‘You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great’.

Sometimes the thought of embarking on a new task or challenge can be quite daunting. In this blog I’ll be touching on some key points that will help breakdown the initial steps of implementing some new healthy habits and lifestyle changes.

Find your why
Consistency makes progress and doing something regularly is only possible if you have purpose. You may have a health condition you need to improve, a holiday you want to pack on some muscle for or a martial art you want to learn for self-defence. Finding your purpose will give you a focus and goal, you can then work out the obstacles and put together a plan of action.

Don’t think just do
Everyday spent procrastinating is another day spent worrying about that thing. Do it now and move on with your life. Don’t think, just do, motion creates emotion and the momentum will only continue to grow. The more you think about starting, the more time you will waste, a great technique to limit procrastination is to count down from 5 and then COMMIT. You will enjoy it and feel better both mentally and physically.

Be SMART
I am referring to the goals you set and the way you train. Set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic goals and put a time limit on them. We can have long, mid and short-term goals, which can be set day to day and be part of a 5-year action plan. When I say smart I am also referring to the way you conduct your practice. Obviously nothing is easy and hard work has to be confronted head on, but listen to your body and schedule in some down time. This will mean your body will perform better and you will be more productive in the long run.

Accountability
Have someone that will hold you accountable to your goals, whether it is a coach, family member or friend. Make people aware of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, report back to them with progress, challenges and obstacles. This will help keep you on track and give you someone to answer to for the execution of your responsibilities and commitments.

In summary, it is important to have an objective with anything you’re trying to achieve. Once you have your purpose, don’t waste time by putting it off until tomorrow, as tomorrow will never come. Set specific goals and have a time frame, moreover get a coach or accountability partner that will hold you responsible to your actions.

We only live once, so take advantage of every opportunity and enjoy every moment!

Written by Charlie Watts