Get your priorities straight
Written by Mark Coles - Follow on Google+ | Facebook | Twitter
Getting in shape is something that many people hope will happen from going to the gym and eating "healthier". There are others who know that to achieve the body of their dreams, they will have to make sacrifices, and they’ll have to make it a priority in their life.
Take a minute to think about the amount of times you’ve tried to get in shape. I can guarantee that you’ve tried to fit it in, and all too often you’ve lost focus and quit before you’ve seen any kind of real results as it’s not been a priority!!
Those of you who have children, will probably jump up and shout at me for saying this, but you do have to place getting in shape right up there in line with looking after your children.
Now when I talk about getting in shape, I’m not talking about going to the gym to lose a few pounds for holiday. I’m talking about the people who say they really want a new body. They say they want the body, but they’re just not prepared to place it right up there as a main priority.
Most people have about 5 top priorities. Family (including children), work, relationships, hobbies and friends (social life). These are always going to take precedence over anything else, that’s unless you change the order.
You book to go to the gym and your best friend calls to invite you out for a meal. Your top 5 priority list doesn’t include the gym, so you go for the meal. On the other hand, what if you had getting in shape as either the top or second priority in your life? I can guarantee you’ll go to the gym then.
You must arrange your priority list as you will find sticking to your goal so much easier. If children are always number one, then of course you will think of them first. But training can be second on the list, and you will fit it in when you’ve done with your children. Placing social life before the gym, will always mean that the coffee morning or drink at the pub, will take priority.
You might think this is way too serious but I can promise you that nearly every successful athlete and client that I have coached, placed getting in shape as a major priority in their life. I always sit down with my clients and review their priory list. If we need to move things around, we do. If you haven’t assessed your own priority list, take a few minutes to do so. If you can’t place training and getting in shape right up there in the top 3, you will struggle to ever see the results you’re hoping for.
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