Having Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time sensitive goals that you can focus on and visualize helps to give you the motivation you need to work through periods where your enthusiasm inevitably starts to decline.
One of the most common times that goals seems to be on the back foot or forgotten about is when people are on holidays. But why?
Building self-discipline is all about putting an end to excuses. It's about taking ownership, accountability and responsibility for your actions. If you want to get from where you are in life to where you want to be, you need to avoid making excuses and focus on the tasks that are going to get you there. If excuses were currency, most people would be rich but for all the excuses that we make, they provide nothing of value. Instead, they take away your personal power and your self-belief.
Let's go back to the holiday example. Whether you have a fitness goal, a strength goal or a weight loss goal there are 4 factors that will help you achieve it: preparation, fuel, training and rest. So how can we keep on track with our goals whilst on holidays? Let us break it down.
Preparation-make a goal for the holiday period. E.g. Train every second day, complete 50 burpees/week
Fuel - it's all about having things in moderation. E.g. if you are having a cocktail, then no dessert. Always choose salad/veggies over chips as a side
Training - fit in your cardio by walking on the beach or going for a hike and exploring the caves, use stairs instead of elevators, body weight exercises can be performed anywhere (pushups, squats, plank)
Rest - it is always important to give your body a break, so play some board games, enjoy some time in the sun, fill in your food diary on the VVT app
- Take responsibility
- Focus on what matters
- Consider life as a training ground
- Remember the long term goal
- Expect challenges