hadn’t done quite as well at the gym this week. Jenny had been up with Charlie a couple times in the night and hadn’t felt like going in, and Matt had been extra busy at work. They’d still gone though. “Two solid weeks,” Jenny reported to her best friend, who gave her a high five at how well she’d done. That night they decided pizza would be okay. Once every two weeks couldn’t be too bad.
January 19th: Only 3 times at the gym this week, but it was still better than nothing. Jenny found she was getting a little bored doing the same thing, and she wasn’t really noticing much difference in her weight or how she looked. She knew she should keep going, so she made up her mind she’d do better next time. After a horrible day taking Charlie to the doctor and trying to deal with some school issues, pizza was a no-brainer.
January 26th: She’d do better next week
If you’ve ever been a regular gym attender, you’re probably familiar with the three-week New Year phenomenon, where every January from the 1st to the 21st there are above-average crowds in your place of fitness. This used to bug me when I worked out at big box gyms for several reasons.
First, I would constantly see people doing things that were at best useless and at worst dangerous because they honestly didn’t know any better. Second, I would see people who were obviously very out of shape being subjected to subtle or even blatant rude treatment by the gym rats. Instead of being happy that these people were taking steps to get healthy and fit, some people would act like only skinny people had a right to be there, which is crazy when you think about it. Kind of like thinking only ‘good’ people belong in church!! Third, it bugged me that there was almost a predatory attitude towards these folks on behalf of the gym and the fitness industry as a whole. Just like Black Friday is the money-making day for retail, the New Year is when the fitness industry, and especially certain players within the industry, count on a huge increase in membership fees that will not actually get used.
We started our fitness business because we both have seen our lives transformed in large part due to physical fitness. We are able to enjoy our lives to the fullest now, and are better spouses, parents, friends, employees, and employers because of all the benefits we experience through regular health and fitness. Because of this, it’s important to us that people have access to what they need in order to truly make lasting change. It’s just as frustrating to us as it is to our clients when they say they know they ‘should’ change, but just aren’t able to be consistent, or eat the way that best nourishes their body.
We’ve already shared with you the actions you can take to get started on the road to transformation, and that you can take these actions even if you don’t want to, or feel ‘motivated’. What you’re going to learn next is how to reprogram your mind so that you WILL want to keep going. This changes everything.
With over twenty years of research between us into behavioral psychology, motivational theory, exercise and nutrition, we have crafted a program that contains all the components necessary to make real, lasting change. You’ve probably experienced this already, but just knowing what to do isn’t enough. It’s not a matter of ‘will power’ or wanting it badly enough. The truth is that there are several components required for you to make lasting change.
- You need to know what you want
- You need to have a compelling reason why you want it
- You need to know what to do to get it
- You need to believe you can do what it takes to do it
- You need to know how to reprogram your mind so that your subconscious beliefs support what you want.
- You need to know how to create effective short and long-term goals
- You need a support network/community
- You need to regularly engage in the behaviors required for success
This all may sound simple, but actually, very few programs contain all of these factors, and if any are missing, chances of success are very, very, slim. The most common missing factor in the fitness industry is number two and number five. Without each of the eight factors fully in place, you’re likely to experience setbacks, failures, and frustrations, all of which contribute to a negative downward spiral.
The good news is that it doesn’t need to be this way. You can change the cycle today by implementing what researchers in sports psychology, mindset, goal theory, and motivation have learned. We’ve put together highlights from our change course that you can use right away to start creating healthy change in your life. Click here to access this life-changing course for free today!
Just like all the other guidelines in this series, this one contains powerful information that you’ll be able to implement immediately, on your own! Many people have been able to achieve the change they want simply by following the guidelines contained within the documents we’ve shared with you for free, and you can too.
We’ve also found that some people want to achieve success even faster, or use the fourth power-key in achieving change – community. If that’s you, we’ll be extending an invite to work with us personally in the weeks to come. In our next article, we’ll share with you how developing a community is a fundamental requirement for success, and invite you to participate in our community. If that’s not for you, that’s okay. Our ‘why’ is to empower people to live their lives to the fullest, and that’s why we created the free series you’ve been part of.
You can access the free download here, but before you go, there are a few more tips we wanted to share as you get ready to pursue your fitness journey.
In addition to the change techniques you’re going to learn in the attached document, there are three things you should do before starting any kind of workout program:
1) If you don’t know what you’re doing, get help! Enlist the aid of a personal trainer, or start off doing classes where you receive instruction and guidance.
2) Invest in good shoes! You probably already have clothes you can wear – stretchy pants and shirts that aren’t too warm are fine. Yoga pants, or workout pants can be bought virtually anywhere, but your feet and knees will thank you for your support.
3) If you haven’t worked out in a long time, or ever, go see your doctor before starting. Make sure you have no restrictions or health conditions, or if you do have restrictions, make sure you fully understand them so you don’t get hurt.
Finally and most importantly, find something you like and will keep doing. If you are doing classes, make sure you like the instructor and the participants. So MAKE those resolutions and KEEP those resolutions. You ARE Limitless!!